Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Today, all four kiddos go back to school.
We had such a fun winter break, but it’s nice to be back in the routine of things. Strike that…I wish we were still on vacation where I was sleeping until 6:30 every day and eating calamari with every meal. That just never gets old 😉 .
Today’s the first part of our Park City vacation recap!
Listen, I love any kind of vacation, but these are kind of my favorite. We slept in, we ate a ton of delicious food, drank more coffee than I could count, I read so many books, watched so many episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, played in the snow, snuggled by the fire and got outside and was active. It was the best combination of everything, and we were all sad to go. It’s going to be really hard to top this trip in the future. It was just the perfect balance of fun and relaxation.
Ready for a little recap? Loads of fun below….
Happy at the airport! On Friday, December 28th, we were checked in and ready to board our flight to Salt Lake City!
Here we are at our gate ready to go!
Kensington got a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera for Christmas and had so much fun taking pics along the way.
I’m so thankful to my friends who suggested this for her!
So, we had a quick two hour flight to Salt Lake City, grabbed our rental car and drove the 40 minutes into Park City. We dropped off our bags and went straight to dinner. Before our trip, we had made dinner reservations for each night using Opentable.com. Night one? GERMAN FOOD!!
We were pumped to eat at Adolph’s!
Whew! We made it to dinner! After traveling all day, it’s good to sit down and officially kick off the vacation!
Everyone was happy to be there! Schnitzel, anyone? Yes, please!!
We were back at our place by 7:30 just in time for the AMAZING people at Ski Butlers to show up. So, we used two services while we were there that we loved. We knew we were getting in later, but yet needed both ski equipment and groceries for early the next morning, so we looked online and found Ski Butlers and The Grocery Girls. Both were FANTASTIC!!
We told Ski Butlers what we needed (skis for four people, two helmets and three pairs of ski boots) along with sizes and they showed up with all of that plus more in case our sizes were off a little. It was so quick and super convenient. Then, at the end of the week, they showed back up and collected everything. Easy as that.
The Grocery Girls is a website where you select everything you need from the grocery store (we had items like milk, coffee, OJ, Truvia, cereal, bottled water, etc.), and they delivered it before we arrived. This way, when we walked in, all of the cold things were put away and the other items were neatly stacked on the counter.
We found both of them online, and if you’re heading there, we had great experiences! It made getting back at 7:30 that night super easy because the next morning…
…we woke up early to ski! Andrew made us breakfast, we got ready and were out the door by 8:15.
Five degrees but sunny and without any wind. I have to give Andrew ALL the credit. He purchased and then packed all of our ski/snowboarding gear, and we were never cold. I had no idea what he brought me, but he pulled out these layers, socks, goggles, etc and I was good to go.
I’m pretty sure Andrew has always fantasized about his whole family being on the mountain at one time. It was so much fun to finally see it happen!
Thanks to the AMAZING people at the National Abilities Center, we were able to sign Ashby up for ski lessons.
For those of you who don’t know, the NAC is a nationwide organization that teaches kids and adults with disabilities and special needs how to ski. We signed Ashby up several months before we arrived (so don’t wait until you’re there to do it!), and they were phenomenal!!! Ashby was given a private ski instructor plus a volunteer for her half day lesson (9 to 12). They knew what her limitations were and were able to teach her how to ski without falling down. Ashby was so excited!!!!! She loved the whole experience! Now, also included with her lesson was that she could bring a friend for free, so we signed up Madeley. However, when Andrew went to drop them off, even though that was such a generous offer for Madeley to ski for free too, he quickly saw that Ashby needed 100% of the attention, so it was too late that day to sign Madeley up for ski school, so we signed her up for her own private lesson that day. This worked BRILLIANTLY! I just want to say all of this in case your kiddo needs to take advantage of the NAC too. I think Ashby having the individual attention she needed really kept her safe and taught her to ski. Plus, Madeley loved her ski instructor. She talked about him the whole week!
So, on morning one, Kensington and I took a private ski lesson together (it was both of our first times), Ashby went to her private lesson and so did Madeley. Four Shull girls learning to ski!
Another selfie because we were just having the BEST time!
This girl has no fear! She was so excited to be on the mountain!
My two bigs 🙂 .
Whew! At 12:30, we all stopped for lunch. What I learned about skiing was this…it makes me hungry. #nachosplease
After lunch, the boys stayed to snowboard more and the girls…
…hit up the coffee shop on Main Street. (I’m obsessed with my earrings HERE!)
We, of course, had to stop for some pictures too!
That night, we all showered, changed and headed off to dinner!
Group pic! (Psssst: my fun scarf is HERE.)
We really loved all of our meals, but at the end of the week, we did unanimously declared this our favorite…
We ate here in 2017 when we went to Park City with Tab and Erika, and friends, it was worth repeating! The building is so cozy (fireplaces everywhere!), the service spectacular and the food incredible. I want to move into Grappa and live there forever.
I had the spicy spaghetti and meatballs and they were divine! Please note, I took this pic after I portioned off Andrew a bite. I was willing to share a little, but it was too good to share a lot!
We ate, ate and ate some more and then all crashed that night.
The next morning…
…we were back up bright and early ready to ski some more!
I was SO EXCITED about how excited my little two were to ski again. I was afraid that they would wake up and cry because it was too cold/too hard/not fun, but instead, they cried on the days we didn’t ski. On this particular day, we enrolled Madeley in ski school from 9 to 3 and she was pumped! Ashby had another lesson with the National Abilities Center and Kensington and I took another private lesson together.
Four Shull kids ready to hit the mountain! Park City was a great place for us to learn how to ski!!! We had fun in Snowmass the year before, but Park City seemed to have a much larger area for learning and for new skiers/snowboarders.
All smiles after our lesson! I was able to ski greens, but K was able to ski the blues! I am officially the slowest one in the bunch, but that’s okay. I’m just happy they’re letting me tag along.
Another yummy mid-day lunch!
Kensington stayed and skied with Smith and Andrew the rest of the day while I took Ashby back to Main Street for some girl time (Madeley was still in ski school).
Ashby was so proud! They had her going down greens on day two!!! God bless the NAC!! After her second day, they suggested she join ski school on her next ski day. She was excited about that!
This one in particular really loves the mommy and me time.
It was snowing as we walked back to our place with coffee and hot tea in hand. I wore that The North Face coat a lot on this trip (the one I bought for NYC) and it always kept me warm and dry! My boots kept my feet really warm plus they were SO COMFY!!
Andrew brought Madeley back from ski school and she had the BEST time!!!! They gave us this picture and Madeley told me to put it in my office. How cute is that?! I asked her all about her day and she said she had friends, built a snowman, drank yellow Gatorade and had lunch. Hahahahaha!
We showered and got ready for dinner that night…
Sisters, sisters! There were never such devoted sisters! (Anyone else missing Christmas movies?!?!)
Picture courtesy of Kensington 🙂 .
We had Italian on night three as well…
Now, it was reallllllly hard to follow Grappa, but we did thoroughly enjoy our dinner at Ghidotti’s too! This place was a little off Main Street and very family-friendly!
It was snowing when we left, so the girls caught snowflakes on their tongues 🙂 .
This is super random, but when I travel, it’s easy to throw both of these in my makeup bag. I’ve told you about both a million times. The Tula is a great little exfoliant, and then you know how much I love the Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads for a little color on my face. After I washed my face and removed my makeup, I used the Tula, then wiped that off and used a Glow Pad before applying my Tula moisturizer. It’s just a little something-something to help with tired winter skin.
Okay, that wraps up Days 1-3 of our Park City trip!
Two years ago when we visited, we stayed at Hotel Park City (which we LOVED!!), but this time, we stayed right on Main Street at The Lift Lodge. You have to drive everywhere if you stay at Hotel Park City (the mountain, the shops, the restaurants, etc), but from Main Street, you can walk everywhere. So, both places are great, but we really wanted the convenience of being able to get out and walk.
Tomorrow, it’s our very first Let’s Look! I’ll see you back here for that!! xo