The girls were BEYOND excited for the day.
They've both been fascinated by firefighters for a long time now. We have quite a few books about firefighters, "Fred the Firefighter" being one of B's all-time favorites. She memorized every word in that book (and it's not short!) in less than a week.
The girls were interested in exactly how their day would go. They asked to get to school early so they could have plenty of time with the firefighters. HA! Baby A said she wanted to ask if they have a dalmatian. B said she would ask to see their axes.
The teacher sent home a note, saying that it's tradition to send the firefighters back to the station with a box of homemade goodies. To accompany the pumpkin gingerbread I made, I let the girls help me with a couple of other goodie items.
We assembled a fall-themed snack mix. The girls measured 1 cup each of pretzels, Cheeze-Its, party peanuts, and honey Cheerios. They added a small bag of candy corn, and a bag (minus a handful [ahem]) of Reese's Mini's. They loved dumping everything into a bowl and mixing it up. They they held open the cellophane bags while I spooned in the goodies.
I love the way these look, tied with orange and black ribbon.
I've been itching to do a candy-themed message, seeing so many cute ideas on Pinterest. I bought some gum and mints, and we put this together.
Baby A drew a fire truck to complete the gift tag.
|...Extra gum and Mentos mints...|
I SO wanted to ask if I could come take pictures of the kids with the fire truck. I showed amazing restraint -- if I do say so myself! -- in resisting, though.
When I got to school to pick up the girls, one of the teachers was in the hall hanging some new artwork. She was tickled to tell me what B had said. As one of the firefighters was demonstrating the gear, he put on his face mask. He asked if anyone knew what it was. Speaking up for the three- and four-year old classes, B volunteered, "It's a breathing apparatus!" (That's a part of the Fred the Firefighter book.) Ms. G told me the fire chief laughed, "I'll take her for two of my rookies!" HA!
The girls were so excited to tell me about the firefighters -- three men and one woman. They got to see their gear, and climb on the fire truck.
I think firefighters are a pretty amazing bunch. They put their lives on the line to protect our communities...and they always seem to make time to spend in the communities, promoting such awesome goodwill. I know this will be a day our girls will remember for a long, long time.