Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday in My City...or "Fy wooks scawy"

This weekend was BBQ Days, complete with the Firefighter's Pancake Breakfast, parade and fireworks. The day starts at 4:15am when the firefighters race the trucks around town, sirens screeching and air horns blaring, a subtle reminder that the breakfast starts at 5:00am. But really, it's Saturday morning . Who isn't already up at 4:15 am?

So, sirens are wailing, dogs are barking and kids are crying...who's ready for pancakes?

Not me.

I finally get everyone back to sleep and we wake up again at 8:00am, which is a much more reasonable time. It takes more than pancakes and eggs to get me up that early. If I have to get up before the dawn to catch a plane to some exotic beach locale, I'm all for it. But for hash browns? Nope.

We did however, make it down to the fire station in time to join the parade.

 


Every year we ride in a fire truck with my husband and usually a few cousins. I've never actually seen it, because I'm always in it. Although, I hear it's a good one. It's one of the high points of Nick's year. He yells out the windows and waves at everyone. About half way through, Sam freaked out and decided to start screaming and crying for the remaining time. He also wanted to nurse and kept pulling my shirt. He must have known that nursing him was exactly what I wanted to do, while in the front seat of a fire truck, in a parade.

Fire Fighters in training.

The best part of the parade, is, of course, the water fight between the trucks. The entire crowd on Main runs into the road to get sprayed.


Although, it is recommended that women of a certain age, who do not wear bras, do not wear white shirts.


After the parade we head home where we had a rare family nap, where everyone, even the dog, falls asleep. Then on to the fireworks! The firefighters are stationed in the "fall out zone" in case of fire, so we had good seats, minus the threat of sparks, flames and singed hair. The "fy wooks" (as Sam says) were spectacular, but Sam found them "scawy" and screamed "NO" every time he heard a boom. So, we watched from the inside of the truck.
At least the other kids had a good time. When we got home, they were sure ready for bed! And in my book, any day that exhausts my children is a huge success!

20 comments:

blueviolet said...

Wow that is some hoopla! So cool that they spray the hoses like that. The kids clearly eat that up!

Kristy said...

How fun! Love the title of the post too!

Lee Ann said...

Wow great fun!! I am with you, there is no way I would have been up at 5am even for pancakes x

Megan said...

AWESOME! firetrucks- any time of year are a huge hit! And what a great day! Despite the 4:15 wake up call (um- NO thank you!).

Stace said...

WOW! What an awesome town tradition!!! And Id SO be the old woman in the crowd with the white shirt and now bra...it's just how I roll, Man :P lol

Brian Miller said...

now that would have been a really cool parade...to get to ride in the firetruck and the water battle...

Unknown Mami said...

I wouldn't get up early for hash browns either. I'd rather dream about them. I love to get sprayed in the road!

Aging Mommy said...

That's wonderful that the firefighters have such a special day in your town - I'm so glad you all got to enjoy your special day, even if the fireworks were "scawy"!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I want to live where you live! What a great day in your community--

Of course if I lived there I'd vote to lose the 4:15am breakfast call to ... oh, say 9am-ish.

Your family in the firetruck is fantastic. They must have been so excited to be in the truck.

Thanks for sharing a very fun day!
jj

Moderate Means said...

I want to live just outside the city limits. That way I can avoid the horrific 4:15 wake up and still get to play in the fire-truck-as-sprinkler event!
Stacy

Erin said...

What a fantastic day, minus the 4:15am wake up call. I would have shot someone! =)

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Holly said...

This is totally the kind of thing that makes me love life. I love parades and kids dancing around in the water and all of it. And even better for you...you got to nurse in a fire engine!

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Sarah said...

I totally would have been up at 4:15 for pancakes! But maybe that's cuz I don't have any kiddies yet. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your day! :)

chele said...

It looks like a great time. Especially the water fight!

Bryna said...

Love the firetruck spraying. That sounds like a really good day!

Erin said...

that looks like loads of fun, but i take issue with the early morning wake up call. how did you get everyone back to sleep?!!?! you must be magic!

My kids have seen fire trucks up close a few times, but have never ridden in one. They'd probably freak out, too!

Ron Cooper said...

During their growing-up years, my kids loved visiting the fire station. I was a police/fire reporter for the local paper. We've always loved firefighters!

Cheers,
Ron

http://inspiredbyron.blogspot.com/

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