The day after Christmas we headed north 2 hours to Flagstaff so we could enjoy some vacation and snow. We stayed in an apartment with some friends that came up with us and went to play in the snow. For future remembering: taking your kids out to "have fun" during nap time is not a great idea. Dallin did alright, but Addie wouldn't stop crying, and when she finally did- she wanted nothing to do with the snow. She actually just layed on us like a limp fish the entire time. Even when we took her down the hill on the sled, she didn't even care. Jared and I had fun though! Wish it would have been more enjoyable for the kids- next time we'll plan better!
The next day we went to a neat little history museum that I actually really enjoyed. I usually don't particularly get excited about that kind of stuff- but the iron lung there was very intriguing to me. I'd heard the term, but not known that it was an actual machine that physically keeps someone alive. One lady in particular was paralyzed from the neck down thanks to polio, so this submarine looking contraption, would basically do compressions on her to keep her breathing. Her neck was the only thing sticking out, and she lived like that for 48 years!!! Geesh, that seems like the worst way to live. But
the man who worked at the museum said that they actually got to speak to her (she died in 2008) and she had a real optimistic way of looking at her situation. Apparently a lot of people lived that way due to polio and they had a hospital where they all were cared for. Once, the power went out (these things wereelectricaly powered) and so the staff had to hand crank to keep these poor patients living-which was an extremely difficult thing to turn. Eventually, the power returned and when it did, everyone just collapsed from being so exhausted. Can you imagine???
The following day Addie and I played in the snow in the backyard while Jared and Dallin rested. I'm glad I got a chance to expose Adelyn to the fun part of playing in snow since Jared got pretty sick that day and we ended up just leaving around 7- we had the apartment another day but he wanted to be at home. I was bummed, but it was still nice to get out and have a much needed vacation!