A Private Tour Of The Fire Station

Monday, October 18, 2010

Not so long ago, Christopher came home and announced "they're doing tours of the fire station this weekend".

Seriously? Because both of the kids, Charlie especially, and... did anybody just notice how I said "both of the kids", totally forgetting how we've actually got three? Mom of the month, thank you very much.

Wait, what was I saying?

Oh- so...
The fire station!

After brunch, because we had a late start that day- we headed down the street to the station. We hadn't yet told the kids where we were going, so- shhhh.

The parking lot was sort of deserted, so rather than unloading the entire set of us, I sent Christopher (who grumbled and groaned of course) to double check the tour situation. Can you imagine unloading everyone, just for them to be crushed that the tours are no more? ...not this Mama.

He must have stopped to smell every single flower between the van and the station, by the way. My punishment for sending him on his mission, I'm sure.

Oh, and game on!

Not only were they doing tours still, but- we were the only ones there.

A private tour!

Charlie and Eleanore got hats and badges, and suckers that we didn't let the babies see, since we're currently a sugar free family.
Despite the airmen seeming to be afraid of children (or maybe just our children, hah), they led us from the kitchen to the living room to the bedrooms to the laundry room (Eleanore's request- figures, right?), to the gym, to...

Really though...

Are there words that can go with the happiness that flooded their toddler hearts? (Hmmmm... I'll try)

Eleanore and her new boyfriend looked through binoculars, measured themselves against the tallest tires, and made fire truck siren sounds in unison while sitting in the passenger seat of firetruck number 4.

Charlie and his new best friend, Airman Awesome Fireman Hero Guy, climbed in and out of every single fire truck in the garage. And Lovey came too.

It was like a dream come true, for the kids.
With sirens and hats and the jaws of life.

One of the guys even went so far, as to put ALL of his gear on, just to show Eleanore what a fireman looks like. The best part about this was, he explained to her that if anyone dressed like that approaches her, not to be afraid- that hes there to help her. Melt my heart, young man.

She lost interest, after only a few minutes.
"I want to go get in another truck!", she'd say.
Shhh, listen to him! Hes doing this for you!

I tried my best to engage her, asking the men questions about their alien I-certainly-wouldn't-want-to-be-the-one-wearing-that gear, hoping that she'd really absorb what they had to say. Which we later noticed that she did, thank goodness.

I can't believe they went through all of the trouble, just for one little girl.
Those suits don't slide right on, ya know?

Eleanore traded in her plastic hat for the real deal.
For a second at least.

Charlie started getting tired somewhere around the demonstration of how to cut people out of vehicles.
I know buddy, I know.

But not too tired to miss driving more firetrucks!!


Oh, and in case you were wondering...

Me and Evelyn were there too.
Lurking in the shadows, getting sweaty from each others body heat, complaining about how hungry we were (me mostly, heh).

Eventually, nearly two hours later, it was time to say goodbye to the Dyess AFB Fire Department.

Buuuut, not before posing for a family photo first...

Ok, so, Eleanore's new boyfriend isn't the very best of photographers, but- it'll do.

Farewell fire station!
Lets go get lunch.


Plum October 18, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

Firemen are very close to my heart! The story is on my blog from Monday! So happy they got to do that!

Allison @ I heart Change October 18, 2010 at 9:49 PM  

Wow! That looks like such a nice tour! And all to yourselves.

I got a little teary at the part where the fireman was telling Elenor if she sees someone in that suit that they're there to help her. That was sweet. Totally boyfriend material.

Krystle October 18, 2010 at 10:14 PM  

My husband so wears the black socks with shorts and sneakers.


Lacey October 18, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

That's it!

I'm buying my Molly some big girl tube socks ASAP! I don't even care that she isn't big enough to wear them yet. She will one day. And when she's ready, she will look SO cute...just like your Eleanore. Mama, you're the best kid dresser, EVA!

Bobbi Janay October 18, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

So much fun. Ian recently did the same at one of Tyler's stations. Only because his Uncle Scott was working.

beka October 18, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

Oh my word.
How cute can you get??
Talk about melt your heart. :D

Mommy Elephant Sarah October 18, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

Amazing! SO rad! I'm jealous! ;)

Colleen October 19, 2010 at 5:52 AM  

Your fire station must be the most awesome station in the world. (Or the most bored, but that's good too, right?)
LOVE Eleanor's knee socks!!

Heidi ★ October 19, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

that is so awesome that the station does tours like that - my daughter would FREAK at the chance to get to see all of that up close!

Stacey October 19, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

Your fire station looks so much bigger and better then ours??? I am now scared! I am in fear that are tiny station and old trucks would not be able to even save us after seeing this?! lol! Seriously though, we just went to ours recently and you would be scared for us too if you saw it.

Anyway- thats great that you had such a private tour!- Love Your Pictures!

Just Bits and Pieces October 20, 2010 at 7:34 AM  

How awesome for the kiddos to experience that!!!

Leah October 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

so super awesome! what a great experience :)

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