Internet, I'm not about the catchy title today. I wish that I had some exciting story about poop or an adorable twin anecdote to share with you. I wish I had a good reason to explain my cyber-absence.
Very early Sunday morning, we were robbed. They took my laptop, my husband's old laptop, and every single item of jewelry except my wedding band (which I happened to be wearing.) They did not take my children and for once I am truly grateful for that.
We know a few things. We know that they were watching us and while we are almost always home early Sunday morning, we left en masse this particular day. My husband took the kids out for a mommy-free adventure and I headed to the Y. I returned less than 45 minutes later while they were in the house. Miraculously, I did something I never do which is sit in the car for several minutes before I went inside. (I figured I didn't have to rush and I was riveted by the YMCA class schedule I had just picked up.) While I sat in the drive, the robbers escaped through the back and jumped my neighbors fence.
When I walked in, I could just feel that something was off. Then I noticed that my computer was gone. The desk was torn apart and my purse was strewn over the piano. I grabbed the phone, ran out to the front, and called 9-1-1. The police came and it was during that time when I went upstairs and saw that they had gone through everything-- our dressers, our bedside tables, my daughters' closets-- everything. I half-expected to see my jewelry box gone but when I saw that not only was it gone but they had rifled through all my drawers, I just became hysterical.
We have all been rattled by this. I'm not sleeping and the girls are clingy. Jude woke up from her nap yesterday screaming that there was a man in her room. Vivi has threatened to karate-chop the robbers but she also wrapped up her pink jewelry box with the dancing ballerina inside and gave it to me to replace my own. We are likely going to get a security system and I've started a neighborhood watch.
And those robbers... well, I hope they are enjoying my grandmother's watch, my engagement necklace from my husband, and the "I luv u sam mom from aviva" beaded necklace.