steppin’ into a new year

Posted on January 11th, 2016 by mountain girl  |  11 Comments »


It’s been forever since I’ve popped my head into the blogoshere. I know it’s way late, but happy New Year!


I literally walked right into the new year in brand new boots. I never really thought I would own a pair, but David bought me these Frye boots last month. They are hand crafted and made in Leon, Mexico. I wore them for 7 hours the day we bought them, 12 hours the next day, and I haven’t worn anything else out since. My feet still haven’t noticed they are in new boots. šŸ™‚


Here’s the back view, with hand stitching.Ā  They are called Shirley Artisan and the color is Whisky. Oo-la-la.


Detail of boot top. I’m slightly excited about these boots, can you tell?


And that cozy sweater was a gift from my very sweet mother in law. Mwaaaaah.


Since this has obviously become a post all about me, I’ll just flow with it. I’ve been giving myself a deep-conditioning hair treatment, which is a mixture of molasses, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar. It adds moisture and shine, and the molasses imparts minerals and nutrients to the scalp. It’s supposed to nurture and bring healthy growth to your hair. It also deepens the color–you can probably see in the photo above that my hair looks quite a bit darker. Besides all that, it’s just awesome to smear food in your hair.


The kids and I did something very cheesy and made a gingerbread house from a box.Ā  Terrible, I know. But it was so easy it was totally worth it. The only problem is they can’t eat it, since that’s actually the cardboard box it came in under the icing, haha.


I ordered a string of tiny star-shaped battery operated lights for my closet, since it doesn’t have a socket for an electric lamp. The star lights also made a great crown, which I wore for quite a while after I got the package.


I’m loving my skirt from Thailand. I can turn it into big Thai pants by the way I button it at the bottom. I’m not sure which way I like wearing it more, as pants or a skirt. I feel very billowy both ways.

Lest you think I went overboard on my wardrobe last month (which I did), I have put the kibosh on buying clothes, shoes, and accessories for 30 days, and possibly longer. I would like to do it for a year, but we’ll see how long I can stand my jeans, which (although they are fairly new) constantly fall down, causing me to look like a saggy-bottomed gangsta. Gotta love it.


This is a little hokey because I’ve practically copied this fairy out of a book, but I am having a lot of fun with Zentangle art. There is a lot of freedom in following the structure of it (you learn “tangles” like the ones in the fairy’s hair to incorporate into your art) and it’s also very relaxing, probably kind of like those adult coloring books that are all the rage now. Once you have the idea of Zentangle, you can make up your own tangles and go crazy with them. I just realized she’s a little cross-eyed. I guess that’s what happens when you draw in bed.


Here is that Oliver + s messenger bag Zia and I made for her. We made the larger size and it came out nice–it has an adjustable strap, two outside pockets under the flap, and an assortment of small inside pockets for pencils, cell phone, etc. JK about the cell phone.


Zebra lining and flap pockets.


We found an archery range that offers a free lesson for beginners. We have been there twice now, and all of us, including Cash, have been shooting. It’s a ton of fun.





This new year has been a really good, fresh start for us. It feels thick with grace, fearlessness, and new direction–and I’m soaking up every bit of it. I hope you are having a good start to your year, too!

11 Responses to “steppin’ into a new year”

  1. Kim says on :

    Happy New Year!!! LOVE your new boots, and your skirt. Wishing you all the best in 2016.

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Kim!

  3. Mimi says on :

    Great pics, little Mia! LOVE your boots and the ‘Lisa sweater” is a good color on you…you should wear that color more often! Very nice hair with” the food in it”. Nice archery pix with the kids and David…Looks like fun! Your skirt/pants are very cool. You skinny little girl. Love, Mama

  4. Mom & Dad says on :

    Hi honeee….love your pix and the outfits šŸ™‚ , yes very nice color on you :), those lil ones are getting very big!!! Zia is beautiful and u r still Sigourney’s double:) luv u/ mom

  5. Yanic says on :

    Hello there! It’s been somlong since I’ve been in your space, I truly apologize. Happy New year! You look wonderful. Thank you for that link for the hair treatment. My head is a mess of dryness right now. I’ll have to try that very soon.

    Hope 2016 is wonderful for you and yours. xox

  6. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks for stopping by! That hair treatment will definitely give you lots of moisture–let me know how it works for you!

  7. mountain girl says on :

    Hi Mom,
    Yes, the sweater is great, thanks so much. Your box was so nice–we miss you all. Maybe you would like to come again and try some archery? šŸ˜‰

  8. mountain girl says on :

    Glad you liked the boots, sweater, and skants (how do you like that word?) and I’m not really that skinny, the boots are just very flattering… šŸ˜‰ šŸ˜‰ I wish you could have seen Cash shooting arrows–he was completely spastic and arrows were flying everywhere. Thankfully there wasn’t much power behind them. šŸ™‚

  9. Jennifer Miller says on :

    Gorgeous boots!

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  11. granny says on :

    Those boots are very nice and you wear them well. What a fun time you all are having. Cash and Zia are just growing way too fast. Caleb, you look like a pro. Oh wait you are!!! Lol Love you all granny