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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.

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 :)

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