April 1 09

You ask and I deliver. See how good I am to you? Well, really it’s my sister-in-law who you can thank, because unlike someone else I know, she knows the precise location of her camera charger.

(off to ebay to track down a canon charger)

My Emily, who – by the by – has lost herself another tooth and I am the tooth fairy is officially thisclose to declaring bankruptcy, is the one in the pink bandana-thing. This was taken on the first night, when she was still a little quiet. I wish I had footage from the second performance, the one where she got the standing ovation, but alas, um, hi, canon charger.

(have I mentioned that my canon charger has gone missing? also missing and totally unrelated but equally as frustrating? EIGHT of my teaspoons)

So, I don’t know if I told you, but the reason for my trip to Wisconsin was for my mother’s 60th birthday party, and was not simply for the sake of going through my bedroom and finding things like my bat miztvah dress. I did, however, strike GOLD. I found all sorts of wonderful nuggets (could also be called ‘blog fodder’) including several of the most bershon-iest shots from my childhood that may have caused me and my sister to pee a little. We were ‘Lizzing’ (come on, this week’s 30Rock…totally top ten!).

alsowhatonearthwereourparentsthinking?!?? We will not go into detail about the black and white is-it-a-sweater-or-is-it-a-dress knit thing with giant dancing bears on it that my sister wore at camp. Or the Joey Jeremiah hat that made its way into every single picture of me ever taken. AND THE PERM. Yes, ya’ll. I had a perm in 6th grade.

The nuggets are coming tomorrow, once i’ve had the chance to scan my heart out. You will have to be patient, young padawan.

(Also? Look at me! Trying to introduce capitalization into my blog-life! It’s a total art-imitates-life thing! Huzzah!)

I did want to talk about something. Something I didn’t consider when I birthed my three children. When you fly on small airplanes, which we do, more than regularly, SOMEONE gets screwed.


(Why yes, I did say screwed right before I posted a photo of Robert Pattinson. Is it hot in here?)

Anyway, you see this set-up here? I got to fly with two of my favorite men..haha…while the husband sat with Little Missabella. And look at poor, poor Emily poking her head out. She had to sit ALONE.

And don’t think for a second she didn’t milk this one for all it was worth. And don’t think for a second she didn’t tell every single person who would listen how terrible I am for making her sit alone FOR A WHOLE HOUR on the airplane, including the poor high school kid sitting beside her. SHE got to learn Emily’s entire life story AND got to hear her Mamma Mia solo. heh.

And don’t think for a second that I STILL don’t feel like shit about it because, yes, I suffer from THE GUILT. (I can’t help it, I’m Jewish. It’s in my blood)

But that’s the thing with having a pre-pre-teenager.

She’s fiercely independent when she wants to be, which is about, 99% of the time…even down to the boots. good god, I want to BURN THOSE BOOTS.


But, at the end of the day, she’s still only just eight. She’s still only in second grade. She’s still a little girl. A little girl who I made sit alone on an airplane.

And yes, I still feel guilty about it. But not guilty enough to have another baby so she can have someone to sit with. ARE YOU MAD?

  1. Emily you are fantastico!!! Really great voice, on key, beautiful! Ali you must be a beaming proud mama!

    I’m sure that you will have many many more opportunities to catch your little star on video!

    Comment by Sarah on April 1, 2009
  2. That video is absolutely precious!! Considering Mamma Mia is one of my favorite musicals (the bf took me to see it in NYC last May), she did a beautiful job!

    As for sitting alone on a plane, don’t feel too badly – my mom used to let my fly from Las Vegas to Reno (about an hour) by myself from the time I was 8.

    Comment by Darcey on April 1, 2009
  3. I will have to catch the video later, no video at work. But, I love that she milked the who, sitting along for a whole hour! My 8 year old would have done that too…

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Stop singing in my FACE!!

    Comment by WickedStepMom on April 1, 2009
  4. Yeah, no way I could have watched that without tears if I was in your shoes. She was amazing, Ali! No wonder you’re so proud of her!

    Comment by AJ on April 1, 2009
  5. Can’t access the video but i’m sure it’s awesome! Also- missing teaspoons? Are your house hunters taking them? When our condo went up for sale people stole my cutlery of all things.

    Comment by Steph on April 1, 2009
  6. Missing teaspoons would drive me insane – I NEED my morning coffee (instant) and if I were forced to use a tablespoon to measure the coffee in my still-sleeping pre-coffee state disaster would soon follow. That picture is one of the best things ever. Poor Emily – I will say though that she knows exactly how to work the poor-me schtick.

    Comment by Jen on April 1, 2009
  7. She IS a SuperStar!

    Comment by Jen Maier on April 1, 2009
  8. She did so well! And the small planes do suck, I’m always the one who ends up alone next to the one totally crazy person on the plane. It’s AWESOME.

    Juliennes last blog post..The good, the bad, the ugly.

    Comment by Julienne on April 1, 2009
  9. Awe, that clip was really great. It is amazing that she is so comfortable up on stage at such a young age. Good for her.

    Comment by Chantal on April 1, 2009
  10. OMG! All I can think about after reading this is that you totally threw out a Joey Jeremiah reference and oh how I loved Degrassi!

    Poor Emily. But what were you supposed to do? Someone always draws the short straw. And it is usually the oldest.

    Kristabellas last blog post..Still A Renter…For Now

    Comment by Kristabella on April 1, 2009
  11. Bravo!! Bravo!!!!

    Comment by Joanie on April 1, 2009
  12. You’ve gotta store that video somewhere safe for when she’s a famous performer someday! I can’t believe she’s only in 2nd grade and can do that. I would have peed just thinking about getting on stage to sing.

    I’m a horrible mother. I probably would have requested they seat my children in a different SECTION of the plane! Mwahahahaha!!!!

    lorens last blog post..It’s always worth a shot

    Comment by loren on April 1, 2009
  13. She was amazing!

    Comment by Sherry on April 1, 2009
  14. Awesome, awesome Emily! Brava!

    Comment by Nenette on April 1, 2009
  15. Awesome, awesome Emily! Brava!

    Oh, and Rob Pattinson?… yum…

    Comment by Nenette on April 1, 2009
  16. Mmmmm…..Rob…sexy. Oh sorry, I was distracted. did you post about other things, as well? LOL. Like Emily, I too was the token child who got to sit alone on airplanes – good times. Just tell her it builds character, at least that’s what my parents told me.

    Kalles last blog post..Third Trimester

    Comment by Kalle on April 1, 2009
  17. I have a box of loose photographs in the mud room, photos that were my mom’s. There are some DOOZIES in there – hairstyles (perms! hot rollers! curlers! streaks! short! long! layered! puffy, puffy bangs!) and hairspray and hair colours. And the outfits – my god, the outfits. Shirts with English Setters and Canadian geese on them. FLOCKS of Canadian geese.

    Bershon. Never heard it before. Love it.

    I love Emily and I love that picture of her face on the plane. And I LOVE that she sang for the girl sitting beside her. LMFAO!!

    Speaking of – she was AWESOME! She’s got a good voice, Ali.

    Comment by mamatulip on April 1, 2009
  18. Wow,Emily did AWESOME! She didn’t even sound nervous!

    And Robert Pattison… yeah… you know what’s funny, until I read the Twilight books, I didn’t actually think he was that hot. But now I’m just like a teenage girl with a crush on Edward. Oh well.

    Katies last blog post..Must….Make….Lists….

    Comment by Katie on April 1, 2009
  19. Miss Emily is just learning that us oldest children get the short end of the stick. But I’M NOT BITTER.

    She’s going to be a star, Ali. I know it 🙂

    Angellas last blog post..Someone Should Buy You Flowers

    Comment by Angella on April 1, 2009
  20. Adorable video!
    Screw… Rob. Oh my.

    Comment by Annie on April 1, 2009
  21. Wow, Emily was amazing. You must be so proud.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on April 1, 2009
  22. She did a fantastic job! I NEED an Emily in my house to sing ABBA songs with me! OMG, seriously! I was totally mouthing the words along with them while watching this!

    (p.s. lowercase, lowercase, lowercase…)

    (p.s.s. do not make me tell you what i think of that english dude. again.)


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    Comment by fadkog on April 1, 2009
  23. You should be such a proud Mama to your superstar! That was a very sweet video. I got shivers up and down my spine–could be because I also happen to LOVE Abba!

    Comment by Multi-Tasking Mommy on April 1, 2009
  24. That video is so adorable.

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    Comment by Zandor on April 1, 2009
  25. Oh, Ali. She is AMAZING!

    (Re: the airplane flight…I was the oldest too, and this kind of crap happened to ALL THE TIME. I still milk it for all it’s worth when we sit around and reminisce, but for the most part, I think I turned out okay. :))

    Comment by metalia on April 2, 2009
  26. That video is adorable. Emily’s voice is fabulous! I can’t even imagine standing in front of people talking, much less singing.

    Comment by Sarah on April 2, 2009
  27. DYING! Alimartell, when she is famous, this video will totally be shown in her E! True Hollywood Story.

    Comment by heather... on April 2, 2009
  28. she was truly adorable! i totally would not have the courage to do it myself. way to go miss emily!

    Comment by sweet cheek's mom on April 2, 2009
  29. OH MY GOSH, EMILY!!!!! She is SO good; she hit that one out of the ballpark!

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on April 2, 2009
  30. I’m sitting here balling after watching your darling daughter sing. Try explaining that to my 6 yr old son. That was wonderful. Thank you for posting that.
    She’s going to be a star.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on April 2, 2009

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