Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Though we go on a lot of trips, I am pretty retentive on my vacation time, so most of our trips are long weekends that include holidays, so while I might get 6 days off, only 3 of them are vacation days. This is how I managed to save all of the very important vacation days for the end of the year, and they start TOMORROW! I actually have a 'comp' day stuck in there too, as you get one of those for every Saturday you work- are you learning my tricks here or what?! No one can believe that I have so many days left over, but when I say I am a Virgo, I mean it!
Mr. Pit and I went on some GREAT trips this year, including lots of weddings and our awesome long weekend in the Virgin Islands and our week in Vail and Breckenridge last March. It seems like forever ago that we took those trips, but it was ALL this year! I'll have to do a re-cap of all of our adventures at some point next week so you can really get a feel of where the heck we were all year!
All in all 2009 has been great. Work wise it's gotten a little rocky for both of us, but we're both still employed and that's what's important, especially with Little Pit on the way. Our marriage has gotten even stronger than it was and I am more in love with Mr. Pit than I was yesterday, a week ago, a year ago...and well, you get the picture. The best advice we received on our wedding day, was someone telling us that our wedding day should be the day that we love each other the least, and that our love should grow from there. And well, now with real biological proof in my belly, the love has certainly grown...to about 15 ounces!
I am really looking forward to 2010, and before that, to Christmas! Thursday is the Christmas Pageant, AKA my favorite tradition in the WORLD. As I've said before, I smile, I cry, and I just love that darn mini-play. Then it's home for a delicious dinner, probably a movie or two, then off to bed to wait for Santa!
I'll post more tomorrow and Thursday I'm sure. Tomorrow I'm helping my Mom arrange flowers at the Church for the pageant and Christmas services, and then the rest of the time is Christmas Christmas Christmas, oh and driving to New York and then back and then to Salem, Mass and then to Providence and then home again! But, details on that later.
Have a great day!!
Friday, December 18, 2009
I have absolutely NO words, well, some, but not a lot for this dog. First, his name is Lenny. For whatever reason that name on THIS dog makes me laugh out loud. Second, he is a Pomeranian, and I think they are SO funny looking. I want to get one just so I can laugh at it everyday. That hair, those eyes, it's really just too much.
What I do know about Lenny is that he is only 4 months old! And, he desperately needs a home for the holidays...how cute would it be to see THIS little face pop out of a Christmas box!? As always, check him out at Main Line Animal Rescue !
Mr. Pit don't have a lot going on this weekend asides from a few Christmas parties and Lil' Pup has another lesson on manners tomorrow at 11. Hopefully the snow will cooperate and allow us to drive out to Malvern for it, but if it doesn't there is NO way I am getting in the car with a bunch of other nut brains out on the road.
In Little Pit news, my email from Babycenter.com today tells me that the baby is now 3/4 of a pound and 10.5" long...and they compared that to a large carrot, ha! I have another appointment on Tuesday to check heartbeat and all that good stuff and to tell you the truth I don't really know what the next milestone is...30 weeks maybe? All I care about is a healthy beating heart and safe travels for the two of us this winter.
Hope you all have great weekends!
xoxo Mrs. Pit
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I am re-blogging this from Glamour's website, specifically Chrissy's "Storked" blog because this is the kind of stuff that REALLY gets on my nerves, especially as a parent to be.
Here's the story:
Taylor Pugh, four, has been participating in an in-school suspension for the past month because his hair is too long. (Watch this video) Taylor's father, Delton Pugh, says he won't "hold his son down" and make him cut it because Taylor likes it long. But the cute boy also likes his friends: "I miss my friends," he told the AP.Here's the thing, though: The school's dress code is black-and-white. Boys' hair must be above the ear lobes and collar. Laura Jobe, from PUBLIC school, Floyd Elementary in the Mesquite School District, maintains that the hair code is designed to minimize distractions in the classroom.
I'm just wondering if you caught the third line of the first paragraph. Taylor likes it long. Well guess what. Taylor is 4. You don't always get what you want, especially when you're 4. It BOGGLES my mind that these parents, who probably pay REALLY good money to send their child to this school would ever allow their 4 year old to decide ultimately on not only his hairstyle, but eventually his suspenstion. CUT the freaking kids hair. He's 4. He'll get over it. Sure, there might be tears, but guess what, growing up isn't easy and no one says it will be.
What annoys me about todays parents, is that they have their kids on a level playing field with them. I am all for letting the kid weigh in on little things, maybe what movie to see for a matinee, or having some sort of say over what they eat, but come on, I do NOT plan on having my child decide FOR me what is best for them. I will be the parent right? So shouldn't I act like one?
Maybe it's because I was raised in the 80's, but let me tell you, I had NO say on what I ate, where I went to school, how I wore my hair, anything. I went to private school from Kindergarten to 12th grade. There was a dress code. I followed it EVERYDAY for 13 years. I didn't get the choice from my school OR my parents. When I broke dresscode, I first got in trouble from school, and then AGAIN from my parents. My parents were NOT the ones to go fight the school on my behalf, no way no how. I had made my proverbial bed, and my parents were going to make sure I was going to lie in it. And guess what...I hardly ever broke (those) rules. Other rules sure, but in school, no way. The consequences were too high. I knew VERY early on what a priviledged life I lived, and how lucky I was to go to that school. If I screwed it up, I would have no one to blame but myself.
I don't believe in the whole 'let your kids express themselves' BS that so many parents tout today. So, put your kid in an art class. You pierce your nose, your belly button or anything else funny, I have a pair of needlenosed pliers and I know how to use them. You have the rest of your life to express yourself however you want. If you're under MY roof and I'm paying for you to go to a private school with rules, you better be certain you'll be following each and every one of them.
If you want your kids to do whatever they want, whenever they want, move to a commune and raise them there. Home school them for all I care- they are your kid's after all. But if you are going to send your kids to my kids school, I expect you to be a parent and your kid to be a kid. My kid will NOT decide if they have a haircut. If I think you need a haircut, guess what, you do. If I think you're acting like a turd, you're going to be put in time out or somewhere else similar. I am not going to negotiate with you like I'm an effing terrorist negotiator. What I say GOES. What your father says GOES. You can reason with me all you want, you can break my rules and scoff at me behind my back, but until you're 18 and out of my house, I AM THE PARENT.
I just wish more people agreed with me. Don't even get me started on the people who don't have a bedtime for their kids, insisting that it makes them more creative. No, what makes them creative is a good night's sleep and positive academic action during the day. But, that's not todays post.
Sorry for the rant, this one just got me all sorts of fired up today. Hope you have a great afternoon!
xoxo Mrs. Pit
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your blogger friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy this entire post and paste into a new post on your blog, if you have one. Change all the answers so that they apply to you.This is not a Meme or a Tag. You simply play along if you wish to. Or just read the answers! Enjoy the Disney Pictures sprinkled throughout the post!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper. Remember, I am an engineer, so I love love LOVE to wrap, it makes me feel like I'm actually creating the gift.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real all the way. Our tree this year is HUMONGOUS but I love it anyway.
3. When do you put up the tree? Normally a week or two after Thanksgiving. It depends if we travel for Thanksgiving. This year it went up the 5th of December, perfect timing if you ask me!
4. When do you take the tree down? We normally take it down the first or second week of January, it all depends on the tree pickup in the Township.
5. Do you like eggnog? Nope, not at all.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My pink BMX bike. It was totally rad then, I love love LOVED it.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My Dad. He has everything and wants for nothing...so yeah, he's tough.
8. Easiest person to buy for? My older brother. He LOVES clothes and is extremely preppy, so anything from Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines or Jos. A. Banks is a win for him.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? No.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Ever since we've been married we've sent out a photo card via mail. I LOVE getting mail and love sending letters out too, though I am not that good or consistent at it!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A jewelry box from my college boyfriend. Totally random and impersonal. I am the easiest person on the planet to buy for. I like anything pink or navy or at all preppy.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? This is a tough one, Rudulph (the claymation one) is SO good, but then there's Elf, and of course It's a Wonderful Life, and Love Actually is a new favorite as well, so I'd say toss up on that one.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? In the summer or whenever the mood strikes. If I see something that is SO perfect for someone else, I buy it when I see it, otherwise it's never there when I go back.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No, but I know I have been the recipient of a recycled gift. The fact that the person thought of me in the first place was fine with me.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? My mom makes a FABULOUS beef tenderloin on Christmas Eve. It's always perfectly cooked and my dad makes AWESOME mashed potatoes, it's always one of my favorite meals of the year.
16. Lights on the tree? Heck yes. 4 strands of white and 4 strands of color. And LOTS of ornaments :)
17. Favorite Christmas song? Baby It's Cold Outside is definitely a favorite, but my favorite hymns are Oh Holy Night and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. They make my hair stand on end when we sing them at the midnight service on Christmas Eve, they are so beautiful.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? It depends on the year. Growing up we ALWAYS had Christmas at home. My first Christmas away from home was our 2nd year married, and we spent it with Mr. Pit's family. It was a very very hard day, but you have to grow up sometime!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yep...you want me to? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donner, Cupid, Comet, Blitzen and Rudolph :)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? My parents tree has an angel, ours has a star.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning. ALWAYS. Our Christmas takes FOREVER, we open one present at a time, from oldest to youngest. I wouldn't doubt it takes 4 hours to do, but I love it. The focus then is on the giver and the receiver, not just the present itself.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The traffic in and around the mall and other shops. I feel like people buy things for the sake of buying...I'd much rather spend time with a person rather than get a gift they found in a checkout line...but that's just me. I chose to buy my family gifts to an event this year in addition to presents. I think it's more important we get out as a family and get some culture rather than everyone just getting a sweater or something.
24. Favorite for Christmas Dinner? We do a Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas dinner is usually sandwiches or left overs from the night before!
25. What do you want to do for Christmas this year? For Christmas this year I just want to have a nice Christmas with both families. This is the last Christmas without an infant running/crawling around, so I want to cherish the quiet grown up part this year!
26. Favorite Christmas tradition growing up? I love our whole Christmas Eve tradition. My Mom and I go to church in the morning to get all the flowers set up on the altar and then at 4 the whole family goes to the pageant. I LOVE the pageant. It is the exact same every year and EVERY year my Mom and I cry at the exact same spots while my brothers and husband just roll their eyes. Then we come home and make a yummy beef tenderloin dinner and end up watching It's A Wonderful Life on TV. It's been pretty set for a long time now, I don't think we HAVE any other Christmas traditions!
27. Favorite tradition now? Same thing as above! It's of course different when we go to Mr. Pit's family (they do Chinese food on Christmas Eve, and a big Christmas Dinner) but this year we are going up there Christmas day, and next year we're having everyone come to us...so it looks like this is it! We'll have to create new traditions when Little Pit is here!
28. Favorite Christmas Memory? My favorite memory is from a few years ago when it was a crazy 70 degrees in Philly on Christmas day. The entire family opened presents together and then ALL went out to play 9 holes of golf. It was hilarious as we were the only ones out there, but the weather couldn't have been nicer!
Monday, December 14, 2009
I laughed out loud, I cried, and I was riveted to the screen the entire time. More than I can say for quite a few movies that we've seen in '09. I know Sandra Bullock annoys the crap out of some people, but she was PERFECT for this role. You totally 'got' who Leigh Anne Touhy was, a tough as nails Mom who is trying to do the right thing for a child that's not her own.
The fact that this is all based on a true story (Michael Oher now plays for the Baltimore Ravens) makes it even better. Even if it had been just a plain screenplay I still would have loved it.
This week is pretty calm for us, thank goodness, and it's just 10 days to Christmas, eek!!!
Hope you all had awesome weekends!
xoxo Mrs. Pit
Friday, December 11, 2009
Meet Dynasty! I think I may have featured her before, but I got a special request to feature her again, so here she is!
She is QUITE the looker, and this lab/boxer mix is absolutely a fan favorite for the volunteers over at Main Line Animal Rescue.
Her write up is quick and to the point:
"Dynasty came to us after some unfortunate events left her owner homeless. If you remember the night time soap, "Dynasty" then you know this Dynasty would make Blake Carrington proud. This beaut of a Lab/Boxer Mix is a class-act. And she's waiting patiently for a home of her own."
She is fully house trained, walks fabulously on a leash and knows lots of tricks to keep everyone entertained.
Don't you want to take her home right this minute, I sure do!
Onto some personal stuff, our 20 week ultrasound went GREAT today! We got to see Little Pit for about 40 minutes and all the measurements and anatomy were right where they should be. We saw all 4 chambers of the heart, all 10 fingers and toes, plus a cute little nose that I swear came from me :) We of course did not find out the gender and the tech was great to not even go near the area to tempt us. We are SO pleased with the outcome so far, and we're officially half way there! 20 more weeks and the Littlest Pit will be here!
I am working tomorrow (our jobsite rotates Saturday work and this weekend is mine) but then Sunday we have absolutely NOTHING planned and I couldn't be happier. I want to sleep, eat and get the rest of the Christmas cards out. I got about half way through the other day, so if you haven't received one from us, it's on it's way, I promise!
I hope everyone has a great weekend, sorry for the late post!
xoxo Mrs. Pit
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I am really excited because I *NEVER* get tagged for things, and this morning I was tagged by Black Labs and Lilly!
I was tagged with Happy 101 and have to list 10 things that make me happy, and tag 10 blogs that make my day :)
10 things that make me happy
1. Going downstairs in the morning and finding Lil' Pup asleep on the couch. He slowly opens his eyes and immediately starts to wag his tail. Then, its a series of yawns and stretches before he actually gets up and off the couch. I love this little ritual each morning, and he is NEVER not happy to see me.
2. Driving my car. I hate traffic but I love my car. It's not the fanciest thing, it was actually the cheapest Jeep I could find with not very many miles, but it runs great and has my monogram on the back for easy spotting in any parking lot. It also has an MP3 jack, which in my head, was worth the entire purchase price.
3. Coming home to Mr. Pit every night. I know it sounds lame, but he's my best friend and I love spending time with him, even if it's just on the couch watching tv with Lil' Pup between us. Plus, now with a Little Pit on the way, the time we get to spend together now is even more important.
4. Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes. I probably hadn't had them in 10+ years before I spotted them at the grocery store last week. I have been having 1 package a night since we got them. I know they aren't doing ANYTHING for me nutritionally, but they make me irrationally happy and satisfy my pregnancy sweet tooth to the tee.
5. Golfing on a Sunday afternoon with my Dad, brothers, and Mr. Pit. It is a ritual we started years ago, we golf in the late afternoon when you don't have to have a caddy, and we take our time and walk anywhere from 3-18 holes depending on the weather, our moods or if we have to get back for dinner. It's a great bonding time for all of us, and the course is my favorite when it's empty and beautiful and all ours.
6. Sushi. Oh how I miss it. Our little sushi place in Bryn Mawr is SO good and we haven't been in forever since most of the menu is off limits for me. I can get an eel roll or anything tempura, but the temptation to get my favorite Philly roll is too much to bear. Come May I will be their best customer again. Even though I can't have it now, it makes me really happy!
7. Christmas. The entire season makes me smile. I loved getting our tree last week, and even though it is about twice as large as it should be for the space, I adore it. I love putting the lights on, deciding where to put each ornament, the whole process makes me happy. I also love my collection of silver reindeer, my antique NOEL sled and our matching stockings...even Lil' Pup has one!
8. The anticipation of Little Pit coming into the world. I am LOVING this part of my pregnancy. I feel great, I've only gained 5 pounds in 20 weeks, and I've been told I look great too, yahoo! I love thinking about all the things we'll do together as they grow, and I am really excited for them to come in April. I also love that Little Pit already has doting Aunts and Uncles who are anxiously awaiting his or her arrival as well. Little Pit also has a custom made baseball bat from his 'Aunt and Uncle' in Chicago as well as lots of hand me downs from his grandparents. OH, and I am especially excited for our 20 week ultrasound tomorrow!
9. My friends. They know who they are, and they are the most supportive, awesome, amazing people I have ever met. We might not talk that often, but that doesn't mean to don't fall right back into an easy conversation with lots of laughing, reminiscing and plan making for the future.
10. This is a tough one. It's a toss up between sleeping and shopping. I LOVE sleeping. I love our sheets, our cozy comforter and duvet, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE rolling over, looking at the clock, and rolling right back over to sleep more. Shopping though is also great because I LOVE the thrill of a good deal, a sale price or something fabulous on a clearance rack in my size. We'll call that one a tie!
Now, for 10 blogs that make my day!
1. Preppy Mama
2. Preppy 50 and Loving Lilly
3. Inner Workings of a Real-Life Barbie Doll
4. Nautical By Nature
5. Monograms and Martinis in Manhattan
6. The Prep-E Girl
7. The Preppy Baby
8. Love, Life and Labradors
9. Mrs. Preppy
10. Bumpkin on a Swing
There ya go, go check those blogs out, they are fabulous!
Have a great day!
xoxo Mrs. Pit
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
so I know I'm a bit late to weigh in on the Tiger situation, but I HAD to say something.
First, he's a moron.
Second, he's a MORON.
He is the WEALTHIEST athlete in the world, you'd think that he would have some sense of decorum when it came to carrying on an affair outside the marriage.
(note: I am NOT promoting having an affair. Anything you do that breaks a vow of marriage is NOT ok with me. If you don't want to settle down and be faithful- DON'T GET MARRIED...Tiger, you should have talked to Derek Jeter first...he has the whole thing figured out, and he's not dumb enough to risk it ALL over some Perkins waitress).
So, you'd think one of the richest people in the world would...
A) have more than one cell phone. Maybe 1 per mistress...just sayin'
B) have an assistant or three to handle all of his comings and goings
C) have that same assistant assist with Elin and the kids and make sure paths didn't cross
D) have those SAME assistants perhaps rid the foyer of golf clubs so his wife couldn't beat the crap out of him when the affair went out.
Though, I do have this piece of advice for Elin...personally, I would have gone for the pitching wedge. It's a bit heavier, has a nice angle on it, and won't shatter like a driver. Again, just sayin'.
For me, and us (Mr. Pit and I) an affair isn't an option. This marriage is for real, and forever. However, if one or both of us wants to get out of the marriage, it would NOT be because one of us had an affair prior to doing so.
The lack of respect that you show for your spouse, the half creator of your child or children is unforgiveable when you have an affair. I don't care if she drives you up the wall, I don't care if he's the biggest a$$hat on the planet. You get divorced before you cheat, therefore you don't cheat.
If you want to screw 10 waitresses, go right ahead, but not while you're married to me. You want to go through a mid-life crisis, go through it on your own, don't drag me down with you. I refuse to check cell phone records and log into email. You either trust your spouse or you don't. If you don't, fix it. FIX your marriage, that's why you got married in the first place right, to spend your life with that person?
I am not saying you can't get divorced, but WORK on it first! No one said it was easy. No one said everyday would be rainbows and butterflies and unicorns and 75 and sunny. Nope, there are thunderstorms, scary monsters and lots of crap flying at you along the way. BUT, you stick together and make it work for as long and as hard as you can.
For goodness sake, if my parents can stay together since 1971 with us 3 kids driving them completely batty...I am sure you can. Believe me. It takes work, patience and MOST of all RESPECT. You cheat on me, you don't respect me. You cheat on me, you cheat your family, MY family and our family.
Tiger, I hope Elin takes at least half your money and both of your children. You don't deserve to be a father. Good luck keeping the rest of your endorsement deals. For all your shenanigans you can bet your a$$ you won't catch me wearing Nike Golf stuff anytime soon.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Arden is a female yellow lab who really needs a home this year! It's ALL she wants for Christmas, and look at that face! I mean, how could you NOT want to wake up to this cute pup on Christmas morning?!
I don't have Arden's back story, but most likely she came from a breeding facility and was rescued by Bill Smith and his pack of angels at Main Line Animal Rescue. Whatever her back story is though, she needs a home. ALL the dogs at this rescue need homes, and I am just trying to be one little voice to get their story out there. Lil' Pup came from this rescue and I would not be the same person I am today if I hadn't seen and heard his story and took him home with us. He has been one of the best things to happen to us in our lives and I want to find homes for all the other dogs there because they are great dogs!
Anyways, we're off to buy our Christmas tree tomorrow, and I'm hoping our Christmas cards come soon because I am behind the 8 ball to send them out this year! Saturday is nice and busy and Sunday is a whole lot of nothing that I am very much looking forward to. I have to buy a few more presents for people, so hopefully I can find what I want to find and be done early :)
Hope you all have a great weekend!
xoxo Mrs. Pit
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The article linked below is another one delving into the heart breaking story of all the pitbulls that have been rescued from dog fighting rings across the country.
Perhaps the line that got me the most:
"A number of towns across the country have passed ordinances banning pit bulls, but what are we really seeing in the bared teeth of a snarling dog? These often terrifying animals demand pity because they have had the misfortune of meeting up with the most dangerous breed of all: the human"
A truer statement has NEVER been spoken. These dogs are loyal to the end. These horrible people would kick them, starve them, torture them, and the dogs would STILL do whatever the masters wanted because they know nothing different than being loyal to the end.
Read the whole article by clicking here : http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1942950-2,00.html#ixzz0YZ6dAHTj
More people need to understand this statement.
THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS, ONLY BAD OWNERS.
Any dog can be a bad dog, ANY dog. (I'm looking at you pugs and mini-things, you can be just as ornery as the rest of them).
It is up to people to TRAIN your dog and make it a part of your family. That's right. No getting a puppy and letting it "LIVE" outside in your yard. That is not living for anything but a plant or a wild animal. A dog needs a home IN your home. NO questions asked. If you want a pet for your backyard buy a farm animal, NOT a dog.
sorry for the delay in this post. The weekend was a whirlwind with guests in and out, lots of errands run, lawn clean up, Christmas light installation and that whole bit, and it's already Wednesday!
Thanksgiving was great even though I couldn't find ANY of my serving utensils...(still!) but we used large spoons and other industrial size equipment we had (a la the grill set!) and got everything safely on to plates and into bellies. The turkey was amazing, Mr. Pit and his mom have this amazing recipe that makes the turkey SO good it makes you want to have it once a week, not once a year! The leftovers are to die for as well and we made some spectacular turkey sandwiches over the weekend.
This week has been pretty quiet, but it's getting busier by the day. M and I are going out to dinner tomorrow night and then I have BF C's bridesmaids dinner party on Saturday, so I'll be a busy girl that day!
Lil' Pup has a private training lesson on Saturday to help him get over his dog fear/aggression and we are hoping for positive results. He's an absolute LOVE around people, kids, babies, etc, but when it comes to dogs that are his size or bigger, it's not good. The trainer thinks he was in the kennel for too long and not socialized enough as a puppy (how could he have been, he was in the rescue from when he was born!) and so, now we're going to try to fix it and make him not so aggressive and mean to other dogs. Little dogs are fine, my in-laws mini poodle and him get along just great and he completely ignores the chihuahua next door which is fine with us. So, we're not expecting a miracle, but this trainer could be worth her weight in gold if she can teach us how to teach him to calm the heck down and just sniff and wag his tail like everyone else! It also makes me really wish we got him as a pup, but, we rescued him when we could and that's all we can ask for.
Then, the big news for Saturday is that we are getting our Christmas tree! All the decorations are down from the attic and in the waiting area for the tree to make its grand entrance. We found a new tree place too that we're going to check out and if that is too expensive we'll go back to Lowe's where we have had great luck in the past.
Other than that all is well. Little Pit checked out well last week at his/her appointment and I am feeling great! We get our next ultrasound next Friday and I can't wait.
Hope you all are having great weeks!