It's mid-January and I'm reflecting on our annual visit to NC for Christmas. The trip was in jeopardy a bit this year when Cory came down with a stomach bug on Christmas day. Yuck! What timing. But he rallied and we pulled everything together to leave as scheduled the day after Christmas. We didn't pull out at the crack of dawn or anything, but we got out reasonably early and he got us safely to our stopping point in Charleston, WV. We drove the rest of the way to Winston-Salem the following day and joined the Hipp family celebration already in progress. That evening we opened gifts with Nana and Grandy.