I didn't go last year because Nick was gone. But my neighbor invited me and offered to help, and since I now know that Nick is pretty much no longer a part of our lives (don't worry, we're not getting divorced. He'd have to be around for more than fourteen days in an EIGHT MONTH PERIOD for that) I figured I might as well just go without him. So we did! And it was FANTASTIC.
Sort of like a really small Mardi Gras parade. A d'Iberville Mardi Gras perhaps. Except in Guam, everyone grills out on the route. And instead of hamburgers and hot dogs, you get gourmet chicken, ribs, rice, salads, and keleguan (probably spelled wrong but my FAVORITE thing to eat here!) The food is probably the only thing I can say I absolutely LOVE about Guam.
Bear in mind that I didn't no a single person in those pictures above. Yvonne knew a few of them, and they invited her to sit with them (it's Guam, you HAVE to be in the shade or you will literally DIE) and she invited us, and they were just as welcoming as if we were their own family. Have some food, have a drink, have more food, here, we'll take your baby- it was AH-MAZ-ING. Love it.
Then of course, there was the parade. Little different than what you might be used to, but they threw some candy every now and then, and my kids lasted four hours before we had to bail. That's phenomenal in Engelbrecht Time.
|That picture on the top right? That's a float with the animals from the Guam Zoo. All of them.|
|Lucy the Karabo and her dogs...|
|I'm the worst blogger ever. This would be SO CUTE cropped and actioned!|
|The other sweet family we went with. She has four kids too. But her kids are a LOT different from my kids. As you can see by the fact that they're all sitting still...|
|Our little camp.|
|Mama's getting a little tired.|
|Mama needs a haircut. But I'm still rockin my pedi! And a pretty nice tan, if I do say so myself :)|
|Warren slept for about an hour. Then ate a bunch of candy and went back to sleep.|
|Some of the Houston Widows.|
|Engelbrechts don't like loud noises. AT ALL.|
|I gotta go back and edit this one. I just love Ava.|
|Look how excited he looks!!! Nevermind that the parade was coming from the other direction...|
So now I can say we've done the Liberation Parade. Biba Guahan!!!