March

So….I posted about spring break and Easter without realizing that I completely overlooked March.

It kinda sums up the month though.

I usually despise the lull of the new year. Our lives are pretty quiet during the winter months. We sorta hibernate until the rush of social events returns with the warmer weather. So we spent a lot of time just hanging out at home.

I can tell I’m getting old because I really like going home right after work which wasn’t the case a year or two ago.

Don’t get me wrong. We still did things. This is me we’re talking about. I would never be able to just sit at home for an entire month.

The girls spent a day with Auntie Ang – 1) because they missed her and wanted to see her and 2) so we could handle some important Easter shopping.

Ellabelle had Dr. Seuss week at school. Each day had a theme:

Monday – Cat in the Hat Day (stripes and hats)

Tuesday – Fox in Sox Day (crazy socks)

Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday

Thursday – Green Eggs and Ham Day (green)

Friday – Favorite Dr. Seuss character

And can I take a second and say how proud I am of this girl:

She’s doing amazing in kindergarten. She can read so well. She can do basic arithmetic. Her teacher says she’s a good listener (not that I’ve seen this). She loves doing homework and sharing what she’s learning. I can only hope her enthusiasm for school stays this strong going forward.

We went to see the Cincinnati Rollergirls.

We didn’t stay long. Mattie was miserable the whole time. We found out later on that she had strep.

For St. Patrick’s Day, we ended up at a bowling birthday party for one of our friends kids.

And went and saw our niece, Alex, in her school’s play.

The weather was cold almost the whole month. I always hope that winters grip will loosen during the month, but it’s still cold now almost halfway into April. And that was March.

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Hoppy Easter! 🐰💐

This Easter, I decided that I was going to let Josh take the reins. I let him to pick out all the candy and gifts and fill all the eggs. I kicked back and let him hide everything. It was so nice to actually just enjoy the holiday without the added stress I usually put on myself. Josh handled it all beautifully, and Easter was a great success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April Fools!

I mean, Easter fell on April 1st this year so… Anyways, I didn’t leave any of the Easter prep to Josh. Our Easter was a success (that wasn’t a joke), and I did enjoy the holiday, but it would’ve been mayhem and I would’ve died of an aneurysm if I left it all to Josh. Easter isn’t a good holiday for him and I love it so, trust me when I say, he didn’t care that I did it all.

Easter started the weekend before when we went to have Easter breakfast at Josh’s mom’s house. We practice the curlers in the girls hair for it. Thank goodness we did because I used the smallest curlers in Matilda’s hair, and it was atrocious. So, we got the right size figured out and they looked adorable.

I did spaz the night before Easter (mostly because the weather did not cooperate again!), but we made sure the house was ready for the Easter Bunny, and he came and did his work.

The bunny left us chocolate seeds for the night before (instead of the usual magic jelly beans) which the girls planted in rice because of the rain.

They “bloomed” by the next morning.

We told the girls to wait in bed for us when they woke up, and we’d come get them when it was time to egg hunt, and it’s a good thing we did! Mr. Business had knocked a few eggs out of their hiding places and even opened a few! Bad Business! Anyways, the girls raced out to the living room in their nightgowns with their foam curlers in their hair, and I just sat there taking in all the joy.

When I found out Matilda was going a girl, Easter morning was one of the things I looked forward to the most. It’s just something that was so a part of my childhood – the curly hair and pretty dresses and running around like crazy with my sister – that I wanted so much for my girls. And there it was. It was everything and more for my mama heart.

Mattie was a beast at hunting eggs. Ellabelle would not stop talking long enough to really look.

They had a blast even if we were stuck inside. We went out to brunch with Oma, Opa, Auntie Ang, and Aunt B Nanna. Everyone (and I feel like that’s not even an exaggeration) loved the girls in their dresses.

These dresses were worn by Angie and I when we were younger. I honestly think my mom saved them in hopes that there’d be little granddaughters to wear them in the future someday. She was so excited when she saw them.

We colored eggs at Oma and Opa’s as well. Mattie cracked at least two by dropping them in the water. She was a little rough with them. Ellabelle was very meticulous with hers.

I ended up not feeling well, and just Josh took the girls to Mamaw and Papaw’s that night. They got even more candy there, and, let me tell you, the sugar high was real in our house that night.

Fake Easter with the Fulmers was the weekend after. The girls wore their frilly dresses again. They both love playing with their cousins, and they would not stop talking about it this past week.

Lexi and Mattie hunted eggs together. Mattie was very sweet and let Lexi have a few of the eggs. At one point, she went racing across the yard because she saw an egg, wiped out, lost both shoes, jumped up and kept running, barefoot, and told us, “Gotta get that egg!”

Ellabelle didn’t too bad either looking for eggs. They ended up with $17 each to spend at Toys R Us on the way home.

Now with Easter out of the way, we move on to April and, hopefully, warmer weather. Next up for us is Miss Matilda’s 3rd (😱) birthday! So, obviously, I’ve already started planning.

Spring Break Cookies 🍪

Over Ellabelle’s spring break, I took two days off with her. We were supposed to hang out and watch movies and paint our nails and make cookies. I even let her pick the cookies we made. She didn’t want sliced with pictures or blocks you break and bake. She wanted to make homemade chocolate chip cookies. Fine by me👌🏻🍪 They taste better, and ended up being cheaper because the only thing we actually had to go buy was a bag of chocolate chips.

She literally could not stop talking about making cookies with me. She told her teacher at school on Friday. She asked me every day that weekend. She told Oma and Opa about it when they watched her on Monday.

Well, as it always seems to go, it didn’t go as planned.

To quote Ellabelle: “Wah. Wah. Wah.” 🙁

We got breakfast, ran errands, and hung out at the library on Tuesday. She’s loves the library so this was super exciting for her. I planned to do cookies with her on Wednesday because it was supposed to rain that day.

Well, cookie day arrived, and I ended up being so so sick because of a stomach bug. I seriously couldn’t get out of bed. And this little girl was the best tiny mommy ever. She took care of me all day and kept checking to see if I was ok. I could barely get out of bed to feed her. Thankfully, she was happy to live off the poptarts and Doritos within her reach in the kitchen.

The strange part was she wasn’t even mad about not making cookies. That’s saying a whole lot for this tiny girl with big emotions. I, on the other hand, was devastated. I didn’t want to let her down. I had envisioned this fun spring break day, and it just didn’t happen.

I promised her we’d make them once I felt better. And then on Saturday, we were finally able to make them. Josh took Matilda to the grocery with him so that it was just Ellabelle and me (which was a very very important part of cookie making). And to make up for having to delay it, we made unicorn cookies 🦄 (which are actually just purple, pink, and blue chocolate chip cookies, but don’t tell her).

I let Ellabelle do as much as she wanted with making them. She even let me help break the eggs. We had a few distractions – mainly a little blue gray kitty who was confused by all the sights and sounds – but she was so happy the entire time.

Once the first tray of cookies were in, she immediately lost interest and abandoned me to go watch cartoons. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Granted, I don’t let her take the hot trays out of the oven (even though she tried again and again to convince me otherwise), and I pretty sure that I always do the same thing to my mom once we’re down to the last trays at Christmas 😂

Sneaking a taste

I love spending one on one time with the girls because they’re both so different when they’re by themselves. You’re able to see a softer side because they aren’t competing with each other to shine. I’m hoping the love of baking continues to grow inside of both my girls. I mean, they’re going to have to take up the torch of Christmas cookies someday.

So, rescheduled cookie day was a success. Matilda is still asking for unicorn cookies even though they’ve all beeneaten. 😂

Spring!

This Tuesday was the first day of spring! Yah! It’s my favorite season.

Colorful flowers 🌷🌻💐

Sunshine ☀️

Warm breezes 🌬

Smell of fresh cut grass 🌾

No more SAD 👍🏻

The world just comes back to life after a cold hard winter.

Honestly, though, in Ohio, the first day of spring should fall on April Fools Day. Even though the calendar says spring, Mother Nature says: 🖕🏻🖕🏻

Annndddd its supposed to snow another 3-5 inches tomorrow. 😡🤬😤

I just want what is promised to me. I want my warmer weather, dammit. I hate cold. I hate ice. I hate being trapped indoors. 😭

Daylight savings, bowling, theater, and shopping

Last weekend, very early Sunday morning, the clocks rolled forward an hour, and our lives became a living hell. First, we were all messed up most of the morning and ended up taking a late nap that ended up being longer than we anticipated. Whoops on mom and dad’s part there. 🙈

Then we put the girls to bed at nine instead of eight, and we thought, “we got this figured out. Everything‘s gonna be fine. We beat the change. There’s been no problems. We’re good.”

Well, we were wrong.

At 11 o’clock, we finally went to sleep, and both girls were still awake in bed. We have no idea what time they finally went to sleep. So Monday morning was hard for all of us.

We made it through Monday at work in a daze, but we made it home and we survived. Everything seemed okay still. But then, that night, Matilda had a nightmare about 12:30am. Naturally, I was the only one who heard her crying, so I went in there and gave her bunny and she went right back to sleep. I, on the other hand, did not fall back to sleep until 2am.

Well, as small as the amount of time she was awake seem to be, she still was a monster to get up the next morning. So Tuesday arrived and we were all still dragging.

We went to bed on Tuesday night exhausted and couldn’t fall asleep until about 10 (which is past my bedtime). At 4:30am that morning, Matilda started screaming “Mommy!” across the house. Thankfully, this time, Josh heard her and went to see what she wanted. Apparently, her belly hurt and she “needed” medicine. So he gave her some Tylenol and put her back to bed. We all made the mistake of going back to sleep for an hour, and then nobody wanted to get up.

Matilda had a meltdown from the moment she got up to the moment we arrived at the babysitters. She would not keep her shoes on. She kicked and screamed on the floor. I had to carry a stiff board of a child out to the car and hold her down to buckle her in so we could leave. Well, in the car, she threw her socks at me. Once we got to the babysitters, she continued to scream, but, thankfully, the babysitters took her, and we were able to go to work.

We are now a week away from it, and I think we’ve finally beat it. Mattie still isn’t sleeping through the night, but that’s because my poor monster has strep. ☹️ However, we didn’t let a little streptococcal bacteria stop us from enjoying our weekend.

We had a busy Saturday. We started with parent participation ballet class. Josh had me go to this one. I wish I could’ve seen him doing mermaid kicks on his belly though.

We headed directly to a 4th birthday party afterward. It was a bowling party and the girls were both so excited about it. I’ve been wanting to take them bowling for ages, and just never have. First, Josh thought Ellabelle was too young. Then once she was “old enough”, we had a newborn. So I can’t wait to take them both again now that they’re both old enough to enjoy it.

We went home and tried to get the girls to nap afterwards. Matilda refused. Ellabelle got 2 hours in before we had to head to Blanchester for our niece’s play. She was Pugsley in “The Addams Family”.

Matilda loves every second of the play. She sat completely mesmerized and silent for the whole thing (which is no easy feat for an almost 3 year old).

We went to grab some food afterwards, and it was 11:30 before we were headed home. Matilda faded at the end, but she was so calm. It was a miracle. They both passed out in the car on the way home.

Sunday, I went to Walmart early to do a little special Easter shopping. All of us went to Toys R Us later that morning since they’re starting to close.

We napped and then went grocery shopping. While at Kroger, Matilda peed through her pants and all over herself. Being the awesome parents that we are, we had run out of diapers, and she was in a swim diaper instead. Our poor second child. 😅🤦🏻‍♀️

And we’re back to the work week. Ellabelle has spring break next week. I’m off two of the days with her so I’m really looking forward to that. Just gotta make it through.

Any entire month of love

So, I did a nice little recap about the day of love, and I was sitting here thinking about the entire month of February. I’ve established that I’m not a huge fan of this month. The weather can be a bit bi-polar between the hot and the cold. However, looking back on this particular February, I feel like it was actually a pretty okay month. I mean, Valentine’s Day is all about love, but our whole month seemed to revolve around the theme this year. Maybe it’s because the girls are getting older and seem to better understand things so their enthusiasm for simple things rubs off on us. Or maybe February was simply just better than usual this year. Either way, I’m not complaining.

Things we loved this month:

Getting old

So, while watching both my girls grow and become such interesting, and sometimes infuriating, little individuals, we had a different kind of growing old happen this month. Ellabelle’s school celebrated hitting the 100th day of school by having all the kids turn 100. So, I present: Louise.

She’s a cranky old lady who yells at kids for being on her lawn and really shouldn’t be driving anymore but still does because she loves to hold up the line at the grocery store by counting out pennies and chatting with the cashier who stands uncomfortably the entire time trying to politely ease her on her way.

We also got a number out of 100 assigned to us as our family monthly homework to decorate creatively. We got 16, and Josh came up with the great idea to make it a golf club and flag. So, I cut and Ellabelle glued it all on. Personally, I think it was the best one out of the hundred, but I obviously biased.

Cute tiny things

We love cute tiny things in this house. From tiny toebeans on kitties to tiny baby socks to adorable little action figures, we love it all. Recently though, our love has grown for specific tiny things. Matilda has become obsessed with BB-8 from Star Wars. She had a pez dispenser with him on it, and then she got a huge one for Christmas. Then, while shopping for Valentine’s gifts, we found a BB-8 pajama onesie and matching slippers. She is a Star Wars nerd already

Our house has also been obsessed with Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. The girls reenact the opening dance sequence of the second movie every time it’s on. Mattie has a “life size” version of him. They’ve watched this movie so much that Josh “banned” it for two weeks. They watched it the next day anyways.

And February would not be complete without everyone’s favorite marmot. While I think entrusting a giant rodent to predict our weather forecast is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of, I am a fan of woodchucks (which is the same things as a groundhog), and Ellabelle was so excited about him popping out. She talked about it up to the day, made a sweet headband I stole once she got home, and talked about him all that night. We are definitely suckers for fuzzy little animals in our house.

Watching my girls interact with their peers

So, since starting kindergarten, Ellabelle has started making friends and developing more significant relationships with them than she did with the kids at her preschool. I love being able to see her play and speak to her friends. I’ve always been shy and my anxiety has always kept me from being a social butterfly, but my girls both are 🦋

We went to the Valentine’s Day dance and Ellabelle was all about being with her friends over us. What’s even more amazing is she let little sister come along.

They both had a blast at the dance. Mattie even threw a colossal fit when it was time to leave.

With the new friends comes birthday parties, and her friend Avery’s was this month. It was at Splash Cincinnati, and, I pulling a rookie mom move, forgot her water wings. I had my swimsuit so I spent the first half of the party holding her and catching her off slides. I was the only parent in the water 😳 but I’m so glad I was because she would’ve gone under and not come back up without me there.

Thankfully, daddy saved the day and brought us a pair of water wings so she could run around with her friends. She had a blast. I love seeing her relationships grow and I hope some of her friends are with her in 1st grade next year so they can keep growing.

Maisy Moo

February 12th is honestly the biggest holiday in the month of February in our house simply because Maisy is the real princess of our house.

Making her a birthday crown has become an ongoing tradition that she absolutely hates. She shakes and shakes to get it off. She puts up with my insanity because she really is the best dog.

For her birthday, she even got to go for a car ride to come visit me at work

She is beloved by all of us (even Josh who won’t usually admit it). She got so many kisses, treats, and belly rubs because we adore our puppy girl!

Puppies in general

We ended up needing to go to the library one night, and we just so happened to be there on the read to the puppies night! (The program has a much more elegant name, but I can’t remember what it is) Matilda was with us this time, and she loved it as well. Again, there’s not much better in the world than puppies and books and babies.

Lions and meerkats and hippos, oh my!

Over President’s Day’s 3-day weekend (4 day for Ellabelle), we got to use our zoo pass that Santa brought for the first time this year. Plus, we finally got to meet Fiona!

We went at a really good time because the animals had all been fed, and they were all pretty active.

Ellabelle’s favorite was the big male lion because “he looks just like Jericho!” She’s even started asking me to fluff up the hair around Jericho’s face and make him look like a lion.

Mattie didn’t seem to have a favorite. She was really excited about the ostriches which is ironic because she hates birds. I guess they probably don’t count as a bird to a 2 year old though cause they’re so big and don’t fly at you.

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This is really Josh’s love, but I love seeing him babywearing 😂

Valentine’s Day 💘

So, I wrote about Valentine’s Day, but here’s the visual recap of the day:

Movies

Before we met, Josh was a movie buff. As our lives have gone on and become more complicated and “grown up”, his time to spend on watching movies has declined. So, when we get the time for movies, he’s a very happy boy. And when it’s a new marvel movie, he’s even happier. So, we got Mamaw and Papaw to watch the girls so we could go see Black Panther.

We also snuck in a movie night at home. I love Harry Potter. It’s the fandom that owns the biggest piece of my fangirl heart. So, when Josh suggested introducing the girls to Harry Potter, you know I went all out. I got the candy and made Butterbeer milkshakes. Mattie went to bed halfway through, but Ellabelle seemed to really enjoy it once I managed to get her to stop talking. I’ve decided to wait and have her read the books before letting her watch the rest of the movies though because I feel that’s the best way to really experience Hogwarts. So, we’ll wait and see.

Mr. Business

And, of course, a Mr. Business update because his charm has not worn off yet. He has become even more affectionate and loves both the girls.

My Little Family

Times are hard sometimes. I don’t try and pretend they aren’t. I’m also so grateful for these three people I get to love and spend my days with though. I’m lucky to have a partner to help me through the dark times, and two adorable babies who think I’m amazing simply because I’m their mom. I love them and love our little adventures

And now that we’re in March, I’m just itching for warmer weather and outdoor adventures!

The day of love 💝

I wanted to write some mushy gushy Valentine’s Day post on Wednesday. It would’ve included the story of St. Valentine and how much I love my husband and kids and that one day on the calendar dedicated expressly to love.

It didn’t happen though. Obviously based on the date of this post.

I have my reasons.

First: I had a debilitating migraine that started Monday and was full blown by Tuesday. I slept literally all day. So, when I can back to work on Wednesday, I had to work double time to get caught up.

Second: I was in a bad mood. Not sure why even now after the fact. Josh called me a “grumpass” more than once that day.

Third: my kids are assholes. God, I love them. I’d walk through fire for them. I’d stare down the barrel of a gun. So with that kind of love so deeply ingrained in my heart, I can safely tell you that they are assholes. They acted like they had been at the grandparents all day! This behavior was neither expected nor mentally prepared for since it was a freakin Wednesday.

They didn’t listen. They wouldn’t stop yelling and fighting with one another. They kept stepping on toys they were told to pick up and crying. They didn’t appreciate my pink heart shaped pancakes. They both literally shoved all 4 pancakes in their mouths at once and then had the audacity to ask, mouths full and crumbs falling out, “Can I have candy now?”

They got “Trolls” as one of their gifts. So, we put it in, and Josh and I hid til it was bedtime. Like freezing and watching if they came into eyesight, praying they wouldn’t come bother us, and relaxing when they’d start dancing again.

There were no dinner reservation at a fancy restaurant.

No flowers. No chocolates. No jewelry.

And I didn’t care. Because this is our life right now. Sure, maybe some people can have it all with young kids, but we aren’t those people. And, honestly, that’s ok. Because as frustrating and as hard as this time of our life is, we won’t ever get it back. I will be that old lady who gets teary eyes and nostalgic on Valentine’s Day for scribbled hearts and messy hands. My babies are hardly babies anymore. I have to constantly remind myself to enjoy this time, to relish in the complete dependency they have on me. I get to be their mommy. I get to be the sun in the middle of their solar system, but only for a short time more. I get to be the one they fight over who gets to be my valentine. And, that’s the greatest valentine day gift ever.

Granted, on Wednesday, I would have had a much different story to tell you with a lot more curse words thrown in. Still failing to appreciate them miserably one day leads to triumph the next cause on Thursday I sat on the floor and watched Mattie play with her new valentines toys and watched Ellabelle play the sims and enjoyed my girls.

Every day with them is a day full of love.