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One of the perks of living the cement jungle life of New York City are the festivities of the fall and winter. One of them being the famous Macy’s Day Parade for Thanksgiving! The night before, Macy’s inflates the balloon floats right next to my boyfriend’s family’s apartment in the city and his family holds a big celebratory party for kids to come watch, enjoy and eat lots of candy and goodies!  I am very fortunate because the apartment overlooks the balloons from a very high floor of a tall building and it might be the best view in New York!  Being originally from California, this event is even more special as I have only had the opportunity to see balloon floats from the television as a child, and now in person as an adult. Families from all over the New York boroughs travel far to come and see the annual ‘blowing up of the balloons’ and it is a tradition for many families passed down from generation to generation. This past Thanksgiving I can say that I am most thankful for the friends and family I have that could share this special night – it will always be one to remember (and I highly recommend it if you are from the New York or New Jersey area). Here are some pictures from high above the floats on November 24th. Gobble, gobble!

Here are pictures the night before versus the next day at the parade!  

Here are the crazy crowds that swarm the balloons at night
(and by crazy, I mean lovely NYC families)!
 

And then see them during the day…

Buzz Light Year being blown up the night before….


Here he is the next day!

Macy’s ‘Believe’ Star balloon floats that open up the parade

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I understand that the above title is very vague, if not weird.  However, I thought it would be appropriate to describe our “little” announcement.  We found out what our upcoming arrival’s gender would be last Wednesday, (the day before Thanksgiving) and since it was only a day away from Turkey day, we thought we would be a little naughty and make our families await the announcement until Thanksgiving day. So like good little secret agents, we were able to keep our lips sealed for one whole day.  Believe me, that didn’t come without the barrage of leading questions. I especially had to choose my words wisely, keeping “it” and “the baby” as the noun of my sentences and not slipping with….well, you are about to find out with “what.” That is the “Turkey” part of the above title, now on to the “Tails” part.

Before you go jumping to conclusions, you need to ask your self the following question “What Kind of “Tails” is she talking about?”  It could be that I am talking about “puppy dog tails” or is it possibly “pig tails.”  Two very different types of tails.  So which is it?  Puppy Dog Tails or Pig Tails…I hope you are ready for this one! 

It’s going to be….



We’re having a boy!

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The winter chill has arrived and the leaves are changing colors. I took a walk through Central Park in New York City (my hometown) this past weekend and admired all of the leaves and how beautiful nature can be in the ‘big city.’ I was inspired by a childhood activity that is fun for kids and great for parents as a piece of art for the coveted refrigerator door. Preserve the beauty of fall leaves with leaf-rubbing (leaf impressions) art on paper! Read more to find out how this easy (and inexpensive idea) is fun for a winter day. Next time you are out walking ith your kids, collect leaves of different shapes and sizes. When you are choosing leaves to rub, pick leaves with raised veins or texture to ensure the rubbings will come out crisp and clear.

Need:

  • Leaves
  • White paper
  • Crayons or soft-lead pencils

Steps:

  • Rub a variety of leaves using white tissue paper and crayons or soft-lead pencils.
  • Place the leaves under the paper and gently rub the impression on the tissue paper.
  • Cut each leaf impression out and arrange them on a white piece of paper.
  • Special step: Use a hold puncher and punch one hole in each leaf impression. Use thread or clear fishing line to tie the leaves together and string the line in a window as a decoration!
  • Discard leaves in garbage

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There is sure to be a party in the Jolie Pitt house today!  Pax Jolie Pitt (pictured in hat), son of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, turns 7-years-old today!  He will celebrate with his family brood that includes, Maddox Chivan, 8½, Zahara Marley, 5½, Shiloh Nouvel, 4, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 2-years-old.  Eat lots of cake for us here at Le Top! Cheers!

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John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston welcome son Benjamin, who was born yesterday evening, Nov. 23rd in a Florida hospital. The baby weighs 8 lbs., 3 oz.

“John, Kelly and their daughter Ella Bleu are ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of the family,” they say in a statement. “Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully.

What a wonderful baby to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Since John is a pilot and love flying, we think this Le Top Baby “Plane Ride” Collection outfit would be SO CUTE on baby Benjamin.

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We just couldn’t resist sharing  this adorable photo of baby Anika in her festive pumpkin attire. She is truly something to be thankful for! Many thanks to her proud grandpa for sending us off to our Thankgiving celebrations with a smile.

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