Thursday, December 23, 2010

December Daily: Days 22 & 23

December 22, 2010

Siena found her Minnie ears from Halloween. She lets me put them on her if 1) I put them on myself first and 2) I tell her how pretty she looks with the ears on.

December 23, 2010

I had saw somewhere that this family has a tradition of camping out under the Christmas tree and I thought that sounded like a lot of fun. Since Siena is too young to camp out, we sat under the Christmas tree and read Christmas books while listening to Christmas music.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December Daily: Days 19, 20, & 21

December 19, 2010

Siena peeled this banana and enjoyed part of it as a evening snack.

December 20, 2010

Siena loves Sugar Ray. Sometimes Sugar Ray feels the same way and sometimes not so much. But he knows that when he lies on the floor he is fair game for Siena. And then she's fair game for him.

December 21, 2010

I have wanted to take a picture of my tree like this for awhile. I love how the twinkling lights are the star of the photo. This, to me, is so Christmas.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December Daily: Days 15, 16, 17 & 18

December 15, 2010
Both Kip and Siena were trying to be subtle. I think they are trying to say that they miss Disney World and that it's about time for another trip :)

December 16, 2010
I had to get new stockings this year since there are now 3 of us (well really 4 because Sugar Ray has to have a stocking too!) I found these at World Market and really liked them.

December 17, 2010
Siena loved playing in this box. She watched WordWorld in it (well a few minutes of it), was queen of the box, dove into it, and lounged in it.

December 18, 2010

We went to the mall and while we were eating lunch, Siena kept pointing to the carousel and watching as it went around in circle. When we were finished I took Siena on the carousel. She sat on the horse, but it took a long time before it started so she was getting antsy and was wanting to get down. When the carousel started going, Siena was a little unsure at first, but then I started going up and down as her horse went and she thought that was pretty funny.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Pink Paislee Prize Package

I won one of Pink Paislee's blog giveaways and wow they sent me a bunch of stuff. I was so excited to get all these products. Now I need to get busy using them...

And the box provided tons of entertainment for Siena.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December Daily: Days 12, 13 & 14

December 12, 2010

We got to see our friends who live in Chicago and meet their twin girls today. I did not know how Siena was going to react around 3 month olds. Siena was so cute when she reach over and touch Audrey's hand. She also tried to share her sippy cup, but I think she got a little jealous when daddy was holding Audrey. It was great to see them.

Today I finally captured Siena playing "bucket head". Me and her have this routine of dumping all the toys out of this green basket and putting it on our heads and I say "bucket head, bucket head" and she laughs before passing the bucket to me to put on my head.

December 13, 2010

I don't have a photo for today, however I have a short video that I might snap a photo out of once I upload it. Siena took her first steps today walking several steps to me, to grandpa and to Sugar Ray. She is still a little unsteady, but she is gaining confidence.

December 14, 2010

Today I finally got my christmas cards from Shutterfly and addressed them to be mailed out. And of course Siena helped me. I love our christmas card this year and really love the quality of them.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December Daily: Days 10 & 11

December 10

We went to ZooLights at the Baton Rouge Zoo. There were tons of animal shapes made out of lights throughout the zoo. Siena loves Christmas lights and seemed to enjoy seeing all the different colors and shapes.

December 11

I am considering leaving the tree up all year long...Siena finds so many different ways to play with it. She got a roll of my baker's twine and unwound it before decorating the tree with it. When I tried to put some twine on the tree, Siena grabbed what I had put on and then rearranged it how she wanted it. And yes my blue lights are not working, I think Siena did something to them...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December Daily: Days 7,8 & 9

December 7th

It's been so cold here the last couple days that we have had to bundle Siena up to go outside. I call her my marshmallow girl in her jacket. I feel so bad for her when she is in it but it's so funny at the same time - she can't move. She just sits there with her arms out and her top half of her body completely still.

December 8th

I do not have a photo for today so I took my lead from Ali Edwards' loving post.

Loving how long and light Siena's hair is getting and how it tends to do whatever it wants.

Loving spending the extra time with Siena from working only part time.

Loving the combination of the white lights and blue lights on my Christmas tree (well only the bottom third, but I plan to rectify this for next year.

Loving to watch Siena as she touches, pushes and explores items with her fingers.

Loving how Siena pretends to share her food with Sugar Ray and how gentle he normal is with her.

Loving how Siena mimics - clapping, rubbing hands together, waving, pounding on items and pointing.

December 9th

Siena decided this morning that she did not like how I had stung the blue lights on the christmas tree and moved them all around on the branches until she got them just right.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December Daily: Day 5-6

December 5th

Siena's baby first christmas ornament is a Hallmark Keepsake. She always seems to grab at this ornament when I am holding her near the tree. On the back of the ornament is her name and birth date.

December 6th

St. Nicholas visited and left presents in our shoes (or beside them). Siena got a Little People Christmas Set with Santa, his sled, a reindeer, an elf, a christmas tree and a present. We played that Santa was flying to the "house" (box that it came with), going down the chimney and leaving a present for the good little girl.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

December Daily: Days 1-4

I am participating in Ali Edwards December Daily. December Daily is a month long album/project that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas to help celebrate the holiday season.

December 1st

On the first day of December, we continued with our tradition of having an advent calendar from Germany. I love looking for each day on the calendar (sometimes they can be tricky to find) and seeing what each chocolate is shaped like.

December 2nd

Siena is in love with the Christmas tree! She is constantly holding her arm out and pointing towards the library so she can go see the tree. She likes to look at and touch the lights, the ornaments and the presents. Her favorite activity is to pull the tags off the presents (I hope everyones gets the right present this year).

December 3rd

We went to the Festival of Lights in downtown Baton Rouge and stopped at the Old Governor's Mansion to get Siena's photo taken with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Siena did not like me leaving her on strangers' laps. After the photo, while we were waiting for it to print, Santa walked up to try and talk to Siena and she grabbed on so tight to my shirt and then started shaking-she was so scared that I was going to leave her with him again. I felt terrible that the few seconds that she was on their laps frightened her so much.

December 4th

We went to A Dickens of a Christmas at Oakley House. I really wanted a cute picture for our Christmas card. In addition, we saw the house decorated for Christmas and sampled food prepared on the hearth. Siena really enjoyed their bread - she ate a bunch and had it all over her face, her clothes and Kip's shirt.

Siena at 11 Months

  • Got her first tooth (November 25, 2010)
  • Always on the go – crawling or walking with us
  • Loves the Christmas tree
  • Gives stuffed animals hugs and kisses
  • Loves to self feed (cheerios, gerber puffs)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Epcot: Food and Wine Festival - Belgium & South Korea

This year two new countries were added to the Food and Wine Festival Marketplace booths: Belgium and South Korea.

In Belgium, we tried the Freshly Baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream and the Godiva Chocolate Ice Coffee. Both were delicious.

The waffle was cooked flawlessly and the berry compote was sweetened perfectly. Plus, priced at $2.75 you could not beat it.

The Godiva Chocolate Ice Coffee is made with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. It was the perfect early afternoon perk me up drink.

Below is the full menu from the Belgium booth:
Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic Cream
Freshly Baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
Stella Artois
Godiva Chocolate Ice Coffee

In South Korea, the Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw were fantastic and ordered multiple times by members in our group. The wraps were only $2.75 and full of flavor.

While the Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi was good. The overall census was that the Lettuce Wraps were much better.

The Bohae Bokbunjajoo (Black Raspberry Rice Wine) is a moderately sweet wine. I really enjoy fruit wines and this one was added to my list to try again.

Below is the full menu from the South Korea booth:
Lettuce Wraps with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi
Honey Ginger Tea
Jinro Chamisul Soju Bohae Bokbunjajoo (Black Raspberry Rice Wine)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Siena at 10 months

  • Gives high-fives
  • Waves hi and bye
  • Says"goy" all the time
  • Always on the move
  • Stands for brief periods of time
  • Sings and dances along to songs

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween at Magic Kingdom

I love to visit Disney World during a festival or when the parks are decorated for a holiday. Don’t get me wrong visiting Disney World during any time of year is wonderful, but the holiday or festival provides a little extra magic.

On our last trip to Disney World, the Magic Kingdom was decorated for Halloween. Well not the whole park, just the entrance, Main Street and the hub.

When you go through the turnstiles, the first thing you notice are the giant pumpkins in front of the train station and the banners decorating the station.

After you reemerge from the tunnel onto Town Square, you will find scarecrows welcoming you.

The buildings lining Main Street are decorated with banners and pumpkins. Be sure to take some time and look at the carvings on the pumpkins that adorn each building – so perfectly Disney.

In the hub, new Halloween inspired statues have been placed.

When leaving Magic Kingdom, right before you go through the tunnel/under the train station make sure to look up.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Epcot: Food and Wine Festival - Greece

I could have stayed at the Greece booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival the whole time we were there. I loved all their food choices!

The Greek Salad with Pita Bread was wonderful. The feta cheese, olives and dressing were perfect. The pita bread was great to soak up the leftover dressing on my plate.

The Spanakopita is what I refer to as spinach pie. It was flaky and yummy.

The Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki was one of my favorite dishes at the whole festival. I loved the Tzatziki sauce and the pita bread was soft and delicious. I think I had this dish three times at the festival....

Below is the full menu from the Greece booth:
Greek Salad with Pita Bread
Chicken Soulaki with Tzatziki
Boutari Moschofilero
Enoteca Emery Athiri Mountain Slopes
Boutari Naoussa
Atlantis White

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Epcot - Food and Wine Festival: Mexico

During the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, 28 food booths are set up from different countries around the world. Each food booth offers tapas sized food, wine and/or beer and/or cocktail drink. It is a great way to sample different foods that you would not normally try.

One of the food booths that I really enjoyed was Mexico. The Tamal de Pollo was wonderful...the chicken mixture inside was flavorful and delicious.

The Esquites (Pan-Fried Corn and Spices) was ok. All the flavor and spices were on top, so once you got past the top layer it was just plain corn kernels.

My husband really enjoyed the Taco de Chilorio. It was full of flavor and the pork was cooked perfectly.

I didn't get a photo of the Passion Fruit Margarita, but I could have drank it all day. It was so good. I noticed that the Passion Fruit Margarita was on the newly renovated La Cantina de San Angel menu...I hope it tastes as good.

Below is the full menu from the Mexico booth:
Tamal de Pollo
Taco de Chilorio
Esquites(Pan-Fried Corn and Spices)
Dos Equis Beer
Passion Fruit Frozen Margarita
Conga Fruit Punch
Wine L.A. Cetto Chardonnay
Wine L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah