Mitzvah Mom, French Toast Bagels & Holiday Weekend


In less than two weeks, the Bar Mitzvah will have come and gone which means that I can go back to being a normal person rather than a Mitzvah Mom and you won’t have to listen to me talk about the planning anymore. I promise.

For now though, just be proud with me of each task I list as completed because I am down to the wire with things to get in order for the service and party.


Last week’s Bar Mitzvah planning accomplishments:

*Picked up my dress!

*Brought my Friday night dress in to be altered.

*Approved the artwork proofs for the favors. The favors should be ready this Friday. I have to remember to pick them up to then stuff them into the drawstring bags which have arrived and are labeled with the name tags we have already printed.

*Approved artwork for a bunch of other things for the party.

*Finalized the “Exit Treats” display.

*Finished the candle lighting poems. I am just working on finalizing the songs to go with each candle which I think needs to be submitted to the DJ this week.

*Sock baskets completed. We supply dance socks for all of the girls in attendance. When I was a kid going to these parties I brought my own socks so I am not sure when this changed.

Somehow I still worked and did regular life things in the midst of this craziness including making it through back to school night. Back to school night at the middle school level involves running through my son’s schedule as if I am him to meet each teacher for ten minutes and then move on to the next class.

I like meeting the teachers and hearing about the curriculum but trying to find all of his classrooms in between the bells (which are more like beeps) puts me back to my school days and I don’t love it. I almost threw up when I saw the sinks in the science lab. I hated chemistry with a passion. The only redeeming quality to my lab days was that they alternated with gym class days so lab days meant I didn’t have gym class which meant I didn’t need to move or sweat or change my clothes.

I am really proud to say I was the first shopper to enter Stew Leonard’s the other morning. I went right after dropping my son off at school on a mission for the first French toast bagels of the day. The French toast bagels weren’t even ready when I got there at 8:00 am so I waited ten minutes for these beauties!

french toast bagels

Check out these 100 pound pumpkins on display at Stew Leonard’s. The nice employee who was setting up other pumpkin displays told me that these 100 pound pumpkins are award-winning pumpkins. I can’t imagine carrying one to the car though.

100 lb pumpkins

Saturday was one of those really busy days when I run long and don’t stop moving until bed time. Sometimes this a good thing though because my legs don’t get a chance to stiffen up from the miles.

I only took one picture all day! My son is playing dek hockey these days so after my run we went straight to hockey and then we picked up his friend for a day of lunch, the mall, errands and laughing (mostly them laughing at me but whatever) and then I drove my son to yet another Bar Mitzvah party.


I made an apple crisp yesterday for Rosh Hashanah. Please don’t ask me for the recipe as I haven’t followed one in years. The only purpose for my measuring cup yesterday was to use it as a scoop to get the oats, flour and sugar out of their respective containers.

I picked pieces of the apples out of the apple crisp all afternoon until it was time to eat it after dinner.

apple crisp

We had dinner for the first night of Rosh Hashanah at my parents’ house. If you know me, you know I am not a soup eater (AT ALL!) but lately, at least since being sick last week, soup is actually appealing to me over most of the other foods I would usually choose. I had matzoh ball soup last night.

matzoh ball soup

So this is really cool — we had my dad’s Bar Mitzvah video converted to DVD so we can watch it! It’s from 1967 and there’s no sound but it’s so super awesome to see and perfect for watching right now before my son’s Bar Mitzvah.

We watched it last night while at their house. That’s my dad in the center at the age of thirteen (which my son will be this week!) and those are my grandparents.

bar mitzvah

On tap for this week:

Since it is the holiday, we are off from school and work until Wednesday. Once Wednesday arrives, things start to get a little nutty over here. I have to be in the city for bridal fashion week (super excited!), my son’s birthday is Thursday and Friday begins the real preparation for next week’s Bar Mitzvah weekend.

Aside from pick up the favors on Friday, I also have to get our clothing from the tailors and meet with the caterer to finalize all details.

Is anyone else remembering I am training for a half marathon through all of this excitement? I know, I sort of keep forgetting too. Luckily I remember to read my training plan to know what workout should happen on which day.

Have a great week!

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  1. says

    Time is just flying and I can’t believe the Bar Mitzvah is getting so close! Yesterday was such a lazy day but I did bake cookies. That is pretty much the only thing I accomplished. I follow recipes when i bake but not necessarily when I am cooking (I prefer to eyeball spices and things like that).

  2. says

    Love soup! Had some last night but def not as good as what you had! Favorite soup – Toss up between chicken tortilla, chicken noodle, or just plain old minestrone. Really can’t go wrong with any of them as long as you got a big piece of crusty bread to go with it!
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  3. says

    It’s so hard to believe that you hated gym class in high school and now you’re training for your zillionth half marathon. SO COOL. And I can’t EVEN tell you how amazing that video is! What an absolutely incredible memory to have documented like that forever, to see your dad and your grandparents like that! Incredible.
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  4. says

    I’m not big on soup either, but that’s mostly because I don’t like going through the process of making it 😆 When someone else makes it and I have some, I always think I need to eat soup more often but I somehow never do. And I pretty much always pay close attention to measurements when I bake, but that’s mostly because I bake for the blog 😛
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  5. says

    I’ve been really excited about seeing what a Bar Mitzvah is like after reading about the preparations for it; it sounds like such a big party! And that’s so cool that you had video from your dad’s Bar Mitzvah; those would be some fun memories.

    I’m not always a soup girl, but if I do, I love THICK hearty stew. I really love meatball minestrone as one. 3 things I did this weekend: Church on Sunday!, Cleaning on Saturday, and actually caught up on reading blogs. Can you tell I love reading blogs? 😀
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  6. says

    I’m not sure if it’s my type A planner side, but I love hearing all the details about the Bar Mitzvah, so much so I’d like to come, especially to see the dessert table and candy station. Also I promise to bring my own socks, although I will need to pick up one of those bagels the morning after.

    I am all about soup right now. I made Potato last night and I’ve got Lentil Veggie in the crockpot right now.

    Happy Monday, and thanks for linking up!
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