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Babycenter.com has released their stats on the most popular American baby names for 2005. Last year, the most popular girl's name was Emma and the most popular boy's name was Aidan. My name, which was ranked no. 2 for the 80s and no. 1 for the 90s, was ranked all the way down at no. 60 for last year. Obviously, names cycle in and out of fashion. In my year at high school there were eight girls named Emma and I was only the Jessica. Apparently, Emma is enjoying another turn in the top ten. Andrew is ranked at number 10 in the table. The name Andrew has been in the top 20 for the past two decades. Parents just love strong, dependable, manly boys' names.

I can't help but laugh at some of the more unusual names people have given to their offspring. I guess we should pity the poor children who are saddled with these monikers. I think Andrew and I will name our first-born Gherkin. Now that's a great name for a child!
  • can't write good English: Aa'Niyah, Ce'Qwoia, Jo'El, Rach'El, A'Driannah Cha'Nce Ka'Ren Se'Heira, An'Gelez, Cour'Tez Ky'Lee, Tai'Lor, A'Ngelina, De'Liberately, Ma'Kayla, Ty'Rece, Bles'Id, God'Iss, Myr'Acle, X'Zavier, Cam'Ren, Jer'Miah, O'Livia, Zy'Eire

  • On a Pedestal: Achilles, Hero, Luck, Adonis, Glory, Icarus, Thor, Aragorn, Greatness, Isis, Venus, Buddah, Hercules, Karma, Ulysses, Destiny, Hermes, Zeus

  • Wanna-be-Gwyneths: Banana, Coffee, Honey, Peapod, Beans, Cookie, Java, Pickle, Blueberry, Cress, Jelly, Pumpkin, Candy, Curry, Karamel, Cashew, Danish, Lemon, Gherkin, Peach, Sage

  • Globetrotting: Aspen, Dublin, Jamaica, Rome, Boston, Germany, Jersey, Sedona, Brazil, Lebanon, Sicily, Brighton, Havana, London, Trinidad, Bronx, Houston, Memphis, Vegas, Cairo, India, Milan, Zurich, Cambridge, Indiana, Philadelphia, Denmark, Israel, Phoenix

  • Read all about it: Aristotle, Darwin, Newton, Hansel, Ebenezer, Hemingway, Caesar, Gawain, Imhotep, Casper, Geronimo, Hadrian, Tigger, D'Artagnan, Legolas, Eowyn

  • Star Power: Beyonce, Duran, Bolton, Elvis, Brando, Lennon, Santana, Bronson, Cagney, Hendrix, Jagger, Theron, Cobain, Coburn, Pdiddy, Coltrane, Coolio, Keanu, Presley

  • Soul for Sale: Arden, Bentley, Dior, Hyatt, Remington, Braun, Espn, Royce, Butterball, Fandango, Chivas, Kaiser, Chrysler, Google, Claiborne, Mac

  • Back to Nature: Alp, Jetty, Stone, Briar, Everest, Lavender, Stormy, Buttercup, Harvest, Lotus, Sunshine, Canyon, Hay, Meadow, Thunder, Ce'Qwoia, Hurricane, River, Violet, Clover, Sky, Zephyr, Island, Sprout, Cypress, Star

jess - 5th Jan 2006, 11:11 tags: quirky

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This year we had a very relaxing Christmas. This was mainly because we didn't have to travel very far to attend our Christmas celebrations. We had our usual "eggs, caviar, champagne and a pillow case full of presents" breakfast at Mum & Dad's in Pyrmont. Later on, we were back in Erko at the Carillon for a lunch of spinach pie, cold meats and prawns. A big hug must go to the Wilsons for daring to join the rowdy Daleys and Bells for Christmas lunch. (photos)

Last year we had trouble convincing Oscar to open more than one present in one sitting. Last year he wanted to play with each new toy for at least an hour. This year, we didn't have any trouble at all; Oscar was a present opening machine! We think he must be a graduate of of the "Patrick School of Unwrapping". On Christmas morning, Annie and Richard's attention was diverted for a few moments while they gave each other gifts. They turned around to discover that Oscar had dived into the pile under the Christmas tree and was arbitrarily opening presents. Luckily, he'd only managed to open a few and they were all for him. (Suspiciously, they were all trains. I'm not sure if that's because Oscar is cluey enough to pick the train-shaped presents or because 90% of Oscar's presents this year were trains.)

jess - 4th Jan 2006, 11:11 tags: kids children oscar christmas05 christmas christmas_day

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jess - 25th Dec 2005, 11:11 tags: christmas05 christmas

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The new generation is here (and continuing to arrive!). Now that I'm all-growed-up and Christmas is not the all-encompassing, exciting event it once was, it is lovely that there is a new generation to take over. We can share in their excitement as they open presents and wonder what Santa is going to bring on Christmas morning (Let's hope Santa brings Oscar some trains, otherwise the jolly, fat man might be in a little trouble).

I fondly remember our family Christmas gatherings. We would gorge ourselves on lollies, play backyard cricket or spotlight, and force Paddy to go and ask the parents if it was time to open the presents. I wonder who it will be in the new generation who is coerced into asking that all important question. I'm looking forward to finding out. (photos)

I haven't seen some of the kiddies since The Wedding (tm). I'm always amazed at how quickly they grow up.

OscarDamianSpencerSarah (in Jennie's tummy)Emily

You're going to look at the photos from our family Christmas lunch and think "Jess wants BABIES!". I must defend myself, I've been clucky since I was 10. Really! Just ask my family.

jess - 22nd Dec 2005, 11:11 tags: oscar kids family christmas05 christmas

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An update on where we're at in our 12 events of Christmas.

Gingerbread House Twins Santa Oscar Birthday Friends Christmas

jess - 21st Dec 2005, 11:11 tags: christmas05 christmas

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