Events

First day of school

by Reema on September 7, 2011

in Events, My Kids

My babies are growing, so proud of them.


Going to school

Going to school


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Earthquake

by Reema on August 23, 2011

in Events, General

Earthquake hit us, my first experience and it freaked me out. A 5.9 Earthquake centered near Washington, DC and I felt it here in New Jersey. The whole house was shaking, it was scary. What a way to wake up!

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Happy Thanksgiving

by Reema on November 23, 2006

in Events, Friends

I woke up early at 6:30 am because I had a lot of cooking and preparations to do before our friends and their kids came over. I brined my turkey overnight and it smelled so good with the Kuwaiti spies I’ve added. It took about 5 hours to cook an 18 pounds turkey and just half way through i used cranberry sauce to baste the turkey for more flavor. Friends came at 2pm as i was making the gravy, we didn’t wait at all, the table was already set all we had to do was dig in. We ate so much I felt like bursting lol Thanksgiving was enjoyable, it was nice to get together with friends. I just wished mom and dad were here, hopefully next year.

Before

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After: Carving every piece of meat for later

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4 Years of Bliss

by Reema on November 20, 2006

in Events, General

Our wedding anniversary is today! i wonder what surprise my husband has for me? love his surprises i guess i have to wait and see πŸ˜€

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Eye Surgery

by Reema on October 8, 2006

in Events, Kuwait Affairs

At 9 am I was at the hospital, i was worried and a bit scared. Having my husband and dad with me helped alot. At 10 am i was all done and prepared to go into surgery, I’ve always hated operating rooms they are very cold and looks like a clean dungeon with it’s torture instruments. Anyway the anesthesiologist looked down at me and said not to be scared i was going to have a local anathestic. Injecting me in the corner of my eye HURTS LIKE HELL! by the time i took the 2nd shot the area around my eyes were numb. The whole procedure took about 45 minutes i didn’t feeling any pain only tugging and pulling. I had 1 stitch and was sent me home, of course once the numbness started to wear off the pain was unbearable. I had no choice but to break my fast so i could take pain killers. I looked like a pirate and the kids sure had fun laughing at me πŸ™‚

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Me Eye

by Reema on October 7, 2006

in Events, Kuwait Affairs

I got this nasty stye at the corner of my right eye. It started small now it got bigger over the years. It’s damn ugly, it’s not that noticeable only if I pointed it out but it’s sure is irritating. I made my decision and today and made an appointment with my mom’s ophthalmologist, see if he could take it out surgically. The doctor did ask me if i was sure to go ahead with the surgery because it wasn’t that bad, but I insisted. Next morning I have to be at the hospital at 9am and the surgery was at 10 am.

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Gergee-an

by Reema on October 3, 2006

in Events, Kuwait Affairs

For those who don’t know what’s a Gergee-an it’s a very old tradition that starts during the holy month of Ramadan it’s similar to “trick or treat” of Halloween the difference is there is no treat, here children wear special nice clothes and they go door to door in their neighborhood chanting Gergee-an songs so they could be rewarded with sweets to fill up their hand bags. Some houses in honor of their children prepare special designs hand bags/boxes filled with sweets to send them out to their friends and families, usually the boxes would have a picture of the boy/girl in it with a small card identifying whom the Gergee-an is from. The sweets doesn’t have to be in handbags or boxes some people get creative and come up with beautiful designs, here are some examples that i received from friends and family:

This one is a beautiful lantern the sweets were placed inside.

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Another beautiful lantern

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This one is different then the others and you could see the bag of sweets.

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My mom decided to prepare a Gergee-an for my baby Ali and since she has a tailor shop she sewed the bags herself.
This evening all of her friends were coming, a women’s gathering if you want to call it. All were eager to see baby Ali the long awaited grandson. One by one they came each with their fancy colorful clothes, their shining diamonds that decorated their necks, ears and hands, and not forgetting their high pitch squeaky Hi’s that would make a deaf man hear again. I sat there holding Ali as one of them greeted me and with a “May I?” she snatched my baby just before i was about to mention that he was allergic to perfumes and scented oil which of course drenched their clothes. Ali was being passed by from one person to the other. I could imagine from a baby’s perspective he would see huge monsters with painted faces laughing wickedly in his face. No sooner was he held by the 18th person did he screamed his protest. One old lady whispered in my ear just before i was about to go to my son “it’s the evil eye i tell you, read some verses of the Quran for protection or he’ll never sleep tonight” i nodded and went to my baby he was so tired he immediately slept in my arms, i went to my room and put him in his crib hoping he won’t dream of monsters with painted faces.

After making sure Ali was sound asleep i put the baby monitor on and went to join them again. The women danced and chatted, the usual gossip i guess, then we had dinner (I’m glad to eat good Kuwaiti food!) afterwards mom gave each guest their Gergee-an each one was different from the other but the sweets inside were the same. It was an enjoyable evening but I’m not sure Ali had fun, poor baby. Here’s the Gergee-an mom made:

That’s from the outside which mom made, it looks like a couch cushion, each one had a different design.

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This is the box inside the cover.

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My favorite part, the pouch of sweets πŸ˜€

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911

by Reema on September 11, 2006

in Events, My Poetry,Stories & Thoughts

I still hear the mourning of wounded hearts, wounded souls….

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