Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kind of a laid back day, where we didn't have to get up too early for anything in particular. I cooked a pancake breakfast, and everything was eaten - so I'm guessing they must have liked the pancakes... ;-) When we finally did get moving, to doing something outside of the house, we went shopping for a new bookcase, for the living room. Jason has all these books and DVDs and no where, other than in some cases, to keep them. It seemed like a natural choice to go for a bookcase. I guess Jason had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to get, because we walked into Jerome's and the sales guy came walking up to me (they always do that) and I redirected him to Jason. Jason told him what he was interested in, and the young man took us over to the bookcases. Jason spent all of five minutes looking at them and said I want that one, and I was very pleased with his choice.

It was a nice case, of medium height, and the color was a very close match to the rest of the furniture in the living room, as well as the style. It looks like it has the correct capacity, though I think maybe one more shelf would have been better (I asked and they don't have any additional shelves for it). Most importantly the price was right within budget, and in a matter of just a few minutes we were headed back out of the store, and that task was completed. Typically, when Linda goes shopping, it takes much longer to get in and back out of any given store; so, when we were done in about 10 minutes she felt like it had been a whirlwind visit and that we must have done something wrong. She was, however very happy with what we bought and is anxious to get things organized on the shelves.

After lunch, and a nap for the girls, we headed over to Anthony's for a little get-together, and barbeque. We took the girls over to the park, by his place and the girls had a great time. As usual, both of them were running and climbing on all that they could. Jackie got on to the swings and didn't want to get off, even after we mentioned that we needed to go fix dinner. Anthony did a great job of cooking the chicken, and burgers for everyone, and in about an hour and a half, we were ready to get back to the house. It wasn't late yet, but it wasn't early either. The girls needed to get a bath, as Jason also needed to get a shower and a dressing change. Tomorrow we have an early formation to get to, and that means we need to be up by 06:00, so that means we should attempt to get to bed a little earlier, if we can. It has been a great weekend, and we all had a great time. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support - Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Today was a great day to get outside and enjoy the wonderful weather down here. It was a little on the warmer side, but the sky was clear and blue and the entire day was great. We got up a little early, though, in hind sight, it wasn't early enough. The girls got up and so we were now all running around down stairs doing different things. Jason and I were supposed to be getting ready to take off, to go to his dog training up in Oceanside. It normally takes about 40 minutes to get there, in normal traffic conditions, and being Saturday there was going to be a little heavier traffic to contend with. The girls were all happy and having fun, but in their playfulness they were slowing us down, especially Jason, since it was, "Daddy, look at this!" or "Daddy, can you draw me a picture?"

We finally did get out of the house, and left Linda there to take care of the girls. We got to the training a little later than we wanted too, and then found out they got started later than they wanted too, so it all worked out. It usually does anyway, and that's the way I was taking today. I wasn't driving faster than normal to make up time, and it turned out that I didn't need to.

The training went well, as Jason worked on a couple of things with Gracie, and he got to meet with a couple of new trainers. Gracie is a smart dog, and the training coordinator made comment of this. She said that German Shepherd were smart dogs to begin with and Gracie was a smart German Shepherd, and it shows in the way she learns new things so well. One of the things that Jason and I have really noticed is how well she and Jackie get along. Jackie has absolutely no fear at all with Gracie, and Gracie seems to love all the attention that Jackie gives her. Jackie will put her face into Gracie's face and give her big squeezes, and in return Gracie will give her little licks on her hands and nuzzle her around... it's great to watch.

We got home and had lunch; I later left to pick up my bike from the shop. They called me last night to tell me that it was all ready. Of course this meant that I was going to get to go for a ride! The girls were now down for their naps; Jason had showered and we did the dressing changes, and he was ready for a nap; and not to be out done, Linda wanted to take a well earned nap. Since this was going on I wanted to get out and ride. I went out to Cabrillo again, and road around a bit. There are a couple of challenging trails, with a couple of good hills, and I will be going back to eventually try all of them. This time I ended up with close to 19 miles, and my legs felt like I had ridden some good hills. I need to strengthen them if I am going to be ready for the October ride... Still looking for sponsors... ;-)

Tomorrow we will be going over to Anthony Netto's for a barbeque. My guess is that we'll end up having a great time and at the end of the day everyone will be exhausted, I know I plan to be. Thank you, for all the continuing support and prayers and take care and stay positive.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Jason and the girls were up early this morning, and so were Linda and I... Actually Linda and I were the ones getting the girls up and ready to go, so that Jason could be at his formation this morning. It wasn't anywhere near as difficult as I thought it might be, to get them going. Yesterday was a pretty active day for them, so they went to bed really tired and I thought they would be tough to get up this morning. As it was, we were able to get up; get everybody in the van; and, made it over to the base with minutes to spare. Of course we did drop Jason off first and then we took the girls to day care, but that just made it a little easier for us, and Jason.

Jason's formation was his first, while being dressed in his "new" uniform. The camouflage blouse that he can now wear looks really good on him, and at the end of the formation the First Sergeant took the time to talk to all the guys, and suggested that they should consider doing the same. They are not "required" to dress in anything other than PT gear, and now SSgt Jason Ross has raised the bar, so-to-speak, with the First Sergeant apparently supporting him. The First Sergeant is also a Wounded Warrior, with an amputee to his right leg, so he knows what some of them have gone through. Anyway, it was a good gathering.

Jason had one other appointment, and it gave Linda and I some time to go visit with CMDR Ledyard, and it was nice being able to just sit down and relax and chat for a while. Sometimes all one really needs is an opportunity to just do that, relax and talk. The rest of the day was spent relaxing around the house and Linda getting a chance to go do what she really enjoys doing, and that is visiting thrift stores. Sometimes she finds some real treasures, and other times she just walks around and looks. Fortunately, most of the times she is just doing that... looking.

Tomorrow Jason will be taking Gracie to her training lessons, later in the morning. Linda and the girls will be staying at the house. We should be back before noon, so that means I will be able to get a ride in. I took my bike to one of the local shops here (I really do miss Livermore Cyclery), and they look pretty good, so I'm trusting my bike to them, we'll see what happens. Only other thing I want to do is to work on the backyard, and do some clean up there. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support - Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today was a pretty exciting day for the Ross family, as Jason was able to go to his first staff meeting in his Cami uniform. He was able to go out and purchase the blouse and get all the required aspects of it together for today's meeting. He was excited/happy, to say the least. I think he was getting tired of always wearing the PT gear, for this past year + period. The Wounded Warriors are only asked to wear the PT gear as some of them find it difficult to wear anything else. Or at least that is their official stance. With Jason coming out with a regulation uniform, at least the blouse, it is going to put pressure on the others to do the same. I think the First Sergeant was pleased with what he saw with Jason, as was the C.O. See picture below.

The rest of the day was relaxed and comfortable, with a few things getting done and taken care of. We, Linda and I, even were able to take care of the DMV handicap placard today. We picked up the girls this afternoon and then I went for a nice bike ride out to Cabrillo National Park (~15 miles round trip), that allowed me to work on some hills (I still need to work on hills more). The girls had a great time today, even though they got to their day care later in the morning, and then we found out that they will be staying with us through this Sunday. We're waiting to get a solid schedule put together, but as long as we have them most of the time we're all happy.

Tomorrow is Friday, and I will be taking my bike in for servicing, so not too many bike rides for the next few days. Jason also has an early formation, as well as other appointments, so we'll be kept busy. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support - Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I apologize for having two days in a row with little to share, but basically the situation is that Jason is doing as well as he every has, and the wounds are looking better each day. He is getting a good work out in Physical Therapy, and things are all moving in the right direction with all the other treatment. Today, along with all the other things he had to do with his schedule, he was also invited, along with everyone else who is a part of the C5 clinic, to lunch. It was a very nice luncheon, provided by a volunteer organization that supports the Wounded Warriors, and especially to those of C5. Now tomorrow morning he is invited to a special breakfast, at 07:30, so now I'm wondering if there is a new plan to make sure these guys all get fed... ;-)

Actually, we'll get over to the breakfast and then back to the house to pick up the girls and Linda and get them to Day Care (yeah, they are with us again). Jason didn't think there was a need to get the girls up that early, so they will be allowed to sleep a little later... as will Linda. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Good day today, and I'm very tired, so I'll keep the post short.

Jason had a couple of appointments today, and even Linda had a prescription to pick up at the pharmacy. We did get a chance to see some folks we haven't seen in a while, and that was nice. Jason had his appointments and then we went back to the house, where he took a shower before laying back down for the day. His wounds are looking much better, so I'm happy with that, though there is still much to be done. I didn't get in the bike ride I had hoped I would, so that will have to happen tomorrow sometime.

The girls will be back with us again, tomorrow, for at least a couple of days, and we're going to have fun with them, while they're here. It will be nice once the final schedule is in place, so that we can plan a little better, so for now we take it one day at a time, probably for another few days. Tomorrow, also, Jason will have a few appointments, and then back to the house around 13:00 or so. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support - take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Jason had an appointment with the VA today, and when we were originally told about the appointment we were told that we should expect around three hours to complete this particular appointment. They were to go over all his injuries; ask lots and lots of questions; and, do their best to get up-to-speed on just what Jason's condition is. That's not what happened though... We arrived at the VA, on time and within a relatively short amount of time we were in the doctor's office. She was very pleasant and said she needed to ask some questions, and started to go over a psychological type exam. I then asked if Jason minded that I was in the same room, and he had no problems with it, nor did the doctor. I then asked, about how long does she expect this to take, and she said it might take as much as 45 minutes. Jason and I just sort of looked at each other and I said, "That's not exactly what we expected." Jason then went on to explain what we were told, and she said that it wasn't the first time new patients had come in thinking they were going to be there for a longer time than what happened. She then pulled up some information, on her computer and said that the medical exam was scheduled for next week. She also went over a couple of other appointments currently scheduled for the next few weeks. It was good to hear that this had all been set up, we just wish the communication had been a little better, up front. Anyway, she got started again and in about 40 minutes she and Jason were done. I basically sat there and listened, and helped with some input a couple of times, but mostly played a video game, on my cell phone.

The rest of the day for Jason,  was spent at his house. Linda and I did a few things around the house, with an afternoon nap tucked in there. I went for a nice bike ride, while they slept, and we even had a small repair done on the floor, just before I left for the ride. Linda has been doing some of the more specific cleaning and organizing, and so far it looks pretty good. We still have a few things to get done with the living room, but that should be completed by the end of next week - maybe sooner. Linda then cooked dinner and Jason and I felt like we were being well taken care of. I like having her around. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Today was what I would call a different kind of day. We got up in the morning and the fact that Linda is here is different, but that isn't what made this a different kind of day. After breakfast we walked the girls over to their mom's house, to drop them off, and that was different, but that isn't what made this a different kind of day. What made it a different kind of day was that fact that Linda and I took off to head up to Los Angeles, and effectively left Jason alone for the majority of the day. He did have a nice visit from George Bowen and a friend (sorry I don't recall his name), and Jason really enjoyed the visit. We were up at our grandson's 1st birthday party, and didn't get home until this evening. That's what made is a different kind of day.

The birthday party was fun and we had a great time with our grandsons, and with everybody else that was there. Ethan loved being the center of attention, and Dylan didn't show any signs of being upset that he wasn't. Dylan showed us a new game of lemon baseball - where he takes one of the lemons off the tree in their backyard, and places it on his T-stand (commonly used in T-ball). The idea is to hit it with the bat and see where the lemon goes. It eventually changed to pitching the ball, where Dylan's friend started doing that and Dylan picked up the T-stand and used that as a bat. As you can imagine, the game deteriorated after that, but they still had fun.

The drive home was uneventful, just long. The traffic out of LA was horrible, but that was expected. We came back down via I15, and that moved much faster, and we got home sooner than we thought, which was good. Jason asked for Taco Bell, so we picked that up and other than one more quick trip out to Target, we stayed at the house. Tomorrow, Jason has an appointment with the VA, and that is supposed to take three hours (possibly more), and then we get to come back home. I'm going to attempt to get a short ride in, but not sure exactly how that is going to go, but I'm optimistic. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and all the support being sent our way. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

We got up this morning to the greeting of Jackie, who has now been getting out of her crib for several days. I guess its time to consider getting her a new mattress and box spring - we already have the bed. It was still fun to see her and know that she is safe. The good thing is that when she does get out of bed, on her own, all she seems to want to do is look at her books, or some of her toys.

We all got up shortly after the greeting and breakfast was put together for everyone. Jason and I were headed up to his dog training class, up in Oceanside, and the plan was for just the two of us to go. Grandma and the girls were going to remain at the house and have fun together. Jason and I left the house at about 09:15, and arrived at the training location, by the pier; or, at least that is what we thought. Apparently there had been a change and 26 of the students knew about it, and four (including Jason) did not. We were told after being there for about 30 minutes, and then we drove over to the new location. Actually, it is a better location, with more room, and fewer distractions. It is where we will be going each Saturday, from now on. The training only lasted for about 30 minutes, but that's okay, Jason and Gracie were still able to learn some new things. The drive home was a bit slow at first, then picked up after about 20 minutes of driving.

The rest of the day was spent at the house, except for when Grandma and the girls went to the park. While they were at the park I made dinner. It was a nice relaxed evening at home and the girls are really getting used to having all of us here. Tomorrow the girls go back to mom, and will be with her all day, and then we get them again on Monday, after day care.  The girls were in bed by 20:30 (8:30pm) and Grandma told them their bed time story and sang songs, while I took care of the kitchen. It was a nice and simple evening, and we all enjoyed it. Thank you, for your continued prayers and support - take care and stay positive.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jason had an appointment with his new CO, and then an appointment with PT, and that was all that was done at the Naval Base. The meeting with the CO was actually a short one, as he had already met him briefly, once before. The PT session was focused on his shoulders and lats. On top of all that excitement, we took the girls to day care and then went to go visit John Schweitzer, a friend that we went to go see perform, a couple of days back (actually about a week). He occasionally plays at one of the clubs, here in San Diego, and it was kind of nice just getting out. Anyway, that was another short visit and then we went home, Jason wanted to take a shower and get back into bed.

The girls were picked up at about 15:45 (3:45pm) and they were instantly asking when Grandma was going to be getting here, and when are we going to the airport to pick her up. They haven't been this excited to see somebody in quite a while, so it was kind of fun. I managed to keep them and their excitement, under control, and we finally went to pick up Linda at about 19:20 (7:20pm) today. It probably would have been 10 minutes sooner but for some reason the luggage came out on two different carousels, and of course Linda's bags were on both. Kind'a crazy, but we still managed to pick her up. We had all kinds of fun, and went to dinner, and then got home late. The girls were tired and went down very easily, and I'm kind of tired too, so I'll go down easy too... ;-)

Tomorrow Jason and I will be taking Gracie to their (the training is for both of them) training, and then head on back home. This will give the girls some alone time with Grandma, and Grandma some alone time with the girls. It should be a good time for all of them. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jason had no appointments today, at least that's how the day started out. I figured that I could get the girls over to their day care a little later than usual and still have plenty of time to go for a much needed bike ride. As it turned out, prior to leaving to take the girls I went in to see Jason, to say good-bye, and he tells me that he has to meet with his section leader this afternoon at 13:00. Apparently there was some paper work that needed to be done, and they had forgotten to tell Jason about it, until this morning. As it was, I still have a couple of hours to get a ride in, though I would have liked to have had three hours, without any concern about when I got back. At least I know that Linda will be here tomorrow, and that will relieve some of the time pressures that I have been working with. 

My original plan was to take some  hills and do some work on building up my lungs and legs, because hills are what I find the most challenging. I did get in over 17 miles today, with a bunch of it hills, and made it over half way to Torrey Pines. I would like to be able to make a couple of rides over Torrey Pines before the two day event comes along. Actually, I guess now is a good time to start asking for support with the ride. If you can sponsor me for the ride I would greatly appreciate it, and the amount can be anything that you're comfortable working with. I also believe that you can do it anonymously. Just go to the following web site:
www.eodride.org/sponsor-a-rider then select: San Diego CA Rider and scroll down the list until you find my name. It might be on the 2nd page or even 3rd, so don't let that first page fool you. My goal is to be higher than last year, and that means over $5,000. Okay, enough for the ride.

Tonight we had Dino Chicken Nuggets with rice and vegetables, and both girls really went after the nuggets and the veggies. Jackie also ate the rice like it was the best thing she had eaten in days. I'm not sure why they go after these things, and other things a little more reluctant to eat, but I was sure glad they ate well tonight. We stayed up afterward and played some drawing games, where one of them would suggest something and I'd do my best to draw a picture of it. Two of them, Lady GaGa and Superman ended up being just stick figures, but the girls still seemed to enjoy the fun. When I finally stopped doing it Jackie took the drawing slate to Daddy, and continued with him. I thought it was great as it got the two of them together and I'm not sure who was having the more fun. Both Stacy and Jackie told Daddy good-night and we headed off to their bed room.

When it was finally time for bed I told them a bed time story about Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket, and Stacy was totally in to the story. Jackie likes to listen, but I don't know how much she is able to follow. After that I got them to go to bed, and reminded them that Grandma was coming tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A good day for everyone, and we didn't even do much of anything. Jason had a couple of appointments this morning, and we did get the girls over to the day care, for their classes, so that was pretty much the normal of the day. We got up around 07:30 this morning - I was up at closer to 06:00, but that allowed me to have a very relaxed and slow morning. We had cereal for breakfast, so there was no push to get the girls to day care any earlier than we needed to. Typically when there are early appointments we get the girls to day care and they'll have breakfast there, with the other kids.

We did get to talk with Dr. Uebelhour, about the experimental effort to "grow" Jason some skin replacement, and found out that there was a mistake done somewhere along the way. Apparently the sample was contaminated and they weren't able to generate what they wanted. This means that it will have to be done again, and the only thing lost was the time from the first effort. It works out to about six weeks. The doctor was very apologetic about the whole thing, but it had nothing to do with him. He did tell us that the company who is generating ("growing") the replacement collagen is doing it for free, and to be honest we don't see how they can stay in business, as this is an expensive process. Once they have the collagen growing, correctly, it will be about three months before they can do a replacement attempt. We did set up a new appointment, and it will coincide with Jason's next laser treatment - just like last time.

Tomorrow there are no scheduled appointments, so I am hoping that I can get a bike ride in, and perhaps get out for more than a couple of hours. We'll get the girls over to the day care, and make sure they're doing okay, and then get back home. I am not aware of any other needs for taking up the day, so I should be able to just get out and ride. I would have liked to have been able to do it today, but there were just too many things going on that interrupted the schedule so I decided to just take the girls to the park and let them play for about a half hour, and they had a really good time.

For dinner tonight we had hot dogs and french fries, and corn. As usual, Jackie did a great job of eating all her food; well, except for what fell on the floor, but what the heck, she's only two. Stacy was quite the character, and she wanted to be sure that she got lots of ketchup on her fries, but constantly worked to wipe her face with her napkin. I had to help her a couple of times, when she missed, but hat was part of the fun. The girls had a nice bath, and made a good mess in the bathroom (I cleaned it up after) and were laughing and giggling most of the way back down to their room. I got them dressed and took them in to say, "good night" to Daddy, then put them to bed with a story and a couple of songs. It has been a good day, indeed. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support - Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

This morning started out with me helping Jason with a shower and dressing change, and then taking a quick bike ride up towards Cabrillo National Park. I didn't go all the way there because I needed to get back to the house in time to get Jason to his appointment this morning.  I made sure Jason had all he needed before going, and I also knew that if I didn't get my ride in this morning there would not be time later in the day. Besides the appointment we had some errands to take care of, and then we planned on working on the garage - going through some of the boxes and see what we could put away or toss.  As it was, we removed six boxes from the garage, with three of them ending up in the living room of the house. It was a good effort though and it allowed Jason to go back through a bunch of his stuff and see exactly where things were - some of which he had been looking for.

After putting a few hours on the garage I asked Jason if he could please go get off the chair now, and he said he would, he was getting tired (so was I). I relaxed for close to an hour and then went to pick up the girls from day care. The girls will be with us until Sunday, and then according to the schedule, we pick them up again, on Monday. Funny how things work out sometimes. Jason spent the rest of the day in bed, and I was glad about that. Larry was now over at the house and doing a few things for Jason, and that allowed me to take care of the girls and get dinner ready. We had Sloppy Joes with rice and mixed veggies. Stacy was the one to come up with dinner tonight, and I was happy to accommodate. Jackie was the one who surprised me, though. She was going after the mixed vegetables, and had them gone well before Stacy.

I told them the story of Peter Pan again, and Stacy totally enjoyed it. Jackie just likes to listen and watch what Stacy and I do, as the story progresses. I don't think she is truly following what is going on with the story, at least not yet. We all sang a couple of songs and then the girls went to sleep. It was a very nice ending to a busy day. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Early morning start with formation for Jason, and unfortunately neither of us knew that it was a formation day until about 06:30. Jason was in communication with his section leader and during their text chat he said to Jason that he would see him at formation this morning. As you might guess, Jason was surprised by this and immediately went into the "got'a get ready quick" mode. Fortunately I was already up and showered and all but dressed (still needed to put my shoes on). Because it was so short of a notice we decided to simply get the girls up, but not dress them. They could travel in the PJs, and I think they were happy to do so. I would simply bring them back here, after dropping Jason off, and then get them dressed and sort of a second start of the day. I did just that, and got them over to day care about 08:20 or so, and they were able to have the breakfast with the rest of the class.

Jason had his first appointment with the VA (they have an office on the Naval Base), and I'd have to say that it did seem to go well. We were given the opportunity to see all his medical records printed out in hard copy - it was very impressive - nearly an entire box of print, just for him. These things are all associated with his Med Boards, that will probably take place over the next several months, up to a year away. The VA guy was surprised when we told him that Jason was still undergoing surgeries, and that a couple of major ones were slated to take place this year. He asked why was the Med Board process going on, and Jason's reply was perfect..."I don't know. I told them the same and I was told that the Med Board needed to get started." The guy from the VA said that if surgery was performed, and it was related to the original injury that the Med Board process would be terminated and it would just about have to be restarted again from the beginning,  afterward. Jason's reply... "Okay." We were given some information and a nice folder and hand book, and we were done, for now.

We came back to the house and really didn't do much after that. Jason wanted Taco Bell for lunch, so we went there, on the way home (it was about 11:30), and then I was going to be going for a bike ride. As it was, we both ate our lunch and then I went up stairs, had a brief conversation with Linda and then started to get ready for a ride. I sat back on the bed and promptly fell asleep. Only slept for about an hour, but I guess I needed it, cause I was out quick. I did go for a quick ride, and turned it into an errand. Best Buy is about five miles away, and my GPS broke. Since I bought the extended warranty I wanted to take it back and exchange it. They exchanged it with little trouble, as I didn't have the receipt any longer, so they had to look it up, but it was done.

The rest of the day was relaxed and dinner was simple, and not really much to report about. Jason doesn't have an appointment until 10:00, so no rush in the morning. The girls are over with their mother, for a one day visit, and then back with us until Sunday. It is a complicated story, so suffice to say, Jason allowed the girls to be with Mom tonight. Please include the extended family in the prayers tonight, as there is a need to watch over others, as well as us, and thank you, for all that you have done for us. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day to one and all. It has been a very nice and happy "holiday" for us, and the girls got to go to the park.

We got up a little on the early side, about 07:15, but considering when we typically get up on a weekday, that was still sleeping in a bit. The girls helped me with the breakfast and then we just did a few lazy things around the house. The girls were very excited about Father's Day, though I don't think either of them really knew what it was about, other than it wasn't Daddy's birthday, yet it was his special day. We had lasagna for lunch (yes, left overs from last night) and Stacy surprised me by eating about the same amount as I did. She definitely likes lasagna. After lunch they went down for a nap, and because they knew we were going to be headed over to Mr. Netto's and then the park, it was quite easy.

Earlier in the day Sean, our youngest son, called to wish me a Happy Father's Day, and we got to chat for a few minutes. He even had time to talk with the girls. Then after the girls went down for their nap, David, Jason's older brother called and did the same, only no talking with the girls. I did some catch up on my email and other things, and then the girls got up, or I should say I got them up. I also got a chance to speak with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law (I guess everybody else was sleeping), and it was great being able to do a little catching up with them. Linda did wake up a little later and gave me a call, so I was able to speak with her. They are all up visiting with Linda's parents, for Father's Day.

It was well after 14:00 (2:00pm) and we didn't want to wait too long to get over to Anthony's place. We finally pulled out of the driveway at about 15:00 (3:00pm). One of the first things we did was to head on over to the park, and the girls headed straight for the swings. Actually that didn't last too long, and then they were up on the climbing structure. I didn't take any pictures this time, as I left the camera back at Anthony's  and probably wouldn't have had much time to snap shots anyway. Stacy has become quite skilled at climbing on everything and Jackie has no fear. This meant that I kept an eye on Stacy and followed Jackie everywhere she went. There was one thing that I thought was particularly cute, and that was this ladder like structure where Jackie was doing her best to climb, but alas her legs just weren't long enough to navigate the rungs. She seemed satisfied when I tried to explain this to her, but then a short while later she was over at it again... the determined type.

We, had some grilled burgers at Anthony's and they were good, as usual. It was amazing watching Stacy put away her burger, and then Jackie not really sure on how to handle hers. The saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child." In this case we were all involved in trying to keep Jackie from dropping her food on the ground and being able to actually consume the food, as opposed to wearing it. We left shortly after dinner and then I took the girls up for their bath. After that we went back down stairs and got ready for bed. They got their pj's on and both ran to tell Daddy good night. This took about another 10 minutes, and involves Jason having to hold the girls, once I hand them up to him. They then went back to their room where Papa (me) told them the story about Peter Pan, and where it all started. Stacy was so into the story that when I was done she asked me to tell it again. If I hadn't had so much to do I probably would have, but it was getting late and there were things to do. Thank you all, for all the continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Today was an incredibly fun day, especially having the girls around. We got and going, at the house, around 07:30 this morning, and it was actually a little unusual. Stacy was awake before Jackie. We got up and we all had breakfast, then we were on our way to Gracie's training. The training was up in Oceanside, so we had to plan on a 30 + minute drive. As it turned out, something was going on, on the freeway, and the CHP had completely stopped all traffic going South (we were headed North, at the time). I'm glad I had made a mental note of that, as it affected our return.

Anyway, we got to the area in Oceanside, where they were just gathering for the training to begin. Jason met a few new people, as well as connecting up with a couple that he already knew. He asked that the girls not be around for the session, as he didn't want to have the distraction for either him or Gracie, so I took the girls for a walk on their board walk, or wharf. It was actually quite a nice little place and plenty of interesting things to see, including the seals in the harbor area, but the most interesting thing was when we walked past a father and his son, as they were going fishing. The son looked to be about nine years old, and he was carrying the bait buckets. They were filled with water and sardines, and you could tell he was struggling a little with them, but determined to get them to their spot. When we passed them, apparently one of the fish jumped out of the bucket and Stacy saw it. It was still alive and we grabbed it and threw it back into the harbor. At least to give it a little bit of a chance. Needless to say, Stacy was excited and I congratulated her on catching a fish, without a poll or net. When we got back to where Jason and Gracie were she was much more than happy to tell Daddy all about the fish she "caught."

Shortly after that we were headed back down to San Diego, so we took a look at the traffic on the freeway (we could see it easily from where we were) and it didn't look too friendly. I told Jason I would just drive along the cost highway and join back on to the freeway after Torrey Pines. It was a slower route than when we drove up, but I believe it was faster than if we had taken the freeway back down. We got home about about 12:20, so I fixed lunch for everyone and then the girls went down for a nap. This gave me a chance to fold some clothes and then do a little resting of my own.

The girls got up about 16:00 (4:00pm) and then we went shopping. We needed a few things around the house, and this would give Jason a little more time to rest quietly, while we were gone. Stacy picked out the dinner for tonight, lasagna, and a little after getting back home I started dinner. The lasagna was a frozen casserole  and took over an hour to cook. We really didn't get a chance to eat until after 19:00 (7:00pm). Te girls loved the dinner and afterward I gave them chocolate cup cakes - Jason too - for desert. Baths were taken and a bed time story, then off to sleepy land. It has been an enjoyable day and I hope more to these will be coming. Not sure what we will be doing for Father's Day, but the girls did pick up a card for Daddy so we got that covered.  Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Friday, June 14, 2013

This morning was a moderately exciting morning for Jason, as he received his Navy/Marine Commendation Citation and Medal. It was the first time for me to see one presented, so it was exciting for me, too. The Battalion Commander invited me to take pictures and suggested that I just move about to get better shots, and then when the "pinning" of the medal took place he called me over to get a good close up. I thought it was really nice of him to do that for Jason, and me. It was the first time that I was a part of his formation, and I found it very interesting, and enlightening. All together it took a little under 30 minutes and we were back in the van before 08:00, headed over to his first appointment.

 Jason had a pretty easy day today, for appointments. He had a 09:00 with Physical Therapy (PT) and then one other, where he had to go get a shot. The PT appointment was with Dawn, and she worked his shoulders, to try to get them loosened up a bit. That appointment lasted for about an hour, then the shot took about 10 minutes, but that was because we had to walk to another building and get up to the fourth deck (floor -  its a Navy hospital so they don't have floors). After that we took Gracie, his dog, to her appointment and then headed back to the house.

We actually didn't get the girls until a bit later because they had to be taken into see the doctor to check out a rash or something, on the back of Stacy's leg. When they did get her they both looked great and had lots of energy (I think they like coming to the house), and one of the best things that they could have done they did. They ran back to see Daddy, and let him know they were here. It made me feel pretty good... We had dinner and then the girls played for a little bit, then got ready for bed. I read them a story about Spring, and how all the plants and animals communicate, to know that it is Spring. Afterward I went in to check on Jason to see if he needs anything (snacks,water, etc.) and then also to make sure I know what is going on in the morning. We will be taking Gracie to a training session at 11:00, over in Ocean Beach. That means I don't have to get up at 06:00 and can "sleep in" or at least attempt to... ;-) Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers - and take care and stay positive.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Today started with me going for an early bike ride (13.2 miles), and I was able to get back to the house is about an hour. I left the house at about 07:00 and rode over to Costco and then back again, though I did take a short break at Costco. It was actually quite nice, since most of the traffic was going in the other direction, on the way out and then on the way back traffic wasn't heavy anyway. One of the things that I don't like to get stuck behind is a train crossing, and when I was coming back I could see just that, a train was on the tracks and the crossing arms were down. It was about a half mile away, and by the time I got up to the crossing the arms lifted and I just kept going... it felt amazingly good.

When I came back into the house, one of the first things that Jason said was about how short a ride I had taken. I told him that I couldn't be gone too long, especially if he had that 09:00 appointment. I still needed some time to cool down and shower and get dressed. This was accomplished and we were on our way to the hospital and C5 for his appointments. Funny thing is, when we got up to his "first" appointment he found out that he didn't have one, and then remembered that he had cancelled it because the doctor wasn't going to be back until Monday (guess when the appointment is - yep, Monday). That was okay, we had a couple of other things to do so we headed over to C5 (PT). He spoke with Dawn and made sure the appoints with her were all in the right places and he had the latest updates.

After that we went over to the bank and then I went over to the VA. There happens to be an office over by Jason's bank, so that made it much easier. I finally went in to get my account moved back down here, from Palo Alto. I was pretty pleased with how easy it was to get done, since I really didn't know what I was doing, or how long it was going to take. I even got my first appointment set up for a physical. We then went on back home and Jason took a shower and I changed his dressings. His wounds are looking a little better right now, and I'm anxious to get the doctors to take a look as well. Perhaps we can leave the expander in for a little bit longer and Jason can get some benefit from it.

We had the stew I made yesterday, for dinner tonight, and it was pretty good. I meant to tell USA Tom, last night that I used some of his onions in the preparation, and they came out quite nicely - so thank you. Tomorrow we need to be up and out of the house a little earlier as he has formation, and is being awarded the Commendation Medal. I just wish he had had more time to prepare so that he might have been able to get a more appropriate uniform, and I think Jason feels the same way. We only knew about it a couple of days ago, and it takes weeks to get anything put together for Jason. I'm still going to be taking pictures... ;-) Thank you, for all your continued support and all the prayers being sent our way. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today started out with a high level of energy - I came down stairs at about 06:00 and there was Jackie standing at the bottom of the stairs. I was rather surprised at this as she has not gotten out of bed before, on her own. I immediately went into to see Jason and asked him if he had gotten her out, and he was as surprised as I was, and I simply said that it looks like we're going to be needing to get her into a different bed sooner than we thought. I would rather she have a youth bed than to have her climbing over the sides of the crib. If she were to fall from the top of the crib it would be potentially more hazardous than if she were to just roll out of the youth bed (much closer to the floor).

Anyway, that was how the morning started and then it went to getting the girls up and ready to go for the day, and feeding them breakfast. Stacy enjoys sleeping, so we don't worry too much about her getting up and running around. Just surprised Jackie doesn't wake her up with all the noise she makes. Jason had an appointment this morning, at 09:00, and we dropped the girls off at day care about 08:30. This gave us some time to go over to Bldg 26 and take care of some stuff there. We found out that Jason is going to be awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" device for valor, this Friday. We actually already knew about the commendation,  as it has been in his records for some time now, its just that it is finally being given to him at an official ceremony. I'll take some pictures, as long as they allow me to... I digress a bit -- After we were done with Bldg 26 we went over to physical therapy (PT) where Dawn was waiting for him.

As it turned out, Tommy, the resident service dog, was waiting for Gracie. They seem to like each other and tails are wagging when they see each other. Gracie wanted to go play but fortunately Tommy is a bit more controlled, and that's probably because he's a little older. When Jason got on to the table Gracie jumped up with him and started playing with Jason  - or perhaps it was Jason started playing with her. Either way they were having some fun before the PT treatment started. His visit with PT lasted for just a couple minutes over an hour, and we got to see some of the other guys, so it was a good social time for Jason too.

Once all that was over we came back to the house and Jason took a shower and got back to his bed to relax. Not much else happened until I started dinner (roasted chicken with rice and cooked carrots and a mango salad). I wasn't sure about the timing of having everything being done at the same time, yet it all worked out, except for the carrots. I had to let them cook a few minutes longer and they still came out just the way I like them, cooked but still a little crunchy. There was clean up and then off to do the blog. Typically just before I do the blog I get a call from Linda and we talk for at least 30 minutes, sometimes longer, depending on how many times we talked during the day. She told me she had had a good day and become more involved with the Blue Star Moms.

Tomorrow Jason starts his day with a 09:00 appointment with Infectious Disease, as they want to do a check up on his. I am going to get up to do a quick bike ride in the morning and see where the day takes us. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

If these past two days is any indication as to how the summer is going to be for us, then I have just two things to say about that. 1) We're going to have a lot of fun with the girls; 2) I'm definitely going to be getting in better shape. Those two have always had a high level of energy, and it seems to be getting higher! They love to go out in to the backyard and ride their scooters and bike, and even chase each other around. Gracie is still doing her best to figure out the relationship of the girls to Jason and me, but that's okay, she seems to be taking it in stride.

We got up early enough to get the girls a nice relaxed breakfast; their new favorite cereal is Rice Krispies, and Jackie is getting better at feeding herself. She see Stacy doing things and is now paying attention more and trying to copy her more. This is all a normal sign of growing up, and it makes Jason feel good about how the girls are going. After breakfast we finished getting dressed and headed over to the base to drop the girls off at day care; take care of a few things dealing with more paperwork; and, then I had to head off to the dentist. Jason still had a few things to do so he stayed at the base.

Fortunately I only had to have a few things done, more a maintenance visit, as the first visit showed that I do have a pretty good practice of taking care of my teeth. Dr. Salgado is a great dentist and on top of that he wants to do all he can to help us out; which means providing dental care for Linda and I at no charge. He and is wife Stephanie are two of the best people you'll ever want to meet and get to know, and I'm glad we did just that - get to know them.

After the dental visit I headed back to the base and picked up Jason. I had told him that I should be back at around 13:00 (1pm) and I arrived at 13:20. He had been doing some shopping and visiting and had pretty much finished just after 13:00. He was waiting out in the shade for about 15 minutes, when I arrived. We went back to the house, where he wanted to shower and get some lunch. Once that was all done I caught up on some of my email and PMI stuff, then headed back to the day care to pick up the girls. We all came back home and the rest was pretty much just having fun outside and then reading books together. Stacy wants to ready books to Jackie and Jackie wants to have books read to her. The only problem with that is that Stacy really doesn't quite know how to read just yet, but it shouldn't be too long now.

We had dinner; the girls took a bath; Daddy played with them for a little while; and Grandpa read them a story, before going to bed. I think they are going to sleep well tonight - I know I am. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Well, I just got the girls down for the evening about 1/2 an hour ago, and I am tired. Those two have so much energy, especially when they first come over, and tonight I kind of let them play right up to bed time, so  the blame really is all mine. We had loads of fun though, followed by a bed time story, so even though I am tired, I'm happy.

Jason had formation early this morning, and it was over pretty quickly. That made it better since we had things we needed to get done. Jason had to visit a number of areas to make sure all his appointments were in place, so that he doesn't loose any momentum, going forward. For those that don't remember, Jason has been on leave for the past two weeks, and therefore there really weren't many appointments. Now that we're getting back into the swing of things, the appointments are back. On top of that he set up some follow up appointments with Derm and Plastics to see what the next steps are going to be.

We finished up at the hospital in about 75-80 minutes then headed back to the house. Jason wanted to take an early shower, so that was the next thing accomplished. The wounds on his left side are looking much better, with that one on his right giving me concern (part of the reason for the appointments with Derm and Plastics). Once he was comfortable in his bed I took off to take care of a couple of things and was completely done before noon. We both were happy with a nice bowl of soup, and then I took care of my email. When I was done with that I took off to pick up the girls, and came on back home.

All-in-all, it was a very nice day. Got a few things done, besides the two loads of laundry, and now we're just about ready for bed. It isn't too late, yet late enough that I can comfortably hit the sack. Thank you, all for all the continued support and prayers - take care and stay positive.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Today was the kind of day I think Jason needed. He was able to lay back for most of the day and even had a visit from one of his Marine buddies, Josh. Of course when Josh showed up I took advantage of the visit and made them some snacks then took off for a bike ride. About the only other thing that happened, that was away from the house was when Jason and I went to the store to pick up some dog food for Gracie. I did get a chance to do some laundry, and dishes but otherwise I kicked back. Tomorrow Jason will no longer be on leave, and we have a few things that have to get taken care of, so we'll be back in the swing of things, with a routine. Also, the girls will be back with us for a couple of days, so everything is good. Thank you, for all your continued support and take care and stay positive.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Had a pretty good day today, with most of it being spent in bed, for Jason. He was feeling better today, though for some reason, he was tired. I made sure he had a good breakfast and that he was comfortable, then I went for my bike ride. Actually, I was gone for almost two hours and went just slightly over 20 miles. When I got back into the house and immediately checked on Jason, he was sleeping. This made me feel good, as I was a little concerned about being gone that long. I let Gracie (his dog) out for a bio-break, and then went upstairs to finish cooling down, so that I could take a shower. The rest of the morning was very relaxed and not a great deal was done, other than picking up the mail and then going grocery shopping.

The rest of the day was spent doing little things around the house; helping Jason with his shower and a good dressing change; and, most importantly... taking a short nap. We had plans to go out tonight to the 710 Beach Club, where a friend of Jason's was performing, and it was important to be fully rested.

We got to the club and found out that there were Blackhawk fans all over the place. The hockey playoffs are still going and the Kinds and the Blackhawks were playing. As it turned out, the Blackhawks did finally win the game, but it wasn't until after a couple of overtimes, or something, because the bands were not allowed to take the stage until much later. As it turned out, while we were waiting we got the chance to meet a few new people, several of them Marines (or former Marines), and then one in particular came over to talk with Jason, and he was there with his parents, and a brother. They are all from Chicago, Scott and Sharron S. were here visiting their sons, and they were very impressed with Jason. They were very nice and offered to buy us drinks a couple of times, though by the time we finally did get inside, they were just about leaving.It was great for us though, as it allowed us to meet some new people and to get a chance to talk with some folks, while we just waited. If we ever get to Chicago we'll need to look them up.

Finally, when the hockey game was over and the music was starting, Jason and I went inside, with Gracie. The music was loud, so we did our best to stay in the back. We did get to see John, Jason's friend, play a few songs, and it was enjoyable, but we had to leave. It was a little rough on Gracie and Jason had been up for several hours by now. We got back to the house and in a few minutes Jason was in bed. I was a little concerned about how long Jason had been up, and I think that might have been a factor as to why we left when we did as well. Now, tomorrow will be a good day to get a few more things done and prepare for the coming week. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Friday, June 7, 2013

It is a little late, so I apologize for the lateness of this post - We had a pretty good day, with a start of taking the girls to day care. We said our good-byes and now we won't have them with us again until Monday. We then decided to go out for a quick breakfast, at the Broken Yoke, and just like they advertise, they brought more food than we could, either of us, eat. Jason suggested that we go see the new movie, Now You See It, so we went to a matinee, and got in for a bit less than the regular cost. The movie was much better than I thought it was going to be, and for those who enjoy puzzles and trying to figure things out, I highly recommend the movie.

We then went home, so that Jason could shower and do a dressing change, and I could go for a short bike ride (first one in a few days). As usual, there was some good news and bad news, with the dressing change; where some of the wounds are closing up better, and a couple were not. We intend to get with the doctors next week to discuss what steps are to be taken, so that we can get more of a positive return for the effort. I will keep you all up-to-date as decisions are made. After the dressing change, Larry came over and so I went off for my bike ride. I came back about 15 miles later, and checked in on the two of them, and let them know I was going to be cooling down and then taking a shower.

We were supposed to be going to dinner tonight with Sherri Beck, of EOD Warrior Foundation, so after I was dressed I went on down stairs and found out that Jason wasn't feeling particularly well, and on top of that he wasn't too anxious to get back into his chair. It was decided that I would go to the dinner, by myself and Larry was going to hang around with Jason as long as he could. It was good to see Sherri, and the other couple that made the dinner, but it would have been better if Jason had been able to make it. Actually, it would have been better if all the people who originally said they were coming, showed up. That didn't happen though, and it went from a part of 14 to a party of four. It was nice though, as we were all able to hear each other and we got to know each other a little better.

I stayed for about an hour and a half, then left. The food was good, and the service was actually some of the best I have experienced in San Diego. From that perspective I was very pleased. The down side was that Jason wasn't there, and Linda had to go back home yesterday, so she missed the dinner, too. Anyway, I went back home and Jason was feeling a little better, and it was probably good that he hadn't come, as it allowed him to relax a little more. We now have the weekend coming up and it is going to be a good one, with a few things planned, and I'll tell you about those as we accomplish them. Thank you, for all the continued prayers, and support and take care and stay positive.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The girls came over early this morning, and we were very happy to see them. Since Linda was going home today this would be the last chance for her to see them for weeks, and she always enjoys spending time with our granddaughters. Now, if she could just figure out a way to spend more time with our grandsons, then life would be wonderful.

We did eventually get the girls over to day care, but not for a couple of hours after they had arrived at our place. We had a nice breakfast of oatmeal and raisins, and that is the kind of breakfast that will stay with you for most of the day. The down side was that Linda still wasn't feeling all that well, so that put a bit of a damper on the day, that plus knowing that she was going to be leaving later in the afternoon.

I would have liked to have been able to go for a bike ride, but getting some time with Linda was much more important. We just relaxed together and got a chance to talk with Jason for a little bit. He is starting to put together some future plans with how he wants to continue with his medical treatments and surgeries, and also to keep in mind that he will eventually be getting his own house. He has to decide where he wants to have it built, and then on top of that he will be purchasing a vehicle of his own. Using a rental is nice, in that we don't have to worry too much about its overall condition, though maintenance is important. If he has his own 'car' then it will be equipped with all the bells and whistles that he wants, and hopefully they will be where he wants them to be, too.

We finally had to take Linda to the airport, and that was over way to quickly. Afterward, we went over to pick up the girls from day care and headed back to the house. Linda actually called me while we were at the day care center and told me she was on the airplane. At about the scheduled departure time a Southwest airplane flew out, so we all waved. I don't think Jackie had a good handle on what we were doing, but Stacy was enjoying the idea that she was able to say good-bye to Grandma.

The rest of the evening was pretty quiet. Larry, our in-home health care person, came over about the same time we arrived, so he was there to help with Jason. I had the girls to take care of, and then dinner to make. After dinner the girls and I played around in the front room; went on back to play with Jason and even Larry; and, then it was time to go get a bath. After the bath it was bed time story and then bed sleep time. Thank you, everyone, for all the continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

One of the first things we did today was to call up our son David, Jason's brother, and wish him a happy birthday. It is getting to be hard to believe that we have three sons over 30 years old now. I can still see, in my mind, the boys running around in the backyard, playing with the dog, and that seems like it was just a short time ago. Despite some of the challenges we have faced, it has been a good life.

 Jason was finally able to take care of something he has been wanting to do, today we headed on over to Miramar, Marine Air Station, to order Jason a new dress blue Jacket. The jacket is actually a gift from his Uncle Larry and Aunt Joyce, so in a way it is even more special. It was actually kind of comical in how the tailors had to work with him. First, the measurements that Jason went through all that trouble to get were discarded. They didn't match the form that needed to be filled out, to order the jacket. Then they had to get correct measurements, and it was very apparent that they had not had the opportunity to work with someone who was wheelchair bound, especially when they needed to get his waist measure. One of the women seemed more confident than the other two (yeah, there were three of them), and she just came over and took charge. The youngest was told to get his back length measurement and she gave this look of fear that was priceless. She actually had to "touch" Jason's back, and put her arm down towards the bottom of the seat. You could see Jason was enjoying it all, and even gave an occasional chuckle. They took several more measurements than what they did over at MCRD, when Jason was first measured, so I understood why they said the first numbers were not to be used. The jacket should be ready in a couple of months. Jason has already purchased all the other items that go with it. I was particularly impressed with the number of ribbons and medals he has collected. As soon as I can get a picture of him wearing the jacket, complete, I'll post it.

The rest of the day was spent at home, relaxing and resting. Linda still wasn't feeling 100%, so it was better that she got some extra rest. She has to travel tomorrow so we're hoping that she is at least up to the 90's, and that way the plane ride won't be too bad. She was feeling good enough to prepare dinner for us, and even do a bunch of laundry. I think sometimes that doing the laundry is kind of a release for her, where she can watch something on TV while folding clothes, and it relaxes her. I was helping with it too, as I was the one putting things into and out of the machines, and I also did a little of the folding, but I let her do all she wanted.

Jason and I will be sorry to see her go tomorrow, but on the bright side we also know that she will be coming back again. In the mean time we'll just have to deal with life on our own, and miss her.. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers - and take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I got up early today and went for a nice bike ride. It was only 15 miles, with a mix of flat and hills, and in general, it was a very nice ride. I got back to the house and both Jason and Linda were waking up, so I fixed some breakfast for Jason and did my best to figure out something for Linda. She is not feeling too well, and we're really not sure why. We think it might be a combination of several things, culminating with a meal at a restaurant, and the food being a bit too rich. It probably upset her stomach and caused her to stay down most of today. Of course Jason didn't do too much either, and I'm kind of glad that was the case. Yesterday he was up too much, with too much activity.

Tomorrow is going to be another day, like today, with most of it being spent at home. I might have to run out to the store, or some other errand, but nothing is planned right now. It is Linda's last full day with us, and we're going to miss having her around. The good news is that we plan on her being back again in a matter of a few weeks, and be able to stay longer. Of course there are some details still to be worked out, but I am confidant that it will happen. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support, and please take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Today was a very good day for Jason, and I hope for his family all together. A decision on the custody for the girls has been established; it is a 50/50 split.  This is what Jason was asking for, and has been asking for from the beginning. There are some other aspects of the decision, though I will not put that here. The important thing is that we can now plan on a more regular life schedule, and better plan on activities.

We also spent a little time over at the hospital pharmacy, as we needed to replace one of the skin meds that we had for one of the girls. The tube ruptured and stuff was oozing out the side. We needed to replace it so to the pharmacy we went. It was done in less time than they told us it would be, and that almost caused us to be late for the movie "After Earth."  The technician told Jason, and me since I was standing right there, that it would be two hours. We wanted to go see the movie so we decided to head over that way and catch an earlier showing. As it turned out, just as we arrived at the mall, where the theater is, a text message came across to Jason that it was ready to pick up. Jason wanted to get the medicine to Jackie so we jumped back in the van and headed back to the hospital. Not thinking about traffic conditions when we left, we ended up getting caught up in rush-hour traffic, and by the time we finally did pick it up and deliver it, we were almost out of time to get to the next showing. As it turned out, we did make it in time, and even had time to get some popcorn and drinks. The movie was entertaining, but in my humble opinion, far from Oscar level. Because of some of the scenes I'd suggest that if you want to see it, you see it at the theater.

Tomorrow is going to be another day where we can relax and do just about anything we want. We have a couple of things we need to take care of, like pick up Anthony Netto from the airport at about 14:00 (2pm), and got see the First Sergeant in the morning, but otherwise not much to do. I am actually planning on taking Linda out for a nice night out and enjoy some time together... finally. Jason will have company, as Anthony N. will be here to keep him company. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Today started with a nice pancake and eggs breakfast, and it always surprises me to see just how much those little girls can put away, when they really like the food on the table. Jason did a pretty good job, too, and honestly I guess Linda and I did, too. Actually, today started earlier than that, where I drove Anthony Netto to the airport at about 05:00 this morning. I got him to the airport; came back to the house; and, went back to sleep - then there was the "restart" of the day.

Not much actually happened today, and the girls were happy with just playing around the house. I guess they burned off a great deal of energy because they went down for their nap easily, and then they slept a little longer than I would have thought. Actually, that worked out good because I went for a nice bike ride, for about 90 minutes, and when I got back they were just waking up. It is sooooo nice having Linda here to help, as it allows me the luxury of being able to take off for a ride.

Stacy got out her play doctor kit; she announced that she was "Dr. Stacy" and was going to make all Daddy's boo-boos get better. Jason was a cooperative patient and "played" along with Stacy's request. I'll see about posting some pictures tomorrow.

Jason treated us to a nice dinner at the Olive Garden (one of his favorite restaurants), after coming home the girls played for awhile then it was time for baths, story-time and to bed. Tomorrow is back to the regular routine, so they will be heading off to day care, early. Jason has some early personal business to take care of, so we have to get the girls up a little earlier than they probably would like to get up. Once they get up, they sure do seem happy about going to day care; they have friends and enjoy the activities, Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

It was an early start for the girls, as Stacy had her final soccer game of the season today. After the game there was a party so she stayed over, while Jackie was brought back to the house, and eventually took a nap. Stacy got back to the house after 13:30 (1:30pm),  and then took her own nap.

I went up to Los Angeles, for a job fair that was being put on for veterans in the Los Angeles area. Because David and Miriam live up there they heard about it (actually it was Miriam who told me) and suggested that I might want to check it out. As it turned out, there were a couple of leads, so I'll follow up on those and see if I can get anything going. I spent about 90 minutes there, talking to different people, and then partaking of their generous luncheon. Afterward I went over to David's place and visited with the family and then David and I went for a short walk up to Griffith Park. It was nice, and I wished I had more time, but I needed to get headed back to San Diego.

When I got home they were all there to greet me, and they were all anxious to have dinner. Apparently they wanted to wait until I was home to eat. Actually, Linda had provided a couple of snacks for them, so they really weren't too hungry, and when dinner was eaten, they didn't eat all that much. Not much else going on, so tonight is another short entry. Tomorrow I have to take Anthony Netto to the airport, at about 05:30, so it will be another early day, though I think I'll probably just go back to bed when I get home. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.