Mike and Lori Schmitt, right, and their 9-year-old daughter, Bailei, are pictured with National Guard member Heather Altenhofen, her husband, Luke, and their son Connor. The Schmitts are planning their sixth Christmas party for the Montana National Guard this year.
Lori Schmitt always is pleased that Montana National Guard soldiers and their spouses enjoy the Christmas parties that she and her husband have thrown the last five years.
Mike and Lori Schmitt shop at Sears on Wednesday for the annual Christmas party for the 190th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the Montana National Guard and their families.
A square cement floor, some tables, chairs and a row of potluck items did not give off the joy and cheer of a Christmas party to the Schmitts.