Welcome Baby Jones!

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act

that two people in love can commit.– Bill Cosby

Congratulations to our wonderful friends, Abby and Mike on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Erin Marie Jones – 8lbs 8oz, 20 inches.  She was born at 8:55am today, exactly when she was due!  Right on time, just like her parents.  We are so happy for you and can’t wait to spend more time spoiling her rotten!!!!!


Zoe’s 11th Birthday Party

Zoe’s party was similar to India’s, only she isn’t quite as girlie.  It was all blues and yellows with mustaches and hats.  She actually mentioned that if even an ounce of pink was present, she would have to hurt me.  It was another sleep over, but this time we only had 8 girls.  It was the perfect amount.  They all had fun, we played some games and of course took tons of pictures… because that’s how I roll, yo.

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Also, I wanted to give a big, gigantic, thank you to my friend Krista who made all the invites, the banner and thank you notes for both parties.  They were perfect and cute and the girls loved them.  You are amazing!   Make sure to take a peek of her site Paper Jewels Designs.  She is creative and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.

Random Fact Tuesday- Birthday Edition

The months of November and December are birthday central in our world.  Uncle Charlie is Nov. 2nd, India Nov. 6th, Michelley Nov. 16th, Ember Nov. 24th, Grandpa Nov. 27th, Zoe Nov.28th, Hollister Dec. 3rd, ME!!!! Dec. 4th, Kathy Dec. 4th, Grandma Dec. 18th, Lesley Lou Dec. 25th, and I can’t forget my little sister Christi on Jan. 1st.  Seriously, we do nothing but celebrate for 2 months.  It’s great and horrible at the same time.  You have to be rich to deal with all these parties and we are not made of money, but it’s fun and we get to spend a lot of time together and that makes it all worth it. So, this weeks Random Fact Tuesday is all about Birthday and families. Enjoy and Happy Birthday to my wonderful friends and family!  I love you very much and am lucky that you are all in my life.

  • It’s been mathematically proven that if there are 23 people in a room, there’s a 50% chance that two of them will share a birthday (it was on wikipedia so it must be true!
  • e people are born on the 5th of October than any other date? You guessed it – that makes the most common night of conception New Years Eve!
  • Before the invention of the calendar, only kings celebrated their birthdays as no records were kept on common people!
  • Birthday candles: In 18th-century Germany, birthday candles were first placed atop birthday cakes for Kinderfest (a celebration for children). Extra candles were added to represent “upcoming years” and consequently, good fortune.
  • In New Zealand: Birthday claps are given, where everyone claps a number of times to match the guest-of-honor’s age – with one more clap added in anticipation of next year.
  • Candle smoke: No definite origin, but there was a belief that candle smoke brought a person’s prayers up to the heavens. Thus, when a candle was blown out, the prayer was sent.
  • In China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: Noodles are eaten in honor of a person’s birthday. The noodles are uncut and are made extra long to signify a long life.
  • When you strike a match and hold it to the candle wick, it melts the wax near the wick. The heat of the flame vaporizes the melted wax and produces carbon dioxide and water vapor.

I couldn’t find many birthday facts for this week, but I’ll leave you with a small (really small, the actual list is HUGE) handful of famous folks that share Nov. and Dec. birthdays with you!

  • Larry Flynt 11/1
  • Marie Antoinette 11/2
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr. 11/25
  • Miley Cyrus 11/23
  • Billy Idol 11/30
  • Sarah Silverman 12/1
  • Marisa Tomei 12/4
  • Ludwig van Beethoven 12/16
  • Brad Pitt 12/18
  • Humphrey Bogart 12/25
  • Anthony Hopkins 12/31

Random Fact Tuesday- 8 more days until Halloween

  • Consumers will spend over $2.5 Billion during Halloween
  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Eisenhower’s 1958 White House was lit with an orange glow for a staff lunch given by the First Lady.
  • Chocolate makes up about 75% of trick or treaters loot. Snickers is the #1 most poupular candy for trick or treaters.
  • October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.
  • 51 million American adults wore Halloween costumes in 2008.
  • Of the pumpkins marketed domestically, 99% of them are used as Jack-o-lanterns
    at Halloween
  • The Scots believed in “Samhanach,” a goblin who came out only on Halloween and stole children.
  • In France, more than 30,000 werewolf cases were tried between 1520 and 1630.
  • “Samhainophobia” is the morbid fear of Halloween.
  • Pennslyvania was the first colony to legalize witchcraft.
  • In Lewis, Scotland, Halloween was once celebrated by designating one man to wade into the evening sea and offer a cup of ale to Shoney, a sea god.
  • The first Frankenstein film was produced by Thomas Edison in 1910.

Jack-o-lantern Patterns-  free printable designs for carving your pumkins this year

Halloween Random Fact Tuesday (shhhhh we’re pretending I’m not late)

Yep, we’re still on the Halloween kick.  Deal with it!!!  🙂

  • Halloween in Welsh is ‘Nos Calan Gaeaf’.
  • Other names for Halloween:    All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Fast of the Dead and, The Day of the Dead
  • In Mexico, they celebrate El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead starting the evening of October 31.
  • Black cats were originally believed to protect witches’ powers from negative forces.
  • Ringing a bell scares evil spirits away.
  • To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night. (I’m telling India about this one, I betcha she’ll try it!)
  • If your pumpkin lantern shrivels up, you can restore it by soaking it overnight in water to re hydrate it.
  • 90% of the pumpkin is made up of water.
  • Halloween also is recognized as the 3rd biggest party day after New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday.
  • In Lancashire, ‘Lating’ or ‘Lighting the witches’ was an important Halloween custom. People would carry candles from eleven to midnight. If the candles burned steadily the carriers were safe for the season, but if the witches blew them out, the omen was bad indeed.
  • Oct. 28th is the biggest day of the year for candy sales.
  • In 18th-century Ireland, a matchmaking cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it.
  • The American tradition of “trick-or-treating” dates to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. The poor would beg for food, and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for a promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives.

Halloween in Vegas- Here’s what’s going on in town this year.

That covers most of the fun and activities.  If I see something good pop up, I’ll let you know.