We are a married couple who adopted our little Russky, Nikita {aka Nicky, Nicky noodle, little man, Nikoli, the Nickster, crazy dude, goofball, puppy love, etc...you get the picture!} from St Petersburg, Russia four years ago. Join us as we stumble through the joys and perils of parenthood, while our son teaches us a few things along the road...


Trip to the Fire Station

Kris works 24 hour shifts (7am-7am) when he works at the fire station, so Kris' mom (Granny)and I thought it would be fun to take Nicky to see daddy at work. The day before, we did some fire engine puzzles, watched a video about fire trucks & such, and played with Nicky's various fire engines, trucks and ambulances. We got to the fire station around 10:15am and Nicky got so excited when daddy walked out of the building to greet us. Nicky was equally excited to see the many big 18-wheelers passing in front of the fire station (the station is in a warehouse district and there is a rail yard at the end of the street). He's all about "big trucks"! We took Nicky inside and met all of daddy's co-workers (Brad, Brian, Woody, Captain Brown, & Rob) then proceeded to the garage. Nicky's eyes lit up the second we walked in! He was in heaven...sort of. He immediately liked looking at the fire engine, ambulance and bomb truck & trailer, however, touching them or getting close to them was a totally different story! Kris picked Nicky up and got inside the fire engine, and that seemed to go over well.

While Nicky was walking around, Kris turned on the lights and Nicky got really excited! He's obsessed with lights of any kind, especially when he gets to turn them off & on over and over! As Nicky was checking out the lights, Kris turned on the siren a bit and Nicky about jumped out of his shorts! The look on his face was priceless! Then we walked around and tried to get Nicky to try on Kris' bunker gear (the garb for fighting fires)...we got a big "nyet" to that, although, we did get him to try on helmet.
Captain Brown and Brian then asked us if we wanted to go for a ride...Nicky might have said "nyet", but momma & Granny were excited about the prospect! We all climbed on board and Kris put the headset on Nicky, while Captain Brown talked into his...that put a smile on Nicky's face. Hmmm...what did he whisper to my child I wonder?!

As we drove around, Nicky was still fascinated by all the "big trucks" that drove by us. Hello - we're riding in a fire engine - I think that's way more cool than the semis driving around! Oh well - some day he'll get it! After our ride, we got a tour of the station and hung out for a bit before having to leave to come home. Nicky was not happy about that...by then he decided he was "one of the guys" and wanted to hang out! Not to mention, the guys were fixing lunch, and that smell was quite enticing (if you like meat, that is!). We might have a future fireman on our hands!

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