Monday, October 25, 2010

We Are Family

This weekend was all about good old fashion family fun.

Josh's Our cousin celebrated her bat mitzvah in style! The whole weekend was a total blast. It was the kind of weekend where I am reminded of what a wonderful and fun family I married into.

The big event started with a great dinner on Friday night at our cousins' house. There were at least 60 adults and 30 kids...almost all were related to the bat mitzvah girl. The house was full of excitement, joy, and a lot of craziness coming up from the playroom. It was great to have the night to see everyone, many of whom live far away. Josh's parents and sister were there as well, which gave us all time to catch up.

Bright and early on Saturday morning, we all met at services where the girl of the weekend lead services and read torah in public for the first time. She did an amazing job! We were all blown away by her ability to lead the prayers, chant her torah and halftorah potions, and give a meaningful and interesting d'var at only 13. She was truly fantastic. Many of her cousins, aunts, uncles, and siblings participated as well. Josh even got in on the action; chanting torah better than I have ever heard him before. It was a great service. And the kiddish after was fun as well. So many family members hanging out together...what could be better?

The afternoon was spent with the bat mitzvah family, helping them to get ready. I was on the hair and make up crew, while Josh helped with some tasks around the house and made sure the boys were ready. Once everyone was beautified in their evening attire, we headed over to the venue for a few pictures. Then, it was time for the red carpet party to get rocking.

The party was a blast. The girl of the night had the night of her life surrounded by friends and family. Dinner was delicious, the decorations and DJ were fantastic, and we all danced the night away. The whole night was fit for A-list Hollywood royalty. It was an evening to remember.

In the morning, we all met up again for a yummy brunch and to say goodbye. The whole weekend was fantastic and we can't wait to do it again at the next April!

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