No, I'm not going to blog about every shift. But this was Matt's first shift so yes I will blog about this one. So Wednesday night Matt prepared for his first shift at Station 4 on Engine 6. He packed up all his gear and everything he would store there in his locker. He was… Continue reading First Shift on Engine 6
Well, it's official! Matt is now an Atlanta Firefighter! The night was perfect and I was so proud of him that I couldn't sleep afterwards just thinking about everything. He could bring 5 people to the graduation with him so he chose me (of course), Hope, Bella and his mom and dad. Ben would not… Continue reading Matthew Watkins 6 A
When I say we have been on this journey for Matt to become a firefighter for a long time I'm talking almost 8 years. Applications, waiting, tests, physicals, waiting, interviews, more waiting, multiple counties and cities, got hired just to be laid off...and then had to start all over again. It's been a long process… Continue reading Surprise!
The last week of the Fire Academy is done. After enjoying the three day weekend last weekend it was time for carseat training. I didn't think there would be too much to learn on this subject but apparently there is. Like a whole text book worth of information that they learned and tested on for… Continue reading Fire Academy Update: Final week DONE!
So the countdown is on...10 days until my husband is officially a Firefighter. He completed Burn Week the week before last where they did fire attack drills and scenarios in the burn building. He rode the fire engine to "the scene" which was on fire and did search and rescue, forcible entry, ventilation and then… Continue reading He is Ready! But am I?
Last night I had the privilege to spend the evening with Matt at the Fire Academy for what they call Family Night. This is a night where the recruits invite their spouses, parents, kids etc. to come see where they learn, who teaches them, what they spend their time doing and why they come home… Continue reading Date Night at the Fire Academy
We had an amazing whirlwind weekend in New York City this past weekend for Mother's Day and the Prevention Magazine Photo Shoot. We left bright and early Friday morning and arrived at LaGuardia airport around 11:00am. We were greeted by this man who drove us to our hotel, The Alex, on 45th and 3rd near… Continue reading Photo Shoot in NYC
I know you all are on pins and needles to find out how my photo shoot for Prevention Magazine went over the weekend however I need to update you on the Fire Academy first since my hubby is working so hard and doing so well. First, here are a few photos I took of Matt… Continue reading Fire Academy Update: Hazmat and Burn Week
Last month one of the random people I'm "friends" with on Facebook (one of those "friends" I don't even know) posted a status asking if anyone has ever done a Couch to 5k program and had success and if so to email this particular person with your story and you might be in an article… Continue reading They picked ME!
My last few posts were all about Matt and the past week as he went through BA Week which is the hardest week of the Fire Academy. It is now Sunday afternoon and he made it! The week was the hardest week of his life physically and mentally but the week turned out to be… Continue reading A Different Ending