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Matt Damon and his wife Luciana have something to look forward to this fall, baby number four is on the way!

Matt Damon’s rep has told People that “Everybody’s really happy.”

This little one will have three older sisters to look up to!  Matt and Luciana are parents to Gia Zavala, 20 months, Isabella, 3 ½, and Alexia, 11, who is Luciana’s daughter from her previous marriage.

Congratulations to this wonderful couple, we can’t wait to meet the baby in the fall! Maybe it will be a boy?!? Guess we have to wait and see!

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Get me outta here! (Paulo is wearing a warm and fuzzy le•top faux leather hat from the 2009 Air Show collection.)

Since it’s been raining a lot in the Bay Area, that means it’s snowing in buckets at Lake Tahoe. To get out of the wet weather, my husband and I packed up the kids and our snow gear and headed out to have some winter fun… WHEE!

This was our son’s first time in the snow. I’m guessing he’s not a fan. I’m sure when he’s older he’ll figure out how much fun snow is. His big sister already said that she’s going to teach him how to build a snowman and make snow angels. But I have a feeling this little guy will enjoy making snowballs and hurling them at us.

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Singing her heart out in le•top's 2009 Deck the Halls collection (She was able to wear it for Valentine's Day.)

The past couple of months has been quite busy for my daughter. Her school was having a talent show and she wanted to be IN the talent show. I needed to explain to her that there is an audition and that not everyone will make it in the show. I thought I was going to have a tough time explaining this concept to her, but she knew what “audition” meant.

“You mean, just like how Gabriella and Troy had to audition in the movie ‘High School Musical’?”

“Yes, just like ‘High School Musical’.” (Never, since the creation of this movie, have I ever appreciated this movie UNTIL NOW!)

Through the month of January, Miranda and I had been practicing the song I selected for her to sing (“A – You’re Adorable”). She never heard the song but I thought it would be appropriate and cute for a Kindergartner to sing. So we sang in the car, we sang during breakfast, during lunch, during dinner, she sang in the shower… We sang everywhere and any time so that she could memorize the words and remember the notes to the song.

The day of the audition, I was a ball of nerves. Miranda, however, was as cool as a cucumber. She even asked, “Why are you nervous, Mommy?” I didn’t want to transfer my fears into her confident little soul, so I just said, “I’m just nervous that your baby brother might start fussing while you’re performing.” To which she replied, “Mommy, if I don’t make it, it’s okay. I can still watch the talent show.” (That totally melted my heart!) I watched her audition and she didn’t miss a beat. As soon as she heard her song start, her game face was on. With a big smile on her face, that little girl of mine sang her heart out!

The selected acts were posted the day after the audition. Out of 65 acts, only 15 were chosen. And guess who was one of them? It was a proud moment for me and her dad (who had been texting me all day wondering if we had found out the results yet). The talent show was last week. She had three performances but I felt like I was running a marathon! I don’t know if I can handle being her manager if she continues in this career path. 🙂

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Miranda is wearing "Cute As A Button," and Paulo is wearing "Walking With Dinosaurs." (Both from the le•top 2009 Fall/Winter Collection.)

I mean, brother. 🙂

While our 5-year old was busy playing with a borrowed Nintendo DS, we couldn’t help but notice that her little brother was curiously watching her hold this intriguing contraption. He hasn’t seen anything like it before so he observed intently as Big Sister played happily. Soon enough, he snatched the game right out of her hand… THREE TIMES!

You’d think she would get annoyed or cry about it. Instead, she laughed because it was funny to see the determination in his face AND to discover how quickly he managed to take the toy away from her so he could have a better look. (She IS also a very patient big sister.)

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"My costume roars, what does yours do?"

"My costume roars, what does yours do?"

I can’t believe it’s been six months since my brother and his wife announced their pregnancy. Since they are expecting their little “treat” to arrive on Halloween, I couldn’t resist but do a Halloween-themed baby shower. Everything had pumpkins!

  • invitations
  • games (a monster match game, pumpkin trivia, pass the pumpkin)
  • prizes (pumpkin-shaped chocolates, pumpkin-scented soaps)
  • giveaways (pumpkin candles)
  • The Diaper Cake
  • dessert (a delicious homemade pumpkin cake)

And the best part of all… the kids dressed in costume to welcome the arrival of their new cousin! Of course, my son was wearing one of le•top’s 2009 Halloween costumes. He was dressed as “Troy” the Triceratops, which he loved to wear because it kept him warm all day (now that fall has arrived in California!) and had a hidden button that everyone pushed to make his costume “ROAR!” I thought it was going to scare him when he first heard the sound, but he didn’t seem to even notice. I guess Mommy always sounds like an angry dinosaur. 🙂

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Check back daily to see more Halloween ideas from le•top’s 2009 collection.

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source: http://www.tvguide.com/ Photo by Jim Spellman

Photo by Jim Spellman

Jenna Elfman and her actor husband Bodhi Elfman are expecting baby number 2 in March!  Jenna, well known for her role in Dharma & Greg, is starring in this season’s new CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose. On the show, Jenna plays a practical single woman that becomes pregnant by a good-natured but irresponsible younger man. They move in together and comedy ensues. Her real-life pregnancy seems to be a perfect fit for her new role!

During her appearance on CBS’ The Early Show the 37 year old actress said “I have a baby in my tummy – but a real one, not just for my TV show.  My character’s pregnant the whole first season, so I said, ‘It’s a good time to have another baby, because we won’t have to hide it’”

The couple is already parents to 2-year-old son Story Elias.  Jenna and her husband are head over heels for their son, and are excited to add to their happy family!

Congratulations from everyone here at le•top to Jenna and Bodhi on your pregnancy and best of luck to you on your new show!

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The sun is dipping lower in the sky and the nights grow just a bit cooler…do I see the hint of color in the leaves?  Fall is in the air!  With the fall season fast approaching there is excitement brewing here at le•top!  It’s Back to School!  Well, we do get excited about Fall fashions, but there is something else that stirs the senses – FOOTBALL RIVALRIES!  Yes, this cute and cuddly children’s clothing company is home to some serious fans – so while we are busy shipping our FABULOUS Varsity Blues collection to waiting retailers our football fanatics are ‘showing their colors!’  Since le•top is available in retailers across the United States we thought we would ask a few ‘fans’ here in the office where their loyalties lie.

Sarah and Diana in Their Jerseys

Sarah and Diana in Their Team Jerseys

Sarah, our le•top assistant designer loves her team!  Sarah, growing up in Montana, really had the freedom to choose any team in the country – they are not ‘next’ to anything!  She relates that her mom, a native of North Dakota has always favored their ‘neighbor’ – The Minnesota Vikings.  Her Dad went with the Chicago Bears – but Sarah had to break with the family and choose the Indianapolis Colts.  Why???  Peyton!  She fell in love with football when Peyton Manning hooked her with his ‘Hail Mary!’  Now she is here in the San Francisco Bay Area…Niners? Raiders?  She maintains “I’m a Colts fan for life!’

Diana, our customer service specialist extraordinaire, took at little different path to loyalty…She grew up in Los Angeles – a ‘city girl.’  The Raiders, based in LA during her childhood, gained Diana’s loyalty as she watched football with her older brother.  She followed football just because she idolized her brother, and football was the common bond. When Diana, a ‘Navy Brat’ moved to the Bay Area (her father was stationed at Treasure Island) found out that the Raiders were moving back to the Bay Area there was celebrating in her family!  She can’t wait until September…Go Raiders!

If you are “READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!” check out the le•top Varsity Blues collection – you fans and dads will love it!  And as for me…NINERS RULE!

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Nate with his Diapermatic 2000

Nate with his Diapermatic 2000

A Texas reader sent this in, and we loved thinking about disposable diapers from a slightly different perspective!

Nate (pictured) won 3rd place in his 3rd grade “Invention Convention” science fair. His invention?  The Diapermatic 2000 – a remote controlled diaper dispenser!

This is an invention for all those kids who are responsible for taking out the trash, and have to deal with the ‘unpleasant’ aspects of younger siblings in diapers. After all…who likes to take out dirty diapers? Not Nate!

Here’s how it works:

1. Place dirty diaper in trash bag.

2. Place bag on hook of remote control helicopter.

3. Fly helicopter with its ‘load’ to the trash and push release button over trash can.

I think there are great things in Nate’s future!

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Big Sister Little Brother Playtime (Miranda in Flamingo Bay from le•top's 2009 Summer Collection)

Big Sister Little Brother Playtime (Miranda in Flamingo Bay from le•top's 2009 Summer Collection-see bottom of post to view more of the Collection)

I don’t know how many times the words “Don’t smother your brother” leave my lips each day. Miranda just LOVES her brother so much that she can’t seem to keep her hands off him. I am fortunate that she is old enough so I can rely on her to entertain her little brother for short segments of time, especially if I need a potty break or make us lunch. But sometimes, I need to keep my eye on her. If I turn my back for a second, I’ll discover her squeezing his chubby cheeks until drool or spit-up has covered up the front of his entire shirt. Or “playing with him” means she has taken both his hands and has shaken them vigorously almost popping his shoulders out of their sockets! Paulo’s response is usually with smiles and giggles because he loves all the attention she gives him. But sometimes, he’s screaming because his big sister has hugged him a little too long that he’s begging to be set free.

One day while playing, I guess Paulo had had enough. He grabbed a handful of her hair and yanked… HARD! So hard, Miranda was the one screaming. I should have helped her free, but instead I laughed out loud and grabbed my camera to capture her day of defeat.

FINAL SCORE: Miranda 37, Paulo 1

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The Flamingo Bay collection is currently available at le•top retailers. Check the store locator to find a location near you.

Flamingo Group

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