A DATE IS SET....YAY!!!!!!

I'm a bit late on posting this but boy have I been busy.  I finally got my passport approved and it arrived Saturday 2/23 which made my day. We finally got to have our niece and nephew over for the weekend for the first time since before Halloween due to my sister-in-laws little meltdown. But anywhoo having them here was great and then to have my passport arrive made it amazing!!

I got with my friend and co traveler the following Wednesday to fill out our Visa Applications and sent those off last Friday 3/1.. With every step I make towards this trip I get just a bit more nervous  It's like every time something gets approved it all becomes more real to me. At first I had the attitude that it was all to good to be true. Amazing things like this just aren't out there for regular people like me. Then I got the referral. So I told myself to go for it. After receiving my packet for my passport applications I began to think that something was going to get in the way and I was just getting my hopes of for nothing but the passports were approved and now we're on to the last step before setting the date. Still in the back of my head I kind of feel like Alice in Wonderland wondering if I'm just going to wake up from this land of make believe. So you could now just imagine my surprise when I received a phone call from my case manager this morning. She told me that it will take about 2 weeks to get the visa back but we were going to go ahead and schedule my trip. I honestly felt like I had just answered the door to Ed McMahon holding the big check. 

In the very back of my mind I still am a tad reluctant to let myself believe that this is really happening. But never the less I'm extremely excited and filled with butterflies. As it stands right now my friend and I will be leaving April 2nd for Mumbai India. We will be stopping over in either Munich or Frankfurt Germany on the way there and back.  It's also exciting because I'm not only getting to go to one country. We'll be stepping foot into two countries. The layover will be for 3 hours which gives a little time for site seeing too :)
Mumbai is where I will be going
Here is the hospital 
A look at one of the patient rooms
 I've been told that the entire trip one way is going to take 24 hours. So even thought we are leaving April 2nd we will not arrive until the 3rd and then my surgery will be done on the 4th. Of course I'm expecting things to go well without any complications and if it does we will be gone for two weeks which means we will be getting back on the plane to return home on the 16th. I will have more to tell as the date gets closer. Right now I just thought I'd let it out that I HAVE A DATE FINALLY SET!!!! YAY!! For now it's sticking with my diet, exercising, and WATER,WATER,WATER. Soon I will be starting my pre-op diet and when that starts I'll fill you all in a bet more. Bye for now :)

M.L. 10 Things I Am Proud Of


10 things I'm Proud of

This has to be one of the hardest lists I have had to do as of yet. I've never been one to think of the good things that I have accomplished because I grew up with those things being over looked and down graded so I just stopped thinking about things like that.

  1. I'm proud that my children know that their mother loves them. Coming from a childhood of never knowing how that feels I work hard daily so that my children will never know that feeling.
  2. I'm proud that I graduated and received my diploma.
  3. I am proud that I am NOTHING like my mother.
  4. I am proud of my many skills in the kitchen.
  5. I'm proud to be able to say I walked for The March Dimes 3 times and completed the entire walk without getting tired.
  6. I'm proud that i have set a goal in to make changes in my life for the better and so far I am still standing strong at making those changes.
  7. I'm proud of my gift of being mechanically inclined.
  8. I'm proud to say I have finally strengthened my backbone and am not so much of the mat that everyone wiped their feet on.
  9. I'm proud that I have been with James for a decade( even thought we haven't been married that long) and we are still going strong.
  10. I'm proud that I can say I have been a non-smoker for 13 years now.

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MHO Monday Mingle

This Week's Theme: DRAMA

This Week's Questions:

1. What does the word DRAMA mean to you?

Trouble!! I believe those that cause drama are ones who are seeking attention and cause trouble is the only way they seem to find that attention or the fact that they are so unhappy that they feeling need to cause trouble to make others fight because seeing others fight is what makes them happy. I have a few family members on both sides that love creating drama

2. Do you like DRAMA in your life?

I hate it!! I have come to a point that I now avoid anyone who is known to cause drama. If I have to stay in my room just to avoid them I will.

3. What is the biggest DRAMA ordeal you've been in?

Oh gah there are so many. I've been brought into the middle of so much I don't even try to think about it anymore. This year I have turned over a new leaf so those days are all in the past where they are going to stay.

4. Do you know someone who loves DRAMA? Who is it?

YES!! I choose not to name names because more than likely most of them are reading this and they know who they are and singling them out would just start more drama :)

5. How do you avoid DRAMA in your life?  

Just stay away when ever possible.

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Sunday Social_ brought to you by the number 5

YAY!! it's once again time for SUNDAY SOCIAL!! One of my favorite places to link up :)
Sunday Social
This weeks theme is: Brought to you by the number 5
1. 5 songs you’ll listen to the rest of your life. 

Being the music lover that I am it was extremely hard to just pick five but this is what I came up with.
  • Grandpa- The Judds
  • Time of your life- Greenday
  • Remember when- Alan Jackson

  • Imagine- John Lennon
  • She talks to angles- The Black Crowes
2. 5 things on your bucket list.
  • I absolutely want to go to Disney land before I die!!
  • Visiting another country (which will be getting checked off very soon since I will be going to India this month)
  • Road trip from the east coast to the west coast just James and I driving with lots of sight seeing
  • buying a house
  • Find the perfect job for me
3. 5 celebs you’d love to hang out with for a day:
  • Clay Matthews
  • Pink
  • Ozzy
  • Alice Cooper
  • Ellen Degeneres
4. 5 things you always carry on your purse

Well I actually don't carry a purse anymore because I always seemed to forget it so now I carry everything in my pockets or it stays in the truck. But when I did carry one it always contained
  • My wallet
  • phone
  • gum
  • pictures of my kids
  • perfume
5. 5 books on your reading list

Being the true crime fanatic that I am of course these are all true crime :)
  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, David Simon
  •  Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster, Harold Schechter
  • A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath, Jeanine Cummins
  • Cries Unheard: Why Children Kill — The Story of Mary Bell, Gitta Sereny
  • Lethal Intent, Sue Russell
6. Share the last 5 pictures on your phone.

Visiting one of my favorite Aunts

Santana showing Brutus his crate

At the park with the kids

Cute photo op

A super cute heart shaped rock like thing Nick found while walking

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