|Excited about her Junior Firefighter pin!|
Despite the rain, we enjoyed the BBQ and stayed warm in the heated garage (I need one of those!) before taking a look around.
Truthfully, we spent the majority of our visit playing with the SNAILS on the sidewalk. Aspen is into bugs lately, and when she saw the dozen or so snails by the front door, she had little interest in anything else. She just kept picking them up and moving them from puddle to puddle. She was psyched when I pointed to one snail that had crawled over the entry to the station and was upside down above us. She couldn't believe it. I was at least able to talk to one of the fire chiefs for a while, and discovered he's also an east-coaster like myself. He actually lived in Portland, Maine for a couple of years and has been to my hometown of Freeport countless times. It's always nice to meet another transplant to Utah who loves both places (East and West) as much as I do.
When I went out, she said she was just looking for more snails. I think it's time to take her to a bug museum or something. I don't have the heart to tell her that if I ever find a snail in our flower garden, I throw it into the street so it dies a slow, painful death and doesn't kill my plants. SHHHH.
Regardless of whether or not Aspen was actually into the fire station itself, I'm glad we went and met our local fire-fighters. I've been trying to explain to Aspen that they may look scary in all their equipment, but that they're a great group of friends who only want to help us. We actually bumped into a handful of fire-fighters in Sandy a couple of weeks ago at Cafe Rio and they gave her a sticker so thankfully she had at least one positive experience to draw on when we met the huge group of them on Saturday.
She was also pretty into the hot dog they grilled up for her, and the bag of Doritos she was able to choose. She kept saying it was neat they had something to eat that she really really really really likes!
Man, I love that kid.
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