A house a few doors down went up in flames this afternoon. We got to watch the whole thing from beginning to end. It was a really small house so it only took about 15 minutes for them to put it out. The kids were mesmerized. We watched them open the hydrant and hook up the hose. We saw them climb the ladder to the top of the house and use their axes to cut a big hole. We watched the fire men carry the big hose in through the front door and the flames leap out the top of the house through the hole. Now all they can talk about is fire trucks! They have a CD with a song called "Fire Truck" and it's been playing nonstop since we got back. Oh, and we stood out in the rain to watch it...the kids were thrilled to be able to use their rain boots for their intended purpose!