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Showing some love today to my ever changing and growing body!

 2007 with Rylee, my first baby who came 3 weeks early and gave me major back pain!

2011 with my Reese who was right on time and made me look rounder all over by the day!

2015 with baby #3 and not even halfway there yet but already growing!

Love to all my children: big hugs that wrap around them that squeeze them so tight they will always remember.

And, happy birthday to their wonderful daddy, Mike today! Turning 36 never looked so good! ­čÖé

Reese starts gymnastics..

 
Our little pumpkin started gymnastics at Tumblebees┬áand she just looks way too grown up! To our surprise, our little hype girl is a natural at it. ´╗┐
For her first class, Rylee stayed by her side the whole time. Coaching her along and making sure she followed directions. After that, Reese was on her own and had it down. ´╗┐

Reese is such a free spirited girl. She loves being outdoors and being active. ´╗┐

hokey pokey…

Happy Monday folks!

We spent our weekend by the pool, at the gym, and eating icecream.
 
The weekends go by much too fast!
 
Rylee and I talked about ways to show respect to others and the
1st Commandment, “Honor your Father and Mother” in our devotions last night.
She is such a smart girl and is still learning how to be mindful of manners and respectful to all.
 
Reese┬áloves to dance::┬á The funniest moment of the weekend was our tradition of dancing in Reese’s┬ároom before bed…She’s obsessed with the hokey pokey.. so we all sing it and when it gets to “you do the hokey pokey, and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about…”,
we all point at Reese and pause to let her scream “HOKEY POKEY”.
She laughs hysterically everytime.
 
Laughter is medicine for the soul.
 
 
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busy life

Ever get so wrapped up in the tasks of the day that you forget to slow down and enjoy it?

I’ll admit it, we do.

Our mornings and evenings always seem like such a hectic time of fast pace, nonstop, go go go!

A typical morning with kids is:
I’m up at 5am, workout. Everyone else is up at 6:30am.
Dressed.
Breakfast.
Lunches packed.
Teeth brushed.
Hair fixed – neatly.
Shoes on.
Feed animals.
Load car.
Then, we’re off.

A typical evening with kids is:
Home by 5:30.
Dinner at the table.
Chat about the day.
Dishes.
Laundry.
Tend to animals.
Bath time.
Story time.
Songs.
Dance.
Bed.

That’s it. Sounds simple and probably like most households. But busy.
We maintain organization within our family because let’s face it, my middle name is organization.

I’m a planner. Always.

Our lives have became much more organized:: I lay out the kid’s clothes for the week. We prepare meals ahead of time. We pack lunches the night before. We have a chalk board of daily tasks. We have a calendar in the kitchen of events. We squeeze in fun things in the evenings like dinners out, icecream, pool time…

It’s easy to always feel rushed. Like there isn’t enough time in the day. Especially when both parents work 1st shift.

We have learned that our entire household is much happier and manageable when everyone slows down and gets to do the things they enjoy.

So… Stop. Breathe. Enjoy the beauty of your everyday life. Enjoy the sounds of children’s laughter. Don’t get caught up in the 5,000 requests at bedtime for more water, bathroom trips, and one more song. Let it be. Live life to the fullest and soak in every momemt. For one day, those moments will only be a memory.

Mackey Pack is Back!

That was the longest┬ábreak ever in blog posting, right? So the last time I posted was August of 2012… well, things have certainly changed!
Many people that know us think we should open a zoo. Our family loves animals. We have a turtle (Elizabeth), a geiko (Olivia), a ball python (Guiness), a hermit crab (Shelly), a hamster (Cheddar), 2 dogs (Dixie & Sammy), and a fish (Sebastian).
 
The kids have grown~  Rylee is 7 and Reese is 3!
I’m.. not going to say my age and┬áMike’s in his mid-thirties.
 
 
There’s┬áRylee, our first born: who is completing 1st grade┬áand so┬áintelligent. Rylee is our witty, serious,┬áand giving child. She reads more than I do, loves journaling and drawing, helping in the kitchen, enjoys playing with friends, and gets excited for manicures and pedicures. She loves dresses and high heels. She’s basically 7 going on 17. She is very mature and energetic. Very set in her ways and time/detail oriented. She loves animals of all kinds especially her pet hamster and geiko. Swimming would be her favorite sport; however, she plays soccer for her 3rd year now – 6 seasons.. 4 of them undefeated. She loves to make things for people and has a big heart.
Definitely a Momma’s girl.
 
 

And then, there’s Reese. Reese is our funny, spunky, never a dull moment child. She is in preschool. Reese loves bubbles, outdoors, dresses, dogs, and testing her parent’s patience. She loves singing and making people laugh. She loves to cuddle and give hugs. She is full of energy and the girl loves food. Reese is into baby dolls, Dora and Frozen. She knows the lyrics to every Frozen song. She’s a thumb sucker and a “nap anywhere” kinda girl. She’s sweet and caring.
This one is┬áher Daddy’s girl.
 

Often, I am asked: “do your girls get along?”
Well, you would think being 4 years and 3 months apart, yes – however, it’s a slightly different story here. Don’t get me wrong, as with every family, there are good days and bad days. They get along for the most part but they bicker.. It’s little things like “she’s looking at me”, “she has my tablet”, “that’s mine”, “no it isn’t, it’s mine”, “shes’s not sharing”, “why do I have to share”…
You catch my drift.
 
They do love playing together: baby dolls, dancing, singing, watching movies together. Reese will do about anything Rylee says because well, she wants to be just like her (for now anyway).
 
Regardless of the good and bad, I’ll take them and I am blessed to call them both mine. ´╗┐

Mike and I are going on year 8 of marriage and 11 years together. Marriage is a wonderful thing. I can’t and don’t ever want to imagine life without him. Has it been rocky? Duh, no marriage is perfect, unless you’re the Duggar family.┬áI’m certainly no marriage expert. I’m not even close. But I can tell you what makes ours work: respect and communication.
 
I once read that marriage is made up of:
 
* 2 people believing good wins over bad
* 2 people walking in each other’s shoes
* 2 people living the love they promise´╗┐

 Our new found hobbies are working out and running. We have ran some 5ks this year together and plan to do a half marathon before the end of the year.
I love journaling, eating healthy, and crafting. Mike loves playing golf, grilling, and pinterest. Ha!
 
 
 Life is pretty grand. Our family has a tons to be thankful for. We are beyond blessed.
We hope you will continue to follow our journey.

  
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