Today, we went to see the Holiday Train in Loretto. Thankfully the weather was unseasonably warm, but because of that, the turn out was HUGE (they estimated more than 10,000 people in a town whose population is less than 1,000!). Jim was traveling, so Memere was kind enough to come Friday night to stay over and go to the train with us today. I think it is safe to say that Jim would have hated it. It was very chaotic and WAY too many people.
BUT...the kids seemed to have a good time. As we were leaving I asked Finn if he had fun and if we should do it again next year. He responded, "Yes, mommy, we should do it every year!). There you go. Pam's and Sharon's met us there, so that made it really fun, too. Braeland, Laena, Finn and Korri even got to take a sleigh ride (two times in one year for my kids!). The reindeer were Donner and Blitzen...the same as the ones in Corcoran (or at least the same names, so the kids just knew it was the same ones).
I think if we go next year, we will probably skip all the "extra" stuff and go right up to the front of the train. Sharon knew people who live in Loretto so we were able to park in their driveway. As we were leaving, we saw people parked for at least a MILE outside of town. Crazy.
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.