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Fitness and Choices

You have the perfect plan in place and the house is full of healthy foods. You are READY to rock this new fitness and weight loss. You get after it. Week one is hard, but you do it. Week two? The kids have practice every day this week. There are two basketball games....

It Can Be Hard To Set Smart Goals

Did you set a big goal this New Years? You were going to get it done in 2018. How many times in the past have you set a huge goal such as to lose 50 pounds or exercise 5 days a week, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks (or usually days) later? Why did you fail? A...

Mind Over Matter!

Mind over matter!  I find myself clinging to that mantra a lot as a FireWife.  Especially with the history my firefighter husband and I endured.  The past can never truly be buried deep enough.  It always seems to nudge it's way through my thoughts as I go about my...

Wait, you BOTH work shift work?

A little over 2 years ago, I got this crazy idea to apply for a different type of job than I had previously been working.  For years, I worked at the local community hospital as an ED nurse on an "as needed" basis.  As our children got a little older, I started...

Laundry Basket Fortress

It's a never ending cycle. Wash. Dry. Throw it in a basket. Maybe take it upstairs. If you're lucky you have a main floor laundry. Sometimes you have to scramble 2 minutes before needing to leave to find the matching sock for the three year old and oh wait..the baby...
Positive Coping Mechanisms After Critical Incident

Positive Coping Mechanisms After Critical Incident

Our firefighters head off to work every single day knowing that they may face an incident that shakes them. Sometimes that incident can replay over and over in their heads causing prolonged trauma. What most people and even Fire Families don’t realize is that...
Setting Him Up for Success

Setting Him Up for Success

There are so many duties that we tackle as FireWives. Cleaning the home, cooking dinner, taking care of kids and working jobs outside of the home just to name a few things. One of the most important things we can do though, is support our husbands. Sometimes that...
Daddygrams

Daddygrams

The boys are forever wanting to save things to give to daddy when he comes home from work. I love that they are thinking of him and want to find a connection any way they can. It’s wonderful, but where is a person supposed to store all the rocks, pictures, paper...
Visual Countdowns

Visual Countdowns

My last post I touched on using a visual countdown to show the kiddos how many days they have to wait to see their firefighter. My husband and I are blessed to be raising a child with Autism. I say that we are blessed because it has opened up our world to new ways of...
Lessons Learned Through Loving a CAL FIRE firefighter

Lessons Learned Through Loving a CAL FIRE firefighter

Hi FireWives! I am Chelsi. I have been married to a CAL FIRE firefighter for 10 years (we just celebrated our wedding anniversary a few days ago in Maui). It hasn’t always been easy loving a firefighter. Working for a state agency keeps him rather busy during...