Mid-January I flew alone to Jackson Hole to take care of my Mom for a week while my Dad was out of town. She was still recovering from hip surgery and not able to move around on her own yet. She needed round the clock care and rides to physical therapy twice a week, so I left the kids home with Jason and a day-time sitter so I could focus on her.
I was also able to complete McKay's Flat Stanley project while I was there. He had mailed his Flat Stanley to my Mom before the accident, but once she fell she wasn't able to show him around and document their adventures. So during the week I took Flat Stanley outside to play in the snow and showed him so of the sights.
There was a lot of snow. I hadn't been to Jackson during the winter since I lived there as a kid, so it was weird walking and driving in it again.
Stanley hung around with Bill the Buffalo.
He also got to visit Moos ice cream and the candy store.
After physical therapy I would drive my mom to Dairy Queen for lunch and a blizzard and we would park at the Elk Refuge to watch the wildlife and eat. It became our fun little outing.
It was nice spending some time with my mom without the kids and I was glad I could help her and McKay at the same time. I also picked up some huckleberry chocolates for him to share with his class. He was very popular at school that day!