Friends, Firehouse and Fiesta

On Saturday, our family drove a couple hours north to visit some friends.

Laura and I have been friends since I was 14 and she was 15; we’ve seen each other through high school drama and written letters to each other for years ( yes, with real paper and everything!), been in each other’s weddings and now are enjoying the times when our families can get together!  We get some girl time, the hubbys can hang out and Laura’s kids Zeb and Lydia can play and become friends with Ethan and Eliana. I feel so blessed to have such a sister-friend; God has truly given me a wonderful gift in her.

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A picture of Me (left) and Laura (right) from 1999.
We were 15 and 16.

Aah! 1999 seems so long ago! Oh wait. It was. hee hee. 🙂

Anyway…

So, the drive north is BEAUTIFUL; with sweeping fields,

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foggy foothills,

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gorgeous farms

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and of course on a clear day like Saturday; Mt. Baker.

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Someday I’d love to actually go up on the mountain and explore. That would be fun! Seriously, ya’ll. It feels like you’re in a movie or something. The majesty just blows you away.

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Anyway, we visited at the house and the kids caught chickens and ran around and played (they really miss our chickens!), then we went to the beach and found some cool creatures.

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It was COLD so we only stayed for a few minutes, until our fingers and noses were feeling numb and the wind was blowing straight through our coats to chill us to the bone.

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Then…

We went to the fire station.

Laura’s adventurous hubby Bryan is a volunteer fireman and was kind enough to show us around and let the kids wear his gear.  Ethan (my 5 year old) LOVES firemen and fire trucks and is convinced he is a fireman and will live in a fire house someday, so this was a big deal for E. 🙂

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Bryan telling Zeb and Ethan about the tools firemen use.

He had SO much fun! The other kids did too; it was pretty cool even for us adults, I must admit. I’ve never seen the inside of a fire station, where the firemen hang out and watch tv and cook and sleep, so this was neat.

The inside of the station honestly reminded me of a small college dorm…with little rooms with a simple twin bed and a computer in each bedroom, then a large common room with a tv and kitchen. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a fireman pole to slide down. I guess they don’t do that anymore?
And the alarm for a fire isn’t super loud, like in the movies. It’s more of a tone that chimes throughout the station.

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Ethan looks pretty happy here. 🙂

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Bryan holding Eliana and Lydia

When we’d toured the entire station, played in the trucks, talked about fire safety and not to be afraid of a fireman if you see him in your house and saw all of the fire hoses, we went back to hang out at Bryan and Laura’s for a while, then they surprised us by taking us out to dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten out with another family with kids- it went fairly well, considering there were 4 pretty bouncy kiddos. 🙂 And did I mention it was delicious? Usually when we eat out for Mexican, I just wish I’d stayed home and cooked our own food because ours is better, but this was really good. Maybe we just usually eat a crappy Mexican restaurants.

So that was our trip! It was so much fun, such a relaxing Saturday with dear friends.  I hope you had a great weekend!

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Lydia and Eliana had so much fun giggling together! They were hilarious.

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