Saturday, December 13, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008


Underneath my kitchen sink, the faucet started to leak. I investigated and sure enough, a washer-ringy thing broke. So, not a big deal. Just get a new one and all should be well... WELL, we did get a new washer-ringy thing, but as I tried to replace it, I snapped the pcp pipe. That was in October. I'm not sure why I've waited so long to fix it. Perhaps roaming endlessly down Home Depot aisles was enough to keep me at bay, but I think more than anything, I didn't BELIEVE I could fix it. Today, as I was trying to deal with Mr. One Sink Wonder, I had enough. I grabbed the broken pipe & babes in tote and we were at the big orange square in no time. And it wasn't that bad. We found the faucet repair aisle (it's really called that) and I compared my pipe with a few other bad boys & I found the match. It took 3 minutes and $2.50 later to find myself under my kitchen sink. Never mind Sophia coloring on the kitchen floor, have you looked under your sink lately? It's a crazy mess, but I was determined. Ella supplied me with words of encouragement and when I finally thought I got all the parts back where they belonged... we ran the water and Mr. Two Sinks was back! It's appropriate that I purchased a red BELIEVE decor a few weeks back. It's residing on my kitchen table or maybe it should go hang out with the sink... because I learned a valuable lesson today. BELIEVE in Santa, ok... that's good. But BELIEVE in self, that's priceless. And speaking of christmas, as a present to self, I think I'll make an ornament out of the old pipe, just as a reminder to

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Favorite Things

this is wordle, click it and you can create your own! it's fun... too fun.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

tell me now if you came sneaking up behind
would you know me and see behind the smile
I can change like colors on the wall
hoping no one else will find what lies beneath it all
I think I had it all so well
stepping out everyone can see my face
all the things I can’t erase from my life
everybody knows
standing out so you wont forget my name
that’s the way we play this game of life
everybody knows
looking through the crowd I search for something else
but every time I turn around I run into myself
here I stand consumed with my surroundings
just another day with everybody looking
I swore they’d never see me cry
you say I’ll pay the price
that’s a chance that I’ll take
though you may think I’m telling lies
but I just call it getting by ~dixie chicks

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Did you know?

marilyn & I go way back
well, now everybody knows.

Muggin' on my girl

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The acting bug came to visit.

This is my daughter in her daddy's play.

This is my daughter acting her little heart out.

Her favorite part, of course.

I'm so proud of her!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008


If you know me, you know this is HUGE.
Thanks to Lori for inspiring me.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

"give oh give away"

Leelou Blogs Leelou is giving away this awesome memory mixer digital scrapbooking thingy....hurry, this is the last day to enter! {I tried to add the other Leelou launch party button but was having some trouble....} Just click on this icon and off you'll go, explore...comment.... this is a great site if you are interested in making your blog more creative and fun... {hmmmm, i'm interested.}

Friday, October 24, 2008


this is what i would look like

Ella Bella Peach

Name: Ella Josephine Kiley

Age: 4

Favorite Food: "spesghetti"

Favorite icecream: chocolate

Favorite story: junie b. jones

Favorite cartoon: upside down show

Favorite stuffed animal: my puppy

Favorite color: pink

Favorite song: "i love you" (by Ella)

Favorite sister: sophia

Best friend: lolo

Favorite number: 14

Favorite letter: E

What do you like to do: play with my barbies

Tell me something special about you: i eat ice cream.

Ella, Do you know how you light up my life each and every morning when you wake up and climb into bed with me holding your new junie b. jones book for me to read from? Do you know how my heart aches when you fall down and get a deep scratch on your leg or when i accidently push you too hard on the swings and you go flying off? Do you know how silly you are and how grateful i am for that? Especially when I"m having a bad day... you know how to cheer me up... like the day you gave all your barbies a haircut? Or when I found them lying in the nude outside getting a suntan? When I have to say no to you and you simply say, "change your mind". I love all of that. I am so lucky you are my sweet, silly, sparkly, kind-hearted, goofy, helpful, spunky, adventurous, creative, loving, spiritual, witty, beautiful, full 0f the giggles, my "big baby but still a little baby" kind of girl. Thank you for choosing me as your mother. I am blessed, truly blessed. love Mommy

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

She's walking!

October 20, 2008
You walked and walked and walked and walked
you are so proud
so am i
I love you
my fia
my bia
my sophia be-a-bee-a

Friday, October 17, 2008

Talented Blogger

I can't believe how much talent is out there in the bloggin world.
I just found Elizabeth Cranmer today. (Hi Elizabeth!)
Hurry and comment on her site and perhaps you might win her
beautiful quilt.
I hope I do.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

You'll Always Be My Baby

Sophia, yesterday you gave me my first kiss. You leaned your head in and gave me a big, open-mouthed slobbery one. I loved it. When I asked for another one, you did it again. Now, it's a fun game and I don't want it to end. You melt my heart, little one.

Ella (in the backseat): Mommy, I want you to have another baby.
Mommy: We have a baby, silly. We have Sophia.
Ella: No, Mommy. She isn't a little baby. She's too big for me now.

Mommy: (on the floor playing with Ella): Ella, can you be my baby again?
Ella: Yes, mommy.
Mommy: How many more days will you be my baby?
Ella: Three more.

Thank you, Ella.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lemonade For NieNie

Ella told me last week that "special booboo's need
special band-aids". I couldn't say it any better than
that. We raised 20 bucks! If you haven't heard about
Nie and her family, click here and perhaps you can
make some lemonade too!

Friday, September 26, 2008

"Easy Silence"

I pulled into the Redlands, Ca Temple parking lot last night and this is what I saw. The song that started playing on my cd player was "easy silence" by the Dixie Chicks. As I started listening to the lyrics, the message took on a whole new meaning. This is where I go to find my refuge and somehow the Palin/Obama world is kept at bay for me.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Diaper off w/ poo a'flyin'

Hey mom, look what I can do today? I can take my diaper off! Wheeeee, the fresh air feels good. I like my new tricks. I'm one. I'm taking my first steps. I can hold my diaper in one hand and use it for balance. I'm practically a genius. Aren't you proud of me? I know you are. You're taking pictures. Even the cat is proud of me. What's that mom? Ella's going to watch me while you take a shower? Ok. That's fine. I love my sister. We'll just watch some cartoons. Really, you don't have to put a diaper back on me. I like this new found freedom. Well, if you insist.

Did I tell you I can take my diaper off?

You love me.
Sophia Bia Bee

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Birthday's

Happy 1st Birthday, Sophia!

Happy 4th Birthday, Ella!

This month has been so special celebrating your birthdays.

I love you with all my heart.

Love Mommy


OK, my little miss Ella is in playschool with this little boy named Johnny. They have known each other for over a year now. Last Thursday, this is what Johnny told his mom as they were getting ready to go to school. "Mom, make me handsome because I feel today is the day that I will marry Ella." Sweet, huh? Adorable, absolutely! After class, Ella whispered in Johnny's ear the words "will you marry me?"(prompted by me) and Johnny turned red and asked his mom what he should say. He then decided to simply say "thank you". He then put his arm around Ella's neck and they started skipping down the hall chanting "We're in love! We're in love!" Is this still sweet and adorable? I know, I know... I encouraged it. Shame on me. Isn't he handsome? :)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Angel Lake

We went on a picnic today with Grammy and Papa Bill at Angel Lake. It was a beautiful little lake about an hour from Elko, Nevada. Grammy and Ella went on a hike that took about an hour and thirty minutes! They had a huge adventure climbing over streams and rocks and seeing a beautiful waterfall. We had a nice picnic over looking the lake, and then Ella and Papa Bill went fishing. Ella caught her first fish, a rainbow trout. She was so excited and even held the poor thing. I'm not a fisherman, never claimed to be one... (but if I say that out loud the Reams side might disown me. Avid fishermen. Me? I start to cry. That's right... I cry and cry and cry.. and yet, somehow I find myself on these fishing excursions.) It was fun to see Ella with her Barbie fishing pole. That pole is magical because we caught several trout with that little pink thing. :) Lot's of fun. Tonight, as I was putting Ella to bed, she told me she was a fish. :) I have major momma guilt because I remembered to put sunblock on Sophia but forgot to put some on Ella. She actually looks like a lobster, not a fish.

Monday, August 4, 2008

I Hear My Elko!

Ella was in the hallway today and started making loud sounds. She then said, "Mommy, I can hear my elk. I mean, my elko (echo)." This was cute because we are visiting my parents in Elko, NV.
She misses her daddy. He wasn't able to come with us, and today she had a huge tantrum because I had to say no to something (can't even remember what it was). She started screaming, "I want my daddy!" She is daddy's girl, 100%. I told her we could call him on the phone and she just cried even more and said she wanted him here with her right now. Shortly after this craziness, she passed out (because she woke up at 5:30 this morning)! Good grief. What's gotten in to her? That is just way too early especially since I have to share my bed with her and that means no sleep for me because of those crazy gymnastic moves she pulls all night long.
(I'm sending her to grandma's bed tonight.)

Talking Toliet

Last night I woke up to that little talking toliet spouting off about "it's potty time". The toliet was talking! I assured myself that Jordan or Roxy bumped it. But then it happened again. It's cute when it happens during the day, at night I expect to see Chucky in pull-ups holding a toliet plunger. I turned it off. Even though it reminds me of the girls, I don't think I need to be reminded at two in the morning. Love, C-Daddy!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hi rock star girls!

Are you outerspaceonauts yet? Daddy is growing fierce five o'clock shadow. I could either be King Lear or an extra in Michael Jackson's Thriller video. I miss you guys! I have to leave a light on when I go to sleep. I read "Small Pig" for motivation. ". . .and sinks down, into the good, soft mud." Hope you are finding some "good, soft mud" or a catfish or dogfish or rainbow fish.

Love, Dadtian

Friday, August 1, 2008


Sophia will be one in a month!! I can't believe it's been almost a year since we had her. Ella just loves her sister and you should see the way Sophia lights up whenever Ella walks in the room.
"I accidently pulled Sophia's hair and she started to cry and then I told her "Don't cry. It's ok." and she calmed down." ~Ella 8/1/08

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Our first blog entry!

Well, I'm conquering my fear of the computer and creating this blog for my family. Wish me luck. It doesn't seem that difficult. Just finding time... I hope to use this as a journal for my children. We shall see.