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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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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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PumpkinPatchMPEvery year, like most families, we head out to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Once my husband and I started having children, we didn’t care about the perfect pumpkin anymore. It’s all about taking a thousand pictures and capturing the perfect shot!

For Miranda’s first pumpkin patch photo, I found the biggest pumpkin and leaned her against it since she was only 4 months old. This year, for Paulo, now that he has a big sister to lean on, I made sure to find a cluster of pumpkins and positioned both my little darlings right smack in the center. I love it!

Usually, I prefer both kids wearing their Halloween costumes, but I couldn’t resist putting this adorable green and brown striped coverall from le•top’s 2009 Halloween Fun collection. The best part is the Halloween cat hood with pointy ears. It’s the cat’s meow!

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Sit. Roll over. Stand up…

Sounds like tricks you teach a dog, but they’re actually milestones for my 5-month old son, Paulo. If I put him in a sitting position, he can stay seated for maybe 3-4 seconds before he tips over. He definitely can roll over—and over and over—making his way from one corner of the room to the door jamb where he usually “whimpers” for some assistance because his foot got stuck along the way. He’s got a ways to go before he can stand up, but Big Sister Miranda is there to lend a helping hand.

I never imagined that my 5-year old and my 5-month old would play together happily, but here they are enjoying each other’s company, being each other’s best friend.

Paulo is wearing a coverall from le•top’s 2009 Fall/Winter collection, A Dog’s Life. Miranda is wearing a dress from le•top’s 2009 Early Fall collection, Vive Les Fleurs!

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Photo by: LuMar Jr / AFF-USA source: www.people.com

Photo by: LuMar Jr / AFF-USA source: http://www.people.com

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are the proud parents of a new baby boy!  Sparrow James Midnight Madden arrived in the very early hours of September 9, 2009 and weighed 7lbs 14oz.  Nicole, Joel, Harlow and Sparrow are all doing well.  “Thank you for all of your good wishes,” the couple wrote on Richie’s web site.  The newborn joins older sister Harlow Winter Kate Madden, born in January 2008.

“We’re very, very blessed,” Madden, 30, told PEOPLE on Aug. 6 of the approaching event. “We’ve already had one healthy kid, and that’s all you can ask for as a parent — healthy kids.”

Richie, 27, has been enjoying a new low-key lifestyle at home since the birth of Harlow, but keeps active with various business projects, including a maternity line for A Pea in the Pod and her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line.  Joel Madden is the front man for the band Good Charlotte.

Congratulations from le•top to Nicole and Joel on their new baby!

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Sarah Showing us her Sparkly Ring

Sarah Showing us her Sparkly Ring

Last Thursday I heard shrieking from the front office…noises that herald the arrival of either: a new baby, a new puppy, or…an engagement ring!  Sarah, Assistant Designer of le•top, walked into the office this past week and flashed her beautiful new accessory announcing her engagement!  We are thrilled for Sarah, especially since we just love her fiancé Steve!  Sarah, a Montana native, managed to meet the man of her dreams – a fireman that shoes horses as his ‘second job.’  The transplanted Cowgirl finds a California Cowboy!

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Gianna

Steve’s family loves Sarah!  When news of the engagement spread to Steve’s family, and her soon-to-be brother-in-law started teaching their 4 year old daughter Gianna that Sarah would now be “Auntie” Sarah (rather than “Big” Sarah – to differentiate her from a preschool friend with the same name.)  When Sarah arrived for a 1st birthday party for Gianna’s younger sister she greeted her with “Auntie Sarah, Auntie Sarah!”  This was an exciting and heart warming surprise for Sarah!  She is really happy to be part of her fiancé’s family and becoming “Auntie” Sarah made it official!!

Congratulations Sarah!

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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.

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countyfairEvery summer my family and I look forward to the County Fair. We love the rides, the shows, the animal races, the fireworks, and most especially THE FOOD! Corn dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, chocolate covered bananas, deep-fried Twinkies, and our family’s favorite… FUNNEL CAKES! We visit the fair at least three days per season. One day is devoted to getting there early, pigging out on all the food, watching animal races, riding a few rides, walking around to see the displays, seeing a concert, and staying late for the fireworks. (The two other days are to eat more fair food because it will be another year before we can consume such greasy, fatty goodness.)

This year was my son’s first time at the fair. He is only 3-months old, but we weren’t going to let his age stop us from enjoying this family tradition. Big Sister wanted to show him around to see why the county fair is so much fun. She took him to see a circus act and bought him his first clown nose. Daddy showed him every kind of food he bought before eating it so that he can admire the crazy shapes and sizes, such as footlong corn dogs and tornado potatoes. And I took him to his first rock concert: Night Ranger! I don’t know how much fun my son had or if he even understood what was going on, but we’ll be making sure he knows how important county fairs mean to this family.

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Paulo in Popsicle Buddies from le•top's 2009 Spring Collection

Wearing Popsicle Buddies from le•top's 2009 Spring Collection

I forgot to mention…as Big Sister was graduating from Preschool, Little Brother was so elated that the only way he could show his excitement was by sleeping through the entire program! Is that the sweetest? He’s the best little brother EVER! 😉

Here is Little Brother wearing the cutest shorts and shirt set from le•top’s 2009 Spring Collection: Popsicle Buddies. I absolutely adore this line! The moment I saw it, I really, really hoped I would have a boy (I didn’t know the gender of my baby while I was pregnant). I love the subtle candy color palette and the embroidered zoo animals. And the best part of this shorts set is the monkey on the tush! (There is also a matching girls line, Ice Cream Kitty, which comes in pink.)

Don’t miss out! Check our store locator to find these sweet collections at a store near you, or click on either collection to shop!

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