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I’m so sad to report that my time with this blog is over. I’ve run out of media storage and I’ve decided not to pay $50 a year for such a small additional amount.

I started this blog as a way to follow along with my pregnancy and here I am 6 years later still posting about my family. We’ve grown by 8 feet since then (two kids and one kitten).

the good news is I will continue the offkey lullaby journey over at: Offkey Lullaby 2

☀️ June 🍹

Put in bay

I took a family girls trip with my mom, aunt, and two of my cousin’s wives. We went up to the island for the weekend. We had a blast.

It was a much needed weekend away from the responsibilities of work and motherhood. It let me miss my babies and be so happy to be back to them upon return.


Ellabelle started daycamp, and she loved it. She had swim lessons, and she is much more confident in the water now.

The best part was they wore her out so she went to bed willingly almost every night.

Mattie’s first haircut

It took three years, but Mattie’s hair was finally long enough to get a trim. She had a tiny baby mullet with the way her hair grew in – long in the back and short on the sides. She was so excited for the cut. It made her feel so special and, of course, she had to rub it in her sister’s face that she got a lollipop.

Josh’s surgery

Between lifting the girls and lifting heavy items at work, Josh ended up tearing his rotator cuff. He did physical therapy. It didn’t help. So, he needed surgery. It was an early morning (had to be at the hospital at 5am) but it went super smoothly. He’s been recovering really well, and every medical person he’s encountered since has been amazed at his range of motion.

Father’s day

Indy day trip

Josh and I took a day trip to Indy while the girls were gone for a night. We went looking for flea markets (for Josh) and the art museum (for me).

We also ate at this amazing German restaurant – The Rathskeller.

The real reason for the visit was to go to the Doctor Who museum/store cause we’re nerds and we love the Doctor.

🌧 April & May 🌷

Alright, let’s talk April and May:

April included:

Playing outside ☀️

Maisy getting a haircut 💇🏼‍♀️

Visiting McAuley one last time before it merges to become Mercy McAuley 📚

Ellabelle being Student of the Week at ballet

Dyeing Ellabelle’s hair blue

Going to the zoo for Zoo Blooms

Ellabelle’s writing award ceremony

And, for May, there was:

Star Wars day

Free Comic Book Day

Ellabelle’s school play

Dance pictures

Mother’s Day

Ellabelle got a haircut

Matilda turned 3!

Ellabelle’s last day of kindergarten

Girl’s spent the day with Oma and Opa

Splash pad opened for the season

Ellabelle started daycamp

The not so good Mother’s Day

Like many of our days have been lately, Sunday was hard. The girls didn’t listen. They refused to eat the breakfast they requested. They whined about having to be in a cart at the store. They refused to hold our hands in busy parking lots. The dresses I got for us – the beautiful matching dresses I had so looked forward to all of us wearing – were too heavy and had long sleeves so we all baked in the sun. Ellabelle had another colossal breakdown and tantrum. They didn’t want to nap. Mattie had a meltdown and tantrum after nap. It hit 90 degrees in our house even with all our windows open and our fans going. Ellabelle is still dealing with her sinus infection and fought us when it came to taking care of her eyes and nose. She also has a heat rash and cries whenever we try to treat it. Mattie refused to go to bed at bedtime. I finally broke down because it was not the Mother’s Day I had envisioned.

Happy pictures before the chaos started:

But here we are – a new week, a few days out.

I told Josh Sunday night while falling to pieces, “This just isn’t what I thought Mother’s Day would be like.”

And he said, “Well, this is what every day’s like.”

Mothering is hard. I thought if you made it through the sleepless nights the rest would be a breeze (I love sleep so not getting hardly any seemed like the end of the world). Actually, it’s only gotten harder. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t think any of this parenting stuff would be a walk in the park. It’s just become increasingly harder especially in the last two weeks.

Every day there is something hard. There’s also something good that comes along with it. I spend so much time focusing on what was hard and how to fix it or make it better that sometimes it swallows me whole.

Like Sunday, my girls were ecstatic to give me my presents. Ellabelle picked out pink gum for me because she knows it’s my favorite. Mattie got me a Captain America action figure, and kept saying “Thank you, mommy” when I let her play with it. The girls were good at breakfast (besides not eating).They didn’t make any over the top noises inside the restaurant. They actually played together at my grandma’s house. Ellabelle snuggled with me after naps. They didn’t spill their popsicles all over everything. They willingly took baths. They couldn’t go to bed until they gave me hugs and kisses. Ellabelle didn’t want me to leave at bedtime because she missed me while I was gone.

I am so loved by these little girls. I am also going to be completely gray in two years because of them. They are my world, and I sometimes lose sight of that because the mole hills look like mountains. If Mother’s Day was anything, it was a reminder that I need to see the good through the bad. Motherhood isn’t going to get any easier. The problems are only going to get bigger and harder. I just need to soak in my little humans and their little problems and the snuggles and hugs and kisses and clinginess while it’s still around.


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.

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.
















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. 😂


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.

Flea marketing

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:


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!