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Monday, September 14

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Shoes: Danner, Jeans: F21, Tee: Target, Flannel: Thrifted, Vest: J.Crew

Would you look at this. The hiking boots, the flannel. I suppose this was inevitable. This is what happens! This is what happens when you move to Idaho. (Wait, have I told you guys that we moved to Idaho? We totally did!) The whole state sort of melts into your entire being and you become one with your inner outdoors-man. I mean, we have a tent now? For camping? With sleeping bags, and dutch ovens, the whole nine yards. And we all have matching Tevas?  THIS IS OUR LIFE NOW. Here again, in the land where we met and married and got pregnant with our first little munchkin. The land that we moved away from, never to return again ...
ha.

But see, the Idaho college town of my youth, is very different from the Idaho that exists now that I'm raising the youth.  This Idaho is beautiful. This Idaho is the hidden gem of the country. Ask anyone. Me or Ashton, or Demi, or Bruce, or Arnold. We'll tell you. We'll tell you about the aspens of Sun Valley. We'll tell you about the clear lakes, and the sharp moutains, and the rows of apple orchards, and the fields of corn and wheat, and the views that will take your breath away. We'll tell you about the Idaho bumper stickers that are everywhere. And the Idaho tee shirts. And the Idaho potatoes carved ironically into the shape of Idaho. We'll tell you about the pride here that rivals Texas.

And the cousins you guys! I can't speak for Bruce or Arnold, but the cousin situation for us is PRIME. Everett's never had so many best friends in his life. On any given day, there's a 50/50 chance that the words "Where's Everett?" will come out of my mouth. And having just come from our little Virginia cocoon, where I was pretty much his one and only means of entertainment during the day, it has been a revelation for all of us.

Driving hither and yon over this whole country, in and out of the towns that we had previously thought "well maybe here!" about, strangely nothing felt as completely right deep down in our bones as when we came here. So welcome home us, I guess!

And P.S. if you happened to be wondering. These boots are everything you hope they would be. Add my name to the five star reviews.

12 comments:

Jocelyn Castillo said...

so freaking cute! Can't wait to see more Idaho posts. Lovely style btw!!

Jo said...

As a person who would win zero fashion awards because my everyday uniform involves flannel, puffy vests, and Chacos, I am SO EXCITED to see you cross over to this side. What kind of tent did you guys get? And where are you at? And where have you gone camping? Ahhhh. I will revel in all of your outdoorsiness. My husband and I live (outside as much as possible) in the Appalachian Mountains and Idaho is on our bucket list of states to explore. Congrats on your move and your boots.

Jo Farmer

ashley hunt said...

Where in Idaho are you living?! I'm an Idaho girl, and longtime reader of your blog :)

Sneza said...

You look so Everett-y in the last photo!! ...the expression on your face and the way you're walkin'...

Stephanie Skinner said...

Yay, I'm so happy for you and your family. I live in Reston, VA, and I loved when you lived in Virginia and knowing a lot of your posts were talking about great experiences and places you visited close to my neck of the woods. And now I'm so happy to read any future posts about the beautiful nature and culture in Idaho! Best of luck to you and your family!

Julie Blake said...

I can't wait to see more of your Idaho adventures. That flannel is a mighty good find at the thrift shop!

Jonna Stone said...

Funny how humbling it can be to go back home. My Minnesota blood makes me long for flannel, fall, and the quiet north woods. Life's a little slower, the people seem a little more grounded...I want my kids to know this lifestyle. So happy you found your way back. Much love.

Sandy a la Mode said...

oh wow! congrats and welcome back home!!!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Rebecca said...

I moved to Idaho last year (basically on a whim) with my husband and we love it! Can't wait to see more about your adventures here and maybe pick up some tips of things to do in the state that we haven't discovered yet!

Also, I'm drooling over those shoes. If only my husband wouldn't notice a couple hundred dollars leaving our bank account. :)

Catherine Short said...

Yay for Sun Valley! My grandparents had a cabin there for many many years.

Raquelita said...

OMG! I'm so jealous. We were just in Island Park and Driggs within the past month and now I want to MOVE there! Plus Sun Valley is the best. Cheers to a great move. If I didn't say it already, I'm totally jealous.

Anonymous said...

I named my baby Driggs. THATS how much I love idaho!! Happy for you, wonderful state!

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