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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.

Wednesday, June 29

Vacation Day 4

Today we headed out from Cody, WY in search of Yellowstone. It was a full day, mainly in the car, but such beautiful vistas! No time to be on electronics with so much to see all the time!

Yellowstone is stunningly beautiful. We stopped at the general store/visitor center and had a picnic lunch and decided to take the southern route today (Old Faithful) and the northern route tomorrow (Yellowstone Grand Canyon).

After our picnic, we stopped at the West Thumb Geyser Basin, which was AMAZING. Okay, everything we did today was amazing.

Finn is fascinated (okay, obsessed, but I wanted it to sound positive!) with all geysers. He LOVED this stopp but he is especially "focused" with who else? Old Faithful. All day he was asking if we were going to Old Faithful, how far we were from there, what was taking so long, etc. ALL. DAY. LONG! Finally, we were there. And we quickly found out we had about half an hour before the next eruption, so we hurried over. And it didn't disappoint!

We viewed it with approximately 1,000 of our closest friends! LOL I would say that I was most impressed, but I think it made Finn's life! THEN...we walked the paths around Old Faithful (over TWO MILES on a very hot, sunny day!) and the kids did great (although like the rest of this trip, Mac had his moments!). Finn's enthusiasm was contagious. By the end, I was ready to be done, but then...Old Faithful erupted again just as we got back! What good timing.

After all that walking (thankfully, Mac fell asleep and napped for part of it in the stroller!), we were all exhausted. Memere got us ice cream, which helped give us some energy and we left Old Faithful and headed to our hotel in West Yellowstone, which is about half a mile outside of the park. On the way there, we stopped and saw a Bison AND a herd of Elk! (pics on my camera, not phone, so can't post!)

I have to say, I feel a large number of bucket list items are getting crossed off my list on this trip. I can't decide if Jim is spoiling me or hoping to get things crossed off so he can get rid of me with a clear conscience! LOL Seriously, so far (and we are only on Day 4 of 14!) trip of a life time!

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