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Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013

I was one of those crazy kind of days, where we didn't think there were any appointments, however, he was out of one of his medications (he had made an error in calculating how many he had - - he counted wrong), so he needed to go in and ask for a refill. Yep, not only was he out, he was also out of automatic refills, so it was a double reason to go in. Anyway, the need required us to go in and have to talk to a couple of different folks, and while we were there we visits a couple more. It made the stay at Balboa go a little longer, but we had to wait for the Rx to be filled anyway.

It was also one of those crazy days because Jason received a notification about how the use of utilities could possibly go up, unless a waiver was processed. The form needed to get in this week, as time was running out and we're going to be gone next week. Anyway, neither of us know 32nd Street (That is what the Naval Base is called, where we went), so we ended up driving around a bit, and even getting lost only a couple of times. Once we arrived at the right office Jason was greeted in the lobby and one of their specialists came out to speak with him. One of the first things she said, after her introduction, "Oh, with this you're exempt anyway. You don't need to worry about this." Obviously, the paperwork wasn't very clear on that, and no one else made any attempts to let us know. On the other hand, we now know 32nd Street a lot better. (didn't know they have the cheapest gas)

The rest of the day was spent at the house, and Jason was feeling pretty good, so he decided to cook dinner tonight. I guess he thought I needed a break (I probably did). He has a skill for combining things and making them come out tasting great. There was even some left over, so I know what I'll have for lunch tomorrow. The girls were full of energy today, at least once I brought them home from their CDC classes. Both of them enjoy dress up fun, and Stacy is an expert. Jackie likes to do anything big sister does, and is consistently mimicking Stacy in every way she can. Stacy seems to enjoy it, too.

Tomorrow is going to be a relatively, or maybe comparatively would be a better way to say it, easy day. I need to begin packing for our flight up north, and I need to make sure all the logistics are taken care of. I believe they are, so it should be easy to do. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 29, 2013

Kind of an interesting day for the two of us. We didn't have anything planned and no where to go, so Jason just stayed in his bed for the entire day, except for his shower and dressing change. Breakfast was simple, as I fixed cream of wheat, and lunch was soup and a sandwich. Also, I fixed the same for the girls, as they were now at the house with us. Jason received a text message from their mother and she asked him if we could take the girls today, because she needed to go to the ER. She came by at about 10:30 this morning and it did appear that something was bothering her, since she seemed to be favoring her left leg. I asked if we were going to be keeping the girls or was she going to be picking them up this evening. She didn't know at that moment and said she would let us know. Why her father wasn't able to watch the girls, I don't know, but it really doesn't matter, it is good to have them here with us.

Jackie is in the early stages of potty training, or I guess the new is toilet training. I am happy to see this as I have been working with her to let us know, and it seems the same is going on at their other home. I am hopeful that it won't be more than a few weeks to make it happen, though I did go down to Target to get some training pants/underwear for Jackie, and they didn't have any. I'll make another trip out tomorrow, to Babies R Us, and see if they have some. I was really surprised that Target didn't have any, and I didn't want to head out to Babies R Us because they aren't that close.

Tonight, when it was bed time, I had the girls brush their teeth, and Stacy is getting pretty good at it. Where I was surprised, and happy, was that Jackie is getting better at it as well. It seems both households are doing the same things, and progress is being made. I asked them if they wanted me to read them a story and they both said they wanted me to TELL them a story. I made up a story about the Land of Shapes, and a traveler who went to visit a new land, that had the one shape they didn't have... diamonds. Both the girls were having fun with the story, and even started to add to it, which made it a longer story, but that was okay. They were happy with what I did and gave me a big hug and kiss when I was done.

Tomorrow we'll be taking the girls to their Child Development Center (CDC) classes, and then take care of a couple of errands. There are no appointments, so we don't have to get the girls there too  early. On the other hand, we don't want to be too late, just so there is some consistency. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28, 2013

Well, today was a pretty good day for Jason (and me), as we weren't rushed to do much of anything this morning, and only wanted to get up to Oceanside to take Gracie up to the dog training session. We left the house with enough time to get there, and headed over to the gas station on MCRD, across the street. When we got on base we discovered there was some sort of a running event going on, and there must have been in the neighborhood of about 5,000 runners, since I saw some of the runner's bibs numbered into the high 4,000's. Anyway, this caused a bit of a delay in getting to the gas station, and then when we did finally get the gas, we were again delayed getting away from the gas station. Normally it would have taken us maybe 12 minutes to fill up, and this time it was closer to 30. Some of the other drivers, behind us were getting a bit anxious, since it was taking so long. A couple of them got out of their cars, while we were waiting and walked up to me and asked what was going on. Not sure why I became the authority, but I did my best to explain, and they didn't seem any happier. Anyway, we were on our way again.

The drive up was relatively uneventful, even if we did arrive 35 minutes late. The other folks were already working with their dogs, so Jason and Gracie headed straight over while I closed up the van. Jason let them know that he was not going to be able to make the next week's session, since we're headed up to Livermore, but he should be back the following week. After the training I asked Jason if he'd like to go home or go get something to eat. It was lunch time and the drive home usually takes a while as traffic bunches up right there. Jason suggested that we go try out Joe's Crab Shack. We'd heard  about it, and even saw it the first time we came up for the training.

So we headed over to the restaurant and as we got there we noticed that there was a kid's fair going on, and there were plenty of people around. The trouble with the event was that for some reason they decided to set up in the parking area, right were there were the most handicap parking places. I had to drive around a bit, and finally found a spot, not too far away. I actually felt we were lucky to have gotten the spot, as it wasn't too far from the restaurant. We went in, and ordered our lunches and enjoyed relaxing there for a little while. The food was good, and we didn't have to wait too long, and soon we were done, and back out the door.

We drove back down, close to the shore, since the freeway was still packed. This gave Jason and I some time to talk more, with no one else around, and it was very enjoyable. He talked about some of the things he was hoping to see happen in his life, and in the lives of the girls. He also talked a bit about where he might want to set his roots, and I was happy to hear that he liked the area. That doesn't mean he wants to stay down in this area, but it does sound like moving out of state probably won't happen.

We got back to the house and immediately started to get ready to take his shower. He was just about done when the technician from Lincoln housing came over. I had called them earlier about the refrigerator, and was concerned that it wasn't working correctly. The tech went over to work on the refrigerator and I finished up with Jason. The problem with the refrigerator was that the coil had frozen into a block of ice, and no air was able to pass through. The tech got the ice to "defrost" and it has worked well, ever since. The rest of the evening was watching some TV and taking care of a few other things, and now it is finally time for bed. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and all the support. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, September 27, 2013

September 27, 2013

Jason spent the day at home, and I think it was something that he needed. Him staying down in bed, except for shower and dressing change, only helps the healing more. He did work on the leash he is weaving together, and it looks pretty good. He completed about 5 feet and he said that it was as long as he is going to be making that one. I think, since he wants to end up with one greater than 10 feet, he will work with at least twice the length of cord, as he was using on this latest one.

I took care of a few things that I needed to get done, and I felt pretty good because I got them all done, including the smog check for my truck (Jason's old truck). The really big thing I got taken care of was making sure that the transportation plans are all in place so we can leave on October 5. Tomorrow we will be heading up to the dog training class, so we will have to get out of the house for at least part of the day. I don't think much else will be going on, so I might go for a short bike ride. I seem to feel better when I do that, and when I don't I tend to get some aches and pains. I think I've come to the realization that I'm not 21 anymore... or even 31 for that matter. Thank you for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 26, 2013

I just realized I forgot to mention something, in yesterday's post... It was the 777th blog post, since starting this blog a couple of years ago - okay, over 2 1/2 years ago. I hope it has been helpful for everyone who has been reading.

Jason and I went to the gym this morning, and did a little exercising. Actually the trip over there was to see if he could actually take advantage of the gym here in the housing area, and he was to a very limited degree. The was it went was that we got up, and headed right over; stayed for a little over 1/2 an hour and then came back. I spent my time on a stationary bike, and it did make my back feel better, though my hip started to tighten up a bit. How come you can get out of shape so fast and it takes forever to get back into shape?

After the gym we came right back home and took our showers. Jason wanted to go see the movie The Family, with Robert De Niro, and it was starting at 11:05. The movie was entertaining, and even funny in a few places, since it is a comedy, and yet it still had the "bad guy" parts where there were far too many people killed. No cars were blown up, though a house was, as well as a storage tank, but I don't want to give away too much of the movie. If you've got some time to spare and you're in the mood for some popcorn, I'd say go see it.

We got back to the house at about 13:30 (1:30pm) and Jason wanted to work on his sewing project. He's also started another project (I think I mentioned it in an earlier post) where he is weaving a leash for Gracie. He's making some good progress on that one, as it is about four feet long know, and it is the second one he's done. The first one is only about three feet, and he realized that he didn't allow enough of the cord to get the length he wants. It should end up being about 10 feet or more, when he's done. He wants to be able to wrap it around him, so that he doesn't have to hold on to it.

For dinner we had TOGOS sandwiches, and they were really good. We hadn't been to a TOGOS in several weeks, so it was nice as a change. The rest of the day was just laid back and work on the stuff we wanted to. Jason is feeling pretty good, and I am also, as we both look forward to heading back up to Livermore, early next month for the concert. From what I understand if you are still interested in going, there are some tickets left so please don't hesitate much longer. Thank you, for all the continued support and Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

Wow! What a crazy day!

It started off very much normal, and the first thing that we had to do was simply get up and get ready to go. The girls wanted breakfast so I let them pick out their clothes and then had them head out to the kitchen. It is really cute how they know the routine and want to help set the table and get the napkins and spoons while Grandpa grabs the bowls and the milk. They seem to have two favorite cereals, Cheerios and Kix. There are a few that others that they enjoy, but those two are their favorites.

We dropped the girls off at about 08:00 and after the extended good-byes (Stacy didn't want us to leave today), we headed back to the house. Before we got into the house, well, actually before we even got out of the van, Jason said he wanted to head up to Miramar because he was contacted and his clothes are ready, or at least some of them are. We grabbed some water and got back into the van and we were off.

Now that we have gone up to Miramar a couple of times it is quite easy to get there... usually. Today, however proved to be a little more challenging. I was one lane over too far to get the exit I wanted and the guy in the next lane over didn't want to let me in. I'm not sure if there was some issue he had, or if I had inadvertently cut him off or something, but as I slowed he slowed; as I sped up he sped up; and, eventually I couldn't take the exit. I simply waited to the next exit and took that one and it only cost us an additional two miles. When we got on to the Marine Air Base, something tickled Jason's thoughts because he suddenly said he would like to find the EOD folks on Miramar and go visit them.

We drove around for about 5 minutes and came to this one building that was supposed to have some information for visitors. As it turned out there were two guys from EOD right there, so I asked them to come over to the van (actually Jason spotted them and asked me to call them over).  They came over and offered to lead us to the EOD site, and that's how we managed to get there. They are located way the other side of the base, and I don't think we would have been able to find the place, so it was fortunate they were there. We came in through their garage area, since there are no ramps, and Jason had a great time just talking with them and effectively reminiscing. Jason actually knew one of the guys there and all of them seemed to know many of the same people, so Jason could comfortably talk to them about all the stuff he knew and they did too. I think it was very good for him to do this - except that it did take up all our time, and he didn't make it over to pick up the clothes... We may have to go over again tomorrow.

I needed to get back to the house to work on some projects that I was responsible for, to have delivered to the PMI Chapter I belong to. I am on the Board of Directors and we had working session going on today, as well as an annual meeting coming up. I wanted to be sure that I was ready for the meeting and that it was as good a job as I could deliver. There were a couple of other interruptions and and a bunch of phone calls both taken and made, then finally I was able to finish what I wanted. I was able to get the information delivered and now there are some follow up meetings, but basically I'm done. This means I was ready for the working session meeting that was held tonight. When it was over I felt both good and tired. Jason and I had not eaten, so we went out for a late dinner, and while there I got a chance to speak with Linda. That was probably the most relaxed call I had had all day. I don't think tomorrow will be anything like today, and we will be able to enjoy this fall weather much more, maybe even hit the gym. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 24, 2013

Easy day with very good weather, and time with the girls. The only thing that didn't happen was to get outside and play with Stacy's new "Stomp Rocket." It was one of the gifts she got for her birthday, and she really liked playing with it. She's been talking about learning more about rockets, and growing up to be able to launch bigger ones, all the way to the moon. We didn't get out side because by the time she and Jackie were done playing their Bingo game it was getting too close to dinner and then it was too late to be playing over at the park.

Jason and I went over to Costco to pick up a few things, and as hard as it is, sometimes, we went into Costco and only bought what we intended to get. We came out with spending less than $100, and didn't feel like we forgot anything. We came back to the house and kicked back for a few hours and then in the afternoon I went back over to the CDC (Child Development Center) to pick up the girls. Not sure what was going on, but the two classes were combined today, and it appeared that the girls (in fact all the students) were having a great time. They were all out side, when I arrived, and had been playing pretty hard. Stacy was out of breath, as she had just run across the yard to greet me, and Jackie was right there and jumped up and came and gave me a big hug. Hugs are always good, and when you get them from your grand kids they are even better.

We got back home and the girls started playing in the Doodle Dome, and then Stacy wanted to play with her other toys and finally with the Bingo game. I had dinner ready by 18:15 (6:15pm) and they were all done at 19:00 (7pm), and both of them ran back to watch cartoons in Daddy's room. I left them alone for about a half an hour then it was bath time and finally time to get ready for bed. I read them a couple of stories, letting each of them pick one, and now I'm playing catch up with the other stuff I want to get done. Finally, got to speak with Linda for a little while - she is working so hard on getting the house ready for the work that is about to be done there. I'll be happy to be back up there, early next month, just to see what has been done. Thank you, all for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013

Today is actually Stacy's fifth birthday, and even though there wasn't as much of a party, she still has a great day, and we had a good time before and after going to the CDC. Jason only had the one appointment today, and that was simply to get a blood test going (he has to do a blood test every few months, as well as a urine test - they're looking to make sure he is taking the medications like he is supposed to). Once we were done dropping off the girls and then having the blood drawn, we went over to MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) Exchange, so he could purchase a sewing machine. Yep, Jason is wanting to create a new "vest" for Gracie, his service dog. Actually he has a couple of projects in mind, and I think once he gets going he may start to crank out all kinds of projects. He has to learn (re-learn) how to do some of the sewing, since it has been so many years since Linda showed him how to sew, and he really didn't have a lot of time while in Afghanistan, or on the Float (26 MEU) so he's gotten rusty, to say the least. Both Mom (Linda) and Joslyn (our home health aid) are going to be working to help Jason get going, but I do believe he will be doing most of the work himself. Funny thing is, just a short time ago he was offered an internship and he was pretty excited about that; now he seems almost as excited to do the sewing. I guess it's the creative side that is coming out.

Our friend Anthony Netto is now riding a hand crank bike, one that Jason managed to get him, and he told us that he made 5K, and wants to start riding with me. I think it will be fun doing this, and it will be good to have someone to ride with, even if it is for a short distance. I can always continue on, or perhaps make a big loop and meet up on the way back. We'll just have to see how it goes.

Jason is officially on leave now, so tomorrow we're sleeping in, or at least trying to. The girls will probably be getting us up earlier than we want. There are no appointments, and the girls don't have to be over to their classes at any particular time, though we like to have them there by about 09:00 at the latest. Getting therm there at that hour gives us plenty of time to play some in the morning and still have time left over for a good breakfast. That's about all for tonight, so stay tuned for the next installment. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 22, 2013

Now that we're into Fall, the weather starts to change and the leaves begin to change colors. Well, okay, that would be if there were the traditional weather season here. In San Diego they only have two seasons - late Spring and Early Spring. Winter and Summer only last about a week each so I don't count them. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I kind of like having a dependable weather pattern to deal with and I do generally wear shorts most of the year, as do many other folks around here, its rough, but I deal with it... ;-)

Anyway, that's not what I meant to start the blog with, today. Jason is doing well and I am pleased to say that one of the areas of his wounds seems to have finally closed up. (Of course now that I've said that the skin is going to stretch and split open again). We spent so much time outside yesterday that Jason wanted to just stay in the house, and except for going to lunch with Anthony Netto and Angelica he spent most of the day in bed. The good thing about the luncheon, besides the food, was that we got to just sit and talk about the up coming concert and some of the logistics that needed to be taken care of. Anthony tends to be a busy guy so this was a good time to go over all the different items and timing of different things.

Stacy and Jackie had a great day today. One of the gifts that Stacy received was a Stomp Rocket. Grandma and Grandpa took the girls to the local park and let the girls play with it for almost an hour. There was another mom there with her boys (about the same age and the girls) and Stacy invited them to come and have some fun with them. All of them were having a great time and it just another sign that Stacy is maturing so well and ready to get into kindergarten.

Tomorrow Linda will be heading back home, and we'll be doing our best to get along without her, again. I'll be heading up to Livermore in a couple of weeks, with Jason and the girls, so we get to see her again, and I'll be spending some quality time with her, so it isn't too bad. I just wish we didn't have to deal with this gaps. Anyway, thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21, 2013

Stacy woke this morning excited to celebrate her birthday; she wore one of her princess dresses and kept asking when were we going to be going to her party at the park. I went ahead early in the truck, to secure tables and set up the decorations. Linda drove Jason and the girls later (getting her name on the van lease was such a good idea) and brought the cake and balloons. It win as  a low turnout of kids to help celebrate, and I attribute that to my poor kid-party planning skills, though I am still learning more things all the time. The kids still had a good time and because we had so much food left over Jason simply "donated" the extra pizza to a gathering of a group of people who were sitting relatively close by (I think it was a group like AA, though we didn't really know who they were).

Actually, the rest of the day was relaxed, and we ALL got a chance to take a little nap. When we were all up and moving again we got to work putting things away and general clean up. Linda got busy a little while later fixing dinner for the family, and Jason (I guess I should say, "Daddy") was busy helping Stacy build her Tangled Castle. I was glad he was doing it because there are some smaller pieces that he can see better than I can and it was good father-daughter time.

Jason's leave time officially begins today, so that the next 30 days (I think) he doesn't have to worry about formation or anything other than taking care of medical issues, and even those are simply related to issues that might come up and prescription and supply refills. Right now we are in pretty good shape on all accounts and I think the next several days are going to be spent figuring out what we need to do to make sure our trip up to Livermore, coming up soon, is as close to perfect as we can get. Thank you, for all the continued prayer and support (it really seems to be helping us significantly right now). Take care and stay positive.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20, 2013

Hooray! Linda is with us again! She came in tonight on a Southwest flight and we were very happy to see her. The flight was over 30 minutes late, but then what's new. The only bad thing associated with it was the fact that Southwest hadn't contacted me about the delay. I always leave my phone number so they can call me, allowing me the freedom to relax a little instead of hurrying down to the airport to pick her up. We spent well over a half hour just driving in circles - I just love the way airlines have gone, and service has really taken a back seat.

Anyway, Jason had a formation and an appointment today, and then that was it for the day. We did have some things to do, so that we could prepare for Stacy's birthday celebration tomorrow, and we knocked those out of the way quickly. We got back to the house and Jason got back in bed, with the hopes that he'd get some rest in prior to heading out to the airport. I kicked back for a little while, though I did bring down a load of clothes so that Linda would have less to worry about.

I went to pick up the girls but then found out, after I got back, that the girls had been at their mom's house and didn't even go in to day care today. The girls came in and they were all full of energy and so happy to be with us. We played for a little while and I helped Jackie in the Doodle Dome (a tent like structure that has a light reactive surface so that when you make a line or figure on that surface it stays the way for several seconds, Jason bought it for them), the girls both love it.

I have been dealing with sciatic pain these past several days, and the pain has been getting progressively worse. I'm afraid that if it continues through the weekend I will be needing to go to the VA and ask to have something done. The funny thing is that whenever I can get a little exercise in, the pain goes away, so I'm going to do my best to get more exercise in. It might be a challenge with Stacy's party tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013

Jason played a little basketball today, and I was able to get a few pictures of it, to share with everyone. He is doing well, and we really didn't do much else today. We got up, ate breakfast, and then Anthony Netto came over, and we went to go shoot some hoops. While he was doing that both Anthony and I were taking pictures. Afterward, we went to lunch and then turned and came back to the house. The rest of the day was spent at the house, and that was pretty much that for the day.

I am pretty excited about his weekend, as Linda is coming down for a short visit. Actually it is timed to coincide with Stacy's birthday - she's turning five! Linda will be able to stay through the entire weekend, so I get two full days of her, besides the evening tomorrow and the morning on Monday (that's when she has to fly back). Not much else going on, so please enjoy the photos ... Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

I was surprised this morning, with the early rise of Jason. Typically he is awake when I come down, and he was again today - that's nothing new - so I went in to help the girls get ready. By the time I had Jackie up and dressed, Jason was at the door, ready to brush Jackie's hair. This was a very good thing, as far as I was concerned, since I still had to get Stacy moving. Between the two of the girls, Stacy is the one who likes to stay in bed longer, and can be a little difficult to get going sometimes. Anyway, I got her up and I let her pick out her clothes, with a little help from Grandpa. Once she was dressed she went over to Daddy and let him do her hair, too. I was so very happy to see Jason getting more involved with the girls morning routine. I like him doing more and more.

We went to the base and dropped the girls off at the Child Development Center (CDC), and then on to his first appointment. The first appointment was with the folks in physical therapy, where Dawn worked him pretty good. What was particularly good about that was that he was feeling good afterward. The next appointment was with the nurse practitioner so it was a very short visit, probably no more than 20 minutes. Then on to the last appointment with Dr. Kim. When we were all done with the appointments we went to go have breakfast. We hadn't had time to eat breakfast prior to coming over, so we wanted to have something now. The girls get to eat at the CDC, and they kind of like doing that once in awhile, so we weren't worried about them being fed.

We headed on back home and spent the rest of the day at the house, and just kind of did nothing much for a little while. Anthony Netto called and asked if he could come over, as he was looking for a photo, and he knows I have a bunch of them on the laptop. As it turned out, we spent about two hours looking through all the pictures I have, and couldn't find what he wanted, though I found some that I had forgotten about. The rest of the day and into the night we still didn't do much, other than my email and taking care of a few things. Tomorrow there is no appointments, so we can sleep in, and I might not get up until 07:00. Thank you for all the support and continued prayers. Take care and stay postive.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17,2013

Today was a good day for Jason, and the rest of us actually. Jason didn't have any appointments, though we thought he did. Both of us made the same mistake in looking at the schedule (a new schedule is printed out each time a new appointment is made, and the old one discarded), and thought there was an appointment. We got up to the clinic and found out that we didn't need to be there we just turned around and left. He wanted to head over to do some shopping for Stacy, anyway. Her birthday is coming up and he was looking for a specific gift. We got to the store and there it was, so the price was good and he bought it. I think I'll make him wrap it, but then again, he'll probably just ask Mom to wrap it, when she gets here on Friday. I ordered  the birthday cake, and was assured it would be ready on Friday, and that was about the extent of all our running around.

We did have one other thing happen, that I thought was pretty cool - Jason was offered an internship with one of the defense contractors. They are local, and the work they are doing is something that is of great interest to Jason, so he is probably going to take it. Of course this would change some of the other plans on where he wants to live, but that's okay - the San Diego area isn't a bad place to settle down, and the girls seem to enjoy the area and weather, too. I'll keep you appraised on what happens, as we get more information and progress is made.

Tomorrow the girls go back to the other home for a couple of days, and then back with us on Friday. We DO have appointments tomorrow, so we will be spending some time at the base. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 15, 2013

Today was a do nothing day, and I'm glad it went that way. Well, actually Jason did go to get a hair cut, so I had to drive him over to the barber shop on MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot), and he also got cleaned up and a dressing change. Other than those couple of things, we just didn't do much around here. I'm glad because my back is giving me some trouble. I think I'm going to need to see somebody tomorrow if it doesn't start to feel better.

I hope everyone has had a chance to see the video now, and has a better feel for just exactly who Jason is and where he came from. You'll have to wait for the book to get details, and I guess I need to start working on it, if I ever hope to get it done. Although, procrastination is one of the thing I do best... ;-)

Tomorrow we have to get moving early as there is a formation for Jason (every Monday and Friday), and he hasn't missed one yet. We also get the girls back tomorrow, for a couple of days and that is going to be fun. I watched the 49ers lose to the Sea Hawks tonight, and wonder what happened. Seattle played well, for the most part, and every once in a while so did SF. They just couldn't get their act together for some reason. Oh well, I'm tired and I think I'll just go to bed now. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

This is the video that was created for the concert that is coming up in October. If you can make it to the event it would really be great to see you there. It is taking place in Livermore, CA, at the Wente Vineyard outdoor theater.

Video Created for the Warriors Concert at Wente Vineyards 

Not much else to post today, as Jason and I pretty much spent the entire day at home, and really didn't do much more than we absolutely had to do. Except for the boxes Jason wanted to go through in the garage, about 8 of them, we just talked, and rested... and watched some TV. As for the boxes... we did find what he was looking for, and he was pretty happy about it. It was a binder that had all his military history, prior to being sent off on the 26 MEU, and then Afghanistan.

Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Friday, September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

Jason got to sleep in today, and so did I... ;-)

I got up at about 07:10 and went down stairs, after cleaning up and brushing my teeth, and asked him if he would like some breakfast. For the past four days he hasn't had any breakfast because there just wasn't enough time to eat, and still get to class. Today was different, since the class, for him, didn't begin until about noon. I cooked some pancakes and eggs, and I think he was pretty happy about it. Typically he doesn't get that unless it is the weekend. Anyway, it was a slow and relaxed start to the day.

I finished up some laundry that I needed to do, including the folding and putting away, and then we went over to MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) where his class was. I let him off at class and went over to the base gas station to put some fuel into the van, then head over to Costco. Actually I debated this a little, wondering if the gas at Costco might be cheaper than on base; as it turned out I made the right choice and got the MCRD gas, which was $.04 cheaper. Then at Costco I bought some things we needed, or were running low on. I had told Jason I was going to do this, so he knew we would have stuff in the house when he came back home, and we wouldn't have to leave again.

Just about the time I came home and finished putting things away I got a call from Jason saying that he would probably be getting out at 15:00 (3pm), instead of an hour later. I told him I would be there at three and if he wasn't out I'd just wait. As it turned out, he wasn't out and I waited... for about 15 minutes, so it wasn't too bad. He hadn't had any lunch so he was starting to get hungry, as was I. We ended up heading over to a new restaurant, Gordon Birsch (I think is the name) and we had a nice early dinner. There were a few other people there, but the crowds actually didn't start showing up until we were leaving, and that was okay by me. We came home and he took his shower, with dressing change and then got in bed.

Tomorrow we will be heading over to Buddy Todd Park, for the dog training, though I think they should call it people and dog training, as the people are trained as much as the dogs. Weather is supposed to be good, so it should be a nice morning for them. I just hope there are fewer vehicles than there were last week. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013

Today was the last day of the early morning classes, and tomorrow Jason doesn't have to be there until about noon. What this really means?? Jason and I get to sleep in a little!

Today was another early start, and Jason was over at the class before 07:30, by about 10  minutes or so, and I picked him back up at 11:00, almost exactly. The funny thing is that I attempted to gain access to the base, that would have allowed me to have enough time to get to the class room, so that I could have picked up Jason just as he came out side. As it was though, the guard at the gate, the same gate I've been coming into all week, had a patrol office there that wasn't aware of the rules or something. He redirected me over to the main gate, and then I was allowed in. I wouldn't complain too much about this except that it looked to me as though he was doing it with everybody! Both of the vehicles in front of me were also over at the main gate, gaining access. When they use the Marines to man the shacks at the gates, there doesn't seem to be any problems. When they use these contractors there always seems to be something I have to do to get on base. I just wish they'd be consistent.

Anyway, we got back to the house and we had lunch. Shortly after lunch, Jason was asleep and he remained that way until almost 18:00 (6pm). Shortly after he woke he took a shower and I changed his dressings, and then we had a lite dinner. Neither of us was very hungry, and the vegetable-beef soup was actually pretty good. While Jason was sleeping I did some laundry, and there really wasn't much else to do tonight so it worked out pretty good. The only other thing I did today, while Jason was in class, was to go for a short bike ride. It was about 12 miles and I did it in under an hour, so I was feeling pretty good about it... especially since there weren't any mechanical issues.

Tomorrow is Friday, and at this point we don't have any plans for doing anything more than hang around the house. I took care of the Microsoft Office issue today, so now all I have to do is wait for them to send me the voucher that will allow me to get another key. Of course this is going to take over a month, so I still don't have the tools I paid for, but that's Micro$oft for you. Not to worry, I can still do just about everything else I want to do, and I have access to the web.

Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers, Take care and stay positive

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

September 11, came and there were a number of events throughout the city of San Diego, just as I am sure there are all over the country. Even with those events, in place to allow those, who were killed by this terrorist attack, to be remembered and, to honor those who stepped up to do what they could to show that this country remains strong. I am very proud of Jason and what he has done, serving the nation in the capacity he has, and he continues to impress me, and others with all that he continues to do.

This morning we went over to his training, and then I took the girls to their Child Development Center (CDC). I had a few things to take care of in the morning, and at about 11:00 Jason called me (and txt'd me) to let me know he was ready for pick up. We had lunch and then I called Linda, so she could hear the news... Jason has invited both of us to the Marine Ball, coming up in November. This is really a big thing, as neither of us has ever been to one, so you can imagine that Linda was pretty excited about it. I'm pretty happy about it as well, and expect that it will be a fun event for all of us.

Once we got home we had a chance to do a little relaxing, and to take care of a few other things. I was hoping to get MS Office working on the computer, but the "key" that MS said I have to use was damaged, so I now have to try to work with them via the phone, rather than  being able to go back to Best Buy to get a new key. By the time I found out what I actually had to do I found out that I had to call them by 17:00 (5pm) and it was 17:15 (5:15pm) when I found this out. Now I am going to have to attempt it again tomorrow. In my opinion, MS has far too much influence and power in this country, but that's my opinion.

Tomorrow will be another day of training for Jason and then back to the house. Finally Friday will be the last day and then we can get to next week, and back to a more "normal" setting and routine. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013

Day two of Jason's TRS training, and again we had an early start. The day did start a little differently this time, though as the girls wanted breakfast and we actually had the time for them to eat a bowl of cereal. I felt pretty good when they said they wanted breakfast, as that, to me, meant that they were eating more of what they wanted here, than at the school. We dropped Jason off and then headed over to the Child Development Center (CDC). Dropping them off is always kind of a game, with the girls saying good-bye and then me trying to get out of the class room. They usually come running over to me, holding on to my arm or legs and wanting one more hug and kiss. This usually takes about five to six minutes to get through, and they both tend to do it. The blessing is that I usually don't have a time constraint, so the extra 10 - 12 minutes is no big deal.

I did get in another short bike ride today, where I rode up to the bike shop to put some air in the tires and apparently, as I removed the pump from the stem, I broke the stem on the valve. This means that the air in the tire was able to remain in the tire, but I won't be able to fill it again. It also means the air will tend to "bleed" out a little faster, since there is no stem on the valve to pull it closed tighter. I got back to the house and had to immediately go get Jason, and then I brought him back to the house. From that point on it was more of a typical day, much like Monday was. Joslyn, out home health aid (Larry's replacement) comes in and really does a great job of helping around the place. When she comes in, it is only a matter of a few minutes that I am back out, going to pick up the girls. The girls really like her as well, so that makes it even that  much better.

This evening I fixed the girls their favorite (this week), hamburgers. Jackie ate more than Stacy, but that isn't anything unusual. After dinner we cleaned up and played around the house. Jason was sleeping so I had to come up with something quite for them to do, and allowed them to build a "tent" in their room. This lasted for a little while, and they were entertained for the time. Jackie is at that age where she jumps from one thing to the next, and never really puts much time on any one thing. It also means she tends to leave things laying around the house, so we constantly pick up after her. Fortunately Stacy is much more focused on what she does, and she doesn't create as much of a "trail" as she moves about. Tomorrow, as I take them to the CDC we won't see them again until Monday, so we will miss them, but we're getting used to the pattern more.

Thank you, for all your continued support and all the prayers being sent our way. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, September 9, 2013

September 9, 2013

Today started out early, with Jason needing to be over at his TRS (not sure what the letters mean, other than something to do with transitioning) training, over at MCRD. I initially thought we were going to be going over to Miramar, but this morning Jason said it was at MCRD. The good news is that it is effectively just across the street from his house. The tougher part was that access to the depot is a little tighter, and we had to make people aware that I would be going back and forth, without Jason in the van. It all worked out, and Jason got to class with time to spare and I was allowed back on to the depot with not problems at all.

After dropping Jason off I took the girls up to Balboa, to the Child Development Center (CDC), so the girls could get to their respective classes, and then I simply came back to the house and figured I'd wait to hear from Jason, as to when he wanted to be picked up. Shortly after arriving back home it occurred to me that I had some time available to me that I had not had in several weeks, and decided to go for a much needed bike ride. I sent Jason and text and then took off a few minutes later.

It was a nice ride, as there really wasn't much traffic, with the commute being over and lunch traffic not having started yet. There were just a relatively small number of pedestrians around and so my ride along the harbor was almost like a Sunday morning ride. It was a regular loop that I have made several times and by the time I was done with the 12 mile ride, I was pretty tired. I knew I had not ridden in several weeks, like I said earlier. I guess as you get a little older you get further out of shape much faster, and I really don't like that. I need to find the time and discipline to ride more often.

The rest of the day was spent hanging around the house and talking to various folks on the phone, and keeping my email up-to-date. It was a nice day to kind of relax. I went to pick up the girls when I went over to purchase some printer ink, and a few other things. Then tonight we had spaghetti with sausages for dinner. Anthony Netto had come over for dinner, so it was a great chance to discuss some plans with him and to just kick back and have some carefree conversation. I am hopeful that tomorrow is as much fun. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support coming our way. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

September 8, 2013

Today was a day basically spent at home and it was nice just relaxing and having the girls to play with. They spent some time with Jason, in his room and with me around the rest of the house. We had our pancake breakfast, and Stacy helped with the making of the pancakes. After lunch the girls took their naps, and Jason took his shower; then, after they got up we all went shopping at Target, to buy a few things for Stacy and a couple things for Jackie. The good news is that most of the clothes that Stacy grows out of, Jackie can put on, and Jason doesn't have to buy new clothes for her. He still does, to make sure she doesn't feel left out, but it is so nice to have all these ready to use clothes. The realization is that in a few years I don't know if that is still going to be done. Jackie is built differently than Stacy, and I suspect that she will soon be wearing larger sizes as she gets older and Stacy's clothes are always going to fit.

When the girls went to bed tonight I read two stories to them, since they each have a bed. What I had been doing is sitting on the edge of Stacy's bed and reading a story to them at night, and now that they both have beds, I have to sit on both of their beds, and thus I read two stories. It really doesn't take too much time to do the stories, so I don't mind, and the girls get extra time with Grandpa.

Next week is going to be a little different, in that we still take the girls to Balboa and drop them off at the Child Development Center (CDC); and, then we head over to Mirimar for a special training class for Jason. It will be going on for at least a week, and after the training we come back to the CDC to pick the girls back up. The thing is, this is supposed to be a one-week class, or training, and Jason can not stay up for the entire eight-hour class sessions. I don't know if that means he will have to go for two weeks or what, so my guess is we'll find something out tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

September 7, 2013

We all got up a little later than usual this morning, so that caused a change of plans for breakfast. I was originally going to be fixing pancakes and eggs for breakfast, but had to switch to the back up, cereal, because we were too short of time. That's okay, as I will do the pancake thing tomorrow... ;-)

We all went to Jason's and Gracie's dog training lessons at the park, in Oceanside, and while he was there the girls and I went and played at the park and on the swings. As it turned out, there was a bunch of things going on, including an antique car club gathering. There were all kinds of trailers around and people doing dog grooming, with a particular focus on poodles. You know, those Standard Poodles are pretty big dogs, even if they do look a little on the silly side with those hair cuts.

The girls were all over the place, though they mostly wanted to play on the swings. We also climbed the tree again, and they played on the jungle gym and train, and when we were ready to head back over to where Jason was, Stacy decided she wanted to run the jogging trail back to where Jason and Gracie were. That was fine with me, as it was less than 1/4 mile, and I really didn't have to move too fast to keep up. Before we were there Jackie asked me to pick her up and carry her the rest of the way, and then Stacy did the same as we got there. Fortunately the class was just about over so we didn't have to wait too long, to get back to the van, so we could head on home. That's where it got a little crazy with so many people there.

As the girls and I got to the van, we noticed a line of antique cars parked in a line, right behind the van. I was stuck. When we had arrived there was very limited parking, and no handicap parking to be had. I had to let Jason out first and then go park where I could. Jason was now waiting over by the ramp and we were stuck in our parking spot. The owner/driver of this cool looking old Ford pickup came running up (I was actually a little concerned as he wasn't a young guy, and didn't look to be in too good of shape - about like me I guess) I told him he didn't need to run, but I did appreciate him coming back quickly. He moved and we got out and went over to pick up Jason and Gracie. The drive home was pretty easy, compared to the ones in the past, so I was happy about that.

We got into the house and I immediately fixed them lunch. We, Jason and I, were actually kind of surprised that the girls weren't asleep, though that was probably a good thing. After lunch they all laid down and that was pretty much the day. After the girls got up they spent a bunch of time with Daddy, in his bed, where he read to them and they watched some cartoons. Then tonight, after dinner and their bath he read them a story before they went to sleep. I was very happy  to see this, and felt good about it as well. Anyway, thank you, for all the continued support and all the prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013

Today was a good day, as we got the chance to speak with the right folks with regard to the modifications needed for his wheelchair. There is going to be action done to make a "tilt" feature on the chair, and that is designed to help alleviate some of the pressure on the wounds, and even on areas that have already healed over. The good news is that the changes won't take long to do, once all the parts are received, and that leads us to the less-good news, as it will take some time to get the parts, though they may come in more quickly.

Jason is feeling good, and he is getting a good work out, each time he goes into PT. Dawn is the therapist that Jason usually works with, and Mike jumps in to help on those times when Dawn isn't there yet, or has the day off. The good thing is that Mike is one of the senior therapists there and really knows what he is doing, so Jason has two very qualified and good people working on him. While Jason is being worked on in PT I usually just sit and visit with him and the others for a little while, and then I'll walk around C5 and visit with whomever happens to be there, that I am familiar with. Since we've been connected with Balboa for almost two years now, we've gotten to know just about everyone.

We got the girls today, and they will be with us for the next five days, so that part is really good. The only thing that would make it better is if Linda were here as well. The girls really do love their Grandma, and ask for her each time they come over. Jackie is loving her new bed, and I think she is looking forward to sleeping in it for more than just one day, so that is one of the exciting things for this time. Tomorrow we will be taking Jason and Gracie up to their training lessons, so the girls and I will be playing at the park. I'm thinking that I will get up and go with pancakes, since everyone seems to like those, and a good hearty breakfast will help to hold us through the morning. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September 4, 2013

Today, Jason and I went to the base, and dropped of the girls at the Child Development Center (CDC) and then headed over to his appointments (and my one appointment, too). We were all done before noon, and then headed back to the house, so he could take a shower and relax. We were also given tickets to go see the Giants and the Padres play, and the seats we were given were very nice seats, indeed. As it turned out the Padres organization had people there to greet us, as we got to the gate, and had made arrangements for us to come in through the VIP gate. Only trouble with that was that I wasn't told until after we had arrived that we were supposed to do that, so we came in through the Home Plate gate, which is right next to it. We still were escorted to our seats, as the people who were sent to great us, found us quickly. Our tickets were actually supposed to be along first base side, but they knew we are Giants fans, so they arranged for us to sit on the third base side, and in fact, RIGHT NEXT TO the Giants dugout. It was really cool. The team arrived while I went to go get some food for Jason and I (I didn't have to, as there was a person assigned to get us whatever we wanted, but I wanted to just go take a look). Also while I was gone, the Giants sent over a representative and gave Jason a "game ball", and then later one of the foul balls that was hit in their direction. I was nearly hit by another foul ball, and didn't catch it either, but it was still cool. Anyway, we stayed for most of the game, but then had to leave as Jason was uncomfortable, so we left right after the 6th inning. The Giants finally won the game 15 to 9, with most of the runs scored after we left (I guess it got kind of crazy). I did get some good pictures, though none of them being pictures of Jason with the players. We would have had to have gotten there an hour earlier than we did. Maybe next time...

The rest of the day is devoted to trying to catch up on a few other things at the house and getting some rest. Thank you for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 3, 2013

Jason had formation this morning, and then we needed to get up to General Surgery (that's what they call the area where he goes for general examination and getting prescriptions  refilled) to see some of the folks there. I also picked up a few supplies while we were there, just to be sure we had plenty. We then went and visited a few of the other people down in C5,  and gave them a few updates on his condition and then finally over to the ASYMCA - Armed Services YMCA. All together we were in and out of the base in a a matter of a couple of hours, and then headed back to the house.

Not much else going on, other than to say we're going to be attempting another outing tomorrow, as we have been given tickets to the Giants/Padres game. We ended up with a bad experience when we went to the football game, over at Qualcomm Stadium, so we hope that this one will be better. Pet Co Park is a new facility and from what we've heard is supposed to be much more in tuned with ADA type needs. Anyway, I'll let you all know how it works out. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers.

Monday, September 2, 2013

September 2, 2013

Jason and I had a pretty good day today, as Jackie's new bed is now together and set up for her. The mattress people said they would have it here by noon and at 12:08 there was a knock on the door. They didn't hit their time, but they were close enough. After they brought the stuff in and the bed was set up Jason and I headed off to Target and purchased sheets and other such stuff. The funny part is, I am sure the girls are still going to fight over who "owns" which sheet set or blanket, and we'll have to get them to understand sharing. All part of growing up... and its wonderful.

Tomorrow we have to be over at the base for Jason's 07:30 formation, and I would like to get to bed early tonight. So with that, I'll say, good night. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 1, 2013 - Last post for today...

An interesting day for Jason and I, as we went out and found a new mattress and box for Jackie, and they will have it delivered here tomorrow morning. Now all I have to do is take down the crib and put up the new bed. Other than making a quick run to the grocery store we spent the rest of the day at home. I did some laundry and a few other odds and ends, but otherwise just relaxed. Tomorrow is labor day, and we have some things planned, like putting the new bed together, and just enjoying the weather, even if it is a bit warmer than usual. San Diego generally has moderate weather, and seldom gets about 80 to 85 degrees around here. These last few days it has been in the 90's and that is pretty warm, especially with the humidity running up around 80%. I know it gets worse in some other areas of the country, but that is extreme for around here. Jason is taking it all in stride, and does his best to avoid the hotter times of the day. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers - take care and stay positive.

Sept 1, 2013 - Update on Concert

Okay, I have the information that some of you have been requesting, and I will also be putting this out on my FB page. Sorry for any trouble it has caused, but anyway, here it is:

Concert Info:

Here are the correct links for the tickets:

Our Event Website: http://concertforwounded.com/

Each link takes you to Ticketmaster.  Tickets won't be released for sale until Tuesday (it says Wednesday on the site but I have heardTuesday).

I am encouraging people to login in to ticketmaster or create an account so that they get notified as soon as thickets go on sale.  But if they just check back Tuseday afternoon or Wednesday morning they can purchase tickets.

Take care and stay positive - we'll get there... ;-)

September 1, 2013

It was brought to my attention that the connection/link to the concert isn't working, and there are a few folks out there who are wanting to purchase tickets. I have asked about why this is the state of the website and am waiting on a reply. My guess is that someone slipped and this was thought to have been done but obviously isn't. Because it is a holiday weekend it probably won't be corrected until Tuesday at the soonest, so I ask that you hang in there and please be patient. It will be corrected though. Take care and stay positive.