firetrucks, freedom runs & friends

I can’t believe we’re beginning our third week here in Washington already – technically, of course – and we’re going to really start finding our rhythm now. Ryan reports today and signs in on base. The boys start their brand-new daycare today, too. I’m working, obviously, so we’re going to slowly start falling into the pace of life we can expect here. This past weekend though, we spent time savoring our new digs (yet again), and we spent time with good friends…and it was so worth it, even if I only unpacked one box!

Friday evening, we decided on a whim to head up to Point Ruston again since we’d had so much fun the first time. I’m off work at 2 PM these days because I work East coast hours, and since we’d pulled the boys from their last daycare, we headed up there as a family after nap time. We were lucky…the Tacoma Fire Department was doing a fundraiser with a Touch-a-Truck event, and my firefighter-loving little boys had their days made in a heartbeat. What a great way to support a fantastic cause, inspire future little ones, and interact with the community! We all had a blast, and it didn’t hurt that the truck was gorgeous!

On Saturday morning, we decided to head over to our local Wear Blue, Run to Remember group that starts just a few miles from our home. Each Sunday, they meet at 9 AM and run a well-mapped 5k through our neighborhood and trail areas. We had a meetup at Fort Drum, too, but it rarely happened due to weather and lack of participation. About 50 people of all ages and skill levels showed up here, and at the halfway point, a handful of elderly veterans handed out bottled water. It was a beautiful day of easy running, socializing with new friends, and honoring our fallen and their families. We’ll definitely be doing that again.

We also explored another of the many playgrounds around here, Chief Leschi Park, and our little men were in heaven. This was more their speed. It had plenty of obstacles and slides, but it wasn’t too over-the-top for a three and two-year-old. And, it doesn’t hurt that the weather and scenery here has truly been perfection lately.

We capped off our Sunday with the best barbecue with friends. The Linenfelsers were stationed at Fort Drum with us, and though Ryan and Mike were in the same unit, we never got together. They have two little boys, as well, six and four, and we decided to have an afternoon of slip-and-slide, sprinklers, cornhole, and good company. I’m so glad we got together! I mentioned how important it is to find your tribe, and this is just the start of it. These are good people. They have their proverbial ish together, and they’re helping us get out and explore more.

I’m so grateful for good weekends and great adventures to come. Fort Lewis has surprised me in the best possible way and, thus far, I’m loving it. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for us!

I’m linking up today with B Loved Boston for Weekending.