Tuesday, March 24, 2009


So Wednesday was rather busy...

Benjie left at 6:45 to return to Chicago...he had to work on Wednesday. So he left nice and early. Except that whenever someone needs to make an early flight, I get all wacky and wake up like 8 million times during the night because I'm petrified they are going to oversleep.

So he left. D and I slept in the cave my sister's basement (no windows in the bedroom) until 8:30! Then we got up and got ourselves together and hit the road for Teaneck. Well first we needed to fortify ourselves against Yitzie's screams the traffic with Dunkin Donuts. I got ice coffee. They were out of cream. What kind of coffee shop runs out of cream? The amazing fresh coffee roll did help with that though.

So we went to my sister in law Tamar in Teaneck, and met up with my other sister in law Debby for lunch. Dovi had pizza and french fries for the 8 millionth time. It was so lovely-I don't think we've ever done that-all four sisters/sisters in law out for a ladies lunch. Of course, we forgot to snap a picture.

Then, Dovi and I went back to Tamar's to get ready for the event of the century....

Dovi, as you all know, has gone to Camp Simcha Special for 5 years. For the first 4 of those 5 years, he had the same counselor, Nochum (Nuchie) Schapiro. They absolutely adore each other.

Wednesday night was Nuchie's wedding. (This part is for my Orthodox readers). Nuchie is Chabad, so like most good Chabad boys, he got married at 770. I've never been to Crown Heights before. It was an adventure. Since Benjie had left town, I enlisted my brother Aaron to chaperone us to the blessed event. I think he enjoyed himself.

We actually missed the ceremony because I didn't bother to check the invitation and notice that it was a start of 4:30, with the ceremony at 5:30. And Aaron had a conference call from 4:00-4:30. At his office. 45 minutes from Teaneck. Which is in turn 45 minutes from Crown Heights. Without traffic. Oops. But anyway, the dancing wasn't scheduled to start until 8:30 so we figured we'd be fine. Which we were.

We got there at 7:45ish. First, we ran in to Ezra, Dovi's BFF. Great hugging and squawking ensued.

Seriously. How cute are they?

They hugged continuously for like 20 minutes.

And then walked around holding hands.

After finding Ezra, we went to find Nochum/Nuchie (for some reason, when he introduced himself to us, he did as Nochum. So we call him Nochum. But the entire rest of the universe calls him by his nickname, Nuchie. So we've been trying to switch to call him Nuchie. But Dovi keeps correcting us)

We found him. Nochum left his picture to hug D.

So happy to see him, before the hug.

Immediately post hug. Look at Dovi's face GLOWING with joy!

Then we took pictures with Nuchie and Chavie. We felt so fancy. BTW how studly does Dovi look in his suit???

He seriously cracked me up-he was so proud!! And how amazing was Chavie's dress???

It was so sweet of them...

Then, we found the famous Rabbi Wiggles. Happiness again.

Then we hung out for a while. They were serving dinner. It seems that in Crown Heights, at the dinners, it's open seating. That is not something I'm used to. Oh yeah and it's separate seating. Since Dovi and I were in pictures, and I hate open seating, we kind of missed dinner. So the counselors (Sammy and Hudi again, among others) stormed the kitchen to get Dovi dinner. Here's the very fuzzy picture of that.

I was like 150 feet away. I love my new camera. The waiters did not want to give them food. But they pulled the "disabled child needs food" line (which he did because I stupidly did not bring any formula) and managed to score a dinner for the D man.

Then it was time to dance.

These pictures are actually a very big deal. Dovi is not one for crowds, or anarchy. Which this certainly was. It was a bit...ahem...wild. But he LOVED it!!

then he danced with some counselors.

And chatted with the singer.

Then D went to sit again. And then he pointed. Look!
In the air!
It's a bird!
It's a plane!

It's the groom on a table! In the air! Dovi was amused.

Then we hung out a little longer.

Dovi smiled winningly.
Even agreed to take a picture with his annoying paparazzi-like mother

Sat on the floor with some counselors

And then we left. It was late. He was tired. And we had to get up at 6:30 for a 9 am orthopedist appointment the next morning. Which will be just a smashing story. Stay tuned. It will make you unhappy.


Sara said...

Looks like Dovi had an amazing evening! And I love the brides dress. You look great too!


WriterGrrl said...

Looks like you had such a good time. So lovely to see all the love.

chaviva said...

Looks like Wednesday was a really fun day. Dovi is very handsome in his suit. Chavi's gown is beautiful. And the wedding hall...seeing the pictures, I know I've been there before and I can't place when and for who. That is likely to drive me crazy all day. Thanx.

DESJ and Company said...

It was Ohr Menachem in Crown Heights. Or is it Bais Menachem? Something Menachem-across the street from 770.

Miriam said...

OMG SARA- Dovi looks amazing- he is glowing with happiness! I love the picts of him dancing and hanging with Ezra!

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, the suspense is killing me!
and the answer to your question about how studly dovi looks in his suit - "VERY!" - but you knew that already, right?

Rach said...

Those were the best pictures ever! Dovi looked great. Are you still exhausted from the trip?

elisha said...

Looks like lots of special people in those pics! Glad you and Dovi had a great time!

Stephanie said...

Those look like a bunch of great guys who really love your son! How lucky he is!

Shosh said...

dovi looks like a miniature man. and he looks insanely happy. unlike when i walked into your house 10 minutes ago, and he said, "what are YOU doing here again?" haha.
btw...why are all lubavtich girls beautiful?

Shira said...

cutest pics ever!! Shosh brings up a good point about lubab girls. The general rule around town is that if you see someone pretty, well dressed and don't know them, they're probably lubavitch.

DESJ and Company said...

Shosh and Shira-
the counselors thought so too...hahahahahahahaha