Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Conversations Today

After lunch, Kaden asked to rinse the dishes. 
While that job is somewhat a chore for us older kids,
the younger ones view it as a treat.
This is the conversation I heard between Bethany and Kaden while I was cleaning up:
"Defany, will you help me?" asked Kaden sweetly.
"No," Bethany answered and began to walk away.
"Defany, please?"
"Defany, every time you go away.  Why you do 'dat?"
"Omm... Ka-Ka, let's play toys!"
"Ok! (gasp) Defany, let's play rescue!"
Too funny and cute!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Baby Kaden

"Brittany, can I play baby?"
Kaden goes through a "baby phase" every couple of months. 
They started when he was in Congo, and have happened several times since then.
He wants to be held, rocked, and sang to.  He wants to act like a baby and wear a diaper.  He wants to drink out of a sippy cup, and would use a passy if we let him.
These pictures are from 2012:
Earlier this week another baby phase started.
I played baby with him,
rocked him, read to him and even gave him a sippy cup.
There are really 2 ways I can look at it,
1.  Kaden is being annoying and needs to stop acting like a baby (literally!)
2. Kaden is longing for the babyhood that he never got.
Most kids when they are babies and cuddled, sang to and loved.
We don't know if Kaden ever got that.
I choose to look at his baby phases the second way. 
 Thankfully, I really don't mind playing baby with him most of the time. 
I've always loved babies, and it's even better when they can instantly stop being babies and instantly be able to communicate their needs.
Usually it's  just hard when  I have school work or other things I need to do.
Kaden is doing so well overall. 
When I think about how he could be doing, I see that he's doing awesome!
But he does have his hard moments and he does test us everyone once in a while.
He sincerely wants to know God, and I'm trusting that God will work in his life and do great things with him.
So I'll leave you with some pictures.
When Bethany came home in 2012,
I did a baby photo shoot with her. 
I never had the opportunity to do a baby photo shoot with Kaden, so I did it now.
I'd say it was great therapy for him and me! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cousins Visit September, 2014

Last week our cousins came to visit!
We had such an awesome time with them!
We were very busy the entire time and had our day pack full of fun.
Kaden and Emily are best friends, and they had an awesome time together.
The rest of the bigger kids rip-sticked, played football, four-square, cards, board games, and swam.
I enjoyed all of those things as well, but always managed to find time to squeeze in photography!
Oh, Kaden and Emily.... You two crack me up!
Kaden with straight hair... too funny!
Nutty buddies!
the mustang was a hit!  Everyone loves it!
Bethany and that crazy hippo.  sometimes we all want to throw it out the window.
thanks so much for coming to see us, Gilbartes!
We had a blast!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend (Happy Birthday, Dad and David!)

For Labor Day this year,
we went to my grandparent's house at Smith Mountain Lake.
We had a blast!
We swam, fished, boated, tubed, hung out and generally had a great time!
August 30th was my Dad's birthday, and we celebrated that along with David's birthday which is tomorrow. 
At a rest stop on the way there
Jumping off the high dock!
Emily and Quintin
Emily, Lucy and Quintin
This was Bethany's first time tubing!  She did awesome!
Happy birthday Dad and David!
David has the same cake every year.  It started when he turned 5 years old when we were on our RV trip in Montana.  Strawberry cake with chocolate icing, YUM!
Happy birthday, Dad!
Happy Birthday, David!
We had an awesome time at the lake!
Thanks sooooo much, Gandy and Pop!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

David's Birthday Gift

David will turn 10 in a few days!
For his birthday, he, my dad, and Brandon got to do something really special.
You only turn 10 once you know!
Brandon and David have never been on a plane before, and they both really wanted to.
Turns out there is a private pilot at our church, one willing to take 3 people on a plane ride... And we had takers!
Kaden was disappointed he didn't get to go, as the rest of us were.
But they got to fly over the house which was super cool!
The boys - about to board!
Mom, Bethany, Jon and Kaden are looking at the picture of the boys about to board the plane.
There they are!
hi guys!
This is a birthday experience I'm sure David will never forget! 
Happy 10th, David!

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