Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Oh hey!

Long time!

So, we've been quite busy here in the Pit house so I'll go through a little list of what we've been up to.

We went to Linvilla Orchards which is this awesome orchard (obviously) pretty close to our house. They have all sorts of wonderful food (the donuts are delicious!) and tons of pumpkins and all sorts of fun fall treats. Little Pit wasn't so sure about sitting in the pumpkin pile, but we'll try again in October. That same day we went from having yummy donuts to having Little Pit try her first ice cream cone. It was a hit and she didn't even get that dirty! (Mini cones from Trader Joes)

The weather has been really awful around here lately. Super humid, really cloudy and rainy and just plain no fun. So, instead of going to a park with a friend, we did a play date at Target. At one point we blocked off the entire toy aisle with our carts and let them go to town. It was hilarious and they had a great time playing with all the toys. We then had to put everything back, but it was worth it for killing almost 2 hours on a rainy morning!

We finally got a nice day on Monday afternoon so Little Pit and I ventured up to the park. She used to hate the swings but now that she knows how to hold on she loves them. I am pushing her Grandparents for a swing set for Christmas, but even if that fails the park is nice and close :)

Friday Little Pit and I are doing a girls day in Manhattan to visit my best friend B. B is a PhD candidate and has very little time between classes, her thesis and her clinical work, so we're going up there to spend one of her few free days with her. We are really excited about it and I can't wait to catch up with her since I haven't seen her since our anniversary party in June. We've been friends since we were 9 and know each other so well that it shouldn't take anytime at all for us to fall back into the easy friendship we've always had.

THEN...Sunday we go down to the Outer Banks for a week. We are going with 5 other couples and will have 3 children and 2 dogs too. It's a 9 bedroom house up on the 4x4 beach and we have a heated pool and hot tub, booyah! I can't wait to sit in the hot tub with a cold beer when Little Pit goes to bed every night. The baby monitor will of course be right next to me, but this mama needs some DOWNTIME. (No one ever told me that staying home with a child would be this fun but also this tiring!) We are having a photographer come to the house on Tuesday to take pictures of all the families and we're hoping to get both our Christmas card picture out of it as well as presents for the Grandparents, the Godparents and anyone else who wants pictures of Little Pit!
This is the house we're staying in. Amazing isn't it?!

I am so flipping excited for vacation I am astounded at myself that I haven't started packing yet. My excuse is that it's so hot and humid that I don't want to start packing shorts and shirts that Little Pit and I will want to wear in the next couple of days, so I'll do a big laundry day on Friday and pack Saturday and head down Sunday with clean fresh clothes ready to play on the beach for a week.

So, that's what's been happening. Tonight we're headed down to my parents house to celebrate my older brothers 35th birthday. We're hopefully grilling if the weather stays cooperative, and I love any excuse to hang out with my family during the week (we also see them every Sunday for dinner).

Hope all has been well with everyone, apologies for not posting more, we're just too busy having fun over here!

xoxo Mrs. Pit

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years ago

I remember September 11th, 2001 like it was yesterday.

I wasn't in New York, or DC, or in a field in Pennsylvania.

I had just turned 21 and was starting my senior year at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

I had just moved into an apartment by myself.

My then-boyfriend lived in Newark and had graduated the year before.

I remember thinking what a beautiful morning it was as I walked to my engineering class.

I remember being really confused when my professors first words to me were "If you have family in New York you can leave to call them". I had NO idea what he was talking about. I hadn't watched the news that morning and had no idea what he was referencing.

I remember them making an announcement that closed the campus for the day. I remember thinking, oh fun!

I remember a few minutes later walking by a TV in the library and stopping to watch. I felt immediately guilty for thinking that it would be a fun day off.

I remember frantically calling my boyfriend to see how he was, to see how his brothers and sister-in-law were as they all worked in NYC. I remember his response "We're all fine, I don't know what you're so upset about". I remember thinking I should break up with him, but I would wait as maybe he was just in a state of shock. (Turns out he was just an asshole and would continue to be for the next year I dated him).

I remember calling my mom and just sobbing on the phone with her. Between the two of us we didn't know any of the victims personally, thought we both felt as if we were victims ourselves by the fact that we were American citizens.

I drove home on the 12th up an empty 95 and stayed home until the next weekend. I was glued to the TV for the remaining days.

I still cry when I see footage on TV, though that hasn't stopped me from watching the entire coverage this morning.

It doesn't matter at all where I was, or who I knew or didn't. What matters is that I remember.

I will never forget.