Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas 2012

Well Christmas came and went like a blurrrrrrrrrr...But boy was it fun to have a little one to get excited about the season this year! :)  We started off the festivities with a brunch with BFF Briggs.
Next we celebrated with the Ostrom side of the family at our house.  It was just to be expected, loud, fun, eating, laughing and cheering(for the Seahawks).  The little ones were tearing thru the house, Sienna was taking it all in and TJ didn't leave his spot on the couch for fear of losing the front row position for the Hawks game.  All in all it was a good time but like always, we missed our California clans and of course my grandpa who is in the hospital. 
On Christmas Eve we headed to Aunt Martha's for the traditional chicken pitas...yum yum!  The food spread is just amazing and I think I might have ate more at her house than I have all year.  It was fun to catch up with the cousins and watch Sienna "run" around the house.  This year we missed going to church because of an early bedtime but don't worry Sienna you will get to go next year!
Christmas day we actually got to sleep in a little (6:30AM).  Although both LT and I had been fighting off a cold, I think my cold and sickness hit full throttle on Christmas Day.  But that didn't slow us down.  We enjoyed opening presents as a family for the first time in our new house.  Sienna "oohed & ahhhed" at everything.  She did a little dance with her singing reindeer to really start the morning off right. :) 
Then it was off to my parents house for some more presents and breakfast!  Sienna was excited to see Hank and Hank was excited to be in every picture (aka Hank the Photobomber). 
Next and last stop was to the Turners for Christmas Dinner.  Chicken Marbella is always on the menu and always delicious!  We exchanged gifts and opened stockings, Sienna peed on Grandpa :).  Then the Hildebrands arrived and we ate, drank and chatted then opened more presents.  Sienna got spoiled and loved playing with cousins Alex and Dylan. 

We are so very blessed to have such amazing family and friends.  Christmas is a wonderful excuse to get to spend that extra time with them and we enjoy it so much.  Until next year Christmas!!! 

Maybe we will like Santa a little more???

Monday, December 17, 2012

Heavy Heart

On Friday morning I got to spend a little extra time with Sienna because I knew I was going to be working late.  When Grandma O arrived at 9AM we both were excited to see her and I was hurrying around the house to make sure I had everything before I had to leave (like usual).  When I was giving Sienna a hug and talking to my mom I noticed in the background that on the TV behind my mom there was a news alert that there had been a shooting at an elementary school.  My heart immediately hurt.  I grabbed Sienna so much closer and didn't let go.  My mom and I were so upset, her a teacher herself and me a wife of a teacher, know that this hits a little closer to home.  At this point they had just reported that 3 people had been sent to the hospital and I hadn't heard that anyone had died so I was hoping that 3 injured would be it.  I said my extra extra EXTRA goodbyes to my little girl and mom.  When I arrived at work I still didn't have time to listen or read about the news other than some coworkers discussing that there had been fatalities.  WHY? Why innocent people and little children!

I went along with my busy day, which thankfully was very busy and away from a computer so I was not able to see all the reports coming in.  On my way home I couldn't get there fast enough...I wanted to see my baby girl and husband safe and sound.  And they were. :)

My heart breaks for all those families that lost loved ones and for the survivors that have the trauma of losing friends, teachers, and their innocence.  I have been thinking about this all weekend and I get teary every time I think about it.  I held Sienna extra close the last couple of days and let her sleep with me and on my lap instead of putting her in her crib.  I didn't want to let her out of my sight. 
Love on your children always but LOVE on them even more during this time, especially around the holidays.  I hope we can figure out a way to stop these is getting out of hand.  I pray that this doesn't happen ever again.  There are really no words to express the sorrow I feel for the victims.  As a new mom I feel my world would end if I lost my little girl.  I am so blessed to have her as my daughter. 

Here is a quote from President Obama during the memorial "God has called them all home. For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory."  I just keep telling myself we now have 26 more angels in heaven.

Here is my perfect little angel...the best gift when I got home. :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Starting off the Christmas season right...

Starting off December right with my annual WSU girls ornament exchange!  It is easily one of the best parties of the year and this year we did it Pajama Jam style.  There was sooo much food, lots of drinks(we need to count the bottles still), fun story telling and ornament stealing.  I am so blessed to have these pretty ladies in my life and appreciate every single one of their friendships.  Another one in the books!! 

The big 9 months!

Well Sienna you are growing like a weed!  I can't believe that you are already 9 months.  I find myself holding you a little closer and hugging you a little longer everyday because I want to remember how little you really are.  And right now you don't say "no" when I hug you all the time. :)

Here is what you have been up to:
  • You took your first airplane ride to Maui (you did OK on the way there but on the way back you were a pro)
  • You went in the swimming pool for the first time and I think you will be a swimmer because you loved the water once you warmed up to it.
  • You LOVE walking/running holding our hands (you loved chasing the birds in Hawaii)
  • You love to play chase throughout the house, you squeal with excitement as we try to get you
  • You are starting to eat all sorts of foods.  You still like green beans and peas a lot and you get super excited when you hear the crinkle of the mum mum cracker.  I mean you light up with joy once you have that cracker in your hand
  • You now have 4 teeth and I think you will have all your teeth by 1 years old
  • You shake your head back and forth when you are really tired
  • You give kisses when we ask you to :)
  • Your wave is the best...your hand flops back and forth
  • You are really loving to dance
  • You are really into saying oooh ohhhhh and pointing at everything.
  • You still love to pull and suck on momma's hair
  • You still aren't the best sleeper but you are getting better.  You like to gently play with momma's hair while you fall asleep.
  • You are wearing 6-9 month clothes and #4 diapers
  • You met Santa and were NOT a fan at all
  • You get stopped all the time by people saying how cute and sweet you are. 
You are such a little love and me and your dad love spending every moment with you. 

Here are your stats, miss long and lean!

Weight: 17lbs 25%
Length: 28 1/2 inches 90%
Head: 50%


little quarterback

starting to fill out the chair

first cabbage patch!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


This Thanksgiving I am so thankful for so many things but these in particular...

  • Sienna Hope Turner
  • My Hubby
  • My Family
  • My Friends
  • and Maui
Keeping it simple.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and Hang Loose!!! :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Just Dance

Sienna has started to dance and it is so hard to catch her on camera but I was able to catch a quick vid last night...

Love how little babes know that when they hear music they should dance orrrr maybe it could be the fact that I watched Ellen everyday on maternity leave...take your pick.  Either way she is a lil cutie pie!

P.S. she got her moves from Mickey...I will have to thank him when we take her to Disneyland for the first time!  Ha!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

8 months

Sienna!!!  You are growing so much, so fast.  We love you more and more each day.  Sometimes me and your dad just look at each other and say "I really just love this kid."  You are starting to be so independent and we love watching you try new things.

Here is what you have been up to:
  • You went to your first and second pumpkin patch.  You picked out your very first pumpkin at the Moses Lake Farm pumpkin patch.
  • You made your first visit to Spokane.
  • You did your first trick or treating as a kitty cat at Grandma & Grandpa T's for Halloween
  • You learned how to wave hi and bye to people.  You now wave at everything, like cars passing by, birds, stuffed animals, etc.
  • You said "Hi" to Dad, Grandma O, Kristin and Heather so we think you know what that means
  • You would walk ALL. DAY. LONG. if you could.  You are practically running when you hold our hands when you walk.
  • You dance when you hear music...which I love.  I haven't caught a good video on camera yet but I hope to soon.  You really love dancing with your Halloween Mickey from Shanny.
  • Your top tooth is starting to come in so you have been pretty fussy on occasion
  • You still do NOT like to sleep thru the night.  On a good night you wake up at 2AM and then 5AM otherwise anytime after midnight we can count on you to wake up every 1-2 hours.
  • You love avocado, peas, chicken & rice but you aren't a fan of fruit yet.
  • You are wearing 3 diapers but are getting ready to move to 4s
  • You are wearing 6 mo clothes
  • You don't like to put your clothes on and start to cry as soon as we start to dress you
  • You are getting used to the rain & cold since you have had a pretty good start to your life with the nice weather we have had this year.
You are pretty much the best little thing in the world in our eyes.  We love you an insane amount!

Happy 8 Months!!!

Starting to fit in the chair of your favorite things to say

working on your flexibility

"Hi Momma"

big girl!

Monday, October 29, 2012

OH, How was your night last night?

Oh really, great.  Mine went a little something like this...

Sienna decided she didn't need her 3rd nap of the day and so I was really worried about what the night was going to have in store for us and boy was I right!  Here is the sequence of events:

6:30PM - She is asleep
10:00 PM - LT takes his NyQuil (aka a snore pill the makes you snore louder than you already do) and we both curl into bed
10:03 PM - She is awake and crying a little
10:05 PM - LT and I discuss how long we will let her cry it out, we decide on 10:45PM
10:30 PM - Sienna is screaming crying
10:45 PM - LT does the first round of consoling, the second he picks her up crying stops and nuzzles in to sleep, the second he puts her in her crib...screaming, picks her up she stops immediately, puts her back down and she cries. 
11:26 PM - I walk over to her room and see if I can help, because who am I kidding...I am not sleeping either with the monitor blaring in my ear.
11:30 PM - I send LT back to bed and I try to get Sienna to sleep.
11:35 PM - I am laughing out loud, probably from being delirious and the fact that S is rambling on like it is 3PM in the afternoon wondering where the party is at and what she can play with next?
11:45 PM - We have a winner I can hear LT snoring in the other room and Sienna is asleep!  SCORE both asleep.  Now it is my turn.
11:47 PM - Not so fast.  I put S down in her crib...she wakes up SCREAMING.  I pick her back up and decide to feed her.
12:13 AM - Put her in her crib and YES she stays asleep.
12:14 AM - I am laying flat on my stomach on the floor trying not to be seen just in case she wakes up...I crawl out of the room to safety.
12:30 AM - I think I am asleep? :)
2:30 AM - Guess who's up???  Go in feed her and she once again is asleep.
5:00 AM - Guess who's up???  Go in and bring her into bed with me (i know...bad) I need some sleep!
7:00 AM - We are up for the day...I say "goodmorning Sienna!  Do you remember sleeping last night?  Because I don't. :)"  She smiles at me.

So we have tried multiple ways to try and have her sleep better but nothing seems to work.  We thought we had it down with the cry it out method but then she reverted when she got teeth.  Any suggestions would be great!  P.S. my mom said I wasn't a good sleeper until I was 2...for our sake and my sanity I hope Sienna is not like that!

This is where I wish I was...SLEEPING.

thx bing

Hawaii you are only 21 days away...

Friday, October 26, 2012

All you need is love...and a little red neck party!

These two lovebirds met at the annual summer Uphus "Redneck Yacht Club" party 3 years ago?? (I think?)  The party was just getting started and everyone had on their redneck best!  Jen and I were just talking and down the lawn walked Kalen.  I looked at Jen and said "that is 100% Jamie's type of guy!  We got to hook them up!" not knowing whether Kalen was even available.  Thankfully he was and they have been dating ever since!  Until August when Kalen popped the question and Jamie said "shut up...for real?  Yes!!" (and then covered her face with a scarf, inside joke, not really :))  Last weekend we went over to Liberty Lake to celebrate their engagement and it was a blast!  So fun to celebrate two great people!  We are so happy for you guys!!!

Here is there first dance ever on that fateful Redneck Night! :)

Fun pics from their engagement party...
Sienna even made an appearance...and slept thru the whole party!

Megan came up from San Diego!!

Don't stop the dance party over a broken glass...Steph has it covered!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pass on the love...

Yesterday, I was running on empty.  Zero hours of sleep the night before, crazy work day and just wanting to be at home with my lil girl.  And then Meghan sent me this...

"Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."

It truly made me take a breath and say it is OK.

Pass on the love people!

Happy Friday.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumpkin patching

We took Sienna to her first pumpkin patch last Sunday!  She was in awe of everything around her.  Lots of stimulation for her to take in. :)  I love how small she is on the measuring stick.  We ended up not even finding a pumpkin because of all the other fun stuff she wanted to do.  I think we might have to go and get some pumpkins for realz this weekend!

Get ready to be photobombed by pumpkin patch pictures...

Such a big girl!

couldn't find the right pumpkin


"who do you think you are coming in my corral?"

hay tastes good!