Monday, October 31, 2011


Nope, not a typo.  Hallerween is Sienna's pronunciation for Halloween this year.  Sienna was Minnie Mouse this year; she adores Minnie.  She frequently talks to me like I am Minnie Mouse and will only continue the conversation with me if I talk to her in my "Minnie" voice.  Hysterical!  Scott and I got into the fun this year.  Scott dressed up as Pete, the villainous, fat cat from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Pete is one of Sienna's favorite characters on the show -- why?  We are not sure!  Sienna also frequently asks/orders Scott to talk in his Pete voice.  I dressed up as Figaro, Minnie's kitty cat.  Sienna loves to sing the "Figaro" song that Minnie sings on the show.  So, our costumes were a big hit after she got over the fact that I was still Mommy even with my face paint and kitty ears.  Ha!
I thought Sienna would 'get' the trick-or-treating thing more this year, but she was pretty clueless.  She loved it that evening, but she didn't even ask about her candy the next day.  (So, yes, Scott and I had to eat her candy.  Darn.)  While we were trick-or-treating, Sienna was totally into the candy collecting.  Her favorite were suckers.  In fact, I don't think she ever let one get in her bucket.  She would immediately open it.  When she'd get another sucker, she'd say, "Mommy have my old sucker.  I have my new sucker."  The girl loves suckers.  I think she had about 4 that night before we ever got home.
I love Hallerween.  This might have been the best one of my life yet!
Here we are!  I realize Scott looks like a "Farmer Kitty" to some,
but this is the type of costume you throw together being a busy parent!
I love this picture!  Only for our daughter...
(And these overalls are my Grandpa Craig's.  He passed
away when I was 15, so pretty cool to have Scott wear them.)
Holding her sucker and loving her glow stick!  Life is good!
Sienna is very into hugging Maddie and Mommy these days.
She loved helping pass out the candy at our house.
Our carved pumpkin!  Sienna loved lighting the candle
every night with Scott.  It was their little nightly routine.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October in pictures

We've been to the zoo a couple times this month since the weather
has been so fantastic.  This is us on the tram.

Sienna wanted to try on this batting helmet because
of all the talk about baseball lately (World Series).

Family date night at Starbucks + chocolate milk = one excited Sienna!

 At Deanna Rose Farmstead

Riding the spring horse at Deanna Rose.
She was more interested in the playground than
the animals this day.

Chilling with Aliyah after enjoying a s'more.

Sporting her team colors, and giving Uncle Matt some
good luck for his Colts.

Sienna was in a holiday photo shoot for one of my co-workers
clothing line, Squeaks & Beeps.  Such cute stuff!

She loved saying 'cheese'!!

Another outfit.  She is watching some of the big girls
take photos.  She loved it and did so well!

Playing in the leaves at Ms. Kenda's

Her favorite spot to watch Mickey with PaPa.

All snuggled up with her animals to watch the World Series
game 7.  She was up until 11:30.  She's a machine!

Mom and I supporting the Cards!

Happy girls

Pretty girl.
Not interested in bedtime - just wanted to play!

Kenda (her daycare provider) took all the kids & parents
to the pumpkin patch!  So much fun!

Sienna's favorite activity at the pumpkin patch
was playing in the corn box.  Ah, the simple
pleasures of life... corn feed & buckets!

A visit from Gramma & Grampa

Trying on her Minnie Mouse costume.  She is SO excited
to trick-or-treat, ever since Daddy told her there is
candy involved!

Carving our pumpkin.  She thought the seeds
were funny because they were so slimy.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Sienna & Friends Great Pumpkin Adventure I

Today, Pops and Grandma hosted the inaugural "Sienna & Friends Great Pumpkin Adventure"!  It was so much fun!!!  They really outdid themselves.  We had a sunny, warm October morning to pick and paint pumpkins, decorate cupcakes, play, and eat lots of yummy food.  We love the new tradition!  Thanks to Pops and Grandma for organizing, hosting, and creating a great day for the kiddos and us!

Vivian, Cosette, Stella and Sienna post-pumpkin picking.
They got to pick & hunt for all the gourds and pumpkins
 their baskets could handle.  Huge hit!

Sienna, Grandma & Pops with the pumpkin grown especially for Sienna
 in her pumpkin patch!

Sienna painting her pumpkin.  She LOVED this activity!

All the girls painting and decorating their pumpkins.

Preston and his pumpkin -- he also tasted the paint!

Stella and Sienna focusing intently on their pumpkin painting.

Dave & Susan had pumpkins for the adults to carve, too!

Sweet Vivian and her green pumpkin!  Hello, mini-Brooke!

Sienna and I making her Veggie Head pumpkin!
Susan and Dave had this great idea to use veggies to make a pumpkin face - awesome!

Sienna's bounty of painted pumpkins - a work of art!

"Ring Around the Rosy" with Pops, Cosi & Sienna -
a must anytime Sienna and Pops play!

The whole clan with all our pumpkins!  So much fun!!
(Check out Stella & Vivian's Veggie Head, complete with Twizzler glasses!)

Next, we moved on to decorating cupcakes - huge hit!
My personal favorite decoration?  Candy corn M&Ms!

Sienna decorating her cupcakes, before having a meltdown
when we only let her eat one.  :)

Grandma and Sienna decorating cupcakes - sweet!

Loving her cupcake, well, mostly the icing.

Pops & Sienna being silly -- these two have such a special bond!

Family pic!

The girls with Pops and Grandma, holding the squirrel food!