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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, July 21

Mac-asaurus


While my baby has been 4 for 4 days, today we celebrated with a summer party. We couldn't have ordered better weather. And the birthday boy had a blast. Thank you so much to everybody who made today such a special day for my Mac-asaurus.

Here is a graphic of his special day.


I didn't get as many pictures of all the kiddos playing as I would have liked, but the day got away from me. Based on the fact that I have one left, at least all the kiddos got their parting gift which was a Jurassic World themed Kinder egg! Can't beat that! Hint: these were a HUGE hint, so maybe use them regardless if they fit with your theme or not!

Also, thank you, Mom ('Rama), for all your help! I would have been so much more stressed out if you hadn't been here! Also, thank you, Andrea, for Mac's amazing birthday shirt! If anybody is looking for a custom shirt, ask her or click on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/customlyyourz/

Wednesday, July 18

Twenty Questions - Mac 4

Twenty Questions - Mac 4

Starting last year at age three, I asked Mac 20 questions around the time of his birthday. I chose NOT to direct or influence his initial answers but may have made suggestions after his first response. Here are his responses:

20 questions: answered by MacKeegan on 07/18/2018

1. What is your favorite color? blue
2. What is your favorite toy? Legos
3. What is your favorite fruit? strawberries
4. What is your favorite TV show/movie? Lego Jurassic World/Jurassic Park
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Nothing/everything, Lunchables
6. What is your favorite outfit? Dino shirt and swimsuit, with guidance, Under Armour
7. What is your favorite game? BeyBlades
8. What is your favorite snack? Everything/Candy/Skittles
9. What is your favorite animal? Dinosaur
10. What is your favorite song? Joy Joy all the Joy (he said from VBS at St. John's), 7 Years
11. What is your favorite book? Racecar one on tablet
12. Who is your best friend? Paxten
13. What is your favorite cereal? nope
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play basketball and 4-wheeler
15. What is your favorite drink? Orange juice and sprite (seperately, not together!)
16. What is your favorite holiday? Nothing, my birthday (I like my birthday, it's doing well)
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Kiki and ducky
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? oatmeal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Chinese chicken (LeeAnn Chin orange chicken)
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Dino costume (for Halloween), race car driver (mommy’s suggestion)

Bonus Question:
21. What is your favorite sport to play? karate

Overall, it was fun doing these with him this year. I think he is still a little young to be able to really think about what his "favorite" is versus what he can currently see, what he just did/played with or the first thing that comes to his head. So I felt like I recorded his first response and followed up on a lot of them.

Click here to view his responses from last year.

Here are my thoughts comments.

2. He had Legos in his hand...but it is a pretty accurate answer.
4. He just watched Lego Jurassic World but does really like it and dinosaurs (obviously). He really likes to watch Dino Dan, which is a YouTube show about...you guessed it...dinosaurs! And yes, Mac has watched the Jurassic movies (he's clearly a third child!). I don't know if they are his favorite or not. But he doesn't have a go-to movie right now like he has in the past (I'm pretty sure he watched Zootopia 500 times when he was two and three!
6. I think he meant any shirt with a dinosaur, then he asked if he could say his swimsuit, which I said yes. Then he said his dino swimsuit...which he doesn't have! I suggested Under Armour because he LOVES wearing UA, even if it is actually Target or Walmart Under Armour (meaning their brand!).
8. After his two responses, he asked me to start listing "all the candy" so he could pick one. That is where Skittles came from, which I think is fairly accurate. He is an equal opportunity candy eater!
9. To be fair, it is accurate and I didn't say it had to be real or alive!!
10. I LOVE his first answer (and kind of thought it would be Runnin' From the Lord Now from the Music Camp). He immediately answered and then I asked what Kids Bop song is his favorite. 7 Years (by Lukas Graham, performed by Kidz Bop) is probably his favorite right now. He also loves RadioActive, Believer, Thunder and Good Old Days. He's well versed!
12. Paxten is in Finn's grade and lives near us. Mac clearly loves him. This cracked me up though!
13. He doesn't eat cereal. I may need to take this one off of his, although he might eat it when he's older.
14. I had to remind him about his 4-wheeler AND he NEVER plays basketball outside. I think our hoop died.
16. Again, I don't think he understands what "holiday" means. I tried to explain it and he answered that!
21. I thought he would say T-ball since he had it last night and loves it, but I agree that karate probably is tied, at least!

The last picture of him before he officially turned 4 (he was born at 11pm):

He had a very busy birthday yesterday! We started out by going to two of Finn's baseball games, which he got to play at the park for most of them. Memere came to watch Finn's games, so he got so time with her. Then we went to Uptown for lunch (I mean, it's his birthday after all!). We had to hurry home to get ready for preschool (he's taking a short three-day summer session). The bus was over ten minutes early, so we were rushing to find his backpack and find some tennis shoes (thankfully, Becky had given us an old pair of Ben's because Mac's were nowhere to be found). When he got home just after 3:30, he took a nap, which I had to wake him up at 5pm from so we could get ready for T-ball! We stopped at McDonald's on the way to T-ball. T-ball was great (he had a couple good hits...he's improved so much!). Then he picked to go to Dairy Queen to get some birthday ice cream. Finally, we came home, went for a quick family walk so he could ride his 4-wheeler, opened two small presents (remember, the 4-wheeler was his present), sang to him with store bought cupcakes and went to bed.

Google helped me create a movie from all his activities from this birthday:   https://photos.app.goo.gl/hDtAep2uu8Wr4RVe6

Sheesh! We barely survived, but I think he had an amazing birthday. Although he was confused about it being his birthday but his party not being until Saturday. He MAY think he's turning five on Saturday because it's his next birthday! We'll see! He told us this morning that he's five today because he was four yesterday! Begin the countdown to his fifth birthday!


I love this kid so much. He brings so much laughter and silliness into our lives. He challenges me with his stubbornness, but I should expect that from any offspring of Jim and me by now! He really prides himself on being a "first-time listener" so I'm trying to use that to my advantage while it lasts! He loves food, Legos, BeyBlades, Nerf guns, his 4-wheeler and anything Finn is doing.

Sunday, July 8

Chase the Fire Truck

I didn't want to get up this morning. I certainly didn't want to get up at 6:30am! But for part of our town's Waverly Daze celebration, the Fire Department sponsored a Chase the Fire Truck 5K Run/Walk. It was this morning at 8am and registration was at 7am. I set my alarm last night but I wasn't positive I was going to go. Then Jim basically said that I was going to run today anyway, so why not do the race. Hmmm...good point! And support our local fire department at the same time!

I woke up constantly last night and I think it was because I was afraid my alarm wouldn't go off. I finally just got up around 6:30 and got ready. I headed out to the event just after 7am, got registered and waited for the race to start. And we actually ran behind an old fashioned fire truck (once they got it started!).

This was only my second timed race ever and it was a tough run for me. There were some pretty significant hills (which I'm not used to) and I'm not used to running with or by other people, which can be motivating or distracting! I was sucking wind but thankfully had my MapMyRun app on, so I knew how far I was and how fast I was going. I wanted to beat 28 minutes, which I knew was a little bit of a stretch for me.


And I finished at...28:18!!! Which is a pace of 9:05! Bummer...so close! I walked very briefly at one point and I think if I hadn't, I probably would have made 28 minutes. Oh, well. I did it and I got a t-shirt and a medal. They only tracked the first three finishers, but I'm pretty sure I finished seventh overall and third for the females (keep in mind this was a pretty small field!). The first place finisher had a time of 19:20 minutes (I heard somebody say he ran the Boston Marathon last year...so there's that!)! Next year they are going to have the race be around the lake (much flatter than today's race!) which will be a more scenic run than through town and out to a gravel road and back :)

Saturday, June 30

Early Birthday Present

Last summer, Mac was always in the stroller for our family walks. It was easier, faster and far less complaining! THIS summer, we told him we were done with stroller and he had to either learn how to ride his bike or walk with us. He hasn't learned to ride his bike yet and there has been a LOT of complaining.

On a separate note, I started thinking about what to get Mac for his birthday. I mean, this kid loves just about any toy on the planet (especially Legos, Hotwheels, dinosaurs, Bey Blades, etc.). He's easy to please. But we absolutely don't need any more "stuff" for the sake of stuff and I figure he'll get some for his birthday. So where does that leave us? I've been thinking about getting him a 12V ride-on toy...but they are kind of expensive and usually aren't very high quality.

Which got me thinking longer term...what about an ATV? I had no idea what our options would be for somebody his age/size, but I ran the idea by Jim and he was open to it. I asked for recommendations on our local Facebook page and got some much needed feedback. I felt like we had a place to start. Well, this afternoon we had some free time (which NEVER happens, especially on the weekend!), so we looked at the recommendations and narrowed it down to places that had youth ATVs on hand and were open this afternoon!

It led us to TC West Motorsports near Howard Lake. Jim called and he said he had plenty of inventory. We pulled up (without the kiddos) and were a bit surprised: it is literally in an old shed on a farmstead! Yikes...but it was totally legit and he was SO helpful. We had no idea what we wanted and he helped us talk through it. Jim wanted the smallest one, but I wanted a bigger one so all three kids could use it. What sold me was the guy answered our 100 questions about safety and options without making us feel like we were asking 100 unnecessary questions and then he actually talked me OUT of the more expensive model because he felt the smaller one was more appropriate for a 4 year old!

He had what we wanted in stock, so we went home to get the van and to measure Finn's head (for a helmet for Mac since Mac's head is about the same size as Finn's!), went back, paid and brought it home. On the way, we discussed keeping it until his birthday (what I wanted) vs. giving it to him right away (what Jim wanted, of course!). Considering it would be tough to keep this hidden for over two weeks and how excited we were about it, I finally agreed with Jim. (for those keeping track, I listened, changed my mind and went with Jim's opinion TWICE during this transaction!!)

When we got home, we had Mac come out and open the helmet first.

And he LOVED it! We probably could have saved a lot of money and just got the helmet! LOL I finally told him that I didn't think it was a bike helmet and that it seemed like it might go with something a little bigger. Then I told him to look in the van.

He said, "Oh wow, thanks!" Ha, LOL We pulled it out and he got right on.
 

He looks like a pro! He took it for a spin and then Korri and Finn took a turn. They all loved it. Now we'll see how much they actually use it. Mac must have said thank you 15 times and how it was the "best present ever!" He gave Jim a sweet hug before bed and told Jim he was the best dad ever! Little charmer! Before bed he asked if he could ride it again..."no Little Buddy, but definitely tomorrow!"

So going back to my original thoughts...Mac basically went from stroller to ATV...because you KNOW he'll never walk on a family walk again!!!! Oh, well. I just hope he doesn't drive over anybody!

Wednesday, June 20

But First, Baseball

Yesterday, Finn FINALLY had baseball! It started last Monday, June 11, but he was obviously not able to attend last week. He was looking forward to practice this Monday...but it was cancelled due to rain! Then we found out he had a GAME scheduled yesterday (yes, a game without ANY practice!)...BUT...that was changed to practice due to field conditions. So, Finn happily went to his first practice and was super excited (which for him is pretty amazing).

I spent the first part of practice updating my calendar with all of his practices and games. Then it started raining hard enough that I moved to the van (Korri and Mac quickly followed me). Then they called practice because it was raining too hard. Well, at least he got PART of a practice. And he had a great time. He was excited to use his new bat. No practice or games the rest of this week...so now he's looking forward to next Monday! LOL

And last night, Mac FINALLY had his first T-ball practice. He has been waiting for this day for over a year and was beyond excited. I couldn't find Finn's old bat, so this one worked for the picture. I think Finn's old bat would have been a little too big for T-ball anyway.

T-ball was in Delano because our program in Waverly doesn't start until age 5. It was a new placed with new people, so he was pretty shy when we first got there. We got there early because I didn't know where we were going AND I had to check him in since he missed last week. We had to find field 1, group 1. I played catch with him for a bit. Then it was time to start and he did NOT want to go. He S.L.O.W.L.Y. walked toward the field. I mean, slow-mo doesn't even come close to his pace! Then one of the coaches came over and helped him...and then everything was fine.

It sprinkled/rained for the first part, but then it quit and was fine. He listened really well and did really well! It is so strange having the biggest kid on the team (Mac) vs. the smallest (Finn!). And the ages are 3-5! He got two solid hits and got to run the bases. He even had a play in the field (albeit not great, but good effort!).

So much fun! I can't wait until next week. Hopefully he gets his shirt...which he is SUPER excited about because it is light blue...the same color as Finn's team's shirts! Hey, it's the little things.

Oh and afterwards, he told me he had a good time, but wanted to know if he could play "real" baseball next week instead of T-ball! Ha...I guess that's what happens when you have a big brother to keep up to :)

Monday, June 18

Karate night

Tonight, all five of us graduated to our next belts in karate: Finn to purple, Jim, Korri and me to green and Mac to double stripe green. Graduation was last Thursday when we were gone but instead of making us wait until July graduation for our new belts, they did a private graduation for us after class. I didn't have my phone/camera in the Dojo with me, so no pictures :( But I wanted to mark this event in case we need to look back to see when it happened.

Also last night, they had Father's class in honor of Father's Day.

So much going on, but I love it and all the family time!