Meet a Magnificent Mom: Angela Baker, of Moline


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Posted Online: May 11, 2013, 7:51 pm
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By Laura Anderson Shaw, landerson@qconline.com
It was a windy Saturday afternoon, and Angela Baker was readying for a photo shoot with her kids, Zach, 14, and Kelsey, 12.

Kelsey was seated on the arm of the couch in the family's Moline home, a typical no-no. Ms. Baker was next to her on a cushion, and Zach was trying his best to look natural while seated on the floor.

Typically, the Baker living room doesn't serve as a photo studio. Rather, it's a place where the family spends time together, has game nights nearly every Friday night, and plays with their pups, Britti and Buddy.

"We do a lot together," Ms. Baker said.

Ms. Baker is a pretty busy woman. When she isn't at her day job at John Deere, she's playing other roles, including cheerleader, chauffeur, cook, trip planner, volunteer, this year's Multiple Sclerosis Walk ambassador, school trip chaperone, party host and planner and more.

Her roles in her children's lives and the community are what earned her the title of 2013 Most Magnificent Mom of the Quad-Cities.

More than 40 area moms were nominated in the contest, run by The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. Six finalists were chosen by the newspapers, and readers voted for their favorite.

After the hundreds of mailed and emailed votes were tallied, Ms. Baker emerged victorious. The other finalists were Betty Blaser, of Rock Island; Sara Tubbs, of Moline; JoBeth Ethington, of Rock Island; Mary Bowker, of Rock Island; and Ellen McFate, of Bettendorf.

"I'm pretty honored," Ms. Baker said.

It was exciting not only because "Kelsey thinks those things, but actually took the time to write them down," she said. "I had no idea (I was being nominated) at all."

But Kelsey and Zach didn't seem surprised.

"I thought she really needed a spa day. She really deserves it for everything she does for us," Kelsey said.

Zach agreed and was happy his sister decided to nominate their mom. "She does so much for us," he said, like making dinners, doing laundry, giving rides, "the little things that make up the big picture."

Kelsey said writing the letter took a little time and a lot of brainstorming.When word came that her mother was selected as a finalist, she handed her iPad to her mom to show her the email.

"I was really surprised," Ms. Baker said. "Excited, and honored."

"I try to be...the best mom I can be," she said, adding that a lot of moms out there do the same thing. "I had a great role model," she said.

And "we have great kids."

Kelsey said her mom has become a "super fan" of everything she and her brother do. Whether it's at Kelsey's softball games or Zach's tennis matches, "it's not hard to find you in the stands," Kelsey said, raising her arms to mock her mother's cheers.

The family loves vacationing together, anywhere with a beach, Ms. Baker said. They have family dinners often and family game nights, and Kelsey and Ms. Baker have girl time baking, gardening and doing each other's nails.

Today, the family plans to go to church, come home and have dad, Rick Baker, cook for everyone.

Kelsey wrote that her mom is kind, caring, loving, thoughtful, fun, motherly, active, beautiful.

"My mom is a wonderful woman," she wrote. "I hope my mom is chosen to be the 'Most Magnificent Mom,' because that is what she is to me!"


Angela's tips on how to be a magnificent mom

-- "Stay really tuned-in to your kids. Listen." 

-- "Pay a lot of attention to detail," she said, and pay attention to what they like.

-- "Go to as many things as you can" that your kids are in, she said. "It goes so quickly," and the programs and sports kids participate in "are so short-lived."

-- "Balance work and life." When she's home, she says, she "shuts off work completely," and becomes engaged with the family.












 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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