She really is an amazing kid. And a great big sister.
She and Blake had a fabulous time this past weekend. They had so much freedom on her dirt bike. Freedom that once she shared some of the places they went on her dirt bike, made me a little nervous. I am way too cautious of a person at times. They explored ALL of camp. No terrain was too tough for her with a rider on the back, but at the same time she showed extreme care with her little brother on the back.

Kaia has a special way when dealing with Blake. Dave and I can ask, beg and plead with Blake for him to cooperate or change his attitude about going somewhere or doing something. When we are at our wits end, Kaia will usually say, "Mom, Dad, can I try?" Blake and Kaia go down to a bedroom and Blake and Kaia re-emerge happy and willing to participate. I'm not quite sure what she says to him, but she can pretty much talk him into anything. Even out of a bad whiny mood. There are many days I thank my Heavenly Father for sending us Kaia first as a special protector over her little brother. She definitely is part of the plan of keeping our family sane while raising a child with special needs.

Kaia loves to read! Most often we can find Kaia immersed in a book. Right now she is reading the Twilight series and is so thrilled. I made her wait awhile. She likes all kinds of books and just finished her first Agatha Christie book. She loves herself a good mystery. Clue is one of her favorite movies. She really is an old soul when it comes to movies. She is a well-rounded child and I am pleased so far.

And one more thing about Kaia.......she can drive this red mule like nobody's business. She was itchin' to get her hands on the steering wheel and she figured it out quickly. Dave said while she was giving us all a ride, "You know farm kids are better drivers because they have so much experience at the wheel at an earlier age!" Well Kaia, I have no doubt you are going to be an excellent driver. You are a good kid! And we are lucky to have the privilege to raise you!

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  1. So sweet, she is a wonderful girl and you are an awesome mom to recognize her!

  2. I was a constant reader at her age as well. Sitting in the sun like that....takes me back. Speaking of...I need to get over to her blog.

  3. I can't wait for work weekend! Seeing you at girls camp makes me really excited. (butterflies if you will) We are planing on going this year after a 3 year break. I have been going to work weekend since I was, maybe, 14. I enjoyed it, sometimes, better than girls camp. (probably because there were cute boys at work weekend.) I am so glad that your mom and dad are in charge of the work assignments. I know your parents are going to make that weekend a lot more productive. Are you going up on Memorial Day?

  4. And we are privileged to be her grandparents. Kaia, you are the perfect big sister to Blake. And I even like to see the two of you fight. I shows "normal" relationship because giving in all the time to special needs is not healthy for Blake. But Kaia, you seem to recognize the difference. For that, we are all blessed.

    Love, Grandma Shari


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