Before I start talking about the fire museum I want to thank Charlotte and Richard for reaching out and meeting us. She sent me an email right before Lee had to go to Columbus and despite my last minute cancellation of that lunch they were open to rescheduling. They also had sent us a wonderful audio children’s book for Oliver earlier in the year and it was so nice to get together for lunch. Richard was quitting his Project Manager job back when I was quitting mine originally and they had been reading us for a long time. It really meant a lot to me when they shared they now have helicopter Evac insurance because of what happened to Lee and it is moments like these that really make writing this blog a special thing in my life. Thanks so much for reaching out. We had a great time!
On to the North Charleston Fire Museum. I worked for a Fire Protection company for 15 years and I love working the fire protection industry because truly I always felt what we did had an underlying higher calling. I am VERY serious about all kinds of fire protection and was very curious to see what they had. Lee was in because, well, Fire Trucks. For him… enough said. Also, If you don’t feel super interested in fire stuff, the outlet stores are within walking distance.
The cost was only $6 and totally worth it. Local museums in our experience are either great or pretty mediocre but this was was definitely great. It was a large collection of restored fire trucks provided by the American LaFrance company who manufactured them. They have all been lovingly restored and they are so shiny!!
When we walked in two firemen were working and available to answer any questions. That was really neat and a very good sign!
As cool as the fire trucks were I really loved the other displays as well.
The entire place was a little kid paradise and was filled primarily with young families. We both can’t wait until Oliver gets a little older and we can take him here!
My favorite was a household area that showed all the very real danger zones that can cause fire. super cool and educational!
The most popular thing for the kids was a fire truck with a movie playing inside that they could sit in. The parents had a hard time getting the kids out!
And we both loved the sticker machine that allows you to create a custom fire sticker.
We loved it and although we only spent an hour there it was a great hour.
Oh and one last thing completely off the subject. Someone mentioned in the comments that I should try to make egg bites in my Instant pot for a quick and protein filled breakfast. I bought the cool insert and they were delicious. Basically you can make mini omelets in bite sized form. Thanks for the idea, and I thought I would pass along it worked!
Overall the diet is going well. I lost 4.5 pounds in the first month and only went over on calories one day. We have also discovered Lean Cuisine Comfort meals and they are delicious. I generally do NOT like frozen meals especially not diet but these are very favorable andlow in calories and reasonable in salt. I highly recommend them!
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