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...........  

October 26, 2016

Just when we thought it was over.......

Just when we thought the season was winding down, in comes an order for out-of-state.  Crazy, how even though (in SoCal) it's still fire season, but we were getting use to Daddy coming home for dinner the last few weeks.  This year it'll be close or they may even hit 1,000 hours of OT..........it's been a busy year!! Have to be thankful for those fire checks w/ overtime.  But, also counting the days until vacation starts and things slow down.


Has your husband's season ended or are they still on??  Comment and let us know.

September 29, 2016

Fall is everywhere!!!



Last year by this time, fire season was slowing down and most resources were home.  I don't like to say anything like that just yet, because So Cal has seen some of it's worst large fires in mid to late October.  But we've been having cooler weather, most fires have been picked up and it's nice having hubby home in the evenings to eat dinner with us, help put the kids to bed and catch up on DVR shows!!!

I know that from the East Coast to the Southwest, fire season has ended.  Thankful for those crews who had a good and busy season, who are now able to enjoy some quiet time with families.

On the West Coast there's about a month and a half of the season left.  Again, thankful that it's been a safe and busy season for those crews, too.

What was your season like?  Busy or slow?

September 8, 2016

Eric Marsh Foundation

Eric Marsh was the Superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  I had the honor of meeting Eric's wife and other fantastic ladies who created this foundation when I went to Prescott, AZ for the memorial of the Fallen 19.  Please check it out and get your shirt to show support for our guys!! ( I ordered mine today )
http://www.ericmarshfoundation.org/


The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters stands apart from other Non-profits similar to us, in that the people involved with our Foundation have first-hand experience in loss of a Wildland Firefighter in the line of duty. We understand heartbreak at its deepest level, and we have the ability and resources to help others dealing with the same loss and trauma. 
Please support us, 100% of your donations are distributed to the next of kin of a Wildland Firefighter killed in the line of duty.  

Every dollar donated to Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters will be directly used to aid a wildland firefighter or family member in need.

Also check out these great shirts that support the foundation and show our Firefighter Wife support.  


They also have a FACEBOOK page!!

August 22, 2016

Gone more than home

This season has been very busy for my husband and his crew.  He's been gone more this summer than home.  The kiddos spent most of their summer with me and some of their friends.  I spoke with another firefighter friend today, who reminded me that we are half way "hopefully" through fire season!!!  The bummer part of it, is he'll miss our daughter's first day of preschool tomorrow, and our son's first day of 2nd grade.  Just another part of the job, is they miss out on fun moments like that. Thankfully with the technology we have, I plan on taking a video and some pictures of her going to school.  Praying that your guys are all safe and just to remind you "for most of us" that fire season is half way through.