Saturday, September 19, 2009

Kids' Day

I've been a bad blogger lately. I have some time while I'm waiting for Jayden to fall asleep though(yes, it's 11:30 at night, and he is still playing and talking to himself in his bed), so I'll take the time to do an update.

First off, I'll say that we've really been enjoying ourselves here in Seattle. Unfortunately, I think we're starting to realize that it's probably not going to work out for us to live here, though, and we'll probably be heading back to Pullman in December. It's a bit frustrating for me because we moved here in hopes that Mark would be able to find a good job and that we'd be closer to some family and would have some great opportunities for the kids. But Pullman is a good place, too, and we have a home there and friends- some who are like family- waiting there for us.

In the meantime, I think we've been making some pretty cool memories for the kids. Last Saturday I took them to Kids' Day at the Fire Station. They had a pretty cool setup there. The kids got to see all the different ways our community helpers keep us safe.

The SWAT vehicle was pretty cool:

The kids got to go in and explore..

They went in the ambulance:

Isaiah dressed up like a fireman and got his picture taken with one of the firemen. They printed out pictures better than the one I took, but I haven't scanned it in yet. It's pretty cute. Kyrie didn't want to dress up and take pictures for some reason. I was surprised because she usually lives for the opportunity!

Kyrie and Isaiah both got to put out a pretend fire with a real fire hose!

They enjoyed a cool demonstration of the firefighters using the Jaws of Life to open a car door, and then they broke all the windows and used a special tool to take off the roof.

The kids had fun trying to find candy in the straw!

There was also a lot of bouncing to be done in the bouncy castle(which happened to have a big Dalmation dog at the top(I guess to go with the fire house theme).
Halfway through the event, I ended up having to take Jayden home because he was getting fussy and needed a nap, but I put Daddy in charge of him and brought the older two kids back so we could finish going through all the stations so they could get their passports filled out and complete the scavenger hunt for the big bike drawing. Jayden and Isaiah both ended up winning door prizes that day. Isaiah got 3 whole sets of toys from the movie Cars(which he is a big fan of- he picked that gift out right away), and the prize I picked out for Jayden was a LeapFrog toy that helps teach writing letters and shapes. Jayden enjoys it right now because he can push buttons and it makes fun sounds and stuff, but I'm sure he'll figure it out before too long. He likes to push the letters and hear it say the letter. He's getting really good at identifying letters.

Anyway, I was going to blog about the 2nd part of the day, but it's getting really late, and Jayden is actually asleep. We are currently spending the weekend at a condo on the beach at WestPort with Mark's uncle and aunt. We're having a wonderful time. The kids play at the beach and swim in the pool. Uncle B and Aunt P have the kids call them Grandma and Grandpa because they are grandparents(and they spoil the kids like grandparents are supposed to do! ;)) Tomorrow we head back, and I know we'll all miss it here. The kids have a lot of fun playing with Grandpa B. I love being able to hear the ocean from my bedroom window. Mark even left his laptop at home so he would actually take a real vacation.
I do have some very cool pictures to share from that, so I should be a busy blogger this week!


Jeannette said...

Your vacation by the ocean sounds wonderful! I'm sorry to hear that Seattle didn't work out for you. I think it would be great to be there for all the city has to offer, but I have never wanted to live in a big city. Visiting is enough for me. God has a way of working these things out. I'll be praying for you through the transition.

Shellie Paparazzo said...

I'm so sorry that Seattle didn't work out for you. I hope you are able to figure out something else that will work. But I have to admit I'm jumping up and down inside! YOU'RE COMING BACK, YOU'RE COMING BACK, YOU'RE COMING BACK!