This year, we decided to travel to Matt's folks for the holiday since they came to us last year. We visited them the weekend before Christmas, and it was the first time we'd traveled there (a 6-7 hour road trip) with all three kids in tow.
If I'm being honest, I was kinda dreading the drive, but it really wasn't bad at all! It helped that we left early and the kids (and I) slept most of the way.
Despite the rain we had to drive through, we made it in pretty record time. And only made one stop! That's a miracle in itself considering we had a toddler and a preggo lady on board.
Katie Wynn was excited to get out of the car, and I think her Lala (Matt's mom) was even more excited to see her! (There are several pictures in this post that demonstrate why her hair is in a pony tail on top of her head most of the time...her bangs are way too long!)
Katie Wynn is so spoiled that she got to open her first Christmas present that evening. Her Lala and Poppa know how much she loves to carry bags and so they got her her very own pink purse! It's safe to say she loved it.
I couldn't resist taking pictures of her eating dinner in this high chair...it dates all the way back to when Lala was a little girl! Those crossed feet while eating crack me up too.
I. Love. This. Face.
Book time before bed time!
Family time for the rest of us before bed!
There weren't many complaints about going to bed that night because the next day, Matt's sister and her family were headed over so we could all open presents. That morning we learned that Katie Wynn still doesn't like Santa Claus, even when it's just her big brother disguised as him.
Here are a bunch of snapshots from the day.
It was a really fun day. I hate that we don't get to hang out with this side of our family more often!
On Sunday, we got cleaned up and headed to visit Matt's Granddaddy at his new apartment. Granddaddy is nearly 92 years old and just moved into a retirement community. This was the first time we had all three kids there at the same time to see him, so of course we had to pile them on the love seat for a picture!
We really enjoyed chatting with Granddaddy and are so glad that he has settled in nicely to his new space. I think he loved seeing the big kids and got a kick out of watching Katie Wynn. In typical toddler fashion, she was into everything! We tried to leave her with him overnight, but he said he'd probably only be able to make it a couple hours. :)
Matt and Wyatt had on twinkie shirts so of course a picture was needed.
That afternoon was our last in Indiana before we left early the next morning. Since we missed church, Anna read the Christmas story from Luke to us. Katie Wynn played with her new toys and the boys got in a quick basketball game.
We had a really good time in Indiana; it was the perfect kickoff to a week of celebrations. Thanks for everything, Lala and Poppa!