since we haven’t had any snow just yet in new york city this winter, we decided it was time we sought some out on our own. we piled into a sprinter with friends last week and drove ourselves up to vermont for some sledding and skiing fun where the snow was a plenty as were much colder temperatures, too! (thank you to everyone who shared their recommendations for the area! you guys never steer us wrong!) anyway, the boys navigated and drove (only getting us stuck once, and lost twice) while amber and i tried to maintain some sense of calm in the back of the car with 5 kids for the 6 hour drive. truth be told, it got crazy at times but in all seriousness, we had the absolute best time!
we are planning a round II of ski lessons (for mama as well this time) when we head to utah next month! by the way, i keep meaning to tell you that josh and i are speaking at rootstech in salt lake city in feburary! if you’re in the area, i would love to see you there! we are keynote speakers on friday morning the 5th at the conference and we are so excited! you can learn more all about the conference and get tickets HERE. hopefully we’ll see there you!
anyway, a few photos from vermont…
i don’t know why we are all leaning towards our right in this photo but it is cracking me up! i keep wanting to sing, to the left, to the left. when i see it. ;)
we stayed at the cutest little hotel in stowe, vermont, called field guide. the hotel left a little basket at our door each morning with homemade muffins and granola and fruit and juice in little jars tied with string which made everything feel extra special. i don’t know why little details like that make me so happy, but they do. thanks for hosting us, field guide! thank you for a wonderful stay, field guide!
on our last morning, josh and david did a super early morning breakfast run to get warm croissants and apple cider at the trapp family bakery since we were taking off earlier in the morning than usual. they also picked up some homemade cinnamon rolls from the same bakery and it was one of the first times since my no added sugar start that i was truly sad about my decision. ;)
conrad loves his little rosie friend. she is seriously the sweetest baby who just sleeps and eats and never makes a peep! thanks a lot rosie, for making my baby fever extra fever-y.
so people of vermont…. please tell me, do they keep the adorable lights and decor up for most of the year or is just for the holiday season? because every home and store front and tree lined street felt so festive and fun and if it’s year round, i think we have to discuss a relocation sometime soon.
just chillin’ with a sleeping baby on me while the kiddos had their ski lesson one day.
we enjoyed that big sledding hill all to ourselves one morning until none of us could feel our toes anymore!
he wanted to go down the hill from the very top! and while i screamed the entire way down and tried to brake with my feet, he laughed and yelled “whoooooo hooooooo!” i sure love his adventurous spirit!
the clouds were just as pretty as the snow.
thanks to so many of you who recommended piecasso pizza, we were all brought back to our childhood enjoying that pineapple, bacon and bbq sauce pizza.
the way conrad eats his pizza makes me die everytime! haha.
more cute houses that i couldn’t get enough of.
green smoothies for my boys.
and we all tried a bite of our very first vegan, sugar free cupcake while trying some fresh fare at healthy living market and cafe, which one of josh’s friends recommended.
time for a ski lesson!
got a lot of colors going on but i didn’t have snow pants and these were the ones that fit best at a local shop in vermont. haha! literally found them in the kids section! but they are so warm, i might wear them all over new york, even without the snow, this winter.
and i am so proud of these kids and how well they did on the mountain with their skis! it has me all sorts of inspired and excited to get on the mountain myself when we head to utah in february and figure this whole skiing/snowboarding thing out. even if it freaks me out a little bit. a family that skis together, stays together…right?! ;)
ps. a blog post HERE from a few years ago when eleanor and samson had their first attempt on skis in park city, utah! always fun to see how big they’ve grown since that first time! so teeny tiny back then…
also, the kids snow suits are from polarn o pyret. my sperry boots and eleanor’s sperry boots. all of our coats are from patagonia including my shell. josh’s coat by barbour (sold out, but similar here.) using the ergo carrier (still our favorite carrier, three babies later) with conrad in these photos, too.