What does a Fire Wife, homeschooling mother of three daughters do to celebrate the hectic holidays with style and fun? Write blogs, dye my middle daughter's hair a festive red and admire their candycane fingernail creations!
This past weekend we decided to take off. We needed to get away from our self-made daily stresses and enjoy some fall feeling to the air. We packed up our travel trailer, hooked it up to our diesel and death-fumes-emitting Excursion to haul it, pointed the nose north and headed up to apple country for Tradd’s 4 days off. As with everything we do, there’s always the opportunity to learn, even when it’s not officially a “school day.” Often times, it’s the non-school lessons that are the most important ones in life. This trip was no different.
Our summer’s big family vacation took the nerd route into history this year. We packed up our family, my brother's family, and my parents and we all took one big convoy up to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. We stayed for a week and participated in a lot of the living history presentations that the National Park Service put on during the battle days.
One week ago, I had the pleasure of getting to attend the first ever national convention of firefighter wives. This convention was organized by Lori Mercer, of Firefighter Wife. Her blog can be found at http://www.firefighterwife.com Along with the blog, Lori also runs a forum for fire wives from all over the world to be able to connect with each other, offer support, seek advice, and vent at the time when the fire life gets overwhelming. Lori doesn't tackle this type of endeavor alone though. She has enlisted the help of some ultra-wise fir
I'm so excited I can hardly sleep! Actually, I can't. That's why I'm up writing instead. I'm going to regret this in the morning, but what can I do? Tomorrow, I get to go to the very first convention ever for ME! Well not just me, of course, but "me" as in the wife of a fireman.
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year and blackberries are the reason. I love blackberries. I love the way they look, the way they smell, the way they feel when I pick them off the vine and the warm berries burst in my mouth with just the right mix of spring sweetness and tangy tartness.
Some nights I settle down for a good night’s sleep and good sleep just isn’t what comes. I know that some fire wives have trouble sleeping when their firefighters are on a call or even on their regular shift, asleep at the station. I’ve never had that problem though. I actually like having the big bed to myself when he’s on shift. I can sleep like a starfish if I want to and there’s no one to battle for the sheets when I get cold. The physical act of sleeping comes easily whether my firefighter is here or not. I fall asleep well. I might wake up a time or two due to my wee t
This is our broody chicken, sitting on a clutch of duck eggs since our ducks aren't nearly as good at sitting on their nests as she is. Hopefully we'll have some little ducklings following this confused little Mama around by the end of April!
Our wild blackberries in full bloom.
The first apple blossoms on our combination apple tree. Their sweet smell is heavenly.