Sienna took her first “regular” TAKS test this week. She was very nervous about it. She practiced and studied. To add to her sense of anxiety, she accidentally broke her glasses the weekend before the test. Eeks!
We had to think of something. We took the glasses to be repaired, but they weren’t able to repair them. They didn’t make her model of frames anymore either, so there wasn’t any time to order a new model of frames. They used a spare part from some other similarly sized glasses to “fix” them. It wasn’t fashionable and barely set straight on her face. I felt so bad for her. Not only was she nervous, but now she had to feel self conscious about her “special” glasses.
In typical Sienna spirit, she went to school focusing on the positive. I let her buy breakfast at school since she considers that a treat.
She feels like she did well on her tests and is glad that it’s done! Now to order her some new glasses–hopefully we can find something cute that’s still in her “signature red”. ūüôā


Travel Woes

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As Sienna gets older, the need for adaptive seating gets trickier.  She currently is in a toddler carseat in our personal vehicle.  However, at school she has been required to ride the Special Bus.  She earned a field trip to a destination about an hour away from her school.  At first, we were having issues with the school wanting her to ride the regular bus with the rest of the kids.  I, of course, was concerned for her safety.  However, riding in the Special Bus would have put her riding the entire time by herself.  We came up with a great solution.  She is going to ride the regular bus and will be using a 5-point harness.  She is very excited to be riding with the other kids for the first time!!

Sad Valentine’s Day

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As Sienna gets older, it’s starting to becoming more apparent to her that she’s different than her colleagues.¬† While her twin came home with a bag full of valentine’s and candies, Sienna didn’t receive any valentine’s from her peers.¬† She was very sad.¬† So, Mimi, Mommy and Daddy stepped in to make her feel special.

6th Grade

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Sienna’s first couple of weeks of 6th grade have gone pretty well.¬† She will be mainstreamed into more “regular” classes this year for the first time.¬† So, we’re looking forward to seeing how that goes.¬† She’s excited about the new challenges.¬† Originally, she was assigned a top locker, but the school quickly changed that.¬† She has made new friends and is really enjoying choir.

Twin Comparison

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Hi!¬† Sienna’s mom here.¬† I took over Sienna’s blog for a minute to express some things.¬† Recently, I was able to witness the interaction between Sienna, her twin and a little girl who was the same age.¬† It sadened me to see the annoyance in the little girl’s face when she spoke to Sienna.¬† She had never been around a child so different and was certainly more comfortable being around Sienna’s twin.¬† I was so proud of Sienna in that she didn’t miss a beat.¬† She continued to be her spunky, giving and genuine self.

Comment transferred: Stacy Manning  Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:48:19

It’s so unfortunate how some parents don’t teach their children to be kind to others who are not the same as themselves. Im sure Sienna is very loving and would love for the opportunity to meet her!

Look Before Backing

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I’m starting to feel a bit more uncomfortable in crowds.¬† The other kids in my school are getting increasingly bigger than I am, so they’re having a hard time seeing me.¬† I was almost squished by a boy in the cafeteria who backed up without looking.¬† I said, “Hey, I’m back here!”¬† He said he was sorry and that he didn’t see me.¬† So, I guess I need to make myself stand out a bit more.

Enter to win!

Win an Autographed Copy of Sienna’s Locket by Local Author Chrissy Bernal!¬†

Monday, April 11, 2011 9:30:00 AM


Win an autographed copy of Sienna’s Locket, by Chrissy Bernal. This book retails at $22.95, but will come autographed! Learn more about the book below, and¬†on the website¬†and the book’s Facebook page.

Sienna's Locket book

Synopsis of story: In Sienna’s world, things seem a little bigger than they do to most others because she is “Sinny Sized.” Sienna’s life is full of adventures that only she can solve because she is just the right size for every situation! This series by Chrissy Bernal, brings to life the everyday experiences of her daughter born with Primordial Dwarfism, a unique characteristic that less than 200 people worldwide share!¬†

¬†authorAbout the author: Author Chrissy Bernal grew up in¬†Cy-Fair where she started writing short stories as a young girl.¬† She received many awards for her writing abilities as a child and as an adult. She received her BA in Mass Communications/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.¬† During her studies there, she played on the women‚Äôs volleyball team, continued to compete in creative writing and performance competitions and was Editor for the school‚Äôs newspaper, The Bells.¬†¬†She also has a background in fitness competitions and business.¬†¬†The Bernals are a diverse family consisting of Chrissy and her husband Joey; Austin, the 16-year-old and 12-year-old twins Sierra and Sienna–the only known set of twins where one is a Primordial Dwarf.¬† The Bernals¬†believe that life is what you make of it.¬† It is Chrissy‚Äôs vision that others would be inspired and educated through her writings and would see that they have the ability to do great things once they allow themselves to see that what makes them unique can be what makes them great.

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 A winner will be chosen randomly on 4/24 and announced via facebook, twitter, and this site. Winner will be notified via email.

Enter away! ūüôā