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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 27

Be Our Guest

Since the Bigs are on spring break this week, I wanted to find some things to do to have a little fun (and not just sit at home and annoy each other all week!). I also REALLY wanted to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie so that is what Korri and I did today! I asked Finn if he wanted to go and he didn't, so he and Mac went to NeNe's to play instead (I mean, it would have to be a movie he REALLY wanted to see to pass up time at NeNe's!).

The plan was for Jim and I to take Korri, but darn work reared it's ugly head and Jim had to stay back. Argh. But...I LOVED spending the time with just her. I feel a little spoiled since we had tea together on Saturday! Oh, and even though she didn't wear it then, I'd gotten Korri a Belle dress for last summer when we went to Beauty and the Beast play. So, she wore it today instead...and was the Belle of the Ball...pun intended!

I mean, honestly, does it get cuter than that? No, no it doesn't. She got a lot of compliments on her dress, which she loved hearing. The movie? Really good! Since Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie (no, it isn't strange for a grown woman to have a favorite Disney movie, so back off!), I knew I'd be critical...but it lived up to the original animated movie. There were a few variations, but nothing that altered the story. And the sound track is hands down amazing! Loved it! Will probably have to buy the movie when it comes out.

Now, we are making plans for the much-hyped, long-awaited Cars 3, which is supposed to open June 16, 2017. Now THAT is a movie Finn will skip NeNe's for ;) I'm debating if Mac is old enough to go. I mean, yes, he physically can, but he won't even be three yet. But I think he'd LOVE the movie. We'll wait and see. Finn was five at his first movie and Korri was I guess three would be on track for Mac!!

Sunday, March 26

Mad Hatter

Yesterday, Korri and I went to our very first afternoon tea! It was everything we both hoped it would be and more! We went with our friends Pam, Lilly, Sharon and Laena, which made it even more special. Even though it is a little spendy, we will for sure be back. Great memories (and I hope traditions!) were made.

After months of trying to figure out WHERE to go and weeks of trying to coordinate WHEN to go, we finally made a reservation at the Mad Hatter in Anoka. Sharon had been before, so at least she knew what we were doing. Side note: somebody looking for a business adventure should open a Tea House in the west metro! How is there not something like this in the Minnetonka area? Weird.

Laena, Lilly and Korri
Anyway, the Mad Hatter offers tea service and brunch in an historic mansion on the Rum River. And it is BEAUTIFUL! We wanted a place that embraced having younger patrons there and this place actually has a "Children's Tea" which was perfect. They catered to what the girls would like (like having strawberry lemonade in a tea pot instead of tea!) but then offered the moms a full tea experience! Very fancy and fun. We all highly recommend it if you're looking for a fun, memorable experience with the young lady in your life...or best friend, or mother or sister, etc. Seriously, a great experience.

Korri loved all the details. She loved that all the teacups were different. And we loved getting her outfit together. I'd gotten her a new dress a few weeks ago, which was perfect for this occasion. We added white tights (it is still chilly outside!), her white sweater (that now looks dingy next to her dress!) and a white cami for underneath (she has issues with fabric on her poor dry skin). She asked me if she could have white gloves for tea! And since I found some for less than $10 on Amazon, I quickly agreed. How cute that she knew gloves were appropriate for tea?!?! And Daddy had put her hair in a side ponytail, which was perfect and elegant.

What a great afternoon with great friends! It also inspired me to possibly host an afternoon tea at my house. I mean, it really wouldn't be hard to do and would be fun to get dressed up and use the fancy china! We'll see :)

Friday, March 24

Dear Men: Take the Photo

A writer posted this to Facebook to urge men to take more photos of their wives. It is thought provoking and I've said this for YEARS. I don't think men (in general) don't take pictures because they have ill intent or think their wife isn't beautiful in that moment, I just don't think they think about it! And don't get me wrong, I usually don't like getting my picture take (I don't look good, I'm in yoga pants AGAIN, I'm tired, I'm too chubby, etc.). But at the end of the day, my favorite pictures are the random, every day moments that somebody took a quick pic of me WITH MY KIDS!

And it isn't just for men to your wives. Also, just take photos of all your loved ones. At every family gathering, and birthday party and weekend visit. Nothing will make you realize how few pictures you took of somebody than looking at pictures after they're gone. I felt that immensely when my dad passed away. That's all I have now and I'm so thankful for the pictures I do have. That is the only way my children will know their Grandpa Egg.

Sasha took this rando at ECFE of Me and Mac during circle time, something I'd never have a photo of if she hadn't grabbed her phone and clicked:
Sure, I'd love it if Mac were looking or you could see what we're doing or I'd actually done my hair that morning(!), but that DOESN'T MATTER! It is a moment in time that I'll now have forever.

So just take the picture. Text it to that person. They might think they look terrible or it could end up being their favorite memory. You never know.

Monday, March 20

Slow Down

It finally happened. I knew it was coming but secretly hoped it never would.

Yesterday at church, Korri was giving me a run for my money, so I looked over at Finn and asked for a kiss. He quickly looked around and shook his head, "no." Gasp. There were instantly a million pieces of my heart on the floor. Heart broken.

I mean, he's 8. He has friends at church. They could SEE! I get it. I just don't ever want to let him/them go and this was a clear mark in the sand. No more public kisses. I can deal with that, I guess. I eventually was able to negotiate to me giving him a peck on his forehead. And he did give me a smacker on the lips before bed, so it isn't completely over yet. And I THINK he'll still hold my hand in public, especially if he's distracted. Just a few more minutes, Finn. Please, slow down. This momma's just not ready.

These moving lyrics by Nichole Nordman sum it up perfectly:

Slow down
Won't you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it's all too fast
Let's make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Slow down

Conversely, I asked Mac for a kiss this morning and he said, "Two, lotsa kisses!" So, I'll still get my dose of baby kisses for now :)

Sunday, March 12

Happy Early SPD

Yesterday, Korri, Mac and I (the big boys stayed home to watch the Gopher basketball game, of course!) braved the cold and WALKED (yes, walked!) to the St. Patrick's Day parade in our town. We'd gone once before, so at least I knew a little what to expect. Even though we dressed for the cold temps (I think it was about 10 degrees without windchill!), it was still cold. But Mac fell asleep on the way there and slept during the ENTIRE parade and most of the festivities afterward! Crazy. I was actually afraid he was going to fall out of the stroller because due to his bulky coat, I couldn't buckle him in. (spoiler alert: he was just fine!)

Korri was a good sport (she normally HATES walking uptown) and she got a huge loot of candy. It helps that the cold temps kept a lot of people away, I think.

Korri stood and had her hand on her heart the whole time the American flag was passing. That's my girl! (I guess they DO listen some times)

And then after the fifteen minute parade, which was perfect considering the temps, we headed to the Village Hall for a Kid's Event. She got her face painted, she got to create some sand sugar art, she decorated a cookie and the best part? She got a pink balloon horse!

Honestly, we were gone for just over an hour and a half (the walk takes about 15 minutes each way!), which was just right. Mac ended up waking up while we were waiting for the balloon animals and he was NOT happy...but he was quietly not happy about it (don't look at me and just let me sit under the umbrella and sulk).

I LOVE St. Patrick's Day and I was so happy to celebrate it (albeit a little early!) with Korri. Also, I heard rumors that an Irish dance school might be coming to the area!! OMG...I would die. I mean, Korri would die. The closest one now that I know of is in Maple Grove, which (at least for now) is just too far for me to drive for dance class. But maybe when she's older!!!

A favorite Irish proverb: If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough!!

Here's to a little luck (and love!) in your day :)

Friday, March 10

Preschool. Preschool? We talkin' bout preschool?

Mac and I went to his PRESCHOOL registration last night! Yes, you read that correctly. How is it even possible that it is time for this already? Even though I shouldn't be, I'm surprised at how emotional I am about it. He's my baby. Wasn't he JUST born? Late night snuggles. Giggles...oh his giggles! I don't feel like I'm ready to let him go and share him with the world.

But I am. Because you know why? We walked into the preschool classroom, and without even a pause, Mac walked right over to the toys and started playing. Not even one moment of hesitation and the room was packed with parents and kids. HE'S ready, even if I'm not. Honestly, I'm a little jealous of Mrs. Pam, his teacher, because he's going to be so much fun to have in class. He's already so smart and very social and just so darn happy! I mean, he's opinionated and stubborn, too, but I think he'll do well in school. Mrs. Pam couldn't believe he was old enough already either and I think she's looking forward to having him, which makes it easier for me. (Mac was a month old when Korri started preschool in Mrs. Pam's class!!)

We got into the Tues/Thurs AM class, which is the one I wanted, so I'm happy about that. Now I have six months and two days to get used to the idea because that's when his first day of school is (but who's counting, right?)! Oh, and he rides the school bus, which he is BEYOND excited about. I think it will help this momma a lot knowing that he'll have two big siblings on the bus with him. I just want to hold him and kiss him and squeeze him and love him and never let him go!!

Monday, March 6

Get Your Glass Ready!

On Saturday, Jim and I hosted our very first wine tasting event! We were SO excited. We love hosting parties and this seemed right up our alley. Plus, it gives us a reason to really clean and organize the house! And everybody we talked to said they needed an excuse to get out of the house. Perfect!

Thank you so much to Lorry and her friend Becky, Leah and Ryan, Paul and Katie and Angie and Jake for coming. It was so interesting that everybody was from different times, places, facets of our lives. And I think it was a really fun group. And thank you to Tanya for being our wine guide. In theory, I'm sure Jim and I could have figured out some good wines and food pairings ourselves, but I wanted somebody else to be in charge so we could enjoy ourselves, which we totally did! I think it is going to have to be an annual event.

At the beginning of the event, we all went around and said our favorite wine. I said that I love the idea of red wine but I just don't like it. However, I realized through all the sampling and food pairings that I DO like some red wines WITH FOOD! I sip white wine, but I'd totally drink red with dinner. Now I just need to fine tune which reds I like! See, you can learn new things :)

I didn't take a single picture of the tasting. Bummer. I'm usually better about that. And then after the wine, the beer and drinks came out! This is Jim, Angie and I doing a shot of tequila on my new ShotSki!! And man, I am NOT used to drinking. I was pretty slow moving on Sunday, but not as bad as I thought I'd be.

Also, I was beyond excited that I fit (and wore!) my size TWO jeans! Okay, to be fair, they are White House Black Market jeans and their sizing runs big, but I'll take it. These are literally my skinny jeans!

Friday, March 3

FIFTY freaking pounds!!!

Today I did it. I officially lost 50 pounds. Yes, FIFTY POUNDS since Aug 2, 2016. The journey hasn't been easy and it feels like its been FOREVER, but it is so worth it. While I certainly look better, the best part is that I feel amazing. I have energy. I like to move my body. I play and dance with my kids. I like to actually put some effort into what I wear because it actually looks good on me.

Okay, I technically have four more pounds to go to hit my goal. But I'm done. I mean, its been SEVEN months! And I'm happy with where I am and how I look and feel. Four pounds don't really matter to anybody but me and my scale anyway! And he promised me he won't tell anybody ;)

My next goal is to get back into working out. I can never seem to focus on both eating right AND exercising at the same time! The one time I did (several years ago), I looked and felt the best I ever have. Since running regularly isn't really an option for me anymore (insert sad face here), here's to finding a workout that I like (or revisiting ones I've done in the past) and to actually having/making the time to do it.