Days never seem to work out the way one expects (or wants) them to. I have been attempting to get to the bank for the past couple of days, and because of other interrupts I have not been able to do so. Fortunately we will be heading up to Livermore tomorrow and I can get to the bank up there. Funny thing about the bank we use, and have been using for 30 + years, they seem to be plentiful up in the Bay Area, and sparse down in San Diego. Not sure why, but for right now we can still get our business done.
I began the day with doing some packing, and getting ready to do more packing. Jason had to be over at a formation, at Building 26, at 07:30 this morning, so we got an early start. The reason he was asked to come in on his leave was because he was being recognized for achieving his fourth Good Conduct Medal. I guess there aren't too many Marines who achieve this level of behavior with their Marine careers. All you have to do is stay out of trouble for three years and you qualify for the medal. Jason has been in for 12 years now, so he received his fourth one. He told me a little later that it was the first time that it was actually "presented" to him, rather than a simply notification and a First Sergeant or section leader handing it to him. Anyway, that took a little more than half an hour and then we went to get some breakfast.
After breakfast we headed back to the house where I did more packing and Jason played in the water. Well, I guess it really wasn't "play" so much as a chance to give Gracie her bath. Gracie didn't want to get a bath, but she did need one. I was surprised and pleased that Jason wanted to take care of it, for multiple reasons, not just because I was attempting to get bags packed, but I think it built a little stronger bond for him and Gracie. Funny thing is, Jason brushed her just prior to the bath, and got quite a lot of hair off her, and then in the shower/bath there was all kinds of hair down be the drain, and then he brushed her again and removed more hair. I think Jason's comment was, "Dog, how can you have so much hair?" Anyway, right after he was done with that, Jason wanted to take his own shower and get cleaned up.
A short while after that I went to go pick up the girls and let their respective teachers know that we were going to be gone all next week, so not to look for them in class. Once we got home both of them wanted to help pack, though Stacy was much more helpful than Jackie. As things were put into the bags, sometimes Jackie would want to remove them and play with them. I finally gave her, her own bag to pack and she was kept busy for a little while. Tomorrow, about the only thing left to pack are their hair brushes and accessories and tooth brushes.
Tonight we went over to Anthony Netto's, for dinner, and had a very nice time. The girls enjoyed the new grill that Anthony has, and we ended up making burritos and fajitas. Both of them were getting tired so we came back home and I read them Bible stories and finally got them to bed. This allowed me to finish doing my packing, or almost finish. I still need to pack up my toiletries and such. Heading up to Livermore tomorrow and I think I can honestly say that all of us are looking forward to it. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, Take care and stay positive.