Monthly Archives: October 2011

Beach Picnic

On Thursday night, right after work, we packed our dinner in a bag and headed to the beach.  We ate our food while watching the most beautiful sunset.  We forgot our cameras or we would have posted pictures.  Lillia has been a little afraid of the water since we have gotten here.  The tide coming in and out kinda worried her.  But just this last Thursday she put her fears aside.  She walked right in.  She even began kicking in the water as we carried her.  At this rate she will be swimming by age 3.  Our neighbors have a 4 year old girl who surfs.  She is always on the local TV channel.

For my birthday dinner we went to the revolving restaurant.  The restaurant is on the top floor of the business center and has a great view.  What’s even better is that the dining area is constantly rotating to give you a different view of the island.  I had never thought a revolving restaurant would be in my price range, especially with a tropical ocean view, but the prices in this place were close to Olive Garden prices.  Thanks for visiting.

Lillia’s Birthday


We celebrated Lillia’s Birthday at micro beach.  She has finally reached the terrible age of two.  And it’s about time, because she has been terrible for the last 6 months.  Actually Lillia is a sweetheart and is usually very happy.Although she began throwing violent tantrums since age one and a half, she compensates by giving lots of hugs and kisses and the worlds cutest smiles.  She cries when I leave every day and when I come home, she runs to me and says I miss you.I don’t care how cute your puppy is, it can’t do those things.

I like the picture of Lillia and me from behind.  Not only does it make our life here look like a tropical vacation, but it looks like I’m in a Corona commercial, except with a baby instead of a beer.

Janell and I are really enjoying ourselves here.Janell is making lots of new friends, including several other American women with babies and children.She goes to the beach with Lillia at least twice a week.  As for me, I’m really into coconuts right now.  You can just find them lying around and cut them open and eat them.I bought a machete, sharpened it up, and cut one open yesterday.  After extracting the juice and meat, I cut off the top and made a planter out of it to grow fresh cilantro (one of the things hard to find on the island)It made me feel so islandy.  Thanks for visiting.

Where to begin

There are always geckos in the house.They crawl around the walls and they don’t
really bother us much, since they are harmless and eat other house pests.Lillia really likes to chase them around the house
and actually caught one a few days ago.
She grabbed its tail. Fortunately for the gecko, the tail detached, and
the reptile got away.The tail, writhed
and wriggled like a fish out of water, which was actually a little disturbing,
but Lillia seemed to like it.


Anyway, we just moved to the Northern Mariana Islands.The Attorney General hired me a few weeks
before I graduated and we flew up a month ago.
A year ago at this time, we had not even heard of the island.Who would have ever thought an Iowa law
degree would take me half way around the world? (That was rhetorical.No need to comment that you thought that an
Iowa law degree would take me that far.)


The pictures below were taken within a block of our
apartment.Thanks for visiting.