Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wow, it's already time to pull up a chair at the Kitchen Table again?
These weeks are going by fast! I keep meaning to start blogging more in between, but, you know, life. :)
So, this week's question is: Do you attend department events?
Like Laura, my husband is both career and volunteer, so we have two departments with events to think about.
My husband attends more events than I do, but I do enjoy going with him when I'm able, depending on the event.
We've been to award ceremonies, shift parties, and weddings for his career station. We miss a lot of those events though, simply due to our location. We live over an hour, close to two hours away from where he works, so we have to factor in travel time, child care, gas costs, if there will be drinking and will we need a hotel, etc. It seems like a lot of the time we'll be planning to go to an event and my husband will end up getting struck down by a migraine and we have to cancel. No fun!
We have attended banquets, open houses, fundraisers, and parades for the volunteer station. We also went a New Years Eve get together at the station one year. Just my husband and I, or as a family. We rode in a Halloween parade this past weekend.
My little Minions... :) Daddy was driving and not allowed to make noise with the engine, so they made their own!
There is a fire/EMS appreciation night tomorrow we may attend as a family as well, I think this is more put on through our local schools but the station will be there. They do seem to have more events geared towards family for the volunteer station, however, there seems to be more young guys without children there... so in my (limited) experience there doesn't seem to have been as much participation in those and I will admit that's held me back from actively trying to attend more...it's kind of awkward being the only family with little kids at something (on top of my already introverted self). I do appreciate that they try, though!
We miss a lot of of the volunteer events because of my husband's work schedule. Others, he attends on his own, either because we have conflicting schedules (kid's events, school, sports, etc), or simply because he needs to be able to be "on call" while he's there. Since I don't drive, I'd be "stranded" if he left (and he would leave!).
Posted by Danielle at 1:28 PM