Friday, January 2, 2015

Looking Back on 2014

I have been a terrible blogger!  In 2015 it is one of my goals to keep up on my blog more regularly!  We had a pretty fun 2014-here is a very quick run down on what we have been up to the past few months! It is very out of order because its too annoying to try and rearrange them!

Christmas 2014

Oliver with his Christmas haul-a train table and some dinosaurs!

Cousins at Nana and Grandpa's house on Christmas morning

Baker siblings

Oliver and William with their Zurg action figures from Santa! (Grammy)

Christmas family picture

Alice with her new dollhouse and princess dress on Christmas morning

Market-October 2014

Mike and I at fall market in North Carolina

While we were at market, Alex and Isabelle watched our kids and took them to the Diederich "magic pool"

Halloween 2014

A pink kitty and a rainbow, per their requests.

Disneyland-December 2014

Oliver after the first day at Disneyland-he passed out on the walk back to the hotel!

Princess Alice loved Disneyland, obviously.

It was pouring rain our first day, so we had to buy some ponchos to try and stay dry.

Port Townsend, WA Baker Family Trip-June 2014

Whale watching in Port Townsend, WA-

Alice and Oliver loved riding in the boat and seeing the whales.

Mike loved catching crabs and other creepy creatures :P

Oli and Charlotte on the ferry

Recreating a picture we have as kids with our names written in the sand.  Our kids weren't too excited to have to interrupt playing and take a photo, hence their grumpy faces!

This beach was different than your typical beach, but the kids loved exploring and finding treasures!

Oliver standing next to a giant tree on our hike in Washington

Fourth of July-2014

Aunt Missy made this awesome water bubble that the kids were obsessed with!

Surgeries-2014

Our little Oliver had gigantic tonsils and had a hard time sleeping through the night because they were making it hard to breath.  So, they were taken out!  He did pretty well for the first couple days after surgery, but when his scabs fell off it was horrible for about a week.  We are so glad to have it over and done!

Alice had constant ear infections and fluid in her ears, so the doctor wanted to have tubes put in her ears.  She did great with her recovery, besides throwing up on both Mike and I after waking up.  We did both kids surgeries on the same day, and I would actually be fine doing it again!

Cabin Trips of 2014
We had lots of trips to the cabin this year.  These are a few of our favorite pictures from the year in Idaho!

New cowboy boots and hats for all the kiddos! Thanks Grammy and Grandpa!

Finally playing in some snow in Driggs-he loves it this year!

A cabin trip isn't complete without a stop at the Emporium for shakes

Random Events-2014

Mike and Paul ran their first trail marathon-and first marathon-this summer.  They placed 1st (Paul) and 4th (Mike) in their age group-they did SO amazing!!  We were all so proud of them.

The boys also did the annual Saints to Sinners race to support the Rider family and the cure for ALS. They biked from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas with their team, "Creighton's Riders"

Fall hike at Silver Lake

Our family at my brother Alex and his cute wife Isabelle's wedding! Such a fun night!

Easter Sunday-2014

Daddy and Oliver on a fall bike ride with our new fun kid seats!

Our basement remodel officially began this fall, and is still going to this day.  It seems like this photo was taken ages ago and our basement will never be finished....ahh!

Mike and I took a long weekend and went to San Francisco with our good friends Spencer and Nicole.  It was so much fun and much needed.

Little Miss Alice started dance a few weeks ago, and as you can tell by her face, she adores it.

This is just a small peak at our year, it was a great one.  Can't wait to see what 2015 brings for our family!  Happy New Year!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Alice's 2nd Birthday

Our little lady turned 2 at the beginning of August.  With every birthday post I say that it is crazy how fast the time goes, but it truly is.  It seems like just yesterday that Alice was born and being swaddled in soft pink blankets, and now she is a toddler.  

Alice is such a joy in our lives.  She is feisty and sweet at the same time.  She knows what she wants, and when she wants it.  She has a hard head and its not easy to change her mind or divert her attention.  Each morning, Alice wakes up and walks to her closet, saying "I choose....."  She loves to pick out clothes, and 90% of the time she chooses a dress.  She has a pink dress that she calls her "princess dress" and she would wear it every day if we let her.  Alice can be so snuggly when she wants to be.  She loves to give "a lub and a kiss" every time someone leaves the house.  She is always asking people if they are ok, and if you are feeling sad or under the weather, she will loan you her Flopsy-which she is still TOTALLY attached to.


Alice is a great eater, I am hoping it sticks!  She loves fruit, most veggies, chicken, rice, turkey, noodles, etc.  She will pretty much eat anything.  Her favorite snack is yogurt with granola-or "O-duht" as she calls it.  She likes to color and do stickers.  Her favorite color is pink and she gravitates towards everything pink.  She loves her baby doll, and loves to change her outfit, feed her bottles, and put her to bed.  She is still obsessed with baby animals.  In fact, she calls everything "baby"-baby kitty, baby book, baby pink, baby noodles, etc.  She still loves cats, and for her birthday party, we chose a kitty theme.


Alice is a smart girl and is talking like crazy.  She says everything, and talks in full sentences.  I love her little voice and don't like to correct her when she says words wrong because its so adorable.  So I don't :)  Some of my favorite things she says right now are "so tute!" (so cute) "Carolion" (her baby cousin Caroline, who is she obsessed with), "Wivy" (her aunt and cousin Olivia), "you can't catch me!" and many more I can't think of!



We love our little 2 year old so much.  She's darling, fun, challenging, rewarding, and so lovable.  She makes us all so very happy!!









Happy Birthday Alice!!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

He's 3!

In April our little, 5 lb 15 oz baby boy turned 3 years old!  We celebrated with a "blue elephant party"-  Oliver's request.  It was so fun to celebrate with friends and family.  Oliver was spoiled rotten and loved everything.  He is always asking if its his birthday now :)


At 3 years old Oliver talks basically like an adult.  He has quite the vocabulary and he learns more every day.  He is a smarty.  He loves to learn, and just finished his first year at preschool.  We both already miss it!  He did so well in preschool, and made lots of friends and loved his teachers.  Oli loves singing and listening to music.  At his end of year program he knew all the words to the songs and sang them loud and proud.


Oli is a bit of a struggle when it comes to eating.  He is a total snacker-he loves to snack and not eat meals.  Oliver also has a HUGE obsession with candy, doughnuts, cake, cookies, etc.  He seriously thinks about those things all the time-kinda like his mama. It makes for good bribes to get him to eat though!


Oliver loves life.  Its hard choose just a few things he loves because he truly loves everything.   Playing outside could be his favorite.  It doesn't matter what he is doing, he just loves to be outside and explore.  He loves to play in water and sand, and loves making messes.  Pretty much anything that can be ripped, snapped, crushed, etc., he will do it.  He likes riding his bike and scooter, and loves playing on the "turny slide" at Laird Park.  He is very interested in animals and bugs.  Lately he has loved building tracks and playing with his trains.


Oliver is a pretty cautious little guy.  Although he loves exploring and is happy to be in his own world, he really needs his mama to be close by.  He is getting a lot better about being brave and venturing out on his own though.  I love that he loves and needs me though!  

Oli is such a good big brother to Alice.  He is pretty good at sharing and always tries to cheer her up when she is upset.  They can make each other laugh harder than anyone else can-its one of my favorite things about this stage in their lives.  They are becoming best buddies, it makes me happy.


Oliver-we love you so much.  You mean the world to me and dad.  We have loved raising you these last three years and can't wait for the many years to come.  I am honored to be your mama, and so excited to continue to experience the world through your eyes.  I love you SO much little man.  

Love, 

Mama