our family spent four days in park city, utah last week. aubrey goes every year for sundance, but i had only been to utah once when i was fourteen, passing through on a road trip with my parents. it was cold and snowy at the time and i didn't really get to see much, except for the inside of the salt lake city mall. which to me was heaven because, i was fourteen and malls were my life back then.
this experience was entirely different. we explored the beautiful ski town as a family and checked out an outdoor street festival for kids called "park silly." there was live music, hula hoop dancing, rock climbing, good food and tents full of quirky merchandise to temp your wallet. the weather was cool and there was so much to see. julian found a great booth that was full of things made from antlers. he wanted to take a giant antler lamp home for his room, but sadly there was no room in our suitcases to bring it back with us.
we stayed at the stein eriksen lodge in deer valley, just up the mountain from park city. it was a breathtakingly beautiful resort with mind blowing service and stellar accommodations. we did lots of hiking and exploring with the kids and spent a good share of our evenings in the hot tub on our deck after the little kids were in bed. milla ordered room service our first night there and said that it was one of the best moments of her life (hah!) and that she felt like kevin from the movie home alone.
our trip was nearly perfect, minus a screaming birdie on the second half of our flight into salt lake. we got to get away as a family, something that doesn't happen all that often, and we are so thankful. we didn't want to leave but plan on returning sometime in the near future for a ski trip.