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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, March 18

Home again, home again

I'll finish the recap of our vacation.

The Award Ceremony was BEAUTIFUL. We walked into the ballroom/hotel/veranda to a full orchestra playing! Talk about spectacular. The veranda where we would be sitting was bathed in blue lights. It was really beautiful. Dinner was a HUGE buffet. Then they gave out the awards. I felt so proud of Jim. He is such a hard worker and even though he gets frustrated, something like this shows him that it IS really worth it. Then there was dancing. So beautiful. I'd brought a cocktail dress, but was told it wasn't "dressy" so I just wore a more casual dress...I wish I'd worn the cocktail dress. Oh, well. WHEN Jim earns President's Club again, I'll know :)

Thursday, most people left to go home, so we got time to ourselves. The next three days run together for me, but on Friday, we went shopping which was fun. We went to dinner at Scarlet, which had a VERY cool decor, and to Beach House on our last night. We had a bad experience at the Beach House, so unfortunately, that is what sticks in our minds, since it was our last night in Barbados. Oh, well. Overall, an amazing vacation with the perfect amount of activities and lazy beach time.

Our flight left Barbados on Sunday morning at 7am, so we got up at 4:15 to grab our taxi which was arranged for 4:30! Holy, moly! We had NO problems at the airport...well, with any of our flights on the way home, for that matter. We were concerned about customs because Jim has had problems before, but we went right through, the lines were manageable and our flights were on time! We were thankful for that since we had three legs (Barbados to Miami, Miami to Chicago and Chicago to Minneapolis) and one delay would have disrupted all the rest. A HUGE thank you to Kelsie for picking us up at the airport and for John watching the kids. We walked in our door at 8pm to two very happy and silly kids. I couldn't get enough of them. We let them stay up for a bit, put them to bed and followed shortly after. Man, traveling really takes it out of you.

We are home, safe and a Winter Storm Advisory...of course! We were hoping it would be spring when we got back. I guess we picked the wrong week. The warm, sunny weather is but a memory with only sun tans, extra pounds and tons of pictures to show for our superb vacation! When is the next one?!?! LOL.

From the stories we've heard so far, the kids had a blast while we were gone...although they sounded a little self-distructive with all their bumps and bruises! We are so lucky and grateful to have such wonderful people in our lives that we can go on vacation and not have one single worry about our kids and know they are loved and completely cared for. Thank you mom and Kelsie for taking on the task of watching them for us. Knowing they were with you, made our vacation that much more relaxing. And thanks for all the little updates and pictures! I loved getting them :)

Friday night, we took pictures of the sunset (like a HUNDRED pictures, but it was so pretty, we couldn't help ourselves!):
This is a panorama feature on our new cell phones. Pretty neat. It seems the last few trips have been to beaches on the east side of wherever we were staying, so I wanted to be sure to get some pictures of the sunset.

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