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Gender Reveal for Baby Santana 8-17-19

When a family find out they are having a baby they naturally want to know if it is a boy or a girl. That desire becomes even more evident when you already have a child. For those that don’t want to wait until the child is born, they have a gender reveal party.

At a gender reveal party, a friend finds out the big secret first and devises a way to tell it to the expecting parents.

But, first you have to have a meal.

Guests gather under a tent in the back yard to find out the gender of the Jaime and Bertha’s baby
Guests gather under a tent in the back yard to find out the gender of the Jaime and Bertha’s baby. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Guests go through the food line.
Guests go through the food line. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

To mark the occasion, blue and pink decorations adorn all the tables for the event.

Decorations sit on a table before the meal.
Decorations sit on a table before the meal. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

After some time for conversation, it’s time for the big event. First come out a carton of eggs.

Stephanie present eggs to Jaime and Bertha that could possibly hold the gender
Stephanie present eggs to Jaime and Bertha that could possibly hold the gender. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Stephanie present eggs to Jaime and Bertha that could possibly hold the gender
Jaime and Bertha crack open an egg. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Just yellow confetti fall from the eggs. Time to open the big box.

Kaiden tries to help his parents open the big box
Kaiden tries to help his parents open the big box. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
The box does not spill the secret either as Jaime and Bertha look confused
The box does not spill the secret either as Jaime and Bertha look confused. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

More yellow. All of a sudden, another balloon shows up. Will this one reveal the secret?

A large black balloon could hold the big secret
A large black balloon could hold the big secret. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Jaime takes a knife to the balloon to see if it truly holds the secret of the gender of his next child.
Jaime takes a knife to the balloon to see if it truly holds the secret of the gender of his next child. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
IT’S A GIRL!
IT’S A GIRL! Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

It’s a girl! Time to celebrate the new daughter.

Jaime and Bertha celebrate the news of them having a daughter.
Jaime and Bertha celebrate the news of them having a daughter. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Jaime hugs Bertha tightly after finding out they are having a daughter.
Jaime hugs Bertha tightly after finding out they are having a daughter. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Come to find out, the new big brother, Kaiden, knew all along.

Kaiden gives a look to say that he definitely knew all along.
Kaiden gives a look to say that he definitely knew all along. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Jaime, Bertha, and Kaiden show off some pink to tell that they will welcome a girl into their family
Jaime, Bertha, and Kaiden show off some pink to tell that they will welcome a girl into their family. Family and Friends gather to see the gender of the next baby in the household of Jaime Santana and Bertha Rodriguez in Great Bend, Kansas on August 17, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Congratulations to Jaime, Bertha, and Kaiden on adding a girl to their family.

2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest – Maneth Family – 6-30-19

Harvest time can be an opportunity for new blood to come into their own.

Many of the families that farm the ground in Kansas hope to pass the tradition on to a child. In those families, the kids will start at an early age helping out.

During harvest that could mean driving the grain cart or a combine, maybe helping fix a breakdown, or manning the truck to help move from field to field that also has the extra fuel and the cooler of “refreshments”.

When one of those children get old enough to farm on their own, it is a time when their ground is added to the list of fields to cut.

On a Sunday Afternoon, I took some time to join Michael Maneth and his sons Bryce and Colton. They were cutting some ground that Bryce recently took over.

Bryce drove his combine in addition to an uncle cutting with a second one. Colton took the important job of driving the grain cart, under the watch of his grandfather, Dale Brady.

The yields were good, but you could see Bryce planning on how to get more out of the field with each pass.

Below are some of the pictures I took in the field:

2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest 6-27-19

This year I am trying to work on more photo stories, also known as documentary photography. The first subject I am working on is the 2019 Central Kansas Wheat Harvest.

Every year farmers spend approximately a week to two weeks to bring in the largest crop in Kansas. They planted the wheat in the ground in the fall. The plants spent the winter sitting dormant waiting for the warmth of spring to begin growing. With the heat and wind of summer, the plants reached maturity and turned a distinctive golden color.

This year farmers began cutting later than normal thanks to an overly wet May. The moisture could lead to larger than expected yields. It also could mean less than average grain in the bin due to the plants not maturing fast enough or worse yet, drowned.

There are many elements of bringing this important cash crop to market. I hope to get the opportunity to document those over the coming days.

First up is a few photos from Marvin and John Schneider and their farm north of Albert, Kansas.