Rylee’s 1st Workout

When I became a workout crazed girl about a year ago – I started thinking of how awesome it would be for the kids to be able to workout with me. Our town has scheduled “workout in the center city park” nights in the Spring and Summer – free and you can bring your kids! Win – Win! So when I mentioned I was going to Pilates one night and Rylee said she wanted to join… I was thrilled! Our girl works out hard all year with Soccer so this is just an added plus for her. And she even enjoyed herself, despite complaining about dripping sweat.

 We treated ourselves to a walk around town afterwards.

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Party of 5..

Our big surprise…

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Coming September 2015, we will be expanding by 1!

We are beyond excited to share our journey with you as we venture into baby-hood all over again!

We found out we were expecting on January 22 and as much as we wanted to wait to share the good news, we just couldn’t. Rylee had been praying for a new baby for Christmas and her birthday so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell her on her birthday! Watch her surprise reaction..

Rylee’s big Surprise!

Having a miscarriage in our past, we were a little hesitant to share the news so quickly – but then again our family and friends support helped us heal from our lost baby. We trust in God’s plan and know he has a purpose for our family so we put our children and relationship in His hands.

I have been snapping pics since we found out because this baby (#3) may not have a completed baby book, memory journal and keepsake box. When I first became a mother 8 years ago I vowed to be one of those moms that keeps up with every thing for each child – but then reality happens and that just seems almost impossible. Rylee has an extremely detailed baby book, scrap book for the first 5 years of her life, memory journal, and keepsake box. Reese, well I’m still catching up on. That doesn’t make me a bad mother, that makes me human. For moms of more than one or two out there – pour out your words of wisdom to me now as we sail the seas of all things baby all over again!!

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We have made it into what my doctor calls the “safe zone” – definitely easing our worry a bit. It may be too soon to start planning but those that know me – know that’s impossible!

::Question time::

 Was this planned? we weren’t preventing pregnancy from happening and would feel blessed if God gave us another baby.

Eating habits? Starving, I crave mashed potatoes non stop!

What do you love about being pregnant? Volume of my hair! ha, call me vain but for a girl with thin hair, I’m loving this!

#1 advice for pregnant moms? lemon water soothes morning sickness

Maternity clothes? No way, l live in dresses

Stretch marks? None with the girls, praying for none with this baby

Name ideas? keeping the letter R tradition – but nothing yet

Sleep? Crazy dreams, lots of insomnia

What I miss? Zumba and Running (had to take a first trimester break)

Aversions? Avocado and mangos

Feeling? stuck between fat and pregnant

Shout out to? my husband for constantly reminding me that I’m not fat

Let all things baby begin!

Well, we’re back

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Far too long since we Mackeys have updated our blog – this blog started as a way for me to document every moment of my children – their firsts and milestones… and then I fell off the blogging bandwagon… but recently realized how much my kids will one day value this – so I must keep it up.

Rylee recently turned 8! Eight, I can not even believe that. That sweet girl was 6 months old when I first started documenting everything on our family blog. She’s lost 5 teeth. She is just growing up. She’s making straight As in school and has been since she started. Our girl is really into singing and dancing lately to anything kid friendly she can find on Youtube. If I’m not mistaken, her latest craze is “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time”.

Reese is almost 4! Holy cow. My baby almost 4! Stop the time. What 3 year old girl isn’t obsessed with everything Frozen?! We are certainly in the Disney bonanza! This little one gets up 14 times when we put her to bed, it’s tiring, annoying but amusing to see what reasons she comes up with. She loves helping and having chores, let’s hope this continues and I can bribe her into doing dishes soon.

We basically own a mini zoo. Our first children, Dixie and Sammy are still as human like as ever at 10 and 9 years old. I swear we spoil everything that steps foot in our house. In January, we bought the girls bunny rabbits – what I like to refer to as, “another clean up for Mom”. I digress, they are the cutest and sweetest babies. The girls named them Molly and Lucy. Our turtle, Elizabeth, is almost 4 also. Any ideas on where turtles should live? Because honestly, ours has been living in a bathtub all winter. In the summer, he (yes a he named Elizabeth), lives in a pool out back. Did I tell you before we own a ball python? What were we thinking right? Snakes are dangerous and can kill people, right? Well, calm down. It’s not like we get him out, wrap him around our necks and sleep with him. His name is Guiness and he’s almost 3. As far as pets, I’d own a hundred more – but that’s just not gonna happen.

Big news coming up in our next post.. stay tuned.

Snow Day.. FINALLY!

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When it snows here in NC – we make the most of it! We had been waiting all season for some snow worth sledding and building snow families in! And boy did we get it!! I could barely sleep from excitement of the snowfall! We got close to 7 inches – I know that may not sound like much compared to the north but yal, 7 inches in the south is good enough for me!

Even our dogs got out and played in it! We took the kids sledding – they collected some scrapes and sniffles along the way.. but we had fun! Even daddy wiped out a few times!

The best part: making snow cream for the first time (complete with sprinkles) – everyone loved it!

my beautiful, my Rylee

Once upon a time….
my husband and I became…parents.. 
Little did we know how fast it all would happen.
3 wonderful years together, a long engagement, purchasing a house, college graduation.. and then…pregnancy
…an unplanned pregnancy…
I was scared. I was so nervous. I wasn’t sure I was ready to be a mom.
I didn’t know the first thing about how to care for a baby.
So, I did what I do in any situation that I become nervous about…I prayed.
 I knew that this was God’s plan. He would take care of me and my baby.
I remembered something my mother had always said since I was old enough to remember, “everything happens for a reason”.
So, during pregnancy, I read every book about growing a baby bump, giving birth, and parenting that I could get my hands on.
I learned things I never even heard of…like: poop color, diaper rash, cord blood donation…I mean you name it, I read it.
And then, on February 1, 2007, I met the beautiful little girl I had been falling in love with.
I remember every moment about the day she was born.
The winter chill, the traffic on the way to the hospital, every family member rushing to meet the new baby, the sound of her first cry, the first time she looked at me, the blanket wrapped tightly around her tiny fragile body, and the first time I held her.
..it is forever etched in my memory..
I remember our first night together – I snuggled her close to me and told her these words…
“my Rylee, I promise to always love you and care for you no matter what”
My heart was complete.
From the moment I first met her, I fell in love.
My first born. My daughter. My beautiful little Rylee.
...from a sweet angelic baby to a little diva rockstar…
Happy 5th Birthday Rylee!

let it be spring?

Mk, this weather has got me so confused. I mean one day we are freezing to death because it drops to 40 degrees (call us cry babies, but that’s cold to North Carolina folk) and the next its nearly 70.
I can’t take it anymore.
Ok, so, since we are having spring weather…mine as well make the most of it!
umm, yes, exactly what we did. We enjoyed the spring weather.
This is Reese’s first playground experience since she was born.
We had so much fun. Just look at those sweet baby faces with the sunshine beaming on them.
Sweet moments in the making…
If its snowing where you live, I’d love to hear about it, even see a picture, and just know that I am super jealous. However, I hope you are safe and enjoying the snow. 😉

mackey update…iphone style…

So I’ve been taking pictures like a mad woman with my new iPhone. I mean it’s just ridiculous really.
 I’m an iphoneaholic.
If you wanna skip this reading, the pics are at the bottom of this post…
I haven’t been keeping up on blogging. I’m horrible. Let me update you on the Mackeys…
So with the lil ladies….
Rylee is turning 5 in 2 weeks!!! Crazy right?? I know! So with the help of Pinterest, I’m planning a pretty cool little “Rockstar” party… but honestly for Rylee – as long as there are balloons and birthday cake, I’m “mommy of the year”.
Also let me just brag about how smart she is…we’ve been working on sight words and the beginning steps to reading lately, and she’s brilliant at it. Sure, every parent thinks their child is the next Albert Einstein, heck I know mine thought that about me, but it just amazes me everyday to watch her learn…
Our little Miss Reese got her first black eye 😦 poor baby girl – 8 months old and thinks she can walk… instead leads to tears and bruises. I can’t even take her in public for fear someone will think I did it.
On a happier note, she’s little miss curiosity- Rylee was “slow” to reach baby milestones. I mean she wasn’t walking until she was 14 months!! And my Reese is already attempting it! My big/baby girl.
Reese is still a “booby baby”, if you will, and getting her to eat solid foods can still sometimes be a challenge…I think she has a boob addiction. And I don’t think I’m alone here, several chicks from our boob school are dealing with this too.
Everyday I’m wanting to freeze time and just hold onto every minute. I try to capture each one of our days in picture and in their journals I’ve made for each of them. I strive to record every milestone, every funny moment, every “first times”. I don’t want to forget any of it, ever.
As for me and the Mr. – we’re perfect. I swear I love him more everyday.. Our children are so lucky to have him too.
I’ve been upping my cooking skills lately! Trying out new recipes, and such!! It’s awesome! And with this phone – seriously, I’m waiting on it to cook the food for me!!
I’m also working on sewing some Barbie clothes lately…it’s a work in progress.
We’re planning vacations, Birthday parties, and enjoying these cold days together…making memories…
Update complete…I promise I blog more.
Happy weekend!
pictures update…

Reese pulling up…
…birthday lunch with Gammy…
this is love
my big girl who is in love with lipstick and eyeshadow lately
happy baby in the grocery store…I’m lucky, because everytime I go to the grocery store, I see screaming babies
 (Great, I just totally jinxed myself)
playing at the dentist office…4.4 years of perfect teeth for Rylee
my new favorite pic of the little ladies….seriously, the attentiveness and love from Reese as she watches in such awe of her big sister, Rylee – who is “so serious about her music”
definetly Mommy’s girl…for now…well, except when she sees her Daddy walk through the door…
What can I say, theses little girls love their Poppa