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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Christmas in Prescott

Chris' parents recently purchased a vacation home in Prescott, Arizona, and rather than celebrate Christmas in Indiana this year, the family decided to fly to Prescott instead to kick off the New Year. Matt and Katie were, unfortunately, unable to make the trip due to work obligations; however, Bobbi was able to fly down with Mike and Rhonda. Chris and I flew out of MSP the afternoon of the 31st, and after a harrowing drive through fog and light snow with the girls fussing, we arrived to the new house in Prescott about 10pm. We had a wonderful trip, filled with easy mornings, shopping, hiking and great dinners we took turns making.

The beautiful log home and view of Granite Mountain


The scariest part of the trip occurred the day after we arrived. Fiona had been battling a cold for at least a week, and after we arrived in Prescott, her fever spiked, and she was lethargic with labored respirations and a rapid heart rate. With all of the flu going around, Chris and I decided to take her to the E.R. where the staff monitored her oxygen levels, took a chest x-ray and did a rapid strep test. Everything came back okay. She perked up after a dose of aceteminophen, a gift of a stuffed turtle from an EMT (which she later named "Chris") and a special cherry popsicle. Chris and I bemoaned the fact that the ER visit occurred on January 1, 2015, since we hit our deductible in 2014 for Eloise's birth, but better safe than sorry. 

Sad little girl showing off her new animal

Perking up


Fiona felt better the next day and spent some time hanging out with Grandma Rhonda and her cousins.


The smiliest girl

Chris and I drove across the street one morning and went for a quick hike while Rhonda watched the girls. We lost the trail after about a half hour and wound up trekking to a high rocky point before turning back. The trails were very muddy, and the dirt stuck to our shoes to the extent that we had to frequently shake or scrape them off. However, we had fun getting outdoors on our own for a while.






We drove to downtown Prescott late one afternoon and poked around some shops until the city lit up with Christmas lights.

Our last day in Arizona we drove an hour-and-a-half to Sedona. I didn't take any pictures of the formations surrounding the city but was blown away by the beautiful landscape. We found an easy trail since we had all of the kids along and took off for Bell Rock. About 10 minutes into the hike, Rhonda volunteered to stay back with Eloise since we had not packed a carrier for her. Fiona did a great job walking, although we carried her quite a bit since the trail was muddy. She and Chris found a rock shaped like Minnesota in a creek bed; we left the rock at the house in Prescott to look at next time we visit.






We did a bit of climbing off the trail to an overlook. I think we were all a little nervous how sheer the drop was at the top since the kids were anxious to explore, but the views were great.




We stopped in the small hillside town of Jerome on the way home. I didn't get any pictures, but we had a memorable time at a scenic winery. While the adults had a glass of wine, the kids (Lilly, Evan and Isaac) were entertained by the owner's daughter who was about 7 or 8. She took the kids downstairs to "play" which involved her telling them stories about a child ghost that lives downstairs. The story was complete with a door that mysteriously opened and closed. The boys especially were riled up by the ghost story and talked about it for a long time.

We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed spending so much time with family. Here's a final picture of Fiona and Isaac enjoying a little Dora the Explorer before bedtime.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Hoosier Daddy said...

Erin, you do such a good job with keeping up posts to your blog. Memories re-created just by reading through it again! BTW, our mountain close by our house is Granite Mountain (not Butte); we do have a Thumb Butte though, that sticks up on the west end of the town. So glad you and family got to make it out and inaugurate our little get away place. We hope that you and Chris will come back and take in more of the wonder that surrounds this area.

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