Life has been rather exciting lately, and tonight takes the cake. My brother-in-law made a 3 layer bunk bed for my kids, and tonight is their first night in the bed. As you can guess that brings about a lot of excitement, and not really going to sleep.
My man's two brothers are at our house for Thanksgiving, and they along with the hubs decided that to cook the turkey they wanted to make a fire a pit in our backyard garden. Then bury the turkey in the pit, and let it slow cook over night.
So as I was hearing banging noises from children jumping out of beds upstairs, the boys were running around out in the yard making their fire. Therefor it was my responsibility to handle the kids. I went in there, and was helping them remake their beds, because they had thrown the blankets off. As I climbed off the top bunk to the middle one, I noticed an ambulance out in our cul-de-sac. It didn't have it's lights on, but I started wondering what was going on.
Then I noticed the guys get out of the ambulance and walk toward my house. "What? There is an ambulance in front of our house." I said. At this all of the children were instantly looking out the window. "There is a police car, and fire truck too!" one of the children cried. By this time it had clicked in my mind that this must be about their fire. So that is what I told the kids. "Oh, no! Is Daddy going to have to go to jail?" One cried. "No, he won't have to go to jail, but he may get a fine." "What is a fine?" "It means he will have to pay some money."
At this point I told the kids goodnight and went to make sure no one was hurt. I get out there to 4 firefighters and the hubs and his two brothers, talking about some neighbor had called concerned they were burning the neighborhood down. Apparently it was a yellow burn day (meaning low air quality), and so they shouldn't have a fire. The firefighters were pretty good about it, and said that because it was in a pit, and they were using it for cooking, it was ok. We may get a fine for having a fire on a yellow burn day, but that is up to someone else.
I think we will always remember this Thanksgiving as the one where the fire department came.