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This weekend was a full on interfaith fiesta with a Passover Seder on Saturday and Easter chocolate madness on Sunday.

On the way to the Seder, Rick and I were pondering one of the lesser known four questions… how long do a pair of windshield wipers last? It was pouring and our car had a shiny new pair of wipers, and we had tired of discussing bitter herbs.

I said, 6 months. Rick thought a year. My dad piped in with 2 t0 3 years. Dylan and Summer had no strong convictions on the topic.

And then the driver’s side wiper suddenly snapped off.

So I guess they last about 46 hours.

After some roadside assistance, because it’s really really hard to drive like this…


we finally made our way to my in-laws’ where we had a fabulous Passover dinner. In my yearly Seder ritual, I ate about 16 pieces of chocolate covered matzoh. Which is about 15 too many.

On Sunday, Easter morning, we headed off to Church where I got chatted up by an 8 year-old.

During the service, the boy leans over to me and says, “Is this your first time here?”

“No, I’ve been here a few times. But I don’t come a lot,” I respond.

Deep sigh by the 8 year-old. “I have to come EVERY Sunday,” he replies.

“Wow, that is a lot,” I agree.

The whole weekend was truly a phenomenal success because neither Dylan nor Summer wore their Dora/Princess nightgowns to any of the religious festivities. Instead, Dylan went with the traditional Pesach Dallas Cowboys’ cheerleader look…


And Summer opted for the purple Easter ballerina (an outfit cleverly designed to distract all adults so she could stuff massive amounts of chocolate into her mouth without detection).


Both girls are now complete chocolate addicts (genetically inspired I’m sure) and I’m about to throw every chocolate and malted egg down the garbage shoot in an effort to save us all.

35 Responses to the interfaith holiday shuffle

  • Oh!  They look so beautiful I could cry.  What a wonderful way to celebrate any tradition.  Mackenzie (our 2-year old) wore a pink tank top as a skirt along with a festive purple shirt.  She looked awesome (but we did make her change for the Easter egg hunt!)

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    I hope they have an Aunt like me.  I took my nephew Lewis to the Chocolate Event in San Francisco; complete with 50 or so booths giving out samples of the best chocolates in the world; including hot chocolate and chocolate liquor samples; and a half naked girl being painted with edible chocolate ‘paint’.  We both had a belly full…it pays to fly in just for that.  Although there must be one in NYC also. 

  • ShallowGal says:

    My Father-in-law used to have a one man campaign to change the Four Questions to the Five Questions (because he thought that why is this night different than all other nights should be it’s own question, rather than a modifier)  so really I have no problem adding your windshield question. 

    Although I guess the answer then would be 40 years.

  • kristen says:

    gah, that chocolate covered matzah is amazing isn’t it?

    i love your girls and their outfits – makes me pine for when mine was small. xo

  • Sally says:

    Pesach! I learned something tonight.  All kinds of variables came to mind, including “precious,” “precocious,” “pee-sack,” “peaches & cream” and “piss off.”  I guessed my guesses were off-point.  Finally googled, and the shiksa in me rented a clue.  Hallelujah and mazel tov to your lovely, little creations.

  • denise says:

    Now I might have the guinness book of world records, my hubby’s vehicle has about 5 year old wipes on them, they are horrible. 

    I think my 2yo ate more Peeps this morning then my oldest has in her entire life, of course accompanied by tons of chocolate. Your girls look adorable!

  • My mom is Jewish and although I HATE chocolate (it’s OK, I’ll give you a moment to ponder the enormity of that statement…..) I usually humour her by downing one of two chocolate covered Matzoh’s.  

    I cracked up (I really tried not to use *lol*) at Marinka’s comment.  That’s one religion that my hubby would sign up for in no time flat as he could eat chocolate, 24 hours a day!

  • I too have portion control issues when it comes to chocolate… And I think the purple dress is very retro – kind of Purple Rain circa 1984. You could really rock out in that tulle. The very first concert I ever went to was the Purple Rain concert you know. Although I was only in 7th grade so I had to go with my Dad. Not quite sure he was expecting Sheila E. to simulate oral sex when she opened for Prince… Wait – what were we talking about again? Oh yeah, Easter – He is risen!

  • SoMi's Nilsa says:

    Ooooh, a topic of interest! I’m Jewish and my husband is Presbyterian. And someday we will have kiddos to share the holidays. Have you blogged about interfaith marriages and any complications related to children? Just curious – would love your two cents!

  • tracey says:

    Quote my sons on Easter morning: “WHY do we have to wear FANCY shirts?!? It’s not like it’s a BIRTHDAY PARTY or anything special!”


  • Jill says:

    Each comment above is more hilarious than the next. 

    This was actually the first Passover seder where I’ve eaten chocolate covered Matzah.  And sadly, my 4 year old came home from preschool at the JCC with a bag of her own.  Where the hell have I been to have missed out on this stuff?

  • ella says:

    There’s only one answer: eat the chocolate. They will thank you later.

    My Nana used to make me eat Matzobrie (?) is that how you spell it? that egg-matzo thing. Urf! Fried in Chicken Fat!!
    I can’t even hear the word Matzo without remembering that.

  • Lanie says:

    Love the holiday outfits – both are adorable!  LOLEMCCE (I am still trying to using it liberally but think that my window to use it might be ending. . . ).  Great post!

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