Day 2: Mostly Inside Day

December 23, 2022

Pretty + Frozen

Out our window:

beautiful + cold

We did not spend much time outside yesterday and overall it was quite cozy and nice. We had breakfast where we are staying (didn’t actually realize it was included — definitely a nice surprise!) and then hunkered down while the temperatures hung out in the -20s.


So, indoor hanging out time it was! I did a little BLPA-related work (Kajabi is the course platform and let’s just say the learning curve has been steep for me, but improving!) and then we all read / watched screens / etc. I read ~2/3 of Carrie Soto is Back (Note: there is some controversy around this book which should be noted. Thus far I prefer her others anyway . . .)

“winter Annabel” looks like a whole different person right?! and yes those were her requested Hanukkah jeans.
love this pic

Once the temperatures rose to a balmy -12F or so, we bundled out to pick up our rentals. G&C could not resist diving into the snow (as I repeatedly told them to stop because I was worried about how cold it was!)

We got our rentals and I’m excited to ski today!!! The big kids have a full day of ski school 9:30 – 3:30 and G has a half-day session from 1-3:30 during which time Josh and I are taking a lesson. It should be over 10F by then so definitely okay. I do feel like we got some pretty warm gear and I wasn’t even dying for the most part yesterday (though our time outside was not long!).

(I skied as a middle schooler and high schooler several times every winter in the Poconos. Hats off to the middle school Ski Club, which offered day trips for something like $50/kid! I even owned skis back then — Rossignols that by today’s standards were laughably long. BUT then I have gone a very few times since — a couple times in college and right after, and maybe once in 2005 or so!?!? I hope it’s like riding a bike but plan to treat myself as a total beginner!!!)

All right!!! Wish us luck 🙂 My two greatest hopes are that the kids have so much fun (and want to ski more) and that no one fractures anything.


  • Reply Grateful Kae December 23, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Looks beautiful!

    I’m always curious when people travel for ski trips like that…. how the heck do you pack all that gear in suitcases?? I mean did you wear the big jackets and boots in the airport or cram that all in suitcases? Seems like it would all take up so much space, especially when you add bulky snow pants in the mix. We live in cold weather so are totally used to it, but honestly I don’t think I’ve ever traveled anywhere where I needed to fly + take all my really cold weather gear along. I guess usually we are traveling to get OUT of the cold, hahaha.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 23, 2022 at 8:55 am

      Yep, crammed in suitcases 🙂
      We checked 5 bags and carried on 4.

  • Reply Lindsay December 23, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Hope you all have a BLAST! I am quite impressed with you and your fantastic attitude – we went skiing earlier this week (I live about 5 hours from Big Sky) in 4 degree weather, and it was beautiful, but still pretty darn cold, even for someone who lives here!

  • Reply Sidra December 23, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    I just finished Carrie Soto is Back. The only other Taylor Jenkins Reid book I’ve read is Malibu Rising, which I liked much better.

    I’m cold just looking at your pictures! I grew up in skiing in western NY but I’m not into the cold these days since I live in southern NV.

    • Reply Marci Gilbert December 24, 2022 at 2:57 pm

      I liked Carrie Soto! Quick vacation read. I didn’t think about race issues. Looks so cold!

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 24, 2022 at 7:24 pm

        It did go quickly!!! I just enjoyed Malibu Rising more. It went fast but maybe I needed more tennis knowledge?!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns December 23, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    I really loved Carrie Soto is back. It made my best books of that year. But I didn’t know about the controversy when I read it. I found it so fast paced – like watching an intense match. And I don’t know anything about tennis but she made me wish I played. Carrie was very unlikeable but I still loved the book.

    Glad the first low key day went well! I hope everyone has fun today! I didn’t learn to ski until I was 21 and working at a ski resort in CO during winter break. I am not a fearless or daring person so I didn’t really love it but I am glad I tried it. I think it’s something that you ideally need to learn when you are young and more fearless – or naturally athletic, which I’m not! My husband tried skiing when he was younger but didn’t love it so I don’t think a ski trip would ever happen for us but I want my kids to try it out so they have the option to do it as an adult. There are some small hills around us so when they are older, we will see if we can get them interested in it. When I worked in CO back in the early 2000s, I could not believe how expensive it was and I am sure it has only gotten more expensive. I was lucky to get rentals comped and could use the resorts free pass to try out skiing.

  • Reply joellen December 23, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Have read your blog forever. You’re kids are so cute and A looks so grown up! Awww! have fun!

  • Reply Marcia from OrganisingQueen January 13, 2023 at 2:49 am

    Loved Carrie Soto but I think I loved it as much because I do like tennis. I loved the strategy and the game plan-ness of the book and all the match tension. Fantastic writing.

    I think all these controversies are nonsense (ducking tomatoes) and I say that as a person of colour. I want to throw something out there – if you can only ever write about your own lived experience, then life would be very very boring for a reader like me.

    Anyway, that’s my take.

    Your pics look like you all had so much fun.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 13, 2023 at 5:46 am

      aww! Hi Marcia! Hope you are doing well. Valid points re: Soto though I still liked Malibu Rising more 🙂 YES the ski trip was amazing. I can’t wait to do it again!

  • Reply Marcia from OrganisingQueen January 13, 2023 at 2:51 am

    PS I have read all TJR books but must admit, everything before After I do too juvenile. I only gave Maybe in another life 3* and DNF One true loves at 11% 😮

    Carrie and Malibu Rising were both 4.5* reads but Daisy Jones is a full 5* no matter how many times i read it!

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