Monday, January 18, 2016

Winter Holiday: Montana Edition

Note:  I had tons of issues publishing this post.  Initially at least half the text was missing.  It has since been updated, but the words are never written as eloquently as they first were.

Because we are in the business of taking super long vacations, we stayed in the Northwest for another week.  New Years day we hit the road for Montana.  It's a four hour drive, and Finn was angry angry angry for the last 30 minutes.  Road tripping with young babies is no joke.   Aside from some crying, the drive was gorgeous; every tree was covered in snow and the mountains just glistened.  A week of slower paced Montana life was the perfect way to end our holiday.

Conor's parent's own a condo in downtown Bigfork, so we made that space home for the week.  It's on the main street and just a block away from the family restaurant.  Bigfork is the most picturesque little down during Christmas time.  The entire town is decorated, each & every storefront.  I loved being able to start my mornings with a walk to the local cafe.  Sometimes with Liam, sometimes solo.  A hot chai & fresh scone was my daily order, and I've been craving that ritual ever since we left!

Across the street from our condo, resides the town clock tower.  Every daylight hour it chimes, so we heard a lot of chiming during our stay; yet, every single time Liam was in awe.  Whenever it chimed when we walked by, Liam would ask the time and then we would count each ding.  It was simple & sweet moments like these, that slowed us down and brought smiles all around.  While I am a big city girl at heart, I enjoy a little break from the hustle & bustle.



Much of our time was spent with Grandma & Grandpa at the restaurant.  Liam loved his time with them and helping out when & where he could.  He is especially fond of Grandpa's truck with the snow plow on the front.  While Liam has yet to develop that love for food that we have in this family, I took full advantage of all the fine dining we had each night while his parents worked.  When your family is in the hospitality industry, you know your stay is going to be good!

The weather was particularly frigid, so we weren't outside in the Montana beauty as much as I would have liked.  Instead we bowled (Liam's first time!), swam, & played hard with the cousins.  It's always a little bit of chaos when all the kids are together, so we make sure the wine is flowing!  And of course we made a little trip to Whitefish (my favorite Montana city) and stopped at Sweet Peaks (the family icecream shop).  Liam insists that everyone share, because duh... that way you can taste ALL the flavors!




One of the best and most important parts of our visit was the time with Conor's grandpa.  He's 93 years young, but unfortunately his health has declined in the last few months.  Conor joined him for breakfast nearly every morning, and we brought the boys by his house frequently too.  I know that Finn in particular brought a smile to his face.  His grandpa could not get over Finn's hair (nobody can!)).  These are the times that make living away from family extra difficult, so we were very thankful for our long stay.  We didn't feel rushed to do it all or see everyone.  Instead we enjoyed the slow days and the loved ones that surrounded us.


Oh Montana, you are always too good to me!
We will be back soon!

16 comments :

  1. Love all of the photos :) Your photography is really improving!! Looks like a great vacation! I'm dying to get down to Whitefish for a vacation but now that the Canadian dollar is crap I don't know if it's going to happen...

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  2. This looks like the most picturesque little town! LOVE that first picture of the boys walking down the street!

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  3. That little town looks amazing! Solo chai and scone sounds great also! Always good for the mama soul to get some quiet time :) Your pictures make me want snow but I'm already in Spring mode!

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  4. I have had Montana on my visit list forever!!! You are making me want to move there with your beautiful pictures.

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  5. The picture of Liam in front of the stream(?) needs to be in some sort of tourism brochure/website for this town! So gorgeous!! Your pictures always make me want to buy a nice camera and figure out how to use it.

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  6. Oiy. Car trips. On our way back from PA, my daughter screamed for 10 hours....the only way she stopped is if I got her out of the car seat. So fun. Ha!

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  7. You are killing your photos lately! So gorgeous!

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  8. This seriously sounds like the BEST time! I'm totally a city girl too but every time you share one of your vacations, it makes me want to go there!

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  9. I am in awe of your photography! The snow is such a gorgeous backdrop. I also adore all the family businesses, sharing to try all the flavors of ice cream is pure genius :)

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  10. Gorgeous photos! You make the country life sound so amazing... Though I'm a city girl at heart too ;). How great to have a long visit where you can relax and not rush!

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  11. so heres the thing. you're fully taking me with you next time.

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  12. Gorgeous photos, mama! Looks like a perfect little vacay!:)

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  13. You basically described heaven, and your pictures confirmed. What a fabulous retreat.

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  14. Awww. I found you via Stitch Fix. Montana, particularly the Flathead, is home. It's where I grew up and where we go to vacation. Our family is there. It was a wonderful surprise to find on your blog. Thanks for sharing. This Montana girl stuck in snowless south Texas enjoyed your post.

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  15. What a beautiful town!! Sounds like you guys had a great holiday season with family :)

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  16. This place seems so dreamy!! And that first photo...I have looked at it at least 10 times. It looks like the neatest & sweetest little town. My husband has always wanted to visit Montana and now I am fully on board. Great pictures!!

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