It has been a rough skating season for Sienna because the ice time has been so limited. Skating on the road is not quite the same, but it’s better than not skating at all.
As tradition will have it, we all got out of bed early to enjoy a delicious breakfast on Sienna’s birthday. One of Elliot’s birthday presents to Sienna was a wooden toy for Mif and Cliff that Elliot had crafted himself. It was a big hit!
We invited Mormor and Bedstefar Carlos to one of the nearby forests to celebrate that Siennas was turning 14 years old. We enjoyed a beautiful Spring scene along with cake, treats, and some traditional birthday party games. Since John is immune to all diseases known to mankind, he was the only one who was allowed to break the social distancing rules.
On our last day in Brussels Sienna turned twelve. We celebrated her birthday at a little brunch place called “Oma’s”. Sienna had been hesitant to break her life-long tradition of going to Tivoli with mormor on her birthday, so Elliot and I put extra thought and attention into ensuring that she still felt like it was a special day. As it is very clear from the pictures, Elliot hit spot on with the present that he had gotten for her. The food was good too, although they were very cheap with the pastries so Sienna and I made sure to fill up on an excellent Crème Brûlée.
It was one very happy 10-year old who got out of bed this morning. She started out the day with some nice new clothes including some cool neon items, which she will need for the neon-themed birthday party we are throwing for her class at the end of May. She also got some rolling shoes from her cousins in Canada and she got a weekend trip to Barcelona from us. After opening the presents there was time for some cinnamon waffles with ice cream and sprinkles. After that she was off to school. To commemorate the day, she brought homemade party puppies to her teachers and all of her class mates. Before lunch I picked her up from school again, and as tradition goes we headed to Tivoli to celebrate the big day with Mormor.
Sienna was one of the seven dwarfs in the school Christmas play this year. She is the one wearing a white shirt and bordeaux pants, in case you don’t recognize her.
Sienna is becoming the little entrepreneur of the family. With some help from her dad she has found a good place to by merchandise such as jewellery, watches, and sun glasses, which she intends to sell at flea markets. Here she is with her part-time co-worker Elliot at the local garden centre. They invited kids to come by and set up their stands but as they didn’t advertise the event, and because everyone is away on vacation these days, the turnout was very limited. At the end of the day, however, Sienna had a revenue of 40$ which was not bad at all, considering. She has already re-invested this money in new merchandise and she is keeping track of her finances in an Excel sheet. Her parents are very proud of the initiative and skill she is showing.
Speaking of “keeping track” I have made it almost impossible to follow the blog, because I am so behind with the sorting and posting of pictures. Although it may seem like I haven’t posted anything for a very long time, I actually have. All the posts are backdated, though, as I want them to appear in the months they took place. There are pictures from Halloween, our trip to Ireland, a picture from when Sienna won 1st place in the skating club, and pictures from Christmas and Christmas morning. Finally, there are also pictures from a cookie decorating session with my sister, from when Sienna made a snowman with the very little snow we got this winter, and from one of Elliot’s hockey training sessions.
When Sienna turned nine, she had the same traditional birthday as she has had pretty much all of her life. Breakfast and presents in the morning, then off to school with a tray of cupcakes (this time in the shape of little owls or birds of some sort). After school it was time to go to Tivoli to celebrate with Mormor. A great day as usual.
Sienna invited all of the family over for her 9th birthday. She had fun with her cousins and was very grateful for a great party and her presents. Our party theme this year was ice creams and pastel colours.
I found this super cute ice cream truck on amazon and it was actually the reason why Sienna and I decided on an ice cream theme for her birthday party. Very cute, but not very practical, seeing that it is difficult to put real ice cream on display. Instead, we made ice cream piñatas, ice cream cupcakes, and ice cream cookies.
As always, Sienna and I have fun crafting and preparing for her birthday party. This year we have decided on an ice cream theme. On the pictures below Sienna is preparing ice cream invitations and ice cream cookies. Her cookies are starting to look like they were made by a pro.
We barely got any snow this winter, just enough to have a quick snowball fight and make a tiny snow man.
It was my turn this year to decorate the Christmas tree with the kids. I prefer to have somewhat of a theme when decorating, but Elliot found the white theme which I had chosen to be so boring that he couldn’t be bothered to help. Sienna was still very excited about it and did a great job, so we were both very pleased with the end result.
Sienna has now made really good progress with figure skating and she won first place in her age group at her club’s Christmas tournament (picture courtesy of Shawn Ramsey).
Ever since Sienna was able to speak she’s loved singing and she regularly goes around the house singing songs out loud. At school she has joined the choir and they practice once a week and do the occasional performance.