Iwo Gima

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 28, 2015

Hard to believe this month is almost done, and we'll be half way through this year. As they say, "Time flies, when you're having fun."

I got the girls up this morning and because I didn't have them take a bath last night, had them take a bath this morning. It was a little out of the regular schedule, but they dealt with it. I didn't wash their hair (it really wasn't too bad anyway) because I didn't want to have to deal with wet hair and get them ready for church. The funny thing is, Stacy dressed herself today, and she looked great! She even got a few compliments on how nice she looked. I hope she maintains the sense of style. Jackie wasn't hard to get dressed, though she did want to wear other clothes than what I picked out for her. I also got some help from Stacy, and if Stacy likes it, Jackie is going to like it - generally.

We spent the rest of the day at home, where I was able to get a couple loads of laundry done and the rest of the days chores out of the way. It really has been a relaxed kind of day, all around. Jason had to deal with his new puppy, Kojak. For whatever reason, Kojak just doesn't like those dog beds. Jason has bought 3 of them since getting Kojak, and last night or early this morning Kojak attacked the third bed, and it is now out in the trash. I don't think Jason is going to be buying another bed for a couple of months, in hopes that Kojak will grow out of it. Gracie likes the beds...

We had a visit from Serving Spoons and Annie, the original contact person for us, was with them. She is home for summer break, as she will begin her second year at college, and she is looking all so grown up now. They brought us dinner, and it was very good, as it usually it. I was particularly happy to see them, because that meant I didn't have to make dinner.

Stacy and Jackie got to stay up past 20:00 (8 pm) tonight than then she read a story before going to bed. It was a story about Mickey and Goofy going to Australia, and except for a few words, she was able to get through the book pretty well. She loves to read and is always looking for new things to read and working so hard at increasing her own vocabulary. Not much else going on, so I'll sign off now, and for those that would like to buy a brick for Jason's home, just check out my FB page and you can find the information there. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 27, 2015

Got up this morning and decided that it was a better idea for me to head over to the gym, instead of trying to get out on my bike. I got a good work out in, and the girls were still sleeping when I left, so I felt like it was the right decision. When I got back, about and hour later, the girls were now up and in with their daddy, having a great time. I asked them what they wanted to for breakfast and we all decided it was going to be French Toast. Well, it was more of a directional kind of deciding, as I had already bought the bread (Texas Toast) and I kind of encouraged them to go that direction. Anyway, that's what I ended up cooking.

After breakfast I had promised to take the girls out on their bikes, so we went on over to the local school and the girls managed to get a ride in, around the parking lot. Jason called me after a single loop and asked us to come back home. Kojak had gotten himself tangled up in some wires/cables under his bed and he couldn't get Kojak out. Funny thing is, that as we were on our way back to the house it started to sprinkle a little, and so after getting Kojak untangled we decided to stay home for a little bit, and instead head over to the library. The girls wanted to get some new books and Jackie was now old enough to get her own library card.  We remained at the library for a little over an hour and then headed back home with new books and a new card for Jackie. She was very happy and proud of her new card and told Stacy that she didn't have to get her books anymore.

We decided, at that point to eat a quick lunch, as the girls said they still weren't very hungry, though they both ate a full sandwich, and all the rest of their lunches. Then it was time to get back over to the school, to ride their bikes. As we were leaving, Gary K. was showing up, and wanted to go visit Jason. I thought this was great, as I didn't have to worry about anything going wrong while we were away. As we returned (again, we were gone for about an hour) Gary was getting ready to say his good byes, and so the timing was good. I spoke with Gary about the Buy-A-Brick for Jason's house and he said he would be happy to help, and asked if it was on the blog or somewhere else. This gave me the idea of seeing if I could get it on the blog. In my search I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't go well on the blog, though I did get it on my Facebook page. So... for all those who know me via FB, you can pull down a copy from there, for right now. Just go to my page and either see it, or do a search for Build-A-Brick and you should be able to find it.

Dinner was simple tonight, as I fixed chicken pot pies, and then it was time to hit the sack, for the girls. I also needed to get some laundry done, so that happened, and then I was given a bit of a nice surprise - - - Stacy read the story tonight, before going to sleep. I helped her a little, but she managed to get all the way through the story, and it was really kind of fun. She is really starting to grow up and we're enjoying it. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015

The day began with an early call to my lovely wife, Linda, and though it was supposed to be a wake-up call, she was already up and heading out the door, to take their dog for a walk. The dog is going to miss Linda, when she and her folks head on back home next week. Seems like she has been gone for a long time now, and I am ready for her to come back home.

I went up to Fallbrook today, to check out the house and it is looking Great!. The floor is done, with only the base-board to be installed, and some other trim work. Most of the fixtures are in place as are most of the sinks and bathroom items. Next week they start the concrete work and not too long after that the yard work and landscaping begins. We are really getting close, and we're all excited. About the only thing that isn't moving fast are the Buy-a-Brick sales. I keep leaving them behind anytime I go anywhere, and keep missing opportunities to get some sold. Once Linda is back I'll be putting much more effort into it. I was hoping to have a bunch of them sold by now, and we've only been able to move about a dozen or so. If you're interested in finding out more about this, please get in touch with me, or just leave a comment. The blog has been open to comments for some time now, so if you've had problems in the past, please try again.

While up in Fallbrook I stopped in at Bonsal, and visited with their Chamber of Commerce. They are wanting to put together a music festival and as a result of previous conversations they asked me to stop and chat with them. I gave them some pointers and even attempted to get them connected with a few people, so I hope I've been of help. Also, while up there I got in a short 15 mile ride, and my legs sure feel it. The hills in that area are a bit more steep and though the ride "home" is fun and mostly down hill, the initial ride out is up some gnarly hills.

The rest of the evening has been quiet, and I am looking forward to my rest tonight. The girls will be coming in the morning, so we get to have some fun with more library visits and such. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015

A good day, again and we even had a visitor drop by. The girls went back to their mother's place and we'll see them again on Friday. Jason had an appointment with Wound Care, and things looked great there, so, aside from the continued soarness, things are going pretty good. It is probably going to be another few days (maybe a week?) before Jason is feeling like doing much more than he is right now.

The visitor we had was retired Master Chief, Fred Thomson. He is a gentelman we met a few years ago, when Jason went to go "turn wood." Fred, along with retired Maj. Gen. Tom Lighter have been running and building the turning program for the vets for several years now, and it shows just how good they are at helping these guys recover from the challenges of war and battle. Fred and Jason talked about all kinds of things, though it frequently returned to wood turning. I think Jason is thinking about setting up a turning lathe at his new house, as soon as he can get things together.

The rest of the day was just the two of us hanging around the house and doing our best to get some extra rest. Jason got the rest and I dealt with phone calls. A few of those calls were from Linda, and I'm always happyto  talk with her. Tomorrow Jason will be spending a good part of the day on his own, as I will be heading up to Fallbrook before Joselyn gets here. Heck, I might even be back before she arrives, depending on how quickly I can finish up there.

There is a new program called, "Buy a Brick," to help with the cost of the flag poll at Jason's house, and I am trying to get folks interested in at least looking at the program. The bricks cost $100, so they aren't cheap, though you do get your name in a very nice design, around Jason's flag poll, at the front of the house. That's part of what I'll be doing tomorrow, druming up interest. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015

One of those days where not much happened, and that is kind of a good thing. Jason's wounds are showing signs of healing more and we're all happy about that. Jason is still recovering from the surgery and feeling a bit tender in places, so he is better off just staying down and relaxing, and I believe that is all that is needed to keep the healing moving in a positive direction. The hard part is that Jason likes to get up and move around - something we're dealing with.

I did take the girls to the library, today, and they had a great time. Stacy and Jackie both had a chance to play a video learning game that have there. It is a Dora The Explorer game and they told me all about her. Stacy checked out four books, and even got one for Jackie. Jackie doesn't have a library card yet, though that is being rectified with paperwork.

It is getting late and I need to get to bed, so that is all I have for the blog tonight. Thank you all, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

Quite the nice day at the Ross homestead. We got up before 07:00 and when I came down stairs a few minutes after getting up, I find the girls in with their daddy, watching cartoons. I think this is one of the best times for the three of them, usually with Stacy snuggled up against Jason and Jackie close up next to Stacy. They look so comfortable I decided to leave them alone and go back and finish taking care of the kitchen - since I hadn't completed it last night.

I finally tell them that I need to get breakfast going, and that Jackie has an appointment this morning. Reluctantly they get up and Jason tells the girls that they need to go get some breakfast. I get Jason's breakfast to him and the girls are soon eating, afterward. Jackie's appointment is over at Dewey School, which is about 1/3 mile away, so it isn't too far, and we all decide to walk over - that is, Stacy, Jackie and I. Jackie has a 1-hour appointment so Stacy and I walk back home and then walk back over when it is time to pick her up. I tell the girls that tomorrow we get to go to the library, and they are both pretty excited abou it, and it made the walk back home even more fun.

For whatever reason, both the girls love going to the library, and I guess I have to give most of the credit to Linda. She got into the habit of taking them to the library all last summer, and even a few times through the school year. Both Stacy and Jackie love going through books, and now Stacy is beginning to even read those books. She likes to stop at signs along the walk and attempt to read what is written, and she does a pretty good job.

Shortly after lunch the girls go down for their "brain-rest" (they like that better than taking a nap), and then Stacy has to get to her appointment with Dr. K. Both girls like to go, as it is another "adventure" and there are things for Jackie to do there, so she isn't just sitting and waiting. Once that appointment is over we head back to the house and I am amazed, and surprised that the traffic is much better than I had anticipated.

The rest of the day, and evening was pretty easy with the girls spending more time with their daddy, and then it got to be bed time. They picked a couple of stories to be read to them and then the day was done. Jason is continuing to improve and feel better, after the surgery, and though it is slow, it is still positive. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 21, 2015 - Happy Father's Day

Well, about mid-day, yesterday, we experienced the summer solstice, and today we enjoyed the first full day of Summer! Oh, yeah, and a Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there, and even to those who are only at the point of thinking about becoming a dad. Do think about it though, as it is a very big responsibilty, and shouldn't be appraoched lightly.

Today we enjoyed having the girls come over to the house at a little after 08:00 this morning, and they were all excited about seeing Daddy and Grandpa. They gave Jason his Father's Day gift, and then I received one as well. Linda had put all this together before she left, part of her on going effort to make sure things go right, even when she isn't here. I guess that's why she was working so hard before taking off to go with her parents.

A little after the girls arrived, and the Father's Day gifts were given I told the girls we would still be going to church, and they were going to be able to go to Sunday School. Both of them became very excited and wanted to know when we were going to leave. First they had to get dressed, as I did not feel what they were wearing was appropriate for church. They were definitely wearing their "kick-back" clothes and looked "comfortable." I also had to take care of their hair, as it had not been brushed, and I know God doesn't care what you wear, or what you look like, but I think that if you can go looking better then you should.

After church we stopped and picked up a chocolate donut for Jason, and a couple for the girls. They wanted to be sure that Daddy got one. There really wasn't a great deal more done today, other than me making a quick run to the store, and me making some phone calls. I spoke with my sons, when they called me, and I also spoke with two of my brothers, when I called them. I also coordinated with a few of our friends and arranged for them to come to the house, just for a visit with Jason. I think he would like to have some visitors, just so he can look at someone, other than me. I'll make some more calls tomorrow, and see if I can get a few more friends to drop by.

We had salmon, mashed potatoes and vegetables, with a fruit salad for dinner, and I prepared it all myself. Then again, for those that know me, this is no big deal, as I like to cool. The girls got a bath and I washed their hair and even brushed it out afterward, before they went to bed. Heck, I even braded Stacy's hair and tried something different with Jackie (she didn't want a brade). I just hope they don't have a bunch of tangles in the morning. There is no school now, so they can sleep in some, and that means I can too... ;-) Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.