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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.

Friday, December 28

Eve of Christmas Eve

Sunday morning, we got up, packed for all three days and were pulling out of our driveway on our way to Auntie NaeNae's at 10:30...which is exactly the time I wanted to leave! I'm impressed because there was a LOT of stuff to load into the van (especially thankful we have a van for days like this!!). Since we were the last ones there, I guess we should have left at 10...oops! This was Renae's first time hosting a family event like this...and she and Craig did an amazing job. It was also the first time we'd seen their new house, which is super cute and just perfect. Their neighborhood is so cute and quiet...I want to move in down the street!

As tradition dictates, we had homemade pizza for lunch (Renae, Jim and Becky all made their own variations) and of course, had lots of snacks and munchies. I brought my tripod, so after eating, we took a big family picture and then individual family pictures after that. I learned the hard way that from now on, if I'm taking "official" pictures, no other cameras will be many pictures were ruined because people weren't looking at the camera! Argh. Then we decided it would be better to have the kiddos nap BEFORE presents so we didn't have complete meltdowns DURING presents. Grace did not like having to wait for them to wake up, but she managed!

As always with our family, present opening took forever (one present at at time!). While the kids were actually really patient, they got a little squirrelly toward the end. Zander made my Christmas...his look of complete and total joy when he opened up the bulldozer we got him totally warmed my heart (this was the present I mentioned a while ago that I was so happy to find at the first place I looked!). The kids got a ton of wonderful things and wanted to open and play with everything immediately. The Gredzens scored big with Finn by giving him a Cars race track. We didn't even have batteries, but it was played with straight until bedtime. Korri got lots of accessories, which she proudly wore until it was time for PJ's. She's my girlly girl! Below are some highlights of the day.
The whole "Walsh" clan; keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Jim getting Zander's bulldozer out of the packaging...much harder than was necessary!

Future Vikings! So cute.

Little Miss Accessories

Finn LOVES his new race track.

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