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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Monday, October 29

Pre-Halloween fun

Saturday morning was BUSY! We went to the West End Great Pumpkin Fest in St. Louis Park. We got there right away so it wasn't too busy, but man, was it cold! Finn didn't want to do anything, which was really frustrating. He did finally "warm" up a bit, though. We met Daphne the Monkey there (or Daph-a-nee, as Finn calls her!) and later on, Firefighters Laena and Braeland!
It was fun and I think we will do it again next year (but order warmer weather!). At least we dressed for the cold this weekend, unlike LAST weekend at Apple Jack! People kept thinking Finn was a bunny or an elephant and Korri was a skunk, but regardless, they thought the kids were cute AND their costumes kept them warm! The overall costume theme of the day certainly was animals and firefighters (and not just Laena and Braeland!). We only saw one Elmo, which surprised me.

We left a little early so we could go to the Lowry Bridge Grand Opening. The Lowry Bridge has consumed Finn's life for months. I am so happy it is open so I won't hear, "Is the Lowry Bridge open now?" all day, every day! We got there just in time for the air show and parade. We walked across and back, even though Finn wouldn't get out of the stroller (we told it is was the only time in his life to walk ON the bridge). Korri, did, though, of course. The people at the bridge ceremony thought the kids were super cute in their costumes!

By the time we got home around 1pm, we felt like we'd put in a full day already! How often are we up, dressed and on our way to an event before 10am on a Saturday? NEVER! We put the kids down for a nap and then Jim had to find the energy to go to the Gopher game! With all the time he had outside on Saturday, I think he needed a hot, steamy sauna to warm back up when he got home. The Gophers had a blow-out win, so morale was high in our house that evening :) The kids and I were going to go to another Halloween party in the afternoon, but we just wanted to play at home and stay warm!

It isn't even Halloween yet and this is, by far, the most fun I've had for Halloween. It is amazing how kids change your whole feeling about and experience of holidays and fun events. I'm already thinking about what we'll do next year!

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