June 27, 2017

I knew it......

So my friend who I hang out with A LOT during fire season, and we were sitting here visiting in the living room.  Hubby called to tell me they working extended staffing tonight.  Then a few minutes later as we were visiting I hear on the scanner "-------- Hotshots phone this office" (from Dispatch).  I told her, "well that's a fire order you watch."  And about 3 minutes later the house phone rings, (hubby's caller voice on the other end) saying "they were ordered immediate need so they're leaving to --------."  I looked at my friend and said to her,  "well want to stay for dinner?"

We are always sad to see Daddy leave, especially quickly like that!!!  But as I told my friend, this is how life is during fire season........LOL  just never know if he'll be home.





June 19, 2017

"We are leaving for a fire...."


Yesterday my husband's crew had to work an overtime day (normal day off).  They were on at 0730 and "off" at 2000.  So I decided to make some enchiladas for his crew for dinner.  Mind you, it's a Hotshot Crew and there's 20 plus hubby (Superintendent).  So I make 40 enchiladas, and plop them in the oven.  I called my husband to tell him "there's 5 minutes left to cook and I'll bring them down to the station."  About 5 minutes after that phone call he calls, "Well never mind that, we're leaving for a fire assignment."  So we headed over to the station (live next door) to say "good-bye to Daddy" and give hugs & kisses.  I joked with the firefighters and said "you can thank me for getting you an order."  I told them another time I'd make them dinner.
If you've been married in this profession long enough, you know that (during fire season) if you make a nice dinner or go shopping, they'll get a fire dispatch!!!  Can't be mad, just have to be understanding.
So I shared the enchiladas with the neighbors and froze one dish.  So the food wasn't wasted.

Got to learn to be flexible!!!

May 30, 2017

Family day.........it's a tradition


A lot of crews / departments have family days.  My husband's Hotshot Crew has one every year on the first day of availability for national dispatch.  Anyways, throughout the years, the number of children have increased.  The first family day was 12 years ago, and unless they've been on a fire, we've had one every year.  Always lots of food to eat!!!  The oldest child is 12 (she was the first Hotshot kid) and the youngest is a few months old.  So we got this great idea to put all the kids together for a picture, and this was the idea.  (Not all kids are posted as some had gone home already)
It's a lot of fun getting to meet the crew and for us as family to show our support for our firefighter!!!

{I have blurred out the crew name, as I like to keep things somewhat unknown for safety reasons)

Post any pictures you have (in the comment section)  of similar things, it's fun to see!!


May 24, 2017

Fire Season 2017


Once again, here we are beginning Fire Season 2017.

Hoping this season is safe for your firefighter!!!

I'm a huge supporter of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation  https://wffoundation.org/
Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families.  We honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters. If you're not a supporter (spouse or firefighter), you can for $52 a year ($1 per week).  Coors Beer is a huge supporter of Wildland Firefighters and they made this video.

https://www.facebook.com/coorsbanquet/videos/10153399759501621/

November 15, 2016

Fire and Police Recognition Days



Fire and Police Recognition Days

Free Admission For First Responders + One Guest!
As a thank you to all fire and police personnel in our community, Knott’s Berry Farm will offer free theme park admission for fire and police personnel and one guest from November 28 through December 16, 2016 and December 26, 2016 - Janurary 31. From November 28, through December 16, 2016 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $32 each. December 26 - Janurary 31, 2016 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $27 each. Fire or law enforcement ID is required.

To participate, active fire and police personnel must present valid, photo fire or law enforcement ID at Knott’s Main Gate November 28 through December 16, 2016 and December 26, 3026 - Janurary 31, 2017. Fire or police personnel absolutely must be present. Fire and law enforcement badges and identification cards are acceptable only if accompanied by photo ID. As all IDs must reference specific fire or law enforcement agencies, government-only IDs will not be accepted.

Under promotional rules, Knott’s will admit sworn officers, civilian employees and support staff from all city and county fire and law enforcement organizations, plus the following: California Highway Patrol (CHP); County Sheriff; District Attorney; U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and other wild land fire organizations; correctional facilities (prisons); U.S. Marshals; ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); International Border Patrol; Immigration Naturalization Service (INS); Homeland Security which includes: International Border Patrol,Citizenship; Immigration, Immigration Customs Enforcement, Secret Service, FEMA,TSA; ambulance company EMTs; and reserve or volunteer fire and law enforcement members with valid ID. Please note that only individuals with proper photo ID specifically referencing fire or law enforcement duty will be eligible for tickets.

The following organizations are not covered by the promotion: retired fire and law enforcement employees; U.S. Armed Forces, including all U.S. veterans; private law firms; reserve or volunteer fire and law enforcement members without valid ID; American Red Cross; California Conservation Corps.; private security firms; and all employees with government-only IDs or without specific fire or law enforcement IDs.

Fire and Police Recognition Days



Fire and Police Recognition Days

Free Admission For First Responders + One Guest!
As a thank you to all fire and police personnel in our community, Knott’s Berry Farm will offer free theme park admission for fire and police personnel and one guest from November 28 through December 16, 2016 and December 26, 2016 - Janurary 31. From November 28, through December 16, 2016 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $32 each. December 26 - Janurary 31, 2016 up to six additional tickets can be purchased for only $27 each. Fire or law enforcement ID is required.

To participate, active fire and police personnel must present valid, photo fire or law enforcement ID at Knott’s Main Gate November 28 through December 16, 2016 and December 26, 3026 - Janurary 31, 2017. Fire or police personnel absolutely must be present. Fire and law enforcement badges and identification cards are acceptable only if accompanied by photo ID. As all IDs must reference specific fire or law enforcement agencies, government-only IDs will not be accepted.

Under promotional rules, Knott’s will admit sworn officers, civilian employees and support staff from all city and county fire and law enforcement organizations, plus the following: California Highway Patrol (CHP); County Sheriff; District Attorney; U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and other wild land fire organizations; correctional facilities (prisons); U.S. Marshals; ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); International Border Patrol; Immigration Naturalization Service (INS); Homeland Security which includes: International Border Patrol,Citizenship; Immigration, Immigration Customs Enforcement, Secret Service, FEMA,TSA; ambulance company EMTs; and reserve or volunteer fire and law enforcement members with valid ID. Please note that only individuals with proper photo ID specifically referencing fire or law enforcement duty will be eligible for tickets.

The following organizations are not covered by the promotion: retired fire and law enforcement employees; U.S. Armed Forces, including all U.S. veterans; private law firms; reserve or volunteer fire and law enforcement members without valid ID; American Red Cross; California Conservation Corps.; private security firms; and all employees with government-only IDs or without specific fire or law enforcement IDs.

November 4, 2016

Little toys that travel with Daddy....


When our son was little, he asked his Daddy to take a little firefighter toy with him to his fire. Our son couldn't say firefighter, so he named it "Fifi".  Well along came the arrival of little sister so we had to find a girl firefighter to go with Daddy, too.  We asked the kids what her name was, and they both agreed on "Wifi".  So Fifi & Wifi have gone on many fire assignments with Daddy.  He'll send us a random text with a picture of our two favorite friends.  They've gone to Northern California, Tennessee, Arizona, Grand Canyon and other fun adventures.  
This is only a few of many pictures I have.  I plan on making a photo book with all their adventures, to give the kids, when Hubby retires.  Just a special way to remember that no matter where Daddy went, he never forgot them!!





Watch out, it's the VLAT!!


It's been days since they've had a shower!




"Did you copy the radio traffic?"

November 1, 2016

Spooky Halloween


As we got home from our evening Halloween festivities, we were so excited to Face-time with hubby.  It was a cold, cloudy fall evening.  About 5 minutes into the call, everything in the house turned off and it was dark!!  So as I lost WiFi connection, I called hubby on the land-line phone and he was able to see on his phone app, that there was an "unplanned outage" in our area.  (Mind you, he's not home, he's ON A FIRE ASSIGNMENT!!)

He said that the outage was going to be for another 2.5 hours...........so I guess it's time to get creative with the kids as they are freaked out.  We found all our battery-operated candles, flashlights and big LED lantern to help light up the house.

I told the kids we were all going to put on our PJs and get our blankets to snuggle on the couch.  We could read books out loud with a flashlight......like camping!!  So as I'm sitting there on the couch waiting for my kids, I look over on the wall and see (what appears to me) a BIG spider.  So since Daddy is gone, my son helps step up to take care of Dad's stuff around the house.  I yell, "Hey get over here, I think I see a BIG spider."  So he grabs a flashlights and totally freaked out but trying to be brave walked over to the wall.  Yep, it was a BIG black widow spider.......eeeeekkkkkk!!  So I prayed that as I swatted it with the fly swatter, I didn't miss and have it fall on the floor.  Ugh.....I don't do well with creepy crawlies things.

I realised that my phone batter was at 50% so I told my son I was going to go put it in the car on the charger.  Funny how even though it's normally dark at night (LOL) when the power is out, it's REALLY DARK and eerily quiet.

We sat on the couch and took turns reading kid books and snuggling.  When their bedtime rolled around, I went out to get my phone so we could use a sleepy story app to help calm their nerves and get them to sleep.  They were in brushing their teeth with a battery-operated candle for light!!  They must have been tired because they both went to sleep pretty quickly.  As I walked myself back to the couch to read by flashlight, the phone rang.  I answered it and heard our power company message "we have an update on the outage in your area.  It is affecting 280 homes in this area and that area.  The cause has been determined as something unidentified hitting a power line.  The estimated time for power to be restored is 11:00."  So I decided I would just go to bed since it'd be a while before I could have lights or TV.

As I crawled into bed I thought to myself.  Wow what a creepy Halloween night.  Lights out, spider on the wall, Hubby is gone and it's cold outside!!  In the back of my head the only thing that'd make it scarier would be an earthquake, too!!!

I woke up at 11:35 not because I left a few lights on, but because the TV (which was on at 6:30) was loud because the house was dark and quiet and everyone was asleep.

Needless to say, our power is back on!!  We've only had 3 "unplanned" power outages in our area since we've moved here.  AND of course they always happen........when Hubby is gone!!!  What a spooky Halloween to write down in the books.  Happy November 1st...........