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Monday, March 28, 2016

WOW It is 2016 already!

Today I stumbled across my blog and geez… I miss blogging! Chasing twins is a very busy job, but I have to get back to the basics! Doing what I love! I have to be happy to make everyone else happy!

I do not even want to recap the last 4 months of 2015… So moving forward… My New Year has been pretty good! I took the kids to Busch Gardens to celebrate New Years! It was a nice night.

Tomorrow the kids are starting their FSA testing! I pray that they do ok! In the state of Florida, if you fail, You might not be going to your next grade, though they do have a couple of "Just in cases" in place. ***FINGERS CROSSED***

Since I am completely always in MOM MODE… I decided that I would start driving for UBER. So far, I have made some pretty good money and met some interesting people! I will start taking time to write about those "experiences" because I have only driven 5 times, and BOY do I have some stories?!
I will seriously make a tab for that later! 

I will be back! LOL. I will devote some time to this blog again!!!

I hope everyone had an AWESOME Easter! XOXO



Thursday, December 19, 2013

Yes, I am back

    Gustavo and I flew home to close on the house! YAY! We did a lot of painting… Almost every room has a color! I think that we accomplished a lot in a small amount of time. A lot of window blinds were put up as well! I think that I am a pro with the drill now.

    We are back home… And happier then ever. We were stuck with a lot of delayed and cancelled flights due to the big winter storm that was happening in the North-East coast. That was a LONG 36 hours! I tell you that!

    I honestly didn't want to leave! I found that being home was comfortable! Our area had EVERYTHING… So close. The drivers were so friendly. Strangely enough, We have Arab neighbors! They were very friendly. The neighborhood was very diverse. I loved that! I am sure that the kids will have plenty of people to play with there.

    My home town is maybe an hour and a half away. I didn't make it to visit as I was very busy running around, plus… People really wanted to see the kids, and since we didn't bring them… They would have been disappointed. My cousin Stephanne and her daughter Danielle did come to visit us though and I was SO happy to see them!!! 

    I have two close friends that live in the area and Gustavo also has people he knows there… So… I think that we will be comfortable on the friend avenue as well. It was cool to just pick up the phone and be able to call my Bestie without thinking about the time difference!

    A lot of people keep asking when we will be home for good. I would love to be able to answer that… I just can't. I want to keep our family together and if living in Kuwait is how it has to happen then… We will be in Kuwait! :)

    It is so close to Christmas and it doesn't really feel like it. I am ready for the NEW YEAR! 

    NEW Beginnings! I am ready to put 2013 in my REAR VIEW mirror as it has been the WORST year of my life!!! My focus this coming year is my FAMILY! That is all!  




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Donations for the Philippines

As many of the readers to this blog know, We have a Filipina Nanny. She is more like family to us! I always pick on her and say she is the most spoiled nanny in Kuwait.
Our sweet Mary Ann is from Cebu. 
She was able to get ahold of her family members and most importantly her MOTHER! (Maria)
I was checking my email today and I saw that the KLL (Kuwait Little League) is having a bake sale to raise money for the victims of the typhoon.
I spoke to my husband about all the clothes that we have packed up and ready to send to relatives in America... I asked, "Can we donate them?" He said, "Yes Babe" 
I love that he has such a giving heart! It is hard to find good charities here in Kuwait!
If you can, take advantage of this opportunity!
The holiday season is just around the corner! And maybe there is someone else out there (other then me) who does Winter Cleaning! 
(I LOATH CLUTTER)
If you would like to make a monetary donation, Please visit the Philippine Red Cross.
Salamat

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Our Egg Transfer 29 October 2013

 Anxiety hit me around 2 AM. I got up to tinkle and couldn't go to sleep afterwards. So many thoughts were twirling in my head! Gustavo was sleeping soundly beside me and since I knew he was going to work after I got the eggs transferred and settled back home, I didn't wake him.
 My eyes were wide open... I was thinking about the possibility of really having twins... Or even one baby... I had ruled out the possibility of ever having more kids, but... I want more now:)
 DJ and Mimi are growing up very fast! Though I think I might shelter them a bit too much... They are excited to have more brothers/sisters.

 Okay- On to the story. We got to check in around 0845. We signed some papers and paid for the embryo freezing (A whopping 350 KD!!!)  We went to our room and then returned back to the clinic around 0900. They took 3 of us in to the L shaped room. I was happy because one girl was from my last group and then The American was there too! YAY! Someone to talk to while I am waiting!
 We had to put on our gown like before and then... After about 20-30 minutes, I was told to tinkle and then I went into the room. It was dark and I laid down. I saw the Embryologist... He confirmed my name and then left the room. My room was in-between another room and the Lab door! The doctor came in and got everything prepared. It didn't hurt much. It was like a pap smear. He talked to me about the embryos. He said that 11 of the 18 were great blastocysts. So we inserted two and froze 9. He told the nurse, "Load" she then told the lab... After about 2 minutes, the Embryologist came in with a small and long tube. 

The doctor said he was done. I asked him, "How do you know they are both in there?" He said, "I am going to check now" When he returned, he confirmed they were both inside. The nurse then tilted my bed. Head down, legs up and told me to keep my legs bent.
(Breakdown: 27 eggs retrieved, 21 were mature, 18 fertilized... 11 kept growing...)
Now- I want you to understand that it is normal for your numbers to decrease significantly. So, do not worry if this happens to you.
 It was strange because they left the door open so I could hear what was going on in the room beside me! Poor girl, She had to do the procedure 3 times because her embryos were not going out of the tube!
 After about 30 minutes I was moved to a holding area. I remember I looked at the clock and it was 1215. A Kuwaiti lady was there (The same from the L shaped room) so we started talking. She was really so sweet! I was told that I had to stay in the hospital... 3 days! I said, "No Way!" So, I only had to stay until about 7 PM:) I saw the American and the sweet Kuwaiti before I left the hospital! How nice will it be to be pregnant with other people!
 How am I feeling:
Well- I feel ok. I have a little bit of cramping. 
Let the torture of the wait begin!



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Going out with a bang

Well, I got some good news! We are getting our retrieval tomorrow!!! I didn't know that I was going to have to take all these shots though! Going out with a BANG. (Shots)
 
I had to take 6 vials of Bravelle (3 power/1 water Xs 2) 1 in each thigh and 1 injection of Decapeptyl in my arem at 2130 then I had to get another shot.... (2 powder/1 water) in my Bum! The upper part, I am not going to lie, that was the most painful shot that I have taken! I do not know if it was the PERSON, the NEEDLE or the Meds! But I screamed! I am not sure what is the name of the meds but it was some HCG shot.
I got home around 11 PM. Gustavo is in Dubai... So it sucked having to do it all alone! I like it when he is with me.
So, I have to take a couple of pills in the morning and also take my meds to them (They made me buy the meds before the retreival)
 


 More to follow! I am hoping that Gustavo will fly in tonight, because I really NEED him tomorrow! He will be doing his part!
I hope I do not get sick from the MJ Milk (Propofol) like I did last time!
It is funny because the Dr. said that I look Strong but I am "delicate" and "sensitive" to the medicine! LOL...

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Oh Doctor...

We went to the doctor on the 10th to get our prescription... It was EXPENSIVE. 159.500 KD
(565.48 USD)
 I have to take these for 7 days! I must go to the hospital to get these injections.
Gustavo will not be able to give me these injections... Joy oh Joy! I start these tonight. I will provide follow ons!
I am really feeling LOST in the process. My doctor hasn't given me a protocol... Or a timeline. I have been doing this about a month now. Medicine, hysterscopy, WANDA scans, period, More shots... SILENCE... And then more meds and shots.
I talked to another woman and she said that she went to the doctor and got shots in her stomach for 5 days... And Waaaaaaahhhh La... Egg Retrieval and Transfer... Preggo with Twins. (BOYS)
Even with the stuff that I am reading on the Internet... NOTHING matches the meds that I am given! I asked "Will I have a 3 or 5 day transfer?"... And he has the whole "Inshallah" attitude.
I never really get any answers...
(Woosa, whilst pulling upon my ear)
Practice my patience!!!
It is hard being a PLANNER and not being able to PLAN!

On a happier note!!! I get two days off to spend with my LOVELY family!!!
Seems like all of my teacher friends are off on FANTASTIC holidays! Enjoy EID! Have fun!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

CH Pink

All the times I have been at The Avenues.... And I have FAILED to see this BEAUTIFUL Creation!
 I do not know if I am a SUCKER... But Anytime I see something with the Breast Cancer Ribbon... I buy it!
The BOTTLE is so nice! I love it! CH makes GREAT perfume, so I am sure this one will be NO less then perfect!
 I have NOT smelled this perfume yet, but I will this weekend! I will report back my findings! (I was NOT able to find this LIMITED EDITION anywhere!)
"Wish aims to bring the concepts of love, hope and solidarity into an inspired product to help the fight against breast cancer."
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    Top Note
    Fruity and citric notes for a young carefree touch. Bergamot from Calabria, Lemon)

    Middle Note
    Warm and elegant (Bulgarian rose, Jasmine sambac, Orange blossom, Praliné, Cinnamon)

    Base Note
    Softer notes, warm interiors (Sandalwood, cedarwood, Cashmere, Patchouli, Amber notes, Transparent musk)





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    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Ready.... Break? Huh???

    Anyone who knows me... Knows that I am a planner. I plan EVERYTHING. It gives me a silent type of enjoyment... Stability. I feel like I have SOME control (When I really know I have ZERO!)

    Sometimes I hate that I am the way that I am. Organized... Analytical and Systematic. SMH. I am NOT much fun!

    So, my period came... Right on time... And I went to the doctor. Gave some blood... And then went back a couple of hours later to see the doctor. I knew that I would be getting my BASELINE ultrasound. What I didn't know is that he was measuring my womb. After "Wanda" left.
    (BTW: This is "WANDA")
     




    I felt the "Cervix opener" go in...
     

    Meet MR. Speculum!!!

     Click click (I hate that sound) and then out of NO WHERE... PAIN! I grabbed that wall and the doctor said, "Stay still" (Can I get some FREAKING warning!!!???) What the hell is going on in there!? The pain brought tears to my eyes! First, I felt it on the Left side, then the Right side! It felt like the doctor STUCK needles into my tubes!
    After a minute it was over... And I finally started to breathe. The nurse gave me a tissue... I wasn't sure if I should wipe my face or my "Pocket Book"!!!
    The doctor then gave me some BAD news... EID is coming so we are going to have to DELAY our cycle... Hmmm (I knew this was going to happen!!! I mentioned it to Gustavo weeks ago)

    He told me to STOP taking my injections at home... (I still have 7 left) then he gave me a prescription.... I went and got the meds... Came back upstairs and WOW! I got a shot in my Left buttocks! It burned! So bad! The needle was big and the nurse had to mix the medicine... It was the same meds I have been taking. Just a much LARGER dosage 3.75 mg



    So What is NEXT???
    I have to go back to the doctor NEXT week (the 10th) to get my NEW meds and then on the 12th to get an injection... AND THEN,  I have to see the doctor on the 19th. (That is when he will check to see if my eggs are big enough) Pray for BIG FAT HEALTHY EGGS! (20mm)

    Gustavo is going to Dubai the week that I should be giving my eggs... but I NEED him with me though. As his part will have to be performed on that same day! We will know more about this SOON.

    How am I feeling???
    I must say... I am in pain. Cramps are awful and LOWER back pain. I swear I want to punch Gustavo in the face everytime he gives me an injection... I feel like he doesn't understand the pain that I am in. Sometimes I just start crying for no reason and I am mean! But I have an excuse!

    Friday, September 27, 2013

    30 Things to Stop Doing


    I saw this and I thought: "Wow, This is GREAT advise! I must share on my blog!"
     
    Please take time to read this and try these things out! Do not be so hard on yourself. No one is perfect, it is ok to make mistakes!!!
    When you stop chasing the wrong things you give
    the right things a chance to catch you.

    As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.

    Here are some ideas to get you started:

    1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
    2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
    3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.  Read The Road Less Traveled.
    4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  Yes, help others; but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
    5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you likeeveryone else.  Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
    6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
    7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
    8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.  We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
    9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
    10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.  Read Stumbling on Happiness.
    11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.  You cannot change what you refuse to confront.  Making progress involves risk.  Period!  You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
    12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
    13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.  There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
    14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
    15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
    16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.  Ask yourself this:  “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
    17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.  You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.  But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.  You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile!  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
    18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.  Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”  Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!  And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.  If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
    19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
    20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.  Just do what you know in your heart is right.
    21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
    22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
    23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  Read Getting Things Done.
    24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
    25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
    26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
    27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.
    28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
    29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
    30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
    Taken from: http://www.bspcn.com/2012/02/03/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    Killing my MONSTER addiction


    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Monster Energy Drinks! It is almost SAD!
    I have to drink one EVERY day! Sometimes I drink 2 a day! I just love them!

    Guess what Amber? You have to STOP drinking them! When I do not have one… I feel like I have a HEADACHE and I NEED one!
    So- What I have done is… I am only drinking ONE a day… Until the case that Hubzy got for me is gone. I was reading that HIGH caffeine intake is not good when you are trying to have a baby… So- I have to do what is right. I have to KILL the MONSTER can!

    I started drinking Monster when I was in Bagram, Afghanistan. A co-worker named Jason bought me one. I have been drinking one every morning since then. I know a lot of people drink coffee, tea or soda… But my only want in the beginning of my day is MONSTER… The GREEN MONSTER! I like the Yellow and the Orange as well. But the Green Monster has me by my taste buds! I have to "Unleash the Beast"

     

    Dream job: Working at Monster or an Apple Store!

    Just Kidding!
     
    Good Bye Monster! I shall save 2.25 a day from here on out!
    But if you are looking for them in KUWAIT... I see that the Sultan Center carries them... The Shaka Bakala does as well. Those are about the only places that I can find them!

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    What is a "HATER"?


    I decided to look this up... And see what a HATER is...
    HATER: a person who hates.
    Well- that is a simple definition.
    Let me look at IMAGES... I didn't see a PERSON.
    Hmmm.
    Strange.
    Would a hater STEAL a picture of a HOTTIE and send it to all of their friends with a crazy caption??? Or make FAKE FaceBooks??? Or even worse... Fake Myspace Accounts with someone else's picture??? Or take screen shots of the real person's profile then go and Group chat???
    Does that make a person a HATER?
    I think so.

    So here is my definition of a HATER:
    -Someone who is not happy with themselves, so they talk about other people all of the time. They have to have large groups of people around them to try and make themselves feel valued or important.

    I found this on another BLOG... from way back in 2010 Get Rid of Hater TIPS

    This is how you get rid of HATERS... (No, there is not a spray) I looked! LMAO!
    1. Keep your business to yourself…people can’t hate on what they don’t know; well not  effectively.
    2. Put distance between you and your haters…if your haters are friends with your friends…tell your friends you don’t care to know what such & such is saying as  it doesn’t make a difference in your life & they should find something better to do with their time.
    3. Applaud your haters & stop them dead in their tracks by saying you agree with everything their saying about you. LOL There’s no where to go from there but STOP!
    Hopefully one of these 3 easy techniques will help rid you of your haters or at the very least reduce them.
    Good Luck!
    And here is a note to my HATERS (One in particular)
    Dear Envious Beast-
    My Life is beautiful! You can share it with whomever...
    Make positive progression towards perfection... Love yourself... Learn that you cannot talk your way out of everything... You have plenty of time, Go to the GYM... Work out that aggression... And know I am not thinking about you. And YES, I am beautiful. You are just making me famous on Camp Arifjan by showing me off:) I have an awesome FAMILY and someone to go home to! Contracting is NOT my life. Neither is drinking, drugs and sleeping with RANDOM Nobodies!!! Look at yourself before you look at me... Because I could unload ALL of your mess and destroy you the same way you are trying to destroy me... I just CHOSE not to!
     
    THANK YOU!
    PS- Now I have PLENTY of time to BLOG... But so do you! (BITE, BITE, BITE)
    God Bless you!
    -With Lots of Love~XOXO~ Amber Dawn Banegas...

    Here are some Nicki Minaj Quotes... I knew I wasn't the only person this was happening to! You are NOT the first and will not be my last!











    Friday, September 13, 2013

    Guess What? IVF in Kuwait



    Gustavo and I have been talking about having another baby since we have been married... We are never together long enough to make it happen though!

    I tied my tubes when Mimster was born. I didn't think that I wanted more kids. She was a BIG surprise to me! And what a joy! She keeps us on her toes!
    DJ is an easy kid. It doesn't take much to keep him happy!
    I love them. They say a Mother's love only multiplies, never divides!

    So- Let's start multiplying!

    The first step: Get the swimmer's tested!
    - I finally got Gustavo to go and spray some babies into a cup! It was very easy... You just walk in, get a cup, pay 23 KD (80.00 USD) Ummm, Release, and then in a couple hours, you have your results! Looks like Gustavo has some GOLD METAL SWIMMERS!!!! YAY!!!

    Step Two:
    It took me about a week... And a lot of research to decide to go in and see the doctor.
    I waited for about an hour to see the doctor. He asked if I knew about IVF and I did. I broke it down the way I understood it... And clearly I was right. Then I met 'WANDA' I had an Ultra-Sound. (INTERNAL) He checked out my Uterus and said, "Looks good"

    Okay- Now what?
    - Hysteroscopy
    - Start injections
    - When my period comes, new injections
    - Egg Retrival
    - Egg Transfer
    - Wait 2 weeks...
    - Are we pregnant or Not???

    Fast Forward a Day:
    I got blood drawn. They took two vials to check out my hormones. My doctor said that I should get hysterscopy to check out my womb.
    (Hysteroscopy is the inspection of the uterine cavity (or in my case WOMB) by endoscopy with access through the cervix) Basically- They are going to put a camera in my womb to make sure everything is okay in there.
    That is a Minor Surgery... So I met with the anesthesiologist. He told me what to be ready for... then they gave me 2 pills to take in the morning of the hysteroscopy.

    So I will be going in on the 18th to get that done... And then that night... I will get a class about injectables!

    ***To save time and money... I will have Gustavo do my injections. Bonding time!!!***

    We are so excited! We have already picked names and we are hoping that we will get TWINS!!!

    PS- I promise that if I use that cool IVF language, I will also have a break down or cheat sheet! That way you won't be lost like I was!!!

    Wish us LUCK!!!

    I made a TAB just for our IVF VOYAGE. To keep up with our progress: Click Here

     

    What a year!!!


    I have no excuse to why I haven't written... I have been trying to keep myself together with all the craziness that has happened this year. I will not get into it all, as I would like that to stay PRIVATE and keep a bit of my self image!!!
     

    I can honestly say that 2013 has been the worst year of my life!

    I thought that it would have been my BEST year since it is DJ and Mimi's GOLDEN year...
     
    Not the case!

    I could probably write a New York Times Best Seller with these 9 months of my life!

    Betrayal and lies consumed my year... My 2013...

     I guess at times you are given crazy situations to see how well you handle them. I must say I believe I deserve an OSCAR!!! I controlled myself better than I ever thought I would. I came to work... And most people would never know that my life was FALLING apart.

     I thought that I had friends, friends who loved me and cared about me... But that was not the case. I was merely a person who had expectations of the people that I cared about. I didn't want to see them as they were...  I talked to them about what was going on in my life, my worries and fears. Big Mistake! I felt like I lost myself! Like no one could see me. I saw everyone else having fun and living their lives... Why do I always have to be so responsible?

     Jealousy consumes a lot of people around you. You may not be aware of it. The secrets that you share with your "friends" will be used as ammunition against you!
     
    *** Jealousy is an emotion, and the word typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something of great personal value, particularly in reference to an existing connection. Jealousy often consists of a combination of emotions such as anger, resentment,. ETC***
     


    People will spread rumors... Make false judgments... they will LIE, LIE, LIE on you... BUT Remember... You will learn from this. AND be so much stronger!


    I know that I have learned a lot and realize that I am a STRONG woman!!!
     
    Remember when a ship is going down... No one wants to see anyone else get in a life boat!
     

    FINALLY~
    Things are turning around now!!!
     

    I am happy that my family is back TOGETHER. Gustavo is back from Afghanistan. The kids have returned from their Summer vacation in North Carolina. We are all just adjusting to each other again.
     

    I am so glad that they are back. It makes me happy to know that I have someone on my side when the World is against me.
     
    Our marriage has been VERY hard and I am hoping that compared to this year, we will have SMOOTH SAILING from here on out!

    We are building a house (AGAIN) and it should be complete by the end of the year!

     
     


     

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Booth House- KUWAIT

    Desert Light # 171 and Rosa Parks Palace # 5 sent out an email asking for ideas on what we can do to help those in need and in our Kuwait community! There are so many places out there that I never knew about. On my search for a place to volunteer I ran across: http://desertgirlkuwait.blogspot.com 

    Donations requested for Booth House, Kuwait

    Forwarded message:
    Dear Friends,

    Greetings to you. Trust all is fine with you through His blessings. 

    Thanks for all the support and assistance given to our Booth House-The Salvation Army.
    The girls are immensely blessed with the help you had provided.

    We had a new batch of guests (abused domestic helpers)  from the Ethiopian Embassy this week.  Now the number of guests in our Booth House is 58.

    To help us run the place efficiently you might be able to help this work by donations of any or some of the following items:

    • Food items - rice, lentils, sugar, milk, tea,
    • coffee, canned food, macaroni, noodles, etc.
    • deodarants, hair oil.
    • washing  soap.
    • toilet rolls, etc.
    • Toiletries - tooth paste, shampoo, conditioners,
    • Linen - new or very gently used lined (bed sheets, pillows, pillow case, towels, etc.)
    • Washing material - clothes washing soap, dish
    • Hygiene products - sanitary napkins, kleenex

    Give Back

    Last night I had another dream about GIVING BACK...
    So I went to GOOGLE... I found the below blog post at : http://americaninkuwait.blogspot.com/2008/12/volunteering-in-kuwait.html

    I will have to add these two "Blogsters" to my reading list!
    Here is a well collected list of places you can volunteer in Kuwait prepared by Desert Girl

    Volunteering in KuwaitAs an expat in Kuwait, you may occasionally find yourself with free time on your hands. Your spouse and children might need something to do as well. Like being in your home country, there are many people in your local community who could use your assistance.

    Volunteerism in Kuwait isn’t terribly different from what we are used to. There are still special needs, elderly, animal rights, and environmental groups. If you worry about a language barrier, when it comes down to compassion, no one really cares what language you speak. You will find that you will get your point across one way or another; and perhaps learn more about the local culture than you thought.

    The listings below (in alphabetical order) represent ways in which you can help your local community. Remember that if you are too busy to donate your time, you can always donate resources.

    Abeer2. Abeer2 is part of the Kuwait Voluntary Work Center (KVWC) (see below). It is a volunteer program in assistance of children with special needs in Kuwait. The program includes various activities: After school program, summer camp, life skills training, horseback riding, field trips, sports, workforce training. For additional information, contact: Phone/fax: 25382802, phone: 7400062, 7550443, http://www.abeer2.com/ or see their sub-page on the KVWC site listed below.
    Al Kharafi Activity Kids Center. The center was developed to help special needs children play with their peers within a safe and enjoyable environment whilst developing their physical, emotional, social, and verbal abilities. We concentrate on training the children to deal with each other and communicate in a nurturing non-discriminatory environment. Volunteers play a vital role in running the center. For information visit http://www.kharafi-akc.org.kw/

    Animal Friends League (AFL). “We strive to improve the quality of animals' lives in Kuwait by rescuing animals and providing them with shelter, food and medical attention; educating people about the basic needs and proper treatment and care of animals. We also encourage spaying and neutering to control the animal overpopulation. The need of animals in Kuwait has never been greater. Once cherished family members, pets can now be found in alarming numbers wandering the streets in a pitiful condition. A number of people discovered this need and realized that something had to be done; thus, Animal Friends League of Kuwait was born.” For more information visit http://www.animalfriendskuwait.org/

    Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice. A hospice is a program or facility that provides special care for people who are near the end of life and for their families. Volunteers make a difference in a child's life in hospital, bringing about a sense of normality, care, and fun. Throughout the years volunteers have unselfishly given their time by contributing in many different ways, helping provide children in hospital with a friendly positive atmosphere. Whether it is by playing with the children in hospital, decorating the pediatric wards to promote a child friendly environment, helping in the office or at fundraising events, volunteers play a significant role in supporting KACCH in its aims and goals. For information on how to volunteer, visit http://www.kacch.org/ or phone 2246-4723.

    Down Syndrome Center. Phone 24821541 or 24824542. Fax: 24821540. Website http://wwww.q8ds.com/
    Indian Women’s Association. The Indian Women’s Association IWA is pleased to announce the start of its ‘Spread a Special Smile’ project. The project seeks to provide students with the opportunity to become involved as volunteers, in a summer project during June till August, spending time with the Special Needs Children of the Kuwait Society for the Handicapped. The goal of this project besides the enriching and positive experience of ‘Spread a Special Smile’ will help students explore their feelings, examine their values, discover their own special individuality and promote awareness and understanding of special needs children. Contact the IWA at kuwait@hotmail.com (Note that the IWA coordinates other volunteer projects throughout the year.)

    Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital. (See “Bayt Abdullah” above.) Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital (KACCH) is a non-governmental charitable organization registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in 2003. It was founded informally in 1989 to help children and their families cope with the stresses of hospitalization. It is managed by volunteers and funded by donations from organizations, businesses, banks, schools and individuals within Kuwait. Volunteer to play with / read to children in hospitals through http://www.kacch.org/

    Kuwait Blind Association. Volunteer to accompany the blind on trips and read to them by calling 25654105 / 25654160 / 25622245 / 25622300 in Maidan Hawalli.

    Kuwait Center for Autism. Phone: 22540351 or 22540179. Fax: 22540247. Website: http://www.q8autism.com/

    Kuwait Dive Team. The Kuwait Dive Team volunteers regularly tackle marine projects in Kuwait including freeing trapped turtles, installing boat mooring buoys away from coral reefs, adding to the coral environment, salvaging sunken boats, fishing nets, debris and waste. If you would like to volunteer your diving skills in assistance of these endeavors (or provide resources), Visit http://www.freekuwait.org/ or http://www.kdt.ksclub.org/, Phone: 24826777

    Kuwait Orphanage. (Department of Family Nursery), Ministry of Social Affairs & Labor. The orphanage is located at the UN roundabout in Sulaybikhat. Director: Dr. Fahad Al-Wardan. Phone: 24878949. Fax: 2487-9636

    Kuwait Red Crescent Society. The Red Crescent is a volunteer organization which helps those in need in times of disaster. Membership to the Kuwait Red Crescent Society is open to all persons supporting its objectives and principles without discrimination. Its activities are spread through the following committees: Relief Committee, Social Committee, Info - cultural Committee, Public Relations & Income Generating, International Affairs Bureau, Emergency Committee, Training and First Aid Program, Youth Group Office, " BALSAM " Project, Prison office, Search for Missing Persons, Membership. For information on how to volunteer, visit http://www.krcs.net/.

    Kuwait Sea Turtle Rescue Network. Volunteer to rescue/care for sea turtles by calling 2656 6623/4/5. E-mail: kuwaitturtles@hotmail.com
    Kuwait Society for the Handicapped.
    http://www.kshkw.com/. handicapped@kshkw.com. Phone: 22632343 or 22631277. Fax: 22642630

    LOYAC (Lothan Youth Achievement Center) LoYAC is a non-profit organization working towards the overall development of youth in Kuwait. K4K (Kuwait for Kenya) is a project of volunteers will fundraise, promote, and volunteer in order to assist the Youth Counseling Center in Mombassa, Kenya to continue to provide and develop its services and programs to the child/youth community. K4K is a divisional project under the K4W (Kuwait for the World) initiative. In addition to volunteer programs, LOYAC places young Kuwaiti interns through summer programs. Your company may be able to assist. Visit http://www.loyac.org/contact.htm

    Operation Hope.
    Operation Hope is a mission that seeks to Help Others Practically & Evangelically by providing gifts of coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and socks for those less fortunate during the colder season in Kuwait & to share the love of Christ by serving them as He called us to do.
    Operation Hope is a non-profit, non-political organization operating in the State of Kuwait. Founded in 2005 by Sheryll Mairza, Operation Hope relies on volunteers and donors to fulfill its mission.
    http://www.operationhopekuwait.com/.

    Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). PAWS strives to provide assistance to homeless, neglected and abandoned animals by providing veterinary care, rescue and adoption services, to animals in Kuwait in partnership with their rescuers. You can assist Kuwait’s rescued pets in many ways. You can donate your time. Even a hour or two each week or month would help provide comfort to sheltered pets. If you can’t donate time you can help us with donations of money, food or supplies. For information on how to volunteer, visit http://www.paws-kuwait.org/index.php?vol.

    Kuwait Voluntary Work Centre (KVWC). The KVWC is Chaired by Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The KVWC works on various volunteer projects including work with children with special needs, protection of the environment (desert and sea – including desert/sea clean-up activities). The group is often in the local media working with His Highness the Emir on environmental protection activities. (Arabic website – Google translator) http://www.kuwaitvolunteers.com/. Phone: 24750746 2فاكس:4768443 Fax: 24768443. البريد الالكتروني:info@kuwaitvolunteers.com E-mail: info@kuwaitvolunteers.com

    The Ultimate Volunteer: Become an Organ Donor
    God forbid, but accidents do happen everywhere. Consider becoming an organ donor in Kuwait by contacting the Kuwait Transplant Society and requesting an organ donor card. Phone 22520147, 22520230, Fax: 22560751.

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Explore

    Gustavo and I were exploring different options for the next visa run. The only dates available are RIGHT before Ramadan... So- Bahrain it will be! It is a short flight, no layovers and I am sure as long as there is a pool the kids will be happy.
    When I first got with Gustavo I told him of a dream that I had... I dreamt that I was in a Spanish speaking country and that I worked at an orphanage. Perhaps that was me getting my calling... I do not know. I only know that my passion is to help people. Gustavo sent me this link and it only re-confirmed how beautiful his soul is:
    http://www.volunteerhonduras.org/
    This would be a great vacation idea! And it is giving back! I know that we will do this trip! Sooner or Later!
    Seeing these sides of my partner only deepen the love and respect that I have for him. Noble and Humble... were just added to his list of great attributes.