May 25 11
BFF

My 4th grader is my clone, only she talks more. A lot more.

Not only does she look like my mini-me (the girl was blessed with my good skin and awesome hair and lovely booty, but sadly cursed with my apple shape and under-eye baggage) but she just, well, IS me.

She just turned to me on the couch and said, “What do you think Mark Anthony had to do to get Jennifer Lopez to marry her? I mean, he certainly married up, didn’t he?”

It was as if she took the words straight out of my mouth.

She does that a lot.

Sure, there are flashes of pre-teen at times. There’s the moodiness and the “there’s absolutely nothing in my closet full of clothing to wear”s. But guess what? I am often moody and feel like there’s nothing in my closet full of clothing to wear.

But, those things aside, Emily is my best friend. She makes an excellent shopping partner, and unlike most people, she will be completely honest and tell me when something isn’t flattering. She makes an excellent cheesy movie date, because unlike her father, she is willing to munch on some popcorn and embrace the cheese. She makes an excellent partner in reality tv crime; American Idol, The Biggest Loser, Project Runway, Survivor, America’s Next Top Model.

She likes shoes and donuts and ballerinas and making lists and carbs and taking photos and giant sunglasses and The Avett Brothers and angry birds and Glee and skinny jeans and social media and Pinterest and Settlers of Catan and showtunes and cowboy boots and headbands and dancing to silly music and gossiping about boys and eating the cookie dough instead of baking the cookies.

I couldn’t ask for a better best friend.

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  1. So sweet!

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    Comment by Shelly on May 26, 2011
  2. This is why I ache for a girl. Lovely post.

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    Comment by Kara on May 26, 2011
  3. So sweet. I see glimpses of this type of relationship with my 5year old daughter. With my sons spending more and more time with hockey and other sports, I’m so glad to have a partner in crime with whom to shop, drink tea, watch movies and fix hair!

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    alimartell replied on

    For me, I think a lot has to do with the fact that I was kind of still a baby when I had her…so, we sort of grew up together. Or something.

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    Comment by Jennifer on May 26, 2011
  4. She really is such an amazing kid/person/girl. As are you!

    And I miss you both!

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    Comment by Kristabella on May 26, 2011
  5. She is adorable! I feel the same way about my daughters…most of the time! And I completely agree about Marc Anthony!

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    Comment by Beth on May 26, 2011
  6. and that’s why having a girl is wonderful!

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    Comment by Gabriella on May 26, 2011
  7. I love this post. Especially since my nine year old and I are like this. My six year old and I are too…but it’s still coming on slowly. Still kinda lost in playing with her toys and such.

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    alimartell replied on

    YEs. It’s different with my 5-year-old. I imagine it’ll be more like this as she gets older…but Emily was just always thrust into an adult-y world…since I was in my early 20s when she was born and none of my friends had kids yet…so she hung out with us, and has just always been super mature.

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    Issa replied on

    Morgan is like that too. I was only 20 when she was born. First of my friends to have kids. She’s way mature for her age. Actually, Emily reminds me a lot of Morgan. :)

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    Comment by Issa on May 26, 2011
  8. My sister just sent me this blog link – what a great blog!! We were looking the Canadian blog award site and saw you listed.

    I totally agree with you guys on the Marc Anthony thing….that’s for darn sure.

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    Comment by Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice on May 26, 2011
  9. Perfection.

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    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on May 26, 2011
  10. Gosh, I love you guys. This made me smile. xo

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    Comment by Meghan on May 26, 2011
  11. Great post! I’m not close to my mom, by my 4yo is my little clone. I heard once that moms shouldn’t be best friends with their little ones, but you know what? I’m so happy to gave her as my little BFF. I’m going to milk it as long as I can, too.

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    Comment by Sean on May 26, 2011
  12. So sweet, Ali! And here I was this weekend getting all sentimental that my Monkey is finishing Kindergarten. You make it sound SO GOOD! I could totes use a Reality TV partner in crime!

    Also, I cannot believe she said that about JLo and Marc Anthony!?!?! Awesome.

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    Comment by Haley-O (Cheaty) on May 26, 2011
  13. Right now, my best friend is my husband.

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    Comment by Mari on May 26, 2011
  14. I think this may be the first thing I have ever read, seriously, that made me a little bit sad about my two boys not having a sister.

    Maybe one of them will someday bring home a nice girlfriend?

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    Comment by Sara on May 27, 2011
  15. Really Ali…you had to do this on the last day of High School for my mini me best friend? I honestly don’t know how I am going to make it without her when she goes to college in August….start preparing yourself now is all I am saying.

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    Comment by LibraryGirl62 on May 27, 2011
  16. My girls are still a little young to be my bff, but I can’t wait for the day I can truly bring the shopping and to movies with me.

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    Comment by designhermomma on May 30, 2011
  17. My mom had me when she was 19 so in many ways we grew up together. When you talk about your relationship with Emily it reminds me of me and my mom a lot. Such a sweet relationship. :)

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    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on June 3, 2011
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