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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.

Thursday, December 27

Santa came early

We decided that the four of us would celebrate Christmas on Saturday. We would be traveling Sunday through Tuesday, so there really wasn't any other time to do it. So, we told the kids that Santa was coming during their nap. In hindsight, not sure if that was the BEST idea, as they didn't fall asleep very well, but they DID sleep, so that is all that matters, I guess. We left out cookies and milk for Santa and celery for the reindeer...we didn't have any carrots and I'm sure reindeer like celery, too!

They must have because Santa ate all the cookies, drank all the milk and the celery was all gone, too! Both kids were in awe. Santa brought stocking stuffers (we saved the presents from him for Christmas eve), which the kids loved. I think they honestly would have been fine and had a wonderful Christmas by just opening them up! Oh, how sweet the young mind is.

After that, Sam and Dillon stopped by to give the kids presents, so we gave Dillon his, too. They stayed for dinner and played and played. Then we kind of had to kick them out because we still wanted to open the presents to/from us before the kiddos went to bed (needless to say, they ended up going to bed very late...hey, its Christmas!).

Korri loved her vacuum and tea cart and Finn LOVED his FunTab (a kid's tablet) and knew immediately what it was (kids are so technically savvy now-a-days). Jim LOVED his new tablet (a Nexus 10) as well...like father like son. I loved my North Face fleece AND tickets to the Vikings/Packers game this weekend. I am so ridiculously excited. We let the kids stay up to play with their new treasures for a while but had to call it quits since our travels began at 10am Sunday morning. Below are some favorite pictures from Saturday.
Finn coming down after his nap to find Santa had been here.
Korri pointing to the presents in the stockings.

Trying on her new sparkly hat from Santa, which she LOVED.

I think he likes his new tablet.
Finn and daddy's new tablets.

Korri trying out her new vacuum.
There are TONS more on our picture website (link to the right of this page). I still have a few to upload from all of our Christmas celebrations, but got a big chunk uploaded! Enjoy!

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