March 27 08

all three of my children like to dress themselves. this SHOULD make my life easier. should is the key word here. i should be able to leave for work in the mornings comforted in the fact that my three bambinos have not needed my assistance.

but, miss emily has a style all her own. think:

hannah montana+

  Zoey 101 (before the whole teenaged pregnancy thing, of course) +

Sharpay = trying every morning to keep the slut-factor down in the first grade. also…i try to keep the belts and the jewels to a minimum….because, seriously? she’s 7.

my mother buys her things that she decides are “hideous. i could NEVER wear that” and are relegated to the giant rubbermaid container to wait a couple years for Isabella to reject them as well.

0f course, sometimes, she makes her own concoctions. (she wanted me to tell you all that this outfit she’s wearing is NOT the final product, because “mom, i would never wear pink and brown and green. and i haven’t done my hair yet and i haven’t accessorized!!! make sure you tell your blog people that!”)  i’m. telling. you. DIVA.

she took this sweater my mom bought..that she would “never wear, mom. gosh. it’s fug.” (who taught her the word fug? ahem)

and made her own Emily version…

she buttoned the bottom button behind her back and underneath so…presto chango…a cardigan becomes a half-cardigan…and somehow now it’s considered cool.

i don’t get it either.

now with Josh we have an entirely different problem. He’s got the clothing thing down okay (except for the day he wore the brown cords and the orange shirt. yeesh)

i send my kids to Jewish day school. and at school they are required the wear a kippah during the day. which is fine and we’ve discovered the art of keeping several superhero kippahs at school in his cubby so he doesn’t forget.

exhibit a:

exhibit b:

but, somehow, when i came home from work one day this week…he was wearing this:

what? what? what?

he can protest all he wants…but he can channel his inner Joseph’s grandfather all the way back to the judaica store to return it. superheroes? yes. giant beanies? no. sorry. it’s just not our thing.

(and while i appreciate the gift giver’s intention to buy it for him, at his request – what? why? – he’s going to have to choose something a little less shtetl and a little more 2008. and while i know that some of my friends and relatives children wear these, i do not judge. they just aren’t for me.)

i’ve gone and done twittered myself up. come on over and say hi.

why on earth hadn’t i given in to the peer pressure earlier?? hello, addiction! 

today you’ll see that this morning i flashed my nanny the “full ali” when my towel dropped as i was getting Isabella her morning milk. i am not sure who this was more traumatizing for. probably her, i’m guessing.

  1. oh my fricking heck – too much to comment on. lol!!!

    twitter – resist the temptation holly. RESIST!

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    Comment by Holly on March 27, 2008
  2. Mmmm, twitter!

    And your daughter looks precious!

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    Comment by Jennifer on March 27, 2008
  3. Re: Emily… Has anyone asked her what the sweater looks like from behind? Life is lived in three dimensions, child! 😉

    Re: Josh… forgive an ignorant gentile, but what is the difference between a kippah and a yamulke? Are they the same thing, just Yiddish and Hebrew names/words? Or something else? (And, superhero ones are considered OK? Seriously?)

    Re: Twitter… I can’t see it being useful without a constant connection (SMS), and I refuse to pay for a texting package designed for tween-aged girls.

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on March 27, 2008
  4. You made me laugh SO hard with the huge kippa! Hysterical.

    I am so sorry you dropped your towel in front of the nanny! I guess it’s alright if I srop mine, since my mother is the nanny (total double edged sword).
    I cannot believe that 7 year olds are accessorizing! How insane is that? I didnt have a belt until I was 12!

    Comment by Maya on March 27, 2008
  5. I have a battle with my 4 year old almost everyday about what he’s wearing. Why won’t he just listen to me?!

    Comment by Maria on March 27, 2008
  6. I am so afraid of twitter – I do not need another addiction!

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    Comment by Don Mills Diva on March 27, 2008
  7. It seriously made my day yesterday when I saw that you had joined Twitter.


    Comment by Angella on March 27, 2008
  8. yes Ali i have a 7 year old too and good lord some of the outfits that child comes upstairs to wear for school are scary SCARY i tell you…and don’t get me started on stinkerbell wings and all…oh and i’m sure your nanny was more freaked than you by the whole towel dropping incident…

    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 27, 2008
  9. The addiction factor is the reason why I don’t Twitter.


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  10. OH where do you get the superhero kippot? My son will be over the moon….

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    Comment by Becca on March 27, 2008
  11. I had no idea about superhero kippahs. Very cool!
    Emily sounds like my niece with her fashion sense. I know since I’m having a girl it’s going to be payback time, but I’ve always loved helping Kyla accessorize with belts, glitter, cool shoes, etc.
    And, that sweater. Cool!
    Matt is just beginning to dress himself – like choosing clothes. I’m wondering if he’s colour blind. He has some interesting combos. And, he always insists on “soft pants” (i.e. jogging pants)

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  12. I KNOW! I started Twittering like yesterday and… it’s bad. I just added you… topher_jr.

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    Comment by B2G on March 27, 2008
  13. I had no idea they made superhero kippahs – COOL!

    And I’m totally raising a diva in training *big sigh*. Hold me?

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    Comment by motherbumper on March 27, 2008
  14. Ahhh! Your poor nanny! I have a twitter account which I have never, ever used – perhaps I should go check it out again, eh?

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    Comment by Rebecca on March 27, 2008
  15. HA HA HA. pretty funny. don’t forget Bratz, Pussycat Dolls etc.

    hmm u’re hopefully your nanny only needs 2 years of therapy =)

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  16. dude, your daughter is awesome. how much you wanna bet she becomes a little fashion designer when she grows big?!?! LOVE IT

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    Comment by jennster on March 27, 2008
  17. Oh no! How embarrasing!

    Comment by Ruby on March 27, 2008
  18. the monkey is SO picky about what she wears…. Only it seems she has absolutely no fashion influences…. She’s loving her butterfly wings!

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  19. Twitter is like crack.


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  20. I get the kippah thing. Those giant things are all the rage at the yeshivas in 5 towns. Even the most stylish children (think Juicy, Burberry, Seven for children), they all wear them!

    Comment by Charna on March 29, 2008
  21. the sweater thing is killing me! And I am so glad you joined Twitter!

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