Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Monumental Moments

Good afternoon my dears,

Lately, we've had a lot of what I like to call monumental moments, moments that are meaningful and worth remembering and celebrating.

Moved into our Farmhouse 

We received the keys to our farmhouse on March 22nd, the day this picture was taken. In the weeks after, the trees surrounding the house started to bloom and now we're shaded from the midday sunshine under a canopy of leaves. The views out of every window, has to be one of my favorite things about moving further out into the countryside. So peaceful. 





40th Anniversary of Joining the Rhodesian Air Force

This year would've been the 40th anniversary of my dad joining the Rhodesian Air Force. He served from 1978-1982 and it shaped his future decades-long career in avionics. In 1989, when I was aged three, my Dad co-founded Inter Avionics where he worked for almost twenty-five years, until passing away aged fifty-four in 2013.

Pictured. Far left, on bended knee. 

Also pictured is my Uncle Buffy, who along with my Aunt Diana, recently attended a 40th reunion in South Africa. While there they got together with family and longtime family friends. My Aunt Diana kindly sent me this picture, of the Chomse family whom I've known my whole life.

Left to right: Unknown, unknown, Isa, Alf (who was my dad's business partner at Inter Avionics, Serena, Miskar (my dad's godson), Alf's mom. 

13th Anniversary in the United States

On May 5th, we celebrated my 13th year in the United States. As of last year, I've now lived in the United States longer than I lived in South Africa (8 years) or England (11 years). 



What monumental moment have you recently celebrated?

Have a blessed week,
Kiki Nakita

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Kelsie's 3rd Birthday at Lake Tillery and a Housewarming Luncheon

Good afternoon my dears.

We recently celebrated the 3rd birthday of our dog, Kelsie Merrily.

Aka; Kells, Belle, Ballerina.


We adopted Kelsie in August, 2015 when she was five months old, from the high kill shelter in Elizabethtown, NC. She was due to be euthanized the following day, but instead, she got to come live with and make memories with us. 
 

So in keeping with last years tradition, which you can read about here, we decided to take Kelsie on a day trip, firstly to the car wash, then to Lake Tillery for a picnic and hike. 


We picnicked by this beach cove, with soft sand and waves as the boats and jet skies drove by. 



The area overlooked forest on one side...


...and the lake on the other side. 



After the picnic we hiked up the hill. 


Where as you climb you can see glimpses of the lake through the dappling trees. 


When we see glimpses of this bridge, then we know we're almost finished, and have more than met our 10,000 steps for the day.



The following day we hosted a luncheon for some friends. 


I grouped together the savory bites along with the bigger plates. 


Cheddar and heirloom tomato sandwiches. 


Mexican corn potato salad


Southwestern salad 


And I grouped together the sweet bites with the small plates and silverware. The green platter was for sugar cookies that were still in the oven. 


Strawberry scones served with rhubarb raspberry preserves. I had to take the dome off as it was steaming up. 


The housewarming gift we received from our realtor-turned-friend, her husband, her daughter, and new baby son. 


You can also watch the video of our weekend here too if you'd like. 

Enjoy the rest of your week,

Kiki Nakita

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bye Bye Babies and Royal Baby


Good afternoon my dears. 

I've been missing in action these past few weeks. We've had a few of the busiest weeks in a long, long, time. Then so much happens that it can get overwhelming to know where to start. Sometimes, you just have to start to start, so here goes. 

During the months of January, February, March and April I was undergoing the process of IVF with ICSI. As many of you know, we've had unexplained infertility for almost four years, yet every test hasn't found the reason why we haven't been able to conceive.

Everyone takes this journey differently. At first we were extremely private, but over time I've made many, many friends who have a story about infertility to share. This week, is national infertility awareness week and the numbers are staggering. 1 in 8. That means that someone you sit beside in church, someone you see in the post office line, in the grocery store line, etc. has had some sort of experience with infertility.

A
lmost all the woman I sit besides at the fertility clinic say; "Our family and friends don't know". Not everyone has family, or friends who can empathize and be supportive. Yet these women are some of the strongest I've ever met. Encouraging, caring, and thoughtful about how they discuss and share their stories. Lending and ear and validating each others experiences is especially important.


Thankfully, the medications (Lupron, Gonal F, Menopur, HCG, Progesterone) didn't cause any unwanted side effects. Mostly bruising and muscle aches if I stood or walked for too long. Here are a few blurry cell phone snaps I took along our journey:

Waiting 


Vaginal Ultrasounds (Yep! Its reality)



Not everyone shares their numbers, but I'm an open book, as I hope it makes someone else who is going through this realize we're all different. Plus reading forums can sometimes make things seem a little more complicated than they really need to. 


IVF

15 follicles
10 eggs retrieved
9 viable
7 fertilized
6 8-cell embryos
3 blastocyst embryos

EMBIES
Every day we got a call from our RE (reproductive endocrinologist) with how many embies (embryos) made it to the next day, along with a picture of their development. I remember we were having brunch at First Watch when we learned that 6 embies made it to 8-cell embryos. That was a joyful day. 



We had 2 embryos (fraternal twins) implanted, but sadly we lost them at 4 weeks into their development. We have one more waiting on us, but decided to take a break until this summer, so my bruises would have a chance to heal. 

Thankfully, we're patient, we're at peace, and we have hope


In much happier news, we are delighted with the arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby boy.  Goodness gracious me, I have a lot of congratulations cards to write with all the happy royal news of late. 




Kiki Nakita



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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A Bahamas Cruise & A Few Little February Updates

Good afternoon my dears.

Happy love month to you all. Here's a few February updates that I'd like to remember. 


ONE


We started our month on a Bahamas Cruise to Princess Cays and Nassau. It was the perfect amount of sunshine to put smiles on our faces. Some pictures from our balcony stateroom. 




FORMAL EVENING



ISLAND DAYS






HOME MOVIE

A travel diary of our Bahamas Cruise.


TWO

Seashells are one of my favorite souvenirs. We have collected them from around the world on our travels. They may look different or unique when we discover them on the beach, but once home and together with the rest of the collection they look the same. Do you collect seashells on your travels too?






THREE

The weekend after our return was our 4th annual Valentines at the Ballantyne. 
FOUR

Our weather this month has been beautiful. Yes, we've had some rain showers, but all the blossoms starting to bloom bring me so much unending joy.




FIVE

Last but not least, a little IVF update. We went to our REI on Friday and they performed more tests. I had a CD 12 ultrasound, a sticky test, and endometrial scratch, and all my results came back good. So thankful. 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13


Kiki Nakita
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