Sunday, November 28, 2010


Of all the things we are grateful for, our family and friends top the list. This Thanksgiving week, we got to spend time with some of our favorite people. We're so grateful for all the love we have in our lives, and we're excited for the start of the holiday season! We are very much looking forward to watching Sienna experience this time of year. (She already LOVES the Christmas lights. She says, "Whoa!" every time we see lights on a house/building/tree, etc.)

Four generations of Williams'

Sienna laughing with Great Granny and Great G

The girl loves her pumpkins

Cutie pic of Sienna.... not sure about the rest of us! : )

Gathered around the illegal fire pit, trying to stay warm!

Fun times

Sienna started feeding herself with the spoon this evening. She LOVED Pops' chili!

Such a happy, messy, little girl!

Rubbing her chili stained hands together in satisfaction

Watching Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving with Aunt Jenny

Preston, Cosette & Sienna posing in front of the Christmas trees at Union Station. They loved looking at the trees and the trains.

Playing with the blocks at Union Station

They are all getting so big!!

Sienna and I looking at the 50' Christmas tree in Crown Center square. It's beautiful!

Sienna was entranced by the fountains and lights.

Monday, November 01, 2010


Sienna has a new love.... CANDY! Seriously, she loved Halloween. The day before Halloween, Lee's Summit hosted a Halloween parade downtown. About 600 costumed kiddos and pets paraded up 3rd Street; it was so much fun! Sienna loved seeing all the kids dressed up, and she was all about the parade.... smiling, talking, waving and saying 'hi' to everyone. Scott, Sienna, Maddie and I all dressed up as bumble bees. For our clever costumes, we earned 3rd place in the 'cutest family' category! Go, us! The grandparents came down to parade with our family and cheer us (Sienna) on. It was a great morning!
On Halloween, we took Sienna trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. A little before we left our house to hit the neighborhood, Sienna found our bowl of candy for the trick-or-treaters. Before I knew it, she bit through a Butterfinger and came to 'show' me. She had a huge smile on her face and was saying "yummmmmm"! So stinking cute. Thus, her love of candy was born.
After a the first couple of houses, Sienna really caught onto the trick-or-treating thing. In fact, she tried to take handfuls of candy at each house instead of one or two pieces! We only made it to about 8 or 9 houses. At each house, Sienna sauntered up the driveway and ogled at all the yard decorations (Halloween and non-Halloween), admired the kids around her at each house, posed for several pictures from grandparents, mommy & daddy, and collected her candy. (I would say trick-or-treat, Sienna would just stand there with big, wide eyes!) With candy in hand (not in her bucket), Sienna would run back down the driveway and climb into her red wagon to warm up in a nest of warm blankets. We'd stroll onto the next house, pause for conversation & pictures with neighbors, and repeat the same process. It was the best!
Once we got home, it was Sienna's normal bedtime. But she was way too far into a sugar high, and she was not about to miss out on passing out candy to the trick-or-treaters at our house. She she stayed outside with Scott and I, mostly trick-or-treating our own candy bowl over and over again. Occasionally she would give a piece of candy to a trick-or-treater, but mostly she was focused on biting through a KitKat bar. (She was successful. We had to save the wrapper from her throat towards the end of the night.)
Scott and I were surprised how much Sienna really understood the whole Halloween and trick-or-treating process, but I guess we shouldn't have been... she is a quick study! Hope you all had a happy Halloween!
Pumpkin cup from Nana... complete with straw. Loved it!

Going up to her first house to trick-or-treat

She very quickly learned what trick-or-treating was all about... free candy!

Sienna and her friend, Emma

Riding in her wagon between houses

Eating chocolate with Pops

Cutie with her heart bumble bee wings

Posing with Grandma, Grandpa & her Kit Kat after all the trick-or-treating

Posing with Grandma, Pops & her sucker after all the trick-or-treating

Fam pic

A bumble bee costume, sucker, Kit Kat and glow necklace... what else could a girl want?

Sienna loved picking up her little pumpkin and carrying it around.