Can you believe that Ansleigh is 1 already? Her birthday was on Sunday, but we had her party on Saturday. It was a fun time, and even though it was just about nap time for ALL the kids, it went over without too many tantrums! Aunt Steph and her Neices and Nephews. Mommy with Ansleigh saying- what's going on? Looking to see what is in this mess of tissue paper Ansleigh IN the mess of tissue paper Trying to get into the cake- with Taylin in the background looking horrified that she is going to touch and ruin the cake- Taylin pretty much decorated the cake by herself- good job Tay! First taste of her cake Kies kept hovering, so bob smashed his face into the cake- yeah I know, real cool, right? Ansleigh's famous glare Grandma Fran and Ansleigh Mae! We didn't really do anything on her actual birthday, but she was a cute little fart all day long, and me thinking how crazy it is that she's already a year old, not my little baby anymore. But don't worry- unless by divine power- we will not be adding to our family any time soon! Take Care all!
Kies is in Pre-school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:15 to 12:15. We are going to be moving here ASAP, and have already, at least we think, found a place to rent in Byron. It will be nice to have a more permanent place to be, and the kids will be better, I think. It's Walker's old place, accross from the school in Byron. It's an old 4 bedroom house. The rooms are small, but we will learn to make do. It'll be weird to have all of our stuff in such a small space, but there is a big utility room downstairs and a garage outside for storage! Wish us luck! Take Care!
This has been a hard few days. Bradley Mickelson, a friend to many and loved by all those who knew him, had a tragic accident that took his young life. It's not important how it happened really, but he was accidentally shot while on the mountain. The circumstances are completely sad, and since I not only knew him, although not as well as some, I knew his siblings, Ashlee being one of my closest friends growing up, it has taken me by surprise the feelings that I have been feeling. As I said before, I didn't know him as well as some, in fact, the only reason I knew him was because of my friendship with Ashlee and Brad's friendship with my little sister, Calli. He was always a fun person to be around. He had this goofy little smile that he almost ALWAYS had on his face, and it was hard to not be in a good mood around him. I remember the way he used to always want to be with Ash and I when we would be hanging out, and we usually never really minded. JT, or I suppose I should call him Jason, was usually around with us too. I love this family. We have spent a lot of time together through the years, and it will be hard for this family without him around. The funeral, that was held for him yesterday, was beautiful! Tanya and Bryan, his oldest brother and sister, gave his life history- and it was filled with loving and funny memories. The songs were beautiful, but you could feel the sadness still. This made me realize how blessed that I am in my life to have my family around me and those people who care for me are always there for me. I have a brother that died before I was born, and although I still seem to mourn his death somehow, on days like yesterday and on his birthday, I can't imagine the pain of losing someone like Brad. I am so thankful for the testimony that I have and for the knowledge that I have that I will see him, and all others that I love that I have lost, again someday if I do what I have been taught and commanded to do. I am so grateful for all of these things. And I am grateful for all of you... even those of you who don't know me or I don't know you - you are part of my life!
Now onto the beginning part! McKie started school today! I had Calli take a few pictures of him, but I also took some pictures of him yesterday, when he went to his screening. Today is his first official day, but yesterday still kind of counts, so I will post a few of each! He is very excited for school, and I think that it will be nice to have some time with just Brensyn and Ansleigh while Kies is at school! We will see! And maybe I will just post some miscellaneous pics too!
Kies getting ready to head out Kies showing Brensyn the grasshopper Being silly before we get out for school Mommy holding his hand to walk to school On the run for school!!! YAY!
What are the last 3 things you purchased? 1. Gas, UGH 2. Pepsi 3. Hair dye for Hillary's hair
What are the last 3 songs you downloaded? 1. Johnny and June 2. You Can Let Go Now Daddy 3. Another Try
What were the last 3 places you visited? 1. Three Forks, MT(I guess we can't really call it home anymore) 2. Lava Hot Springs, ID 3. Lily Lake, WY
What are your 3 favorite movies? 1. P.S. I Love You 2. This Is Spinal Tap 3. The Three Amigos
What are your 3 favorite possessions? 1. My Boys, McKie and Brensyn 2. Ansleigh 3. Jaran
What are your 3 wishes?
1. That we can find a FREAKING place to live 2. That our house will sell quickly 3. That we will be happy here
What are 3 things you haven’t done yet? 1. Skydiving 2. Really gone to Vegas 3. Eye surgery
What are your 3 favorite dishes? 1. Lettuce Wraps at Chili's 2. Southwest Egg Rolls from Chili's 3. Spicy Marinara at Johnny Carinos
What are 3 things that freak you out? 1. That something would happen to one of the kids 2. Kind of like Ranee`, except not the bear part, just that something will happen to Jaran to take him away from us 3. That we will never sell our house
Name 3 things you are good at? 1. Reading- Love it 2. Losing my temper 3. making banana bread
Name 3 things you are currently coveting 1. Anyone that has a place to live besides their mom's 2. Anyone that has a vehicle that gets more than 20 mpg 3. People who can see without glasses or contacts
3 bloggers I tag 1. Kristin Owens 2. Steph 3. Shayla
"The crack your head Rock" - Daddy and Ansleigh -Ansleigh playing on the ground
Kies climbing "The Rock" - Grandpa helping out Brensyn with head wound 1 on the right and the recent head wound 2 on the left Only a tiny bit of the blood -My poor baby's face the next day that came out of the nose Baker family camp out - James, Vanessa, Daddy and Brens
Jacob's big catch! -Erica, Kyson, Loyal and Kevin is cooking
Mommy and Ans in Jackson - Daddy and the boys in Jackson
Kies showing his muscles Now go look at the post below that explains these pics!
I'm warning you now- this is going to be a very long post! To answer Kim's question from a previous posts comment- I was going to post some pictures of the kids on the mountains, that is why I wrote that, but then I forgot! Part 1: Ames Family Campout: The Saturday of Cowley's day, after a fun day filled with a parade, candy, a beach volleyball tournament and fun with family and friends, we packed into the can for a last minute trip to the mountains. You see, I have only missed ONE Ames family camp-out, and that was because I was getting sealed to my wonderful husband and precious baby boy. So we decided (more I begged Jaran and he gave in to my vampire-inspired, smoldering-eyed, looking from under my lashes PLEADING) to make the trip. We had to stop in Cody at Walmart for some food, socks and tennis shoes (as all of our gear is in Three Forks and this wasn't a planned trip) and then headed out. When we got there, nobody was around the fire- which bummed me out- but we found Dad in the camper. We all got settled in for the night, with Kies sleeping with grandpa, Brensyn on the floor next to the couch bed, where Jaran and I were and Ansleigh in her port-a-crib in the kitchen. The next morning, we woke up, hung around the fire, ate and Brensyn had his first mishap of the day when he decided to do a backwards dive down a big rock by the camp. It gashed his head and gave him a nice knot. After we took care of that, we went down to the lake for some crawdad catching. We were out on a big log getting some of the little critters when Brensyn decided to fall into the water. Luckily, some weeds were right where he fell, keeping his face above the water. It only scared him (and us), no wounds! So he was wet and scared. We went back up for lunch and naps. Then, Kies, Dad and I went out on the raft for some "lour fishing." There are always some to be found, as there are submerged trees everywhere along the shore. If you know my Dad, you will understand why it took a lot longer than I thought i would. He sets his mind to something and we are all in for the long haul. After rowing back around the lake, we got up to camp, packed up and went fishing at Crandle Creek. There's a great little hole there where you can catch a fish on almost every cast. The boys had a blast and took one home with us. It was dark when we got back, but we still had to Cook the crawdads and get packed up. So we ate, got all into the van and headed for home. We got back late, but it was worth it!
Part 2" Accident prone: Brensyn had a few more accidents that worried me that week. Tuesday I had an eye appointment in Cody and Jaran took some time off to take care of the kids during it. After that, we got some food and went to the park. We met up with Steph (Wilson) Coble and Jaran was watching the boys on the big toy while I had Ansleigh with Steph and Lane in her car watching our performance from the Country Showdown. I looked up from it and saw Jaran hurrying toward me with Brensyn in his arms, bleeding profusely from the face. I handed Ans to Jaran and took Brensyn. I thought his whole face was maimed, but it was just his nose that I saw was bleeding. I got the bleeding under control as Jaran explained what had happened. Brensyn was climbing down from a platform and slipped off the bar onto another platform- hitting the back of his head, which propelled him forward and clear to the ground where he landed straight on his face, causing a bloody nose and scraped up face. It was then that I saw that he had another cut and HUGE knot on the back of his head. Poor little guy! And that wasn't the end of it. The next day, we were having lunch at the armory park in Lovell, and he simply fell back and hit his head in the same spot as before. The knot is still there and it's been a long time, but it is slowly de-flating! That next day, the poor little man got his finger slammed in the door, which cut and smashed it. It's a good thing he is tough or we would have a problem on a daily basis. He's such a great little kid- well most of the time;)!
Part 3: 1st Annual Baker family camp out: This last weekend was our first annual(at least that's the plan) Baker family camp out. We were doing things last minute again, and had to stop in Cody for some more supplies. We dding' leave Cody until about 6:30 or 7:00 and then had to make our way through Yellowstone. As most of you know, any Friday night during the summer tourist season is not a good time to travel through the park- you know the usual lot of crazies are out. There were the usual stops for the stupid buffalo- ANNOYING- and the other things people love... like the coyote that people think is a wolf... and then getting far too close... and me thinking- good thing that ISN'T a wolf. The one slow part that I didn't mind AS MUCH was a huge crowd of people gathered to see the young grizzly playing with rocks to find food. While in that mess of stopped crazy people who had gotten out of their cars, of course, an Ambulance came through, causing more of a delay. We finally got out of the jam, only to get stuck behind and idiot in an RV that paid no attention to the signs reading: Slower traffic use pullouts! So after that, and a long drive later, we arrived in Lave Hot Springs, in Idaho, at about 1:30 AM. Luckily, we were able to bunk with Jaran's parents, as the tent we borrowed was far too small for a family of five. We didn't go to bed until around 3 and then Jaran's phone alarm went off at 6:15 AM and he couldn't find it, which made us all alert and unable to go back to sleep. I got up around 7:00 and started the fired. We had some breakfast, thanks to Kevin and his great camping stove, and then headed off to the hot springs resort, and some went tubing the river. The kids had fun, although they were tired from the short night of sleep. We had lunch after the boys and Ansleigh had short naps and went back to swim some more. They had some slides, diving boards and there were three platforms to jump from. The guys, of course, decided to be macho first thing and went off of them in the morning. I had no intention of doing so, but when we got back from lunch and Vye was there with a tower pass on her arm, I decided I needed on too! So Vye and I decided to go do them together, which I'm so grateful for- cause I doubt I would have had the guts to do it alone. They allowed us to go at the same time, and we worked our way up to the tallest platform, being about 30 feet or so. The first two were fun, but after jumping into the water, getting a LOAD of water up my nose, and realizing my wrist and feet hurt, we only did the middle on once more. Afterwards, we packed up and headed back to camp for dinner. We then had a talent show, and it was so much fun! Loyal (Jaran's dad) did a little dance, RuthAnn sang a song that she used to sing with her family every Sunday night, and then there were musical numbers from our smallish children, a few physical displays, and Kendra and Joseph's kids did a hilarious skit, "Albi the racist dragon" taken from Flight of the Concords. Amanda did a great rendition of Oh My Father on her violin and then it was time for desert and s'mores. We got to use the tent that Jonny and Erica had been in, cause half of our party had headed home after s'mores. We decided to hit the hay, as we'd been running on three hours of sleep, lots of sun, and crazy swimming! Then- the wind started. It almost made our tent collapse on us, and Jaran had to get up to stake down some of the tie downs. The kids decided that they needed to scream halfway into the night, and all three ended up in bed with us. Not so much fun. The morning dawned wind free and sunny, making me wonder if I had been dreaming of the horrible night, until we found out that Kendra and Joseph's tent had been torn apart in the storm and had to pack up their 7 kids, Nikki, all the other stuff that they had brought and go home at about 1 or 2 in the morning. So we all took down our tents, packed up our cars, and headed our separate ways.
Part 4: I'm going to Jackson WE went back through Jackson and stopped there for lunch. We went for a little walk and stopped at a few shop ts. We let the boys pick out a rock at one of the little shops, which took them about fifteen minutes as they had to each have the perfect one. We also stopped at Jackson lake and Jaran skipped rocks while the boys just threw them as far as they could. We also stopped at one of the smaller falls and Fishing Bridge. We couldn't see the fish, so we went to the store there for a a bathroom stop and filled a little bag with some more of the colorful little rocks. We didn't stop anymore until Cody for some groceries for home. It was a great trip, even though the kids got whiny that last day. We are so glad we got to visit with everyone, especially Vye and Steve who are moving soon to Canada and we won't have a chance to seem them again for quite some time. Thanks to Kendra for planning this fun outing- it was full of joy and joyness, just like candy mountain!
I have been waiting for someone to post something about the book. It came out on Saturday morning at 12:01 AM and Kendra, Nikki and I (yes Joseph and Val were there, but they didn't participate in our craziness) awaited this moment from 11:00 until we finally got our books sometime around 12:30. It was a great time. We decided(which means I thought it would be fun and talked everyone into it) to put on some black eyeshadow and ring things in special. You see, at the Barnes and Noble we were at, they had a "vampire prom" where anyone that wanted could dress up and attend. We didn't think we wanted to go that far, so the eyeshadow was as far as we went. When they announced "Welcome to Barnes and Noble. It is now August 2nd" everyone burst into a cheer. So we decided to get a little crazy and started screaming and jumping up and down, to mock those who were actually that excited about it. You see, Kendra and I have small children so that's what we're used to seeing when they get excited, and the fact that we were somewhere having fun by ourselves made us feel as though we needed to have more fun(maybe a little too much)! So we took a bunch of great fun pictures(Kendra, you need to send those to me!), and when we got our books, Kendra and Nikki turned into actress and director. My phone won't allow me to send such a large file, so I'll have to have Nikki forward it to my email so I can post it. It goes like this: Kendra screaming, running through the store, until someone is heading in the other direction, which causes her to turn around, fall down laughing, stroking the book, LICKING the book and then finally stopping. It was hilarious. I can not wait to post this stuff... but for now, the written version will have to do. The point of me writing this, however, is to have a discussion about what people think about the book, cause I'm DYING to discuss it. Kendra- I know why you kept saying, "What the heck?" HA HA HA! Well, everyone, Take Care!
The Baker Gang, the fantastic five, whatever you want to call us! Well, not whatever, only if it's nice! We are headed by Jaran, who will turn 31 on the 20th of September, I-Shannon- am 26, McKie is 5, Brensyn is 3 1/2 and Ansleigh just turned two in August. We are currently residing in Byron, and Jaran is busy building houses! We are renting our house in Three Forks, and hope that the renters will buy it at the end of two years!