Bethany's 2nd Birthday

Today Bethany is 2 years old! 
Happy birthday, Bethany!
We surprised her with a rocking horse when she woke up this morning and then headed to the strawberry field after lunch.
After looking at the animals and picking for 30 minutes, we were all hot and ready for some ice cream.  Not many of us were hungry, though, because of all the snacking on the strawberries!
Bethany loves strawberries, and kept eating and eating and eating them:)
While eating ice cream, my dad said to Bethany,
"Happy birthday, Boo Boos!"
She looked at him for a second and then laughed,
"No dad!  ME!" 
Hurray for the 2nd Bethany quote!
During nap time my mom and I made strawberry short cake.
It turned out great and was a huge hit!
Then it was time for gifts.  I don't have many pictures because the lighting was so bad and the camera cant take good pictures with bad lighting. 
So I took a break and enjoyed watching Bethany open her gifts.
We had a great day today!
Bethany is such a sweet and silly little girl, and we are so blessed her family!

Bethany Quote #1 And Her Speech

We are so proud of Bethany.
She has just started to talk and use words!
For the longest time, since she was maybe 9 months or so, we used simple signs for words like
"more", "please", "thank you", "all done", "blankie", "drink," etc. 
She is almost two, so my parents decided to have a team come to evaluate her, mainly for speech.
She was very advanced in all areas... except speech.
We were thinking we would start speech therapy,
but Bethany decided that would be necessary and started talking!
When she was around 6 months old she began to say "da da."  We pretended like it was unfair of her to recognize my Dad before my mom or any one else.
But as she grew old we noticed that "da da" was whatever she happened to be looking at at the time.
Then mom was "da da", I was "da da" and Dad was "da da". 
I guess she was being fair after all!
Then da da trailed off and we stopped hearing it.
Then came her first real word:  "woof."
Yes, that was really the first thing she said.
We would all ask her,
"Bethany, what does the doggie say?"
and she would respond in a low, growly sort of "woof."
Our dog, Whitey, was proud!
Now Bethany (at almost 2) says
"doggie", "baby", "juice", "mommy," "daddy,"  "Na Na," (for siblings) "whitey", "no!" (That was big for a while!) "yes" and one of my favorites which is "more".  She says it like "mo" and asks, "mo Mom, mo!"  its is so cute to hear!
She also sings.
The boy taught her how to sing "Let it go,"
and no, we haven't seen Frozen.
Bethany's also picked up on Kaden's favorite song; "What Does the Fox Say?"
She'll answer, "ding ding ding da ding."
Yep, she knows her stuff!
So all in all, we're super proud of our little girl. 
She is so amazing and makes us laugh all the time.
I leave you with the first ever,
Bethany Quote!!!
This happened two nights ago while my dad and I were helping Kaden get ready for bed. 
We read books, and sang songs with him and were just finishing our good nights when Bethany walked in.
"Defany, Defany!" He said excitedly, "you forgot sing and read with me!  Chickens!"
She looked at him for a second and then swung her arm in the air replying,
"all man!"
It was sooooo funny.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed the first Bethany Quote!  More to come soon, hopefully!

Greetings from the beach!

My parents surprised us with a trip to the beach!
I found out about it on Thursday night, and on Saturday afternoon we left.
We've been having a great time!
The weather is beautiful, but the water is well, freezing!
But what boy ever let that stop them?
They were in the water, clothes and all!

more to come later!

Kaden Quote 15

While driving in the car to the park my mom looked puzzled.
She looked towards the back seat and saw Kaden sitting with his mouth open, without his lips moving.
"Kaden," she asked, "why is your mouth open?"
Kaden looked around... and closed his mouth.
"I... I singing!" he said.
"Singing without moving your lips!?" we all asked.
"Ommm, yes!" He answered. 
Well, of course!  What else would he be doing?
Needless to say we all spent the rest of car trip singing with the music... Without moving our lips.