This is also late due to Matt’s love of taking hundreds of pictures of the same shot. It takes us a while to go through and widdle down the ones to keep.
We went out to Garden City a few days before Christmas to spend time with Matt’s family. It was great to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa Lightner, Jamie, and Livi. We also go to meet Livi’s boyfriend, Stephen. We sure missed having Jonathan, Christine, Emma, and Lauren there, though.
We ate amazing food, played some fun games (including Relay to the Manger, Race to Bethlehem, and Jeopardy), had a blast in the 10+ inches of snow, and, of course, opened lots and lots of presents. Abby didn’t sleep much, so Mommy was exhausted. But there were lots of people ready and willing to take care of Abby, Jack, and Lily, which was much appreciated. It was a great trip, besides Lily throwing up on the way there and almost running out of gas on the way back…we had to stop at a farm house and ask the guy for $8 per gallon gasoline (Matt willingly offered to overpay due to the fact that people were always stopping at his house growing up asking for gas and underpaying or not paying at all for the gracious favor).