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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.

Saturday, December 29

Truly a very merry Christmas!

After having a sleepover at Auntie NaeNae's, we packed our loot and headed to Oville bright and early Monday morning (Christmas Eve). Our auto nav had us going all over tarnation and the roads weren't very good (lots of blowing snow), but we finally made it to Oville just after 11am. We had the big Christmas dinner for the noon meal. We took lots of wonderful pictures with Granny, Jim's great grandma. Then we patiently waited while the kiddos napped (seems to be a theme with our celebrations!) and then SANTA CAME TO VISIT that evening! Oh, made Finn's life. He just couldn't believe it. Korri was NOT happy to see Santa, but as long as I held her and stayed at least five feet away, she didn't cry much. Finn just couldn't believe it and he gave him a huge hug and climbed right on his lap for a picture. Santa never came to visit me as a child, so this was really special for me, too. Santa's payment was Dr. Pepper, so keep that in mind in case he comes to visit you!

We waited to open the presents until after Santa left...he had lots of other stops to make, obviously! Then as a group, we all opened presents. The kids had so much fun. The best for Finn was opening more cars that coordinate with the Cars race track he got from Gredzens (totally random, they had no idea each had gotten him the other!). Korri's favorite, I think, was the black sparkly boots from NeNe. She immediately insisted, "On, On!!" A girl after NeNe's heart...they will forever bond over shoes :) Everybody was so generous with the kids. After presents Korri napped for a while and then we went to church service at 10pm. Finn did okay, Korri was pretty tired, but who can blame her since we didn't get home until after 11pm. Routines and schedules are meant to be broken at Christmas, right? Note to future self: do NOT discuss gun control when with the Thomas' especially on a holiday!

Santa came a third time because our stockings were full again on Christmas morning. We must have been EXTRA nice this year (or maybe he didn't have time to check it twice?!?!). We again packed our goodies up and then headed to my grandma's in Benson for Christmas with my mom's extended family. We usually can't fit it into our traveling plans, so I was happy that we could this year. I hate that I don't get to see them more often, but I guess that is part of growing up. My godson, John, was home from school (he lives in Indiana), so it was really good to see him...and he has grown at least a foot since I saw him last! We left around nap time and got home in time to have some quiet (i.e. play with our new toys!) time before bed. Man, that was a lot of traveling, but it was a super-dooper Christmas! I loved every minute of it. Christmas is so much more special when you have children. I hope it is always this much fun and magical.
Granny with her great and great-great grandchildren!
Finn giving Granny a squeeze!

Sitting on Santa's lap.
Finn's wonder that Santa came to visit!
The Thomas gang at Christmas.

All ready for Christmas Eve church service.

1 comment:

Lois M Brown said...

Oh my!! How I wish that we cold be there more often than once a year in the summer! Christmas is so special when there are little ones around! Thanks so much for the pics - they are adorable! Wonderful families!! Hugs and LOTS and LOTS of love to each and everyone of you. Mom, Gma,Gt. Gma