A few nights ago at 12:30am we were woke up by our carbon monoxide alarm going off louder than any alarm I've ever heard before. Since you can smell/see a fire and carbon monoxide isn't as easily detectable we thought we better call the fire department just to be safe. They came quickly and quietly (we didn't want them to wake the neighborhood & said no need for lights and noise), thankfully it was a false alarm.
We seem to have a lot of false alarms and they happen to come often. If you consider once every few months often. We smelled gas after we installed a new stove and they came for that, false alarm. We had problems at our rental in Lake Bluff a while back, another false alarm. Luckily our theme is false alarm. The fire department never makes you feel bad and they always leave smiling and say better safe than sorry.
I wanted to to do a fun project with Arabella to show the firemen we appreciate them. We decided to turn our rain day into baking cookies and made some snacks for the firemen. I was also hopeful they would show Arabella the trucks if they were not busy! She was jumping up and down and saying "fire truck" all morning while we worked.
We decide to make chocolate chip cookies, Arabella participates usually up until cracking the eggs and then becomes my DJ! Kids have such short attention spans!
We decided to make them XL and tried to give away as many as we could so we didn't eat them all!
While I was packaging the cookies I had Arabella decorate some brown paper bags to add popcorn to the care package and it made for a really fun "I want to go outside and swing" distraction & art project!
We popped some popcorn, another fun task for Arabella she loved seeing and hearing the popping. We tried our best not to eat it all while packaging, current favorite snack in our house!
Added the popcorn, some left over packages of "root beer float" jelly bellys from Gregs party and the cookies to a basket, put our rain boots on and headed over.
When we got there we were greeted by the nicest fireman who had been serving for 38 years! He gave us a private tour of the firehouse and showed us the trucks. He shared a lot of safety information with us and talked about his experience and love for what he does. My interactions with firemen have lead me to believe they are the nicest people in the world! Arabella even left with the cutest little gift bag and he took the time to go over all the things in the bag with her.
She absolutely loved being there and seeing the trucks and was very talkative with the Fire Marshall. However when I tried to put her on/by the truck to take a picture she wasn't into it, I think she liked the idea of it but not to close mom!
When we got home she was so proud of going and was thrilled she had a bag of fire related things to take home. A hat, stickers, coloring book & a little back pack. She was very grateful and said "thank you" to the Marshall and continued to talk about it when we got home. She immediately wanted to go show dad. Kids are so honest and she was saying "fire truck big girl cried" all through lunch! (She calls herself "big girl")
What a perfect rainy day outing this turned out to be and a great opportunity to teach Arabella about doing nice things for others. Hopefully you will find Inspo in this post for some activities to do with your kiddos on rainy days!