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Friday, October 8, 2010

guess who's coming to dinner?

It's definitely not what you'd expect!

On Tuesday evening our son-in-law had just barbecued steaks.  We filled our beautiful pottery dinner plates with potatoes, carrots and broccoli and the steaks and were trying to decide whether to sit at the table in the kitchen - a bit crowded - or around the coffee table in the living room.

Then it happened.  The shrill ringing of the fire alarm along with a brilliant white strobe light flashing in the condo and the hallways.  Oh my!  The baby was asleep in his crib and didn't even stir.  He was quickly packed up in his baby carrier and we all grabbed sweaters or jackets as there was a chilly wind blowing.  Then Matthew said "take your plates too".  Apparently the last time the alarm went off they were out for an hour.  So off we went down the stairs and out the doors where we had to pass by the other tenants.

Murray, Jennifer, Matthew and Baby under the blanket.

You can imagine the looks we got.  Not just four people with a baby in a carrier but ~ they all were carrying plates of hot, delicious food!  I felt kind of badly for them - not - as we went down the steps and proceeded to the curb of the parking lot.  There were a few laughs and comments but overall they were nice and didn't try to mug us for our food.

A few minutes later the firefighters arrived to check out the building.  Thankfully there wasn't any fire or smoke or anyone hurt.  A false alarm.

I have never experienced anything like this before other than those fire drills we all experience in our school days, and they were a fun break from class time.

We sat on the curb eating our cold veggies and the still delicious steak ~ shivering in the cool breeze.  I am so thankful it wasn't dark or around the freezing mark or colder or snowing or raining.  It was an experience to remember.

Murray enjoying his dinner while mine sits and gets cold while I take pictures.

And best of all, baby slept through the whole event, oblivious to our adventure and our very different venue to eat and the company that came to dinner - the fire fighters of Wood Buffalo municipality.

Well, I can't close this post without a picture of Ewan and Grandma.  What a blessing from God he is!  We are so blessed to be here with our family for this Thanksgiving weekend. 

I want to wish each one of my Canadian readers a blessed Thanksgiving weekend.  Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Blessings to one and all,


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