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Do you love the place you live? Really love it? Do you love the street you live on, your neighborhood, the grocery store, the school for your kids? Honestly, I sometimes wish we had moved somewhere else. There are communities around us that have much nicer schools, libraries, restaurants, grocery stores. We have close friends and family that live in places like Maui, Boulder, CO and Portland, OR. It's hard not to compare-the vibe, the landscape-those places seem better. Even our time living in Missoula, MT often seems like a lovely dream, all those day hikes and long drives up into the mountains making us a family.
When something particularly upsetting happens, like a much needed new school getting voted down in our town, it is easy to forget that people living in even the most fantastic places stress about money, have issues with their neighbors, work jobs they dislike, make sacrifices for things that are important to them. The Hollywood version of our time in MT that floats through my mind is pretty accurate, but leaving there almost seven years ago and moving to the Midwest was liberating for both my husband and me and I'd never choose to stay looking back.
The holiday season reinforces that strong sense of place. I live a few blocks from my parents and in the same neighborhood I grew up in. This is me with my son at the same Christmas tree farm I went to as a kid. We picked a good one this year!
Why can't my husband take a photo that's not blurry? Dude.
The day before we ended up at my parent's house "helping" them get their tree in the house. I think this is a Christmas that our little guy will remember, he's getting older and making connections from year to year, season to season. He might remember using that big pair of "re-dult" scissors to cut away the string from grandpa's tree.
I remembered why we chose to buy a home here. Why another generation of my clan is growing up here. Why living in a town without a Target isn't necessarily the worst thing ever. And hey, sometimes the rest of the world catches up with this little place.
Grandmas take Selfies.
Grandpas do Thanksgiving dishes.
Happy Holiday Season to you all! Hope you're enjoying decorating your home, cooking and baking with your family, clinking holiday toasts, staging the kids for pj-in-front-of-the-tree photos and wrapping up all the love! Here in our home we are just a tad excited about Mr. Trister's first Christmas. He was our greatest gift this year!