sam wearing his "junior firefighter" badge.
this morning, as we were walking past the firehouse on our way to the library (as we do most mornings when i'm home), the firefighters invited sammy in to look at the fire trucks!
actually, what happened was that we walked past (sam was walking, not riding in the stroller—he usually walks to the library, then rides home after playing on the playground), and i pointed out the trucks to him (at which point the firemen were already smiling and waving hi to sam—he is, afterall, irresistible), and after we'd walked past sam did a u-turn and went right back so he could look some more. that's when one of the firemen came out, took his hand, and led him in to get an up-close-and-personal view of the fire trucks.
we got to see the lights flashing and see all of the different compartments and equipment, and sam was even offered a chance to sit inside—at which point he got VERY shy and didn't actually climb in (i thought for sure he would). he also got a badge (see photo) and a couple of activity books to bring home! super cool!