It’s the fourth and final recap post from our ski/snowboarding trip to Park City, Utah!
If you missed the first parts, let’s review really quickly…
PART ONE started with all the praise hands for the National Abilities Center! Thanks to them, sweet Ashby was able to ski!! You can read all about the NAC plus Madeley’s first time on the slopes HERE. I also share some yummy places that we ate including our VERY favorite restaurant from the whole trip!
PART TWO is how we spent our New Year’s Eve in Park City! We hit the town on this day and then partied until the wee hours of 10:00 pm 😉 .
In PART THREE, we went on a carriage ride through the snow PLUS, I shared my “uniform” for traveling.
Here you go…
…this was our third and final day to ski together as a family. We walked out the door on this morning and it was ZERO DEGREES!
Again, I must give Andrew 100% of the credit because he packed up our ski stuff and, we had plenty of warm layers, so that we were not cold.
Heading out the door with my boy!
Here we are! Six Shulls braving the weather to get one more ski day in!
On this day, Smith had asked for a private lesson to work on his snowboarding turns and both Madeley and Ashby were in ski school which meant…
…just the three of us ski/snowboarded together!
How fun is that?!
Kensington kept saying “so this is what it’s like to be an only child”. Hahahaha!
The three of us skied together all morning long, but then right before lunch, I told them they could go off and ski the blues together while I got coffee (this girl is not ready to pizza down the blues yet!). So, I sat outside (in the freezing cold) and drank my coffee while watching a bit of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on my phone…
…and then, while I was sitting here, I saw this baby start to toddle up to that fence (he was on the other side). I started watching him and he then, sat down on his bottom and slid underneath the fence towards me and then started down the sidewalk. Alone. I quickly jumped up and followed the baby while looking around for adults to be you know…missing him, when all of a sudden, I saw two VERY frantic grandparents. I started waving my arms like crazy for them to see me and when they did, they looked so relieved. Grandpa was like “I swear, I was just watching him” and Grandma was like “Don’t you want us to babysit your kids?”. Hahaha! They were so sweet! Apparently, he was 18 months old. So…I sat, drank coffee, watched Maisel and found a baby. #allinadayswork 😉
Then, I met up with Andrew, Smith and Kensington for lunch. (The little girls had ski school until 3:00.)
Chili for lunch after skiing is just the best thing EVER!
Andrew sent me a few snowboarding pics from Smith’s instructor that morning…
Kensington and I decided to head back to Main Street while Smith and Andrew snowboarded some more after lunch…
…four years ago to that day, the four of us were in Beijing, China on a journey that would change our lives FOREVER. It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come in four years. These big kids of mine have been absolutely amazing through all of it.
At 3:00, Kensington and I went back to the mountain to pick up the little girls from ski school…
…they were so proud!! They both did AWESOME! They were in different classes but got to eat lunch together. Ashby was all, “Mom, Madeley picked French fries and rice to eat for lunch!”. Hahaha! #wherewereyourproteinandveggiesmadeley
After that, we cleaned up and walked to dinner on Main Street. As we were walking there, we saw…
…a man holding an owl.
Go ahead and file that under “things I didn’t think I’d see”.
Dinner on this night was so good!! We entered the restaurant and tried to take a pic…
…thank you, Ashby for participating! We had the yummiest meal at…
Our table was great! I have no idea why Madeley isn’t smiling. Hahahaha!
There she is!! All smiles 🙂 . I had the macadamia crusted halibut and it was divine!
Love my peeps!
After our yummy dinner, we went back and went to sleep.
The next morning, we slept in a little and then had brunch at…
…The Bridge Cafe & Grill.
Last full day on vacation!
Eggs Benedict for me! Yes, please!
After this, the boys hit the slopes one last time to snowboard and the girls wanted to…
…ice skate some more!
She feels so independent out there!
When we were done, we met back up with the boys and then just Ashby and me went to do something special for her Gotcha Day…
…she wanted her nails polished 🙂 . Her Gotcha Day was the very next day (when we were flying home), so we did it on this day. I am ALWAYS so pleased when people polish Ashby’s nails and do not ask a bunch of questions. This man was so sweet. He polished her nails, told me how sweet she was and that was it. I would say that it’s about 50/50. I know people are just innocently asking and have good intentions, but the moment always turns for Ashby when people grab her hand to polish her nails on the right side and start asking a lot of “why” questions. Ashby just wants you to polish her nails. She doesn’t want to tell the stranger all about it.
She was SO HAPPY!!
This girl is amazing, friends.
We cleaned up and then had one last family dinner in Park City.
We were so excited to eat at Prime on our last night. Steak, please!
When you steal your sister’s scarf…
We went to bed that night and then woke up to…
Ahhhhhh! We were all so excited!!!!
That morning, we drove back to Salt Lake City and flew home. Later that night, we had our traditional Gotcha Day dinner at PF Changs. We like to go there because they have the Terracotta Warriors just like in Xi’an (where Ashby is from). You can see the real ones we visited HERE.
Happy Gotcha Day to you, Happy Gotcha Day to you, Happy Gotcha Day to ASHBY! Happy Gotcha Day to YOU!!!
The perfect way to end our trip.
That was Park City, friends!
Now, last year, I did a post called LESSONS FROM OUR FIRST SNOWBOARDING trip that you might find helpful too.
In the meantime, the Shull fam has lots of fun adventures planned for 2019! Stay tuned for more travels…and you better believe my packing cubes will be a part of each and every one 😉 .