firehouse visit

For those of you unawares, my baby (ha!) brother is a firefighter. Slash paramedic. Slash really bad ass. He works down in Maryland and so we don't visit him at his place of employment often. As in, next to never. Two years ago we attempted a visit with our neighbors and well.... David reacted quite poorly.

And so we took a year off. The PTSD kept me away. I don't think Rob wanted to subject his team to another show like the one David put on before... But now. He's almost four. He's better (maybe?). Rob is at a new station and my niece Mikayla and my sister-in-law (some of these photos are hers) haven't been to this house either. So. We went. This new station is about two and a half hours from here... Quite the trek. Nothing some snacks and iPads can't handle right? Right Rob? That's how you get by?
We arrived shortly after lunch time and we were kindly allowed to eat our packed lunches right at the firehouse table. Us and a few firefighters. After which we went out to the garage bays and did the whole touch the trucks. Sit in the trucks. Splash in the puddles. Sit in the trucks. See the flashing lights. That whole bit. Which is the best part for a little kid! And for me too, not going to lie.
After that my brother gave us the tour of the rest of the place. The dorm area. The gym. The room for those that snore loudly. The kitchen. It was great to see where my brother spends so much time... There's just something fascinating about a firehouse right? Not a place many people get to investigate. I know I sure didn't see the inside of one until our first visit two years ago.

We spent almost two hours hanging out and chatting it up with some firemen. I'm glad we had such a nice visit this time around! All concluding with Rob being sent out on a call and all six of us standing on the firehouse stoop waving goodbye to the firetruck as they went out and saved the day.

Thank you so much Rob and station 23 for allowing me and mine to spend a few precious hours with you all! I'm so glad my kids get to experience something as amazing as this! And of course thank you for all you guys do! Seriously. Thank you.