It's too bad that this year my mind cannot seem to decide if it wants to get into the season. It's been over a year now that the Machinist has been unaccompanied to Guam. It's just made it so much harder to really get into the Christmas spirit when I miss him so much.
On a good note, we found out just before Thanksgiving that he made MM1(SS), that would be that he advanced to E-6. It took awhile but finally he made it and we're all so proud of him.