March 11 13

I’m decompressing this post-changing-of-the-clocks Monday morning—over a plateful trough of mini whoopie pies and frosted brownies and black and white candy (and copious amounts of coffee)(and then more coffee)—and figuring out how I can share all the incredibleawesome that was my girl’s Bat Mitzvah party, complete with stories of (almost) surprise Thriller flashmobs, a grand entrance in a limo, dancing to Motownphilly, jenga, my poor sick baby girl, some pint-sized adorableness on the dance floor, and, uh, a brother-in-law in a fur coat singing Macklemore, my son and the photo booth.

And some pretty stinkin’ cute kids.

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But until I’m able to share everything with you

(and I will, pinky promise)

I wanted to give you a little piece of my little lady, a little piece of what the last 12 years have been like, a little piece of why I smile so often.

Last night at 2am, a very, very tired Bat Mitzvah girl crawled into bed with me, still dressed, to tell me this:

“Mama. Thank you for making me the best, most perfect party ever. I wouldn’t have changed one single thing.”

And as my very, very wise makeup artist said last night: Dab, don’t wipe. 

 

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  1. Oh man, my mascara is running.

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    Comment by Gav on March 11, 2013
  2. I totally just wiped with the sleeve of my hoodie.

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    ali replied on

    I haven’t stopped weeping for days, so I figured I’d share a little :)

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    Comment by cheriblevy on March 11, 2013
  3. Love that video and I wish I could have made it so badly!

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    ali replied on

    We definitely missed you! We could have used you for the Thriller flash mob.
    Ha!

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    Comment by Avitable on March 11, 2013
  4. such a sweet video. congrats mama for making it through!

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    ali replied on

    I did make it! and on the day of, I was super breezy. I was like…there’s nothing left to do at this point, might as well take a shot! Hahaha!

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    Comment by gorillabuns on March 11, 2013
  5. Beautiful video Ali. Mazel Tov to Emily and to your whole family.

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    ali replied on

    Thank you so much Jodi. And for all of your tweets and messages. They really, really meant so much to me! xoxo

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    Comment by jodifur on March 11, 2013
  6. So great that it went well! :)

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    Comment by Sandy on March 11, 2013
  7. We had an amazing, amazing night – so much so Hudson’s asked for his 5th birthday party to be just like Emily’s.

    Thank you so much for letting us be a part of such a special moment.

    Love you all!! xo

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    ali replied on

    Was so glad that you were there! SO GLAD!

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    Comment by Sam on March 11, 2013
  8. So beautiful. Great choice of music – great compilation. Thanks for sharing! Mazel tov!

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    ali replied on

    Thanks!

    We went with two songs that really meant a lot to Emily. I’m frankly shocked that we used a Glee song, but it worked so well, I thought!

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    Comment by Tova on March 11, 2013
  9. What a wonderful family milestone for you! Sometimes motherhood can just sucker punch us in the gut with awesomeness, huh??
    lovelove

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    Comment by Nuala Reilly on March 11, 2013
  10. SOOOOO beautiful… sob…

    So sad I couldn’t make it. So glad it was perfection! xox

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    ali replied on

    We definitely missed you…but I’m so looking forward to seeing you soon!

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    Comment by Loukia on March 11, 2013
  11. It was an evening of absolute perfection. Well done, Mama!~

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    Comment by Sharon on March 11, 2013
  12. Oh right, I’m one minute in and all teary. I am so happy that things went so amazing. You deserved every minute of that awesomeness. I can’t wait to see more.
    xoxo

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    Comment by Jen on March 11, 2013
  13. So beautiful… now I’m dabbing!

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    Comment by Maija on March 11, 2013
  14. Aw, that was beautiful. I’m so glad everything turned out great, considering all the speed bumps along the way. Also, love the kids’ choice in shoe wear. Comfy is definitely the way to go.

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    ali replied on

    so. many. speed bumps.

    But yes! It was so lovely in the end.

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    Comment by aly on March 11, 2013
  15. Mazel Tov to you and your lovely girl!

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    Comment by Paige on March 11, 2013
  16. So happy for you, and what a lovely young lady you have! Beautiful video too!

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    Comment by Sarah on March 11, 2013
  17. That was beautiful. So glad everything turned out well for you!

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    Comment by Mindy on March 11, 2013
  18. My mama heart just soared for yours (and sobbed a wee bit) xo

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    Comment by Louise on March 11, 2013
  19. Oh man,..I am wiping and not dabbing. So beautiful…So happy that you shared that and all the shenanigans…

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    Comment by abby on March 11, 2013
  20. I loved this, I really, really did.

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    Comment by rae ann on March 12, 2013
  21. That was the most beautiful video ever made. Wowza.

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    ali replied on

    Oh gosh. THANK YOU!

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    Comment by Jen Wilson on March 12, 2013
  22. Such an amazing milestone. As a follower of you since the Nov 2002 board, it’s so cool to see our kids grow up and the wonderfulness that is achieved.
    You are the best Mom EVER! Such a great Mom, such a great kid, such a great family. Well done Ali, well done.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on March 12, 2013
  23. I wiped. Couldn’t help it.

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    Comment by Kat on March 12, 2013
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  25. Amazing. It was all so amazing! She is a lucky, lucky girl to have such amazing parents like you guys.

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    Comment by Kristabella on March 13, 2013
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