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 ...
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.