Thursday, December 8, 2011

Welcome baby boy!

It's taken me a while to update this since little Clay arrived because we haven't been getting a whole lot of sleep around our house. For that I apologize. So without further adieu, let me introduce you to the newest Kelley family member!

Clayton Joshua Kelley
Born 11/23/11 at 2:08am
8 lbs. 14 oz., 20.5 inches long, 14" head

Little Clay was born by a successful VBAC! Our prayers were totally answered. It was a long and difficult labor, but everything went well and baby boy is healthy.

Shortly after delivery

My amazing birth team-sister and doula

First family photo

Wide-eyed in the hospital

Looks like daddy's baby picture

Proud sister

-Birth: 8 lbs. 14 oz., 20.5 inches long
-1 week: 9 lbs. 6 oz., 22 inches long
-2 weeks: 9 lbs. 13 oz., 22 inches long
-2 months: 14 lbs., 23 inches long
-3 months: 15 lbs., 24 inches long
-4 months: 15 lbs. 6 oz., 26 inches long
-5 months: 17 lbs., 26.6 inches long

Friday, September 23, 2011

Goodbye summer, hello fall!

It's been a whirl-wind over the last few months! I didn't even post about Therese's birthday! She turned 2 on July 21 so we had a swimming party at my parent's house. My brother and his wife had had their sweet, baby boy on August 26 after a long and complicated pregnancy. She spent 5.5 weeks in the hospital and finally gave birth by c-section. My younger brother got leave from the Army on his way to Korea, so he was home for a short visit and got to be here for my nephew's birth. We've been working non-stop on the house to get it ready for the baby-pulling wallpaper, texturing the wall, painting, buying a bed and mattress and now on to the organizing!! My sister threw me a small baby shower this month and we've had some other fundraising events for her adoption as well. Aaron received an amazing opportunity with work but it's unfortunately pulled him away from us for 9 out of the last 14 days, including five 24 hour shifts. Therese also started potty training herself last Tuesday (Sept. 13th) so that's been quite the event. This was all on top of the normal day-to-day stuff, family get-togethers, playdates, OB appointments and the wonderful toddler tantrums! Whew!! Glad it's starting to slow down and we'll be heading out of town for a few days of relaxation.

I wanted to share some pics of what Therese has been up to lately along with some of the funny phrases she's been saying.

-While eating lunch one day, she scooped her cottage cheese into her juice, began stirring it around and exclaimed, "Look! I make pancakes!"

-While swimming she said, "Look at me! I'm a turtle!"

-We were dancing to Justin Bieber one day and she started chanting, "Go Mama! Go Mama!"

-Justin Bieber's "One Time" starts out with him singing, "Aye. Aye. Aye. Aye. " Therese repeats it, then says, "No, not B. It's A!"

-On one of her first attempts at the potty this week, she pushed and grunted, but nothing came out. She ran away, dropped her head and said, "Oh my gosh." I asked her what was wrong, to which she replied, "I sad." Then I asked her if she was sad because she didn't go potty and she said, "Yeah."

-Coming home from my parent's house, she asked for a bottle. I told her I didn't have one. She then says, "Uh...a drink?" "Sure," I said and handed her sippy with water in it back to her. She then says, "Pink juice? How 'bout pink juice?" What do you think this is kiddo, a restaurant??

-After one of her accomplishments on the potty, my mom came in clapping for her and telling her good job. She then began to bow, repeating "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

-She fell down yesterday and exclaimed, "Ow! Dat hurt my butt!"

-Therese likes to play a tickle game. She wiggles her fingers, creeps up to you and says, "I go get you."

-Tonight I said to Therese, "I love you." She grinned at me and said, "No, I love you more." I then said, "No, I love you the mostest," to which she replied, "Yeah."

-I bought her new shoes and after I tried them on her, she exclaimed, "I like 'em! I like 'em!"

-Whenever she does anything that she wants your attention for, she'll say, "Look at me!"

-Therese will walk into a room and ask, "What's goin' on here guys?"

-When you tell her we're going to do something or eat something she likes, she exclaims, "It's what I've been waiting for!"

-Whenever she hears a firetruck, airplane, motorcycle or any noise for that matter, she will put her index finger on her cheek and ask, "Do you hear dat?"

Happy birthday Therese!

Some of our last few swimming days

Visit from the Williams family

Playing with Miss M at Jenni's house

Madelyn and Therese

Surprise face!

Happy face!

Sad face!

My nephew, Jacob Robert Freda

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Jewelry for Isaac

By now you may have noticed the link on the right hand side of the blog that says, "Help Bring Isaac Home." This is the sweet little boy that my brother-in-law Jason and sister-in-law Jaime have committed to adopting. Isaac lives in East Europe and has down syndrome. Unfortunately for children like him, they are often cast away and put in baby houses where they spend their first few years of life in a crib. Upon turning 4, they are moved from the baby houses and put into adult mental institutions, where they are often drugged, mistreated and in the worst case, don't survive.

To help raise money to bring this little angel home, I have made jewelry sets that I am selling. Each bead is crafted from cardstock-painted, cut, hand-rolled, glazed and strung by me. I have five available sets currently, which include a necklace and bracelet. I'm selling them for $35 which includes shipping. After paying for the shipping, 100% of the profits will go to Isaac's account. If I see you on a regular basis and don't have to ship the item, then I'm asking $30 for the set. I'm not able to take custom orders at this time because I'm busy getting my house ready for our next baby. If you're interested in buying any that are already available, email me at or make a comment on the blog with the name of the set you desire. If you can't give $30 but would still like to purchase a set, then send me a message too. I am willing to work with you.

You can also make direct donations to Isaac's Fund through Reece's Rainbow which is tax deductible. Visit the link here to donate to Reece's Rainbow. And if you'd like to follow this family's journey, you can do so by visiting their blog here.

Sail Away

Purple Haze


Coffee Bean


Close up of beads

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy birthday Therese!

Yesterday we celebrated Therese's second birthday!! It was bittersweet. I'm so thankful for having her in our lives for 2 years and proud of the little person she is becoming, but sad knowing she will never be like this again. My little baby is growing up. We celebrated by taking her out to dinner then over to Chick-fil-a to play on the playground and get some icecream. We were in luck because they happened to be having a free icecream social! We grabbed a cup, got it filled with icecream and let her decorate with all the fixings like gummy bears and M&M's. Saturday we'll be celebrating with the family at my parent's house for a pool party!

It's hard to put into words just how we feel about our girl, the amazing blessing that she is, but I will try for document's sake. I want to remember just how she was at this age.

The first thing about Therese, is she brings so much joy to everything around her. From the day she started smiling, she hasn't stopped. She is such a happy child, laughing, smiling and goofing off constantly! She makes us smile all day. She's extremely social and makes friends wherever she goes, even in the Walmart!

She's very detailed. She picks up on the most subtle of things, very determined and knows what she wants. But she also has the most tender heart. She doles out hugs, kisses and "I love you's" all the time. And if she thinks she's done something wrong, she says, "I sorry mama." She feels genuine remorse. She's also not afraid to ask for help. When she struggles, we often hear, "Ma help you." And when someone sneezes, coughs or blows their nose, she asks, "Are you okay?"

She also loves to sing, dance and make music! I really think she has a knack for it. Perhaps I am just biased because I'm "Mom," but this kid has got some talent! She will hear music everywhere, even in a firetruck engine, and start moving. She can tap her foot with us to the beat of music and mimics dance moves that she sees on tv shows like So You Think You Can Dance and her favorite...The Fresh Beat Band!

Happy birthday to my sweet girl!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Our world is turning blue!

In case you haven't heard the news...we are expecting a baby BOY! We're still working on names, but here are a few pictures of our sweet boy.

Profile-looks like Reese

Pretty obvious, huh?

21 weeks

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summertime fun

It's been a busy summer already. At the end of May we headed to Colorado for a friend's wedding, of which I was a bridesmaid. We decided to get there a week early to help with wedding preparations but before we arrived, we stopped in Sante Fe, New Mexico for our anniversary. I came down with food poisoning, so the first few days weren't so fun, but we managed to make our last day worth it by checking out the Sante Fe Children's Museum and dinner.

At the park


Playing with magnets at the museum


Anniversary dinner-Tomasita's

While in Colorado, we had a graduation party for the bride who just obtained her Doctorate in Pharmacy, a bachelor party, a baby shower, a bachelorette party, a bridesmaid outing of manis/pedis, family dinners and I made the bridal bouquets. It was a pretty busy week! But we managed to get some time away to do some fun things as a family too. Aaron hiked Pike's Peak and we went to the Cheyenne Zoo at the base of the Peak on another afternoon.

Planting flowers with Grandma Aud

Playing outside

Hide and Go Seek

Bridesmaid outing

Aaron at base camp at 10,000 feet

With the bride Brenna

Our attempt at a family shot, but someone wouldn't cooperate

Eating wedding cake



Feeding the giraffes-her favorite part and ours too!

The Haley family

After getting home, we jumped right into swimming at my parent's house! Therese LOVES it and I think she'll be swimming on her own within a month. She's already jumping off the side of the pool and the diving board, just into someone's arms for now. She's got strong kicking legs and is starting to add her arms to the mix. It's always a sad time for her when we have to get out and say goodbye to Grandma and Papa.

Jumping in!

Hanging with Daddy

Washing the car with Daddy

I'm of course growing by the day and looking forward to meeting our newest family member this fall. We will be finding out what we're having this Friday, so we'll post some pics of the baby and the BIG news when we get it!