Friday, January 18, 2008
My Son, Master of the Fire
B and K were away at Eight Days of Hope over the New Year, and the twins and I were at home with no particular plans. I tried to make it special with a couple of fun activities. We went to see "Alvin and the Chipmunks", which I don't really recommend, and we went to our new Chili's for a good supper (very poor service though--I'm hoping it was because they are new). It was extremely cold that night, so we came home, played the DVD version of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" for a couple hours, drank sparkling grape juice to toast the East coast New Year, and A. built his first fire in the fireplace. You could just tell he felt so manly carrying in the wood, setting it up, and getting it going. He was pretty proud, and it was a great fire:
(Right after he lit it)
After a few moments, when the fire was going really good, I said, "Do you smell smoke?" The kids said they didn't so I thought it must be my imagination. I didn't see any so I blew it off. A few minutes later, though, found A. doing this: Yes, he would be fanning the smoke alarm because the NOISE--it was killing our ear drums. We had forgotten to open the damper so the room was slowly filling with smoke. We sat for the next 20 minutes shivering with the windows and doors open to get all the smoke out. I also had a nice thin layer of ash on my furniture. We really had a good laugh about it though, and had to call daddy to tell him what had happened. His first fire was definitely memorable.


  posted at 7:35 AM  

At January 18, 2008 9:47 AM, Blogger annie said...

Oh no! Sounds like you had fun in spite of mishaps :o)

At January 18, 2008 10:45 AM, Blogger Momma said...

LOL! The things memories are made of!

At January 18, 2008 3:09 PM, Blogger Kim said...

We too have the problem with our smoke alarm; but our problem isn't due to the fireplace but rather the oven.

Everytime we bake something...(regardless of HOW clean the oven is)...if it spills over...the smoke alarms starts a ringin'. And yes, it is rather LOUD!

Have a great weekend.

At January 18, 2008 8:23 PM, Blogger gail@more than a song said...

I've forgotten to open the damper myself a few times! It doesn't take many though before remembering.

I really want a "push button" fireplace now! Good job on his first one, I could use him here. It's finally really cold enough for them here, isn't it!

At January 18, 2008 8:44 PM, Blogger Sherri said... are the first person I have heard of that didn't like the chipmunk movie. We thought it was cute, but then again, we love the chipmunks. It was especially fun since Carter got a live one for Christmas. I just thought they were so cute on the movies. It's funny how everyone is just so different in what they like, isn't it.
Speaking of liking or not...we weren't too fun of our "Alvin" when he got out in the middle of the night two nights ago. I have a long post about that on my Blog. "sigh" I have been so paranoid that he will get out again since then!!!

At January 19, 2008 12:59 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Come check out the award I gave you just for being a Jennifer. Or at least a form of Jennifer. Wink.

At January 19, 2008 1:28 PM, Blogger Coach J said...

Catching up: I had to laugh at the can of sticks! How creative ;)
We worry, too, about the smoke coming back into the house. Tell A. he's not alone! The Coach Jenny family has to fan the smoke alarm with a pillow :)

At January 22, 2008 7:23 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Cute! What a fun memory.
: )


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