This weekend we took a short, but long drive, trip to KY to see Kylie’s family. Every Christmas we load up in the Daniel van and drive EIGHT hours to Catlettsburg. It’s a long trip but, we usually sleep and play video games or watch a movie. This year was different since Miss Caroline is in the picture. Kylie and I loaded up with Beanie and left bright and early Saturday morning. We left as soon as Caroline woke up(5:30am) and then she slept for 3.5 hours! It was awesome. We only had to stop 3 times and made it to Mam-maw and Pap-paw’s by 2:30, they are a hour ahead so it was exactly 8 hours. The rest of the family made it in that evening. Kentucky had had some winter storms so there was snow and unfortunately…no electricity! Thank goodness they had a generator, but NO hot water. I couldn’t stand not washing off and washing my hair and neither could Kylie. So, we braved an ice shower. Wow was it cold, but darn it I was clean! Sunday morning, the Daniels from IL and Mam-maw and Pap-paw loaded up and head about an hour away to Paintsville, to see Mam-maw Kathleen(Kat) and Pap-paw Hobert(aka Hobe). Kat and Hobe are in a extremely nice nursing home, they’re Kylie’s great grandparents and Carlie’s great great! Mam-maw Kat absolutely LOVED Carlie! As soon as I walked in the door she had her hands up ready to hold her, and she never let go until we had to leave. She had Cathy take her around to her friends rooms to show her off. She was glowing from ear to ear. It was too sweet. Here’s Mam-maw and Caroline.
I love this picture. Kylie took it and it melts my heart. Because Caroline is the first 5th generation baby, we had to have a photo op of that too. So here is Great GreatPap-paw Hobe, Caroline, and Great Great Mam-maw Kat(front row) and Great Pap-paw Doug, Kylie, and Grandpa Greg(because that’s what we call them in IL!)
This one is all of the above, but we added the other women. Great Mam-maw Easter, Grandma Cathy, and Me. After the nursing home we went back to Doug and Easter’s to relax. Later that night the rest of the family came over. Greg has two brothers. One has two daughters and the other has three daughters and four sons. So the house was packed! We had some delicious food, great grab bags, and lots of laughs. When the excitement was over, we got everything packed in the Jeep so we could, again, leave first thing in the morning. Caroline was a great traveling baby. Kylie drove 80 on the way home so it only took us 7.5 hours. I couldn’t complain, I was ready to be home too. So after a long weekend of traveling, family, and fun, I’m beat! It’s now 8:30 and it’s the first time I’ve sat down since we got home this afternoon. I usually dread this time of year because it’s so much in one week but it’s always worth it in the end. I’ve married into an excellent family and I’m so thankful to have the Millers and Daniels in my life. They love me like their family and I love them like mine. And that’s what makes it worth it.