Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The crowd outside admiring their work!This year we had a great crowd of pumpkin carvers and everyone's pumpkins looked amazing! We gave out some prize ribbons this year and here is the list of winners:
- Coolest pumpkin - Dan Maher (my dad) for a classic scary jack-o-lantern
- Scariest Pumpkin - Lorne Campbell with the skull head (I might also add that he was very ambitious and carved 3 different designs into his pumpkin - impressive)
- Creepiest Pumpkin - Jeff Child for his creepy alien pumpkin
- Most Humorous Pumpkin - Kevin Zarcone for his Calvin & Hobbes pumpkin
- Most Original - Shelly Astle for her Bats and Stalagmites pumpkin which she designed herself
- Best in Show - Matt Astle for his Happy Halloween tree pumpkin which he also drew and designed himself
- Susan Maher (my mom) for her Happy Ghost with Candelabra pumpkin
- Jill Child for her Happy Bat pumpkin
- Cindy Zarcone for her night sky with jewels pumpkin
- Marcia Crandall for her goofy bat pumpkin
- Sabrina Campbell for her witch behind a cauldron pumpkin
Lorne made some amazing toffee apples and caramel apples - aren't they beautiful?
Jasmine got in on the fun with her little pumpkin - we will carve it tomorrow!
Mine & Lorne's pumpkins
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Daddy & Jasmine watch the cake cutting
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Monday, October 29, 2007
529 BC - The international day of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world also known as Cyrus Cylinder.
437 - Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II, Eastern Roman Emperor in Constantinople. This unifies the two branches of the House of Theodosius
969 - Byzantine troops occupy Antioch Syria
1268 - Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the Hohenstaufen dynasty of Kings of Germany and Holy Roman Emperors, is executed along with his companion Frederick I, Margrave of Baden by Charles I of Sicily, a political rival and ally to the hostile Roman Catholic church.
1390 - First trial for witchcraft in Paris.
1422 - Charles VII of France becomes king in succession to his father Charles VI of France
1467 - Battle of Brusthem: Charles the Bold defeats Liege
1618 - English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
1658 - Action of 29 October 1658 (Naval battle)
1665 - Battle of Ambuila.
1675 - Leibniz makes the first use of the long s, ∫, for integral.
1787 - Mozart's opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.
1792 - Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.
1859 - Spain declares war on Morocco.
1863 - Sixteen countries meeting in Geneva agree to form the International Red Cross.
1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Wauhatchie - Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant ward off a Confederate attack led by General James Longstreet. Union forces thus open a supply line into Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1881 - The Judge (US magazine) first published.
1886 - The ticker-tape parade is invented in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1901 - In Amherst, Massachusetts nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
1901 - Capital punishment: Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of US President William McKinley, is executed by electrocution.
1913 - Floods in El Salvador kill thousands.
1921 - The Link River Dam, a part of the Klamath Reclamation Project, is completed.
1921 - Second trial of Sacco and Vanzetti in USA.
1921 - The Harvard University football team loses to Centre College, ending a 25 game winning streak. This is considered one of the biggest upsets in college football.
1922 - The King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel III, appoints Benito Mussolini as Prime Minister.
1923 - Turkey becomes a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
1929 - The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday," ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression.
1942 - Holocaust: In the United Kingdom, leading clergymen and political figures hold a public meeting to register outrage over Nazi Germany's persecution of Jews.
1944 - Breda in the Netherlands is liberated by 1st Polish Armoured Division
1945 - Getulio Vargas, president of Brazil, resigns.
1948 - Safsaf massacre
1955 - The Soviet battleship Novorossiisk strikes a World War II mine in the harbor at Sevastopol.
1956 - Suez Crisis begins: Israel forces invade the Sinai Peninsula and push Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal.
1956 - Tangier Protocol signed: The international city Tangier is reintegrated into Morocco.
1957 - Israel's prime minister David Ben Gurion and five of his ministers are injured as a hand grenade is tossed into Israel's parliament, the Knesset.
1960 - In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay (who later takes the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight.
1961 - Syria exits from the United Arab Republic.
1964 - Tanganika and Zanzibar join to form the Republic of Tanzania.
1964 - A collection of irreplaceable gems, including the 565 carat (113 g) Star of India, is stolen by a group of thieves including Jack Murphy from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
1967 - London criminal Jack McVitie is murdered by the Kray twins, leading to their eventual imprisonment and downfall.
1969 - The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
1971 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - The total number of American troops still in Vietnam drops to a record low of 196,700 (the lowest level since January 1966).
1980 - Demonstration flight of a secretly modified C-130 for an Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt ends in crash landing at Eglin Air Force Base's Duke Field, Florida leading to cancellation of Operation Credible Sport.
1983 - An earthquake in Turkey kills 1,300.
1985 - Major General Samuel K. Doe is announced the winner of the first multiparty election in Liberia.
1986 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the last stretch of the M25 motorway.
1988 - Pakistan's General Rahimuddin Khan resigns from his post as Governor of Sindh, following the efforts by President of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan to limit the powers Rahimuddin had accumulated.
1989 - After years of delays, the 63rd Street Tunnel opens for service, the first expansion of the New York City subway system since 1967.
1991 - The American Galileo spacecraft makes its closest approach to 951 Gaspra, becoming the first probe to visit an asteroid.
1994 - Francisco Martin Duran fires over two dozen shots at the White House (Duran was later convicted of trying to kill US President Bill Clinton).
1998 - Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
1998 - Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space. He became the first American to orbit Earth on February 20, 1962.
1998 - While en route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with a crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. The plane instead lands in Ankara after the pilot tricked the hijacker into thinking that he was landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia to refuel.
1998 - Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.
2002 - Ho Chi Minh City ITC Inferno, a fire destroys a luxurious department store with 1500 people shopping. Over 60 people died and over 100 are missing. It is the deadliest disaster in Vietnam during peacetime.
2004 - The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election.
2004 - In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.
2005 - 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings kill more than 60.
2005 - Ghana International Airlines launched with inaugural flight from Accra to London.
2007 - Argentina elects its first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
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Monday, October 22, 2007
Cake for a baby's baptism
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Sunday, October 21, 2007
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Here is vidoe footage of Jasmine picking her own pumpkin at the patch - she really enjoyed finding the pumpkin and showing it off. Since we have brought it home we find the pumpkin in the strangest places. I have found it in the middle of the hallway and in the bathroom! Jasmine just loves to pick it up and carry it all over!
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Sunday, October 14, 2007
So yesterday, we joined with some of our dearest friends and went to Frederick to a farm/pumpkin patch called Jumbo's. Cindy suggested that us, the Childs, and the Astles join them there for some pumpkin picking fun. As we Campbells have a pumpkin carving party every year, we thought it would be great to actually go out to the pumpkin fields and pick our pumpkin victim! They also had other fun activities for kids. They had a few baby animals that the kids could look at and pet through the fence, among them a calf, billy goats, baby pigs, and sheep. They had pony rides and hay rides and a corn maze.
Jasmine, Daddy and a bee sized pumpkin!
Look at the perfect flowing hair!
Daddy & Jasmine
The whole group minus me - I got cut out by the idiot that took the picture!
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Saturday, October 13, 2007
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
This is Jasmine's favorite question these days. Her eyes get big and out comes the question and I patiently try to answer all her sound questions. If she would have asked me that question last night at around 8:45 PM I would have told her that sound was Mommy's disbelief at falling for the oldest trick in the book. The problem was that since my child is only 2 years old, I wasn't expecting to have to look out for it until she was at least 4 years old.
Posted by Sabrina at 10:29 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Our little one has gotten her first illness for the season - hopefully her only one as she is normally NEVER sick. She has been sick all weekend, coughing and generally feeling lousy as far as we can tell. She had a fever all weekend, the highest at 102 degrees. I cuddled her to sleep in the rocking chair last night which is something I never do but when a little girl is sick, she needs her mommy! I hate it when I can see she doesn't feel well, but the one nice thing about it is that she gets very cuddly and loving and allows us to really show her affection. Hopefully she will be right as rain in the next few days and here's to hoping I don't come down with it!
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Friday, October 5, 2007
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Posted by Sabrina at 9:34 PM
Potty training has been a slow ongoing process, we have tried to ease Jasmine into it so that she doesn't get scarred from it and make it worse for us. I let her come into the bathroom when I go and she did ask to go to the potty once last week, but I think it was only to play with her potty toy since she didn't use the toilet. What happened today was a reflection of all my efforts thus far. I had gone to Target to get some prescriptions and other things we needed and all of a sudden I had to go to the bathroom. I made a beeline for the restroom and of course brought Jasmine in with me. I had her stand there and I did my business. As soon as she realized I was done, she clapped her hands and smiled and said, "Good job Mommy, Muy Bien!!" followed by, "Let me see Mommy, let me see!" I let her see and then flushed and as I flushed she waved at the potty and said, "Bye caca, byebye". Sigh...if only the roles would have been reversed today!
Posted by Sabrina at 2:06 PM
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
So, I have some fun Jasmine stories that have happened recently and because I wanted to keep all of the Germany posts together, I waited until now to share.
Last Wednesday, Jasmine asked to go have her nap time early because she wanted to but as it was only noon I said no, it was too early. I fed her lunch at 12:30 PM and she was happily eating so I stepped away for a bit to check the computer. I knew she had to finish her hot dog and cheese so I yelled into the kitchen, "Jasmine, you know you have to finish your hot dog and cheese before you get strawberries" and I didn't hear a thing. I got up to inspect what was going on and she had fallen asleep at the table. It was so cute and definitely a first. I took pictures and also called Lorne up from the basement to see. We had a chuckle over that!
Jasmine decided to throw a temper tantrum and laid on the office floor and cried and kicked her legs and Lorne and I decided to let her get over it. She finally got up and was whimpering and Lorne turned to her and said, "Aww sweetie, come give Daddy a kiss." and she replied with a sniffle, "No thanks, I'm too sad." I almost fell out of my chair it was so funny because if you could hear the seriousness in her voice when she said it, it was something you can't describe!
We were out having lunch and usually Jasmine likes to try my food. I thought I would offer for her to try it before she began demanding I give it to her so I asked her, "Jasmine, would you like to try Mommy's food?" She looked and me and said with a really earnest face, "No, sweetie."
She has begun noticing that Mommy & Daddy call each other different names, pet names if you wish. She will open the door to the basement when Lorne is working down there and yells loudly, "Babe! Babe! Where are you?"
We bought her a little baby doll on Saturday that cried when you take the pacifier out of her mouth and comes with a little pretend milk bottle and other baby accessories. She has taken to being very diligent with her baby and will feed it every 2 minutes or so and will pull out the pacifier so the baby starts crying and then will loudly announce, "Mommy, Look! she's crying". It is funny because she does this fully knowing the baby doll will cry so it makes it funny that she does it on purpose. Sunday afternoon during one of her feeding frenzies with the doll, she put the bottle to the baby's mouth and said in an exasperated voice, "Geez lady, eat something! Go to sleep" and she made a loud sigh and walked away. I couldn't help but giggle in amazement.
As I was working at the computer the other day, out of the blue, Jasmine walks up and exclaims with her arms outstretched, "Mommy, I CAN'T believe it!" When I asked her what she couldn't believe she looked at me and walked away as if I was so dumb I didn't get it.
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