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.
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.
In October it was time for Sienna to have a new playgroup from school over. I wanted to make sure that the kids did an activity which required them to really work together. Earlier in the month Sienna and I had tried to do a gimmick for Halloween which didn’t work out, so I had a picture of her with a bullet hole in her head lying around. This gave me the idea to devise a crime scene game. Each kid got an identity card which also announced which area they were specialists within. They then had to figure out who shot the victim by solving various tasks, such as breaking codes and identifying fingerprints and bodily fluids left by the assailant. I was both happy and surprised to see how much the kids got into the game. After they successfully solved the crime they decided to stay in their new roles of detectives and investigators and three hours later when it was time to go home, everybody wanted to stay longer.
This year Sienna has been going to music class after school once a week. She gets to sing and try some different musical instruments and on the pictures below her class is giving parents and classmates a small performance.
One of the last pictures from April features a very excited 5 year old the day before he goes to school all by himself. Together with his proud big sister he is double checking if his school bag fits properly even when sitting down. The other picture is of Sienna in the Indian outfit she wore at the end-of-term show at the skating club. Just two days before the show I was told that she needed to appear as an Indian in the show, and as the end of April is not exactly the ideal time to go shopping for Indian outfits, I had to throw something together with the materials at hand. The old thick curtains that were used to black out the kids’ room at the old apartment came in handy and even ensured that she could stay warm in the cold rink.
Sienna’s actual birthday was on a Tuesday this year so she had to go to school. She brought little homemade chicken cookies for all her class mates, and as soon as school had ended I picked her up so that we could go downtown and meet Mormor at Tivoli like we always do on her birthday. It was once again a nice and sunny Spring day and Sienna got a lot of rides in and a birthday dinner of her free choice.
After all of the family had left Sienna got started on the Lego Cruise Ship, and since it was such a nice day we drove down to the beach to have an ice cream and to look for some rocks for our “Mr. Men project”. We’ll tell you more about the latter later.
The entire family showed up for Sienna’s 8th birthday party so lots of food was needed. Sienna took complete charge of her own birthday cake, right from selecting a recipe to cooking and decorating it. Mormor did show up a little bit earlier than the rest of the guests to offer her support and Elliot also gave a helpful hand. Sienna got to open Mormor’s and BC’s present first, which was a basket for the brand new bike we had snuck in to her room. Both presents were very well received and she immediately took the new bike for a spin. Sienna got lots of different nail polish from Moster and the Lego Cruise Boat from her cousins/aunts/uncles and as the pictures show these presents were also a big hit.
Right before the Easter break I picked up all the girls from Sienna’s class after school. As they walked back to our house they had to search for Easter eggs and other Easter related things. As we arrived at the house they had to have collected a certain combination of Easter things in order for the next clue to be revealed. Then they had to shoot just the right amount of mini marshmallows into my magic bag. Once they had the right number of marshmallows in there the marshmallows would automatically transform into the next clue. The final clue was inside the magic egg which was hiding between all the other eggs in the fridge. It was a slimy affair to get the last clue out but Sienna managed and the treasure was found. After that the girls sat down to eat and Sienna opened her presents. Before the party ended there was time to do Easter crafts or just play. Sienna was very happy about her party and just like last year I was amazed that there wasn’t any kind of drama with 16 girls in the same room at the same time.