Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Visit From The Folks!!

In my previous post about Thanksgiving, I mentioned my parents came to visit. It was wonderful having them here for about a week. Here are just some random pictures.
I LOVE it when my dad comes to visit. He's such a Mr. Fix-it. Everything that doesn't work in my house, he always fixes. One day I came home from work and found my toilet sitting in my backyard, he's fixed my faucets, my vacuum, the plumbing, and my favorite was the three days he spent fixing an electrical problem. This time, he fixed my retarded door-knobs. My dad's AWESOME!!! Thanks dad!

We went for a beautiful walk. Kashton LOVES to walk Hershey our dog.

An Ozark Leaf!!

We played a round of golf. My parents use to take me golfing quite often when I was young. It's nice to be able to return the favor. We had a great time. I'm so glad that Cameron is starting to like this little sport that I've always enjoyed. Not fair that I've been playing so much longer than him but he can kick my butt.

Look at that form...

Kashton had so much fun and was such a good boy. He played in the golf cart with his sword almost the entire time.

My parents came to see our show a couple of times (my biggest fans). Mom took some pictures with our fancy schmancy camera. I'll post some pictures that she took of our Christmas show later.

Kashton loves to go down to Branson Landing and see the Fire and Water show. He always says he wants to go see the "fire jump." I take him down there at least once a week. It was nice to have my parents join us.

My parents are awesome. I wish I could see them more often!!!
Love ya mom and dad!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


We were so fortunate to have my parents come and visit us for Thanksgiving this year. They planned it last year when they were here at Christmas and it definitely gave me something to look forward to all year. We had a very quiet Thanksgiving this year. It felt weird and different compared to the HUGE family Thanksgivings that I grew up with that included all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. But I still enjoyed the day and I owe that to my parents for making it so nice!!

Kashton had so much fun showing off his tent and tunnel to Grandma and Grandpa!!

Looking through the LONG tunnel!
Kashton showing Grandma how it's done!!

Grandma giving it a try!

Are you stuck???

Grandpa's turn!! I think that's cheating!!!

Well, not sure that's how it's done, but it makes a nice girdal anyway!
Um...still trying to get out!! I think he might REALLY be stuck!!!

Grandpa has made his way down the hall, still trying to get out of the tunnel!! Kinda looks like an overgrown caterpillar!!!

And the tunnel FINALLY gave birth to the 63 year old man!!! That's probably the most exercise he's had in years!!!

We watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Kashton LOVED the Rockettes. We had to rewind it a couple of times so that he could see it again!!

He got so excited and yelled "Mom, they're doing battements." Yup, my two year old knows what a battement is!! (Those of you who don't: Battement is the ballet term for....basically a kick) (Oh, and dad's asleep on the couch after that work out he just had)

Work it Out!!!
Helped Grandma make some fresh Naborhood Bakery Cinnamon Rolls straight from Utah!!
And ate ALOT of frosting!!! One of those things I dont EVER allow...but since it's a holiday...to each his own!!

Want some????
One FULL oven.
Happy Thanksgiving!!! Mom cooked a FANTASTIC meal! (I helped a little)
Yummy Turkey!!!
And we had FRESH pumpkin pie!!! That's one of the advantages of having a Baker for a father!! I made an apple and chocolate pie...but who cares??? WE HAD NABORHOOD BAKERY PUMKIN PIE!!!!

The rest of the day Cameron had to go to work and the rest of us stayed home and played games. Then that night we went and saw Cameron's younger brother Cory's show. Thanks Mom and Dad for making the day special!!!
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Okay, so I'm a little late. But I couldn't miss out on this post because it's just TOO cute and we had just TOO much fun! At first, I didn't give Halloween alot of thought this year. We were SO busy with Christmas rehearsals that I was choreographing and we were feeling a little overwhelmed with life. Then there was that small added stress of what to do about Halloween. If it wasn't for our son, we probably would've written it off this year.
About a week before Halloween I was joking around when I told Cam we should just go as 80's cartoons. Little did I know that it had to have been a purely inspired idea because these were the BEST costumes EVER (in our opinion any way)!! Best of all, I MADE costumes. Never done anything like that before and we had SO much fun. It was really fun teaching Kashton what a Smurf was. I made his costume!

Thank You make-up classes from BYU. Kashton was SO good and held so still. The threat of not going "trick-or-treating" and getting lots of candy was enough for him to hold still.
These pictures are a little out of order but for some reason, Blogger wont let me move them into the correct order. Dumb program. :) Cute little dude trick or treating.
YUP, made THIS FANTASTIC costume as well!!!
Bad picture (my battery was dying)
Kashton the Smurf and Macy the Monarch Butterfly!
Cute little bum!!!
The kids (minus Parker who showed up after we took this picture)! Kashton, Kendal (Tinkerbell), Macy (Butterfly), Talen (Peter Pan), and Heaven (cute Zebra).
Rainbow Bright posing with her little poser!! I didn't make my costume. I actually found it on ebay for $10 and it was SO cute!!! I made my wand and bought the "armbands" at Target (really, they're socks).
Okay, quick FUN story. I looked online for a He-Man costume and they were all WAY too expensive so I thought: I'm making that!!! Because I live in a dumb city :), I had to drive 45 min. to get to a fabric store, so we usually make a family trip when we go there. That ended up being so fun. Cameron normally doesn't care about such things, but I guess because it was HIS costume....HE CARED!!!! He picked out ALL of his own fabric. I was going more for the cheap, silly fabric. OH NO, he wanted the GOOD stuff. He-Man was his hero and he had to look just PERFECT. It was so cute, I loved how much thought and detail he put into it all. We stayed up until 1:30 the night before finishing his costume and he worked along side of me the entire time. I loved it. He went into the craft store and picked out his own medallions to go on his sword, breast plate,arm bands and belt and he was very picky about them too. In fact, he wasn't quite pleased with the medallion for his belt, so on Halloween day he dressed up in his costume and walked into Michaels to get another one and he was SO proud of that costume. He carried that sword like it was his pride and joy. :) He made it out of wood and then spray painted it silver. I wish I could see him get that motivated to fix some things around the house. :) I'm thankful for my performing background because not only did I have the wig stored in all my old costume stuff, but I've worn MANY spats in my day. So I designed his "boots" to be spats that he could pulled over his shoes. They turned out AWESOME!!!
Kelly and Mark were really sick two days earlier (Mark had the flu and Kelly had a bad cold), so they were good sports and sported their hospital scrubs and braved the outdoors with us for a short while before they retired home.
After Trick-or-Treating, we went to a Halloween party! Kashton's getting sleepy!!
I TOLD you he was proud. He put on the "act" the entire day!!
Sad Story: As we were walking the neighborhood so many kids kept asking us what we were. HOW SAD IS THAT????? When we told them: He-Man, Rainbow Bright, and a Smurf. The kids looked at us as if we were nuts. And I'm not talking about young kids, I'm talking about 14-15 year olds. Come on Parents, don't let your kids grow up not knowing the AWESOMEST (yes, it's a word) CARTOONS EVER!!!
The Peter Pan crew!!!

Hope everyone had as wonderful of a Halloween as we did!!!