Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years ago...

As usual I was running late for work. I had only returned to work a few weeks ago from having my first child. I was on the A train on my way to my job in Midtown NY. The train was taking forever to move from stop to stop. I remember the train finally moving and the doors opening at the next stop. A panicked passenger came on rambling about a plane hitting one of the towers of the Trade Center. We didn't believe him and the train crept on. It pulled into another station where someone else got on the train and informed us of plane #2 hitting the the second tower. This was the moment I knew it was true. Panic and fear filled my heart!

Our train arrived at Columbus Circle and I ran to my office. It was eerily quiet. I ran to my desk and tried to call my husband only to discover the phones were not working. I found my fellow co-workers gathered around a TV watching the events unfold in shock and horror. Moments after joining them, my body went numb as I watched the first tower fall. I remember falling to my knees in shock and hearing the cries of those around me. My thoughts raced thinking about who I knew in that area and I prayed for their safety.

In between watching footage, we all took turns trying to find an open phone line to track our loved ones down. I finally reached my husband Joey, on a fax line. He worked in a hospital/ nursing home in Harlem. He had to finish his shift but he told me he was coming to get me so we could be together. He walked from 126th street to 59th street to pick me up. The subways were no longer running so we walked back to his job. We joined others as they started their walks home in disbelief.

All I wanted to do was go home and hold my 3 month old princess. We arrived home after my husbands shift and I didn't want to let go of Julia. We heard stories of all our loved ones that survived. We also heard stories about the missing and later mourned the people who were lost. I write these words in remembrance ten years later. I will never forget...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Through the Years...

I love to take pictures. I probably have thousands of pictures on my computer. My favorite time of year for picture taking is halloween! I love dressing the kids up in their favorite costumes and taking them to different parties and trick or treating! So here is a picture stroll down memory lane of Halloween throughout the years for the J-Crew!

Julia's first Halloween-Angel Costume
Julia's 2nd Halloween 2002 Belle Costume

Julia's 3rd Halloween 2003- Cat Mask Costume (really was supposed to be a china doll but she refused to wear the costume!)

Julia's 4th Halloween 2004- Princess Fiona Costume
Julia's 5th Halloween 2005- Cinderella Costume
                                        Julia's 6th Halloween 2006 and Jr.'s 1st Halloween- Elizabeth Costume from Pirates of the Caribbean and Superman Costume

                                Halloween 2007- Fairy Princess Costume

                                  Halloween 2007 - Joshua's 1st Halloween- Yoda    Costume
Halloween 2007
                                  Halloween 2007- Boxer Costume
Halloween 2009- Batman and Robin and Alex from Wizards of Waverly Place Costume 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Key 2 Free October 21st, 2010 (a21 campaign)

27 Million... That is the number of victims of human trafficking worldwide. Let that number sink in....27 million and we are in the 21st century. Its a sad but very true fact and it is happening here in the USA and all over the globe. Women are being sold into sex slavery every day. We need to do something to help!

There are many great organizations dedicated to stopping this horrendous crime. One of these organizations is the A21 Campaign headed by Christine Caine. On October 21st the A21 Campaign is asking everyone to wear a key necklace to promote Key2Free, a way to show awareness and help end human trafficking.

Please watch the following video for more information:

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