Colorado 2018: Days 1 & 2

I’m baaaaaack!

Whew!  It feels so good to be back in my normal routine.

Well, sort of…my kids still haven’t returned to school yet (tomorrow!), but we’re at least home and trying to get back into the routine of dance/volleyball/speech/basketball/violin/dinner at the table life.  As much as I love the holidays (and you know I do!), I love this fresh season right here too.  My house feels cleaned up and organized, my calendar looks nice and roomy (not too full) and the possibilities of 2018 stretch out in front.  It’s a brand new year.

If you have been out of town too and missed my three post-Christmas blog posts, you can catch them below…

2017 in Review

Ashby’s 3rd Gotcha Day Anniversary

2017 Book Review

My 2017 Book Review

We have been out of town for the last 9 days or so, so that’s what I’m going to be recapping over the next few days (except on Wednesday, when Erika and I host our first How We Wednesday!).   On Wednesday’s post, I’m going to share some goals/resolutions/etc for 2018, so if you’re into that stuff…hang tight 🙂 .  I also plan on doing another YouTube video this month (oh dear!), I’m going to share my packing tips for a winter vacation (and reiterate how important I think my packing method is!!), talk about a few personal things near and dear to my heart, celebrate a special boy’s 8th birthday and blog some of my other favorite topics as well.

But today, fresh off our latest trip, I thought it only fitting to start there.  As always, if I’m wearing something that I love and it’s still in stock, I’ll link to it for you.  I am so happy to be “home” with you today.

So, right after Christmas, we cleaned up our house, packed and headed to Aspen as a family of six.  It was such a fun time of eating, sleeping in, reading books (I read four!), being lazy and learning to snowboard.  The Shull six planned this trip back in May, so we were super anxious to get it started.

We were at the airport and ready to go!  We picked Aspen for several reasons: you can fly directly there from DFW, none of us had been there before, we heard Snowmass Mountain was a great place for snowboarding, the town and restaurants looks good, you can drive to Breckenridge and Denver from there easily.  Six people and six pieces of luggage (four suitcases and two snowboarding bags) were ready to roll!

This girl was ready to play in the snow!!

I loooooove traveling with this guy!!  Fourteen years later and he’s still my favorite traveling partner in the world!

We bought the two big kids Kindles for Christmas, and my kids have never read more!!  I know it’s only been a few weeks, but they’re obsessed with these things and won’t put them down.  My mama heart gets so happy to see my big kids read 🙂 .  Here we are at the airport eating breakfast before our flight.

This girl always wants to sit next to me…and I love it 🙂 .

See…she’s reading 🙂 .

So, after a quick flight from Dallas to Aspen, we landed at their very small airport, and I immediately took the little two girls to the bathroom.  There was a line because two flights had just landed (Dallas and LA) and low and behold, look who got right behind me in line…

…Rachel Zoe!  She literally stood right behind us and I about died.  I love her!  I did not talk to her in line or take her pic (because that would have been weird), but after we were through, I took it while we waited for our baggage.  Ha!  She was every bit as fabulous as I thought she’d be.  FAB-U-LOUS!

So, last year, I posted my packing tips and explained how I divide up my family’s items equally between however many suitcases we have so that if a bag or two gets lost, everyone still has some of their things (verses everyone having their own suitcases).  You can read about it HERE.  Friends, as a travel professional, I hear about suitcases getting lost ALL THE TIME, so I wholeheartedly believe this is the BEST method for packing…because sometimes, your luggage doesn’t arrive…

…sigh.

On our flight from Dallas to Aspen, THIRTY bags were left behind at DFW.  Thirty.  Including three of our six.  Soooo…we were happy that everyone still had clothes, pjs, shoes, socks, undies, etc between the other bags.  The airline said they couldn’t guarantee that our bags would be delivered that day or the next (because there were so many and so few flights from Dallas to Aspen per day), soooo…that’s why I pack the way I do 😉 .  We rented a car (when you’re renting a car, rent car seats and booster seats too!!), packed up our remaining three bags and zipped into town for lunch…

…we stopped at Hickory House and fell in love with their BBQ and sweet potato tater tots right away 🙂 .

When I asked them to smile.  Hahahaha!

Pulled pork with coleslaw, yes please!

After lunch, we drove to our Airbnb right at the base of Aspen Mountain…

For the first part of our stay, we picked an Airbnb because it was in the right location (could walk to town) and had plenty of room for all six of us.  The kids were pumped about the bunk beds 🙂 .

I took some pics before we took it over 🙂 .

 

After we unpacked what we could (with only half our luggage), we headed into town to check it out.  Ironically, it was colder every day in McKinney, TX than it was in Aspen while we were gone.  Ha!

Kensington and I needed to rent snowboards, and while I was there, I saw my booties in a mirror and wanted you to see too.  They’re Uggs, and are waterproof, so they were perfect for this trip!!  The treads on the bottom kept me from slipping and because they’re Ugg, they were so warm and cozy on the inside.  I LOVE them!!  My beanie is HERE and 40% off right now.

Cute, right?!

After K and I rented our snowboards, we headed to the grocery store to get goodies for the week (breakfast food, cocoa, coffee and snacks!).

And then after we unloaded all of that, we had reservations for dinner at…

…Grey Lady.  Um, this place was so good!!  We had everything from the crab cakes to the deviled eggs, I had the lobster chowder, Andrew had lobster, the kids had pasta…it was the perfect first meal in Aspen.  Plus, the location and cozy interior was spot on too.

I love these three!

When we got back, I went to make sure the big kids were getting ready for bed and then found the littles like this 🙂 .

After my shower, I sat down to read and enjoyed the fire.  It was such a good first day!

And PS: at 2:30 AM, they dropped off our luggage 🙂 .

The next morning, we woke up bright and early and headed to Snowmass Mountain so that Smith, Kensington and me could take snowboarding lessons.  Andrew loves snowboarding (it’s his VERY favorite hobby), so we decided to split up our week and let him stay with the littles while the three of us did it and then vice versa.  I had never skied or snowboarded before, so I was anxious to get out there and try.

This kid was born to snowboard.  He is just like his daddy.

This kid was excited and nervous at the same time.  She is just like her mommy 😉 .

And this kid, gets to try skiing next year 🙂 .  Do you know that these big mountains have ski lessons for kiddos and adults with special needs?  You see…Ashby Shull cannot fall down on her arm.  Period.  The doctors tell us that at some point, Ashby’s little arm is going to break and her life will be dramatically altered from that point on.  Not “if” it breaks, but “when” it breaks.  Unfortunately, her lymphatic and vascular systems have throttled the life out of her bone on the right side and it’s only about the size of a pencil.  It’s so weak, and it’s so frail that falling would be devastating.  BUT, thanks to wonderful organizations out there, people with needs like this can take “no fall ski lessons” with certified instructors and still get to be on the mountain in a safe environment.  Praise the Lord.  We’ve decided to wait one more year before we sign Ashby up.  She is already so aware of her limitations…but we thought one more year would really mature her to move forward with “no fall” skiing.  She was super happy to watch and hang out with daddy these first two days.  Andrew took them back to the condo and let them build a snowman, he made them cocoa and he said they cuddled a lot 🙂 .

While the littles were dropping us off, look who got out of the van behind Ashby…Charlize Theron.  Ha!  Ironically, I’ve already seen her before.  Years ago (when K was a baby), we saw her at a restaurant in Dallas.

The big kids were enrolled in snowboarding school and I had a private lesson.  Ready or not…here we come!

I was able to watch the kids and snap a few pics during my lesson.  They did so great!!

We were three happy snowboarders at the end of day one!  I mean…we stayed on the bunny slope/end of a green, but we had fun 🙂 .

Heading down in the gondola with my girl!

And my boy!

It was beautiful 🙂 .

Andrew and the girls met us for a late lunch.  We were all hungry and ready to sit down.  (PS: my beanie is HERE and currently 40% off!)

Andrew and Smith snowboarded a few more hours and the girls and me headed back to the condo to warm up.  Cozy socks, the softest pullover, coffee and my Kindle for the win.

And more cocoa for the girls 🙂 .

Later that night, we got dressed and went into Aspen for dinner at…

…L’Hostaria.

We’re smiling because the Italian food was SO GOOD!  Give me #allthecarbs after a day on the mountain!  The lobster carbonara was sensational!!

And that finishes up day two!

Tomorrow, more from Colorado…plus, my kids go back to school and life will officially resume.

Happy Monday, friends! xo

 

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog January 8, 2018 at 4:39 am

    What an experience for the kids! They’re so lucky they get the chance to snowboard so young, they’ll learn so fast! The post-ski activities look great too! 🙂

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  • Rebecca January 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Sounds like such a fun and exciting time! We just got back from Zermatt and I was so inspired to pursue my dream of learning how to ski! It was so encouraging to read about your first experience and that I am not the adult in the world learning!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your adventures with us!!

    • Victoria January 8, 2018 at 9:47 am

      My mum jumped out of a plane for the first time at 49 and didn’t try roller skating or skiing until 40s and 50s, because I was a late baby and she did things with me. Never too late to learn! Well done for having a go.
      Check out Debbie McGee (widow of the magician Paul Daniels) on Strictly Come Dancing a month ago. Makes you believe anything is possible 😀

      • Rebecca January 9, 2018 at 6:27 am

        Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement! SO inspired by your mom!!! 🙂

  • Sarah January 8, 2018 at 5:29 am

    How fun!!!! I was wondering where you guys headed over Christmas break!!! We debated Park City, Utah or somewhere in Colorado (my husband lived in Breckenridge for a few years!), but decided to postpone until next year when our kids were a bit older (5, 4 and 1 right now!). What’s your vote – Aspen or Park City?! (Or Vail, if you’ve been there?)
    Happy to have you back!!!
    -Sarah http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 5:53 am

      For us, we loved Park City, but because Colorado is so much closer to Dallas, it’s an easy pick. Between Vail and Aspen, I would probably say Aspen (though, I do love Vail). Breckenridge is WONDERFUL for families too!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt January 8, 2018 at 5:34 am

    What a fun trip!!! With all of the celebrities you’ve seen so far, it sounds like Aspen right after Christmas is the place to be haha!
    MeetTheShaneyfelts

  • Narci Dreffs January 8, 2018 at 5:37 am

    What a fun time!! I am loving reading about this trip! Aspen looks adorable!

  • Lindsey January 8, 2018 at 5:41 am

    You make vacations with 4 young kids look so glamorous and fun!! Can’t wait to read the rest!

  • Lori January 8, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Could you cover your favorite ski/showboard gear for kids – either in tomorrow’s post or a separate post? We also live in the south and are headed to Park City next month.

    What are your favorite gloves, socks, base layers, ski bibs, snow boots, etc for kids (especially gloves and socks because I know from being experience that being cold can RUIN a trip!). Any other tips for helping to keep kids warm? Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 5:52 am

      Oh goodness! I don’t even know what we had on. There is a fabulous ski store in our town called Doug and Lynda’s and that’s where we headed for everything…they just told us what to buy 🙂 . It wasn’t very cold while we were in Colorado (40s most days), so we really didn’t get cold. I’ll look at the brands though and make a list!

    • Heather January 8, 2018 at 8:37 am

      We ski every year (usually go to deer valley next to park city). I buy ski stuff from land’s end. We buy our helmets. I like smart wool socks but make sure to get socks for skiing bc they have an extra cushion on the shins.

    • Cindy January 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      LL Bean is great for kids ski and snowboard stuff. Wears so well so can hand down too! And not pricey either.

    • Patty January 8, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Make sure you invest in a good merino wool base layer and wool socks! When we first moved west, we made the mistake of thinking we’d always be cold in the mountains. As a result, we bought much too heavy stuff and just roasted on the slopes. With a good base layer and then lighter outer layers you should be able to handle anything. Once you’re in motion you’ll warm up quickly! (Patagonia makes great base layers)

    • Sandy January 8, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      We ski frequently. I have found that Lands End has fabulous ski stuff for kids. My favorite pair of gloves are also Lands End.

  • Elspeth Mizner January 8, 2018 at 5:52 am

    What a fun first few days! I can’t wait to read more! Happy you are back

  • Paula Hawthorne January 8, 2018 at 6:05 am

    So much fun! I enjoy your restaurant pictures as much as the adventure. “Best Thing I Ever Ate” TV show does to mind.

  • Jamie January 8, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Where did you get the black puffer coat in the picture with the uggs? It’s just what I’m looking for! Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 6:16 am

      Burberry!

  • Natalie January 8, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Wow! Whah a great fun trip Shay. Funny cause last year I believe you went to New York and I thought you were gonna go back there .. This looks like so much fun. I was curious though. You were in Snomass and Breckinridge did you stay in two different lodges? Also crazy question did you take all your Christmas things down before you left? So glad you had a wonderful time …

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 6:16 am

      Yes! Breckenridge is about 2 hours away, so we spent the end part of our trip there. And yes, we took everything down before we left since we didn’t come home until the night of January 5th.

  • Sheaffer Sims January 8, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Well, Days 2 and 2 looked spectacular!!!! Can hardly wait to see the rest of the trip!

  • sydnee January 8, 2018 at 6:35 am

    We tried skiing for the first time this winter too…is snowboarding any harder/easier? I think my kids would love it. They pick things up so easily!

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    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 6:47 am

      I have no clue…I’ve never skied.

    • Victoria January 8, 2018 at 9:43 am

      I personally preferred skiing to snowboarding as I skiied quite a bit when I was young but ripped the ligaments in my wrist on my first (and only) snowboarding lesson! I don’t think one is easier than the other for kids to pick up but it depends on balance. Just do not, DO NOT, put your hands down to break your fall!

  • Christy January 8, 2018 at 6:38 am

    It looks like you guys had a great time! Can’t wajt to hear more about it! You make traveling with kids SO fun& relaxing! How do you do it? Haha…. We love traveling with our kids, but we need a vacation from the vacation afterwards!!! Haha…. It gets crazy!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 6:46 am

      Ah! We obviously have our moments, but I really think if you do it often (practice makes perfect!) it helps…plus, we just realllllly try to go with the flow. I want to make happy memories even if that means I have to really pack my patience 🙂 .

  • Dana January 8, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Oh, Shay. That little bit about Ashby’s arm just broke my heart. I’m sure it seems so scary, but I hope you can remember that no matter what happens, God is still in control and will see you all through. What a difficult thing for you guys to have to process.

    On a lighter note, I’m ready to go pack up and ski and snowboard now! What do you guys do with Madeley though? It seems like having a little one on a ski trip would make it a lot more complicated and maybe not worth it?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 6:45 am

      We took turns! Andrew watched the little girls in the morning and I did in the afternoon 🙂 .

  • Traci January 8, 2018 at 6:43 am

    I am always so nervous to rent car seats. Have you ever ran into they didn’t have car seats available?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 6:45 am

      Nope, we always request them in advance as part of our original reservation.

      • Danielle Schildhauer January 18, 2018 at 11:56 am

        This makes me so nervous! Car seats at rental places are most of the time expired and they don’t care enough to check them. They can be thrown around no problem and no one knows about it. Both Madeley and Ashby are still small enough to bring their seats on the plane since they had their own plane seat anyway and they make foldable boosters that are small enough to put in your luggage or carry on. Be careful about this! #carseatsafetyfreak (I really mean this in the most polite way! I’m sorry if it doesn’t sound like it over the internet.)

  • Erika Slaughter January 8, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Eeekkkk!!!!! I loved this recap! You’ve got me craving lobster carbonara at 6:45!!!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life January 8, 2018 at 7:01 am

    So much fun!! I can’t wait to read more!

  • Erin Port January 8, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Isn’t it crazy how fast kids pick up new things. When I was little we lived in Switzerland and our gym class on Fridays was skiing. We love to go to Breckenridge now since it’s an easy drive from Denver. It looks like you had a blast and with so many celebrity sightings! xoxo ERIN

  • Elz January 8, 2018 at 7:07 am

    You should really try Steamboat. Steamboat is made for families and specializes in adaptive skiing. Steamboat also had the most snow and runs open last week. It’s such a fun, family town, and far more reasonable for dining, shopping, and activities than other Colorado ski towns. We love it there! You won’t see many celebrities, but, that makes it much more family and fun focused.

  • Kasey Holloway January 8, 2018 at 7:09 am

    This looks so fun! I’ve never snowboarded before! Can’t wait for more of the recap! 🙂

  • Amy Rae January 8, 2018 at 7:21 am

    What a fun first two days of the trip aside from the luggage fiasco, although I’m glad you got it so quickly!

    Will What’s Up Wednesdays? be back this year?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Yes! It’s the last Wednesday of every month!!

  • Jess January 8, 2018 at 7:34 am

    What brand is your white jacket and ski pants? Thanks! Adding Aspen to my bucket list now! 😊

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

      I think Spyder…I’ll look!

  • Johannah January 8, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Such a fun trip! I had to laugh when I looked at the menu from the Grey Lady. The deviled eggs are named after a town not that far from me here in Maine. You need to make a trip here for our Maine Lobster =)

  • Rachel January 8, 2018 at 7:57 am

    We’re flying to Seattle in July. Can you rent a high back booster? The only option I saw when looking were car seats for toddlers. My oldest will be 5.

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Yes!! We rented a five-point harness one!

  • Taylor January 8, 2018 at 8:02 am

    So glad your back!

  • Laci January 8, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Looks like so much fun!! I always love your winter trips, last year you had me wanting to visit Utah just for the spa! 🙂

  • Hilary Boozer January 8, 2018 at 8:07 am

    2 celebrity sightings!!! Looks like y’all had a blast!

  • Laurie S January 8, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Sounds like a great trip. Glad to have you back on the interweb. Thank you for sharing about Ashby’s arm and current status/condition. I was wondering about how she would manage such snow sports but encouraged to know there are special need classes.

  • Anna January 8, 2018 at 8:20 am

    What made you pick snowboarding over skiing or did you end up doing both? I’ve never done either but wanna try when my husband and I visit Australia this summer or Japan next winter!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Because Andrew is a snowboarder…we thought we’d all learn the same thing.

  • Lisa Lundy January 8, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I know this is totally off topic of your post today, but I just wanted to thank you for the slow cooker cookbook. It is wonderful and has been such a helper for our busy family. We love the recipes. Glad y’all had a fun vacation!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Ahhhh! Thank you, Lisa!!

      • Katie Compton January 8, 2018 at 10:38 am

        I gave Simmers to my MIL AND my bestie for Christmas and they loved it!! I included a pretty spoon rest and it was a great gift. They both have already tried a couple recipes! 😊

  • Candice January 8, 2018 at 8:26 am

    What a fun trip!! Bless Ashby’s little heart. It’s amazing how far she’s come!

    Love your Kindle cover! Where is it from?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Amazon 🙂

  • Whitney Pegram January 8, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Oh what a fun trip!! Can’t wait to hear more about it!!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams January 8, 2018 at 8:35 am

    I love that you guys took a ski trip! Your family travels inspire me so much for when I have children. I went to Park City, UT last year and fell in love with it. My sister and brother both currently live there, but I would love to ski in Aspen one day. The celebrity sightings alone are amazing haha. I’m envious of your 40 degree weather too. I spent New Years skiing in Lake Placid, NY in -12 which was rough! Happy New Year to the Shulls!
    xo
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Amy January 8, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Shay – do the Ugg wedge booties fit like all their other shoes? I have a pair of the Bonham Chelsea boot from a year or two ago, love them and have been looking for another pair like this! Sorel has a pair but their sizing is always hard to hit and have heard their wedge is pretty high. These were comfortable for all-day bumming?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Yes! True to size. I just keep wearing them!! They’re so comfy!

  • mary January 8, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I can’t wait to hear more about your experience snowboarding vs your kids experience. It is so much easier to learn this stuff as a kid… no fear involved. I ski, I wish I learned snowboarding as a kid, I feel like it’s too late, but maybe a private instructor is worth it?

  • Kelly January 8, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Welcome Home! I always look forward to your trip posts because you make it look so “doable”. So neat that Ashby will be able to try snow sports next year, how fun for her . I have to tell you that I’m kind of laughing at your celebrity sightings because I don’t think I’d recognize most of them but if I saw you and your family out and about, that would feel like a celebrity sighting to me:). Enjoy your last day of Christmas break!

  • Ericka January 8, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Rachel Zoe!! I met her years ago in Malibu. She was out shopping with her first son when he was just a baby! I got to meet him, too! I’m from southern California, so it’s common to see celebrities out and about. Normally, I don’t go up and talk to them, but I couldn’t help myself!! She is my favorite. I actually saw her from our car as we were driving away and made my dad pull over so I could get out! Hahaha #nowthatiscommitment #orstalkerstatus? 🤷🏼‍♀️😜
    Anyway, she was soooo gracious and kind. We even got a picture together! Such a fun memory.

  • Ashley January 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

    When you travel with your Hunter boots, do you pack them or wear them to the airport? Any tips on packing them or making them easier to get off at the airport?

    Thank you!!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      I do both! If I pack them, I pack stuff inside of them (rolled up pjs, undies, etc).

  • Angela Ellingson January 8, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Such a fun time!!! It is beautiful there! Oh sweet Ashby! Prayers for protection over her.

  • Jenny January 8, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Your travel posts are always my favorites! Looks like you guys had a great time!

  • Darcy January 8, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Oh my gosh – how fun was your trip?!? And so many celebrity sightings! (Although I’m pretty sure if I saw you in a different place, I’d totally fan girl. :)) Thanks for posting pics of taking your kids out to eat in a nice restaurant – we have 2 under 2, and are trying to do “adult” things with them and it’s nice to see others be successful doing that as well!

  • Anna S January 8, 2018 at 10:24 am

    This post has me all excited to head to Breckenridge and Keystone later this week! Glad you enjoyed your time in Colorado- I just moved here about 6 months ago and I am in love with it. I am excited for Ashby to try it next year. I’m sure she’ll rock it!

  • Amanda January 8, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Praying for sweet Ashby this morning!! But so thankful for adaptive tools that don’t limit her experiences. When she is a little older, you should check out some of the camps different organizations put on for kids and young adults with different degrees of physical limitations. Summer camps with zip lining, water skiing, tubing… I pray she never feels defined by her arm but it’s also nice for kids to see that others are in a similar position as them.

  • Jessica January 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Looks like such a fun trip!! Can’t wait to read more of the recap. You have mentioned before that you and Andrew plan and budget for all of your trips way ahead of time. Would you ever consider writing a post on how exactly you do this?! Always looking for more tips and tricks on saving and budgeting for vacations!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Sure! I can do that!

  • Joyce January 8, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Hi Shay, How do you keep your kids healthy during travel and winter sickness? Any tips would be appreciated!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      I don’t think I’m doing anything in particular. I wish I had a secret, but I think this trip was just good luck.

  • Hannah January 8, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I lived in Colorado for 2 years and miss it every day! Thanks for filling up the CO part of my heart this morning <3
    Plus the Hickory House is SO good, and they have delicious sweet tea!

  • Holly January 8, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Our family only does a carry on suitcase. Whatever I can fit in my carry on goes with me. We just went to NY with jackets and thick clothes and I always make it fit. I don’ t like to pay for bags or risk them getting lost.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World January 8, 2018 at 11:40 am

    You guys sure know how to travel! I can’t wait to see more! Happy New Year, Shay!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick January 8, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Love it ALL!!! Can’t wait for the rest of the recap!! That Inspired Chick

  • Chrystianne Santos January 8, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Welcome back! I absolutely love all your travel posts, so I am excited to read about your family adventure…oh and to see your cute outfits too 😉

  • Ashley Hall January 8, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Hi! I love cozy vacations! Would you be able to do a review of your Kindle? I love having an actual book in my hand but the pros to a Kindle are appealing. Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      I am planning on it!!

  • Patty January 8, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Snowbasin ski resort in Utah has adaptive skiing, too. Our daughter was able to “ski” in a sit/sled with an instructor bringing her down. She loved feeling the wind in her face just like the other skiers! Ashby will LOVE being included next season!

  • Patty Richey January 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Does Workin It Wednesday start up again this Wednesday? I saw topics but no dates yet. Just want to be able to join in on the fun.

    Happy New Year!
    Patty
    GoodBetterBestFood.blogspot.com

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      We are doing “How We” instead! It’s basically the same :).

  • Mallory January 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Your trip sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait for my 14mo to be old enough to take snowboarding!! Looking forward to your Wednesday post, will you be talking about ways to ensure you stick to your resolutions/goals?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 8, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      I’m going to talk about ways to help me stay motivated to remember to do them/encourage me. If I don’t end up doing them, I’ll be okay with that too 🙂 .

  • Claire P. January 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Hi there! I know this is so random, but your skin looks fantastic!! I remember you mentioning some peels, etc. that you’ve done in the past…would you consider a post on what you do at the dermatologist, your favorite ways to upkeep clear skin? Would love to see that!!!

  • kim January 8, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    What are you wearing in the reading picture? Navy stripe bottoms and what on top? Looks so cozy. I need that to get through my New England winter

    • Mix and Match Mama January 9, 2018 at 5:17 am

      They are PJ Salvage pajamas 🙂 .

      • kim January 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm

        Thank you. I need to try to find them:)

  • Erin January 8, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Looks SO fun!
    PS—Simmers made it under my tree this year!! Brownie points for my husband 😉

  • Jaren January 8, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Welcome home! I’ve been anxious to hear about your trip! We’d love to take a snow skiing trip, and I’m curious to see how someone else with 4 kiddos does it! Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Hena Tayeb January 8, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Wow what a great time!
    Love the packing tip..
    Adorable kiddo’s

  • Kimberly Ma January 9, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Hi Shay!

    I love all the pictures from your trip! 🙂 Could you please share where your white snowboarding jacket is from?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 9, 2018 at 5:17 am

      I bought it at a local ski shop here in McKinney called Doug and Lynda’s. I think the brand is Spyder.

  • Michelle January 9, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Catching up on your blog and had a little chuckle. I see you’ve come over to the Ugg side for cold weather! A while ago you swore Hunters with warm socks were your “go to” when I suggested waterproof uggs to a reader. Glad the trip was a success!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 9, 2018 at 6:56 am

      I’ve always loved Uggs! I think when traveling though, if your main concern is rain (or you already have Hunters and don’t want to invest in another pair of boots), Wellies are perfect! We had 9 days of dry weather, so Uggs for the win!

  • Holly Hopkins January 9, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Smith is in his element. Lol so cute. He looks right at home 🏂

  • Kanah January 9, 2018 at 7:46 am

    SO fun!! I have a random question about the logistics of traveling with a big family. Since you were in an AirB&B, as opposed to a hotel, did you go to the grocery store when you arrived or have food delivered? Do you guys tend to eat at the house during the day and just go out to dinner at night? Just curious since kids always love to snack and it seems like it would be easier to eat at home. Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 9, 2018 at 11:15 am

      We did go to the grocery store on day one and got breakfast goodies and snacks. We ate lunch on the mountain almost every day and then dinner out at night.

  • kim January 10, 2018 at 8:16 am

    One more question (sorry!!!) what jeans are you wearing in the ugg pic? I like the length

    • Mix and Match Mama January 10, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Those are Paige jeans!

      • Kim January 10, 2018 at 3:14 pm

        Thank you again! I’m done asking 🙂

  • Amber January 10, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I love that picture of you and the bigs on the slopes. Looks like so much fun!

  • Andrea January 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    What a great trip! Thank you so much for posting your vacations. I’m returning a Patagonia pullover because it was to small. Do you think the zip pullover you posted is true to size?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 11, 2018 at 5:24 am

      I would size up!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} January 11, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Your trip looked absolutely amazing!!!! Love all those darling faces!

  • Morgan Eckert January 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Hey Shay! It looks like you guys had a great trip. I had a question on your Barefoot Dreams comfy pullover. What size did you get? I can’t decide if I should get my regular size (XS) or size up for a more loose fitting. Thanks in advance!

    • Mix and Match Mama January 14, 2018 at 5:21 am

      I bought my regular size (xs) and it’s really comfy! That being said, if you sized up, it would still be really cute too. It would be just a tad bigger and you could layer underneath it.