When I was 11 weeks pregnant, I went home to Sun Valley, Idaho to tell my parents that we were expecting. Since it is our first baby and their first grandchild, it was important for me to do that in person. Buzz made the journey with us (can you believe it!! He was my emotional support dog so he was able to sit right on my lap home via Delta) and he was in HEAVEN there. He had a private yard to run around in with lots of grass (aka the opposite of London) and regularly hiked the rocky mountains with us. He saw snow for the first time and met his cavalier uncles Buddy and Buster (who are the same breed as him.) It was such a healing and wonderful trip back home.
In addition to the super important bit about telling my parents we were expecting...I finally shot our 1880s American Farmhouse!!! It still has all the original exteriors and paint, but we redid the inside. It is also my safe haven and where I hope to live again eventually. (Fun fact! I was living here when I met my now husband in Guatemala 5 years ago.)
When I go home next, I will shoot the interiors (aka hopefully I will be a little less pregnant/FEEL BETTER) but for now...here is an ode to our Farmhouse in my little slice of paradise.
Baby Buzz having the time of his life and the iconic blue spruce.
I remember about 5 years ago (when this was my home), I was awoken with a start one September night. It was around midnight so I grabbed a knife from the kitchen (bc duh I was living alone and don't have time for funny business) to address the weird noises outside my bedroom. I peeked outside the window silently and under the rays of the full moon light I saw a herd of maybe 30 elk about 10 feet from me and two bull elk fighting with their antlers. It was eerie and magical all at the same time.
I was in similar awe of nature today in London when I saw a pigeon eating throw up.
Annneeewaaazeeee, Sun Valley has always been my soul home. I feel most comfortable and at ease there. With literally deer and antelope at play in the open range, elk bugling in the fall during mating season, and the purest air I've breathed...I hope to live there again someday.
I absolutely love London don't get me wrong but there is no place like Sun Valley. And until I am able to return to my soul home, I'll have these photos to get me by.
Beaux Guide to Sun Valley:
Cheese Enchiladas from Rasberrys - LIFE CHANGING
Spaghetti and Meatballs from Il Naso
Chai Lattes and Grilled Cheeses at Konditorei
Glow for smoothies and spring rolls and everything that is planet-based and organic!
Get a spa treatment at The Lodge and then spend the rest of the day in the most massive jacuzzi ever
Green Tea Matcha Lattes and banana bread from Black Owl - also LIFE CHANGING
Old school Idaho breakfast at Brandie's in Bellevue...1950's Idaho
Hike everywhere, be outside as much as possible, just drive north on the 75
Bike ride on the amazing path between Hailey and Sun Valley
I love Sun Valley especially during 'slack' (aka when only the locals are in town) and it's so quiet and amazing. October/Nov and March/April.
Redfish Lake in Summer...it's glorious
Take advantage of the amazing healers in Sun Valley (acupuncture, body work, therapists, spiritual healers/intuitives, masseuses, etc.)- they are the best in the world. Trust me, I've actually searched the world. Please ask me if you're looking for someone or something in particular!