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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, September 27

Ren Fest

Jim, Korri, Mac and I went to the Renaissance Festival yesterday. Shhhh...don't tell Finn! Actually, we did tell him after he got home from school. I have to say, planning around when Finn leaves and gets home from school has been the hardest transition. Since I've been home with the kids, I'm used to going where we want, when we want, for however long we want! We thought we left in plenty of time to beat the bus home...but with unexpected traffic, I think we ended up with a five minute cushion! Yikes.

Anyway, I digress. Jim and I love the Ren Fest but the tickets are expensive and it seems that our fall weekends are always full before we put it on the calendar. But they had a special "Festival Friday" yesterday (normally only open Saturday and Sunday), so we thought, why not? The tickets we cheaper and there were fewer people there, but a lot of the venders were closed. So a trade off I guess.

Before we left, I told Korri about the "festival" that we were going to and said people dress up there. It took very little convincing to get her to wear one of her princess outfits, including her crown.

Once there, she got glitter sprinkled all over her, her face painted and a wreath of flowers (I don't have a picture with the wreath on)!

It was fun to go here with just Korri. We could do all the things that she thought would be fun. Like Mermaid Cove (although she was upset that none were swimming!), Fairy Wing Forest and a fire show!

While Jim and I shared a giant turkey leg (when in Rome!), Korri had...yup, pizza! She is predictable, if nothing else. The weather was absolutely beautiful, if not even a little bit hot at times. Mac was a good boy and once I put him in the carrier and carried him, he slept like, well...a baby! Ha. Korri also got to feed some animals and saw elephants and camels (I told her they weren't doing rides...we didn't have time for that). But she did get to ride a double ended horse.
He started her out slowly, but by the end, she was going higher than I thought possible! She loved it. There was a ton of stuff we didn't get to do, but it is a huge place and we had to be mindful of getting back to the van in time to get home to pick up Finn. Korri had a hard time walking "all the way" back to the van, but she was NOT tired, and don't make the mistake of suggesting such a thing. Once we got in the van, I told her she should sleep for a bit. Her reply: I'm not tired! Okay, then why don't you just rest? Her reply: I'm NOT going to even rest, mommy! Hmmm...I think it took her four minutes to fall asleep, but do NOT be so audacious to suggest she was tired!

We had a really good time. We probably wouldn't go back on a Friday again, even with the reduced pricing and the "no-line" crowds because so many of the venders were closed, including Jim's favorite treat (florentine ice), which was a pretty big disappointment. Other than that, we had a really fun family adventure!

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