Christmas in Montana

 The holidays have come and gone in what seems like a matter of days. December was a whirlwind of activity, and the holidays at work were overwhelmingly hectic. But, that is all over now, and I have a moment to reflect. 

My brother and I were lucky enough to have our wonderful mother visit for a couple of weeks, and although it was during the crazy time so I didn't see her as much as I would have liked to (sorry mom!) it was amazing having her around. She managed to bring Christmas with her all the way from Massachusetts, and it was better than I could have imagined for my first holiday away from home. 

   The perfect Christmas tree, later completed with all of our decorations from home!

 The perfect Christmas tree, later completed with all of our decorations from home!

Her time here was spent doing puzzles, cooking food for her kids (again, thanks mom!), and watching copious amounts of movies. We were also fortunate enough to spend a couple nights at Moonlight Basin, which is right near where Pete and I work - yay for a short commute for a couple days!! 

The Christmas celebrations were slightly disjointed because of the variations in work schedules, but we made it work! We still managed to do stockings, and some other presents, but the real gift was just having mom around. It's too hard being 2,500 miles away from her!! I guess what I'm really trying to say here is a HUGE thank you to my mom for coming to visit us at such a crazy time, and bringing our Christmas traditions with her. Cherish the time you have with family everyone, because it really is the most important thing in the world. Love you Mom!

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