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Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30, 2013

Today was a little different, though it still being a Saturday, and Saturdays are when Jason takes Gracie to training; so, Jason (with me driving) took Gracie to training. The difference with today is that David, Jason's older brother, went with us, as did Stacy and David's son Dylan. Unfortunately we didn't have room for all the kids, so we just took the two oldest. Grandma stayed back with Jackie (Jackie wasn't happy about the fact she couldn't go), and Miriam, David's wife, stayed with their youngest. We all had a great time, even though we "lost" one of the rockets from Stacy's Stomp Rocket.  Stacy stomped on the bladder that shot the rocket into the air, and it went way up, above the trees. When it started to come down the wind caught it and blew it just enough to make it land on the top of one of the trees. David and I did what we could to get it down, to the point of David starting to climb the tree, and the rocket just stayed where it was. Stacy still has three more rockets, so she can still play with it; we just need to be more careful as to where we are with relation to the trees. Otherwise, Dylan and Stacy had a great time at the park and got to play on the swings and other stuff, while Jason worked with Gracy.

After we came back from the park and we were invited by one of David's UCSD buddies, to an opening of his brewery, in San Diego. It actually isn't too far from where Jason and I live, so when we came back we dropped the kids off with Grandma; helped to get them lunch and settled down (it was close to nap time) and then we were at the brewery. They had all kinds of different beers there, and David and Jason both seemed to enjoy most of them - I'm not a beer drinker, and even though I did try a couple, I still thought they tasted horrible. I ended up drinking a soft drink, one of their own creations, and it was very nice.

We also saw Anthony and Angelica while we were there, so we had some extra people to visit with, and had a lunch with all the beer tasting. We stayed for about an hour and then we went back home to give Linda a break, if she needed one. The good thing was that when we got home everybody was still napping, so Jason and I decided to follow suit. I guess I slept for nearly an hour and then got up, along with everyone else. David contacted us and let us know he was providing dinner tonight, so that made it a bit easier for us. The rest of the day was fun and relaxed. I got to play with the grand kids and after David and Miriam left with the boys, it was time for Stacy and Jackie to get to bed. Tomorrow we will see them for a little longer, then they will be heading back up to Los Angeles. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29, 2013

Wow, to think that November is just about over and only one month left in this year. It has really been an eventful year and it went so fast. The solidly good news is that Jason is doing so much better and his wounds are so much more close to being closed, and it looks like it is only a matter of time before they do finally close all the way. There are still other challenges that we need to deal with, and he has some heavy decisions that need to be made, and soon, though everything seems to be going in a positive direction.

We got up early this morning and the "we" I'm referring to is me and the two girls. Linda wasn't ready to get up just yet, so I went down to play with the girls, mostly to let her get a little more sleep. She doesn't get the opportunity as often as I do, to sleep in, so I thought I'd try to help her out a little. She got up about an hour later and then shortly after that I went for another short (11.5miles) bike ride. When I left the house it was cool outside, and there were clouds, though it was dry on the streets. About at the halfway point it started to rain, and the irony didn't fail to hit me. It didn't matter if I'd turned around or just completed the ride, it was going to be about the same length. For that reason I just continued along the harbor, where I was at the time. When I did get back to the house I was both wet and sweaty, and Stacy made a point of telling me, pretty clearly, that I needed to take a shower. I told her I would after I cooled down.

We all took off for Target (all except Jason, he wanted to just stay down today), to see if we could find Jackie a new pair of shoes. When we got there we found that there were only a couple of shoes left, that were in her size (children's 9), and we didn't like either of them. Stacy wanted to know if we were going to be buying her shoes also, but then when we looked, there was only one for her. Anyway, we walked out of the store with no shoes.

The rest of the day was spent tidying up around the house and getting ready for David and his family to come over. They were coming at about 17:00 (5pm), or maybe a little later, and as it turned out they were only a little later. I had fixed a nice salmon dinner with rice and vegetables, and Miriam (David's wife) brought the desert. It was the first time to have all four kids at the house, at the same time, and it was crazy fun. Dylan, the older one and Stacy were having a great time. Stacy wanted to show him everything. Jackie wanted to get involved as well, but she doesn't quite have the skills just yet. Ethan, the youngest was happy walking around pointing at different things and announcing what they were (he's 18 months). Dinner went over well, with even the kids eating most of what was on their plates, and it was fun catching up with David and Miriam. They finally had to leave, as it was past the boys' bed time, and about time for the girls to go to bed as well. They are going to be down here for a couple of days, so we'll see them again in the morning, at about 07:30 - I'll be fixing breakfast.

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

Thursday, November 28, 2013

November 28, 2013 - Happy Thanksgiving

Today started out with a wonderfully bright day and a nice feeling in the air. I got up and wanted to head over to the gym this morning, then found out that the gym in the housing complex was closed. I hurried on back to the house, though I didn't run, and went back up to the room. It was still about 07:30 and the streets were very quiet so I let Linda know that I was planning on going for a bike ride. I gave her a little kiss on the cheek and went out the door. I rode just over 10 miles and was back to the house at just a little after 08:30. When I went back up to the room and woke up Linda she jumped and I guess she thought it was later.

We both took our shower and then I headed down to see if Jason wanted some breakfast, and he was interested. We were headed to the Hamer's for Thanksgiving, and we wanted to be there by 12:30, at the latest, so it was important that he get his shower in early. On top of that the girls were going to arrive at the house at about 10:30, so he needed to get moving soon. Well, as it turned out, Jason was watching Myth Busters, and they had a particularly interesting one with a rocket-car, and he wanted to finish it. As soon as it was over he was headed to the shower, and the girls showed up just a few minutes later.

Linda was busy in the kitchen, while all this was going on, fixing a really nice fruit salad that we were taking. As it turned out, we were all done getting ready and dressed and in the car by about 11:30. That turned out to be the right time because we got to the Hamers just a few minutes after noon. We had called and told them that we might be later, yet we arrived before anyone else. Turned out that we weren't the only ones running a little late today. Within a few minutes of us getting there, everyone had shown up and that was the beginning of a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner.

It was really nice being able to sit around and just relax and talk with all the different people, some of them we knew and others were new friends. The girls were having a great time and even Gracie enjoyed playing in their backyard (it was good to see her running all over). After dinner we all had a nice dessert and then we needed to get back home. The end of the evening was the girls sitting with Grandma and Grandpa, watching Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Tomorrow is going to be another exciting day and I hope I am able to get another post out, when it is done. Thank you all, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013

Today was another day where Jackie came into the room and asked where's Grandma, only this time Grandma was here. Linda had hid under the covers and when she heard Jackie ask the question she popped out and said, "Here I am!" Jackie thought it was wonderful and was giggling and playing all over the bed, and of course, so was Grandma... ;-)

We had a nice easy morning and I made breakfast for everyone. It was nice having everybody here, and the way it should be more often. After breakfast I took Jason to his appointments at the base and Linda stayed home with the girls, to get them ready for pictures. When we (Jason and I) were done at the base we came straight home and picked up the girls, all three of them, and headed to the photo shoot. The photographer showed a great deal of patience, as the girls were just excited to be doing something unusual, and they both love having their picture taken. Combine these two things and it is play time to the Nth degree. Even with that the photographer managed to get all the shots in and even a couple family shoots with Jason and the girls (sorry Grandma and Grandpa stayed out this time).

The rest of the day was spent at home and taking care of a few things, like getting Linda's phone going again. She now has a phone again, with the same number, and all I have to do is put some numbers into the phone book and she'll be ready. Other than that, we really didn't do much except spend the day with each other, though I did have to make one final run to the base to pick up some of the prescriptions for Jason. Not sure what is planned for tomorrow, other than maybe doing some more decorating for the holidays, and that could be fun, I already have the cookies made (yeah, we didn't eat them all, yet). Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013

Good day today, all the way around. It started out with Jason and I getting up early, so he could get to his formation and before we left Stacy and Jackie showed up and went with us. After we got done with Jason's appointments we headed back to the house, with Stacy (Jackie went to her day care and Stacy's "new" one has closed this week), and kind of just laid back for a bit. Jason had his shower and Stacy played with some of her toys. Then at about 12:30 the three of us (Jason, Stacy and me) were off to the airport to pick up Linda. She came in at about 12:30, so the timing would have been close to right on, if it hadn't been for all the traffic at the airport.

With Linda in the car we went over to have lunch, at the house and Stacy was really happy about Grandma making her sandwich. A short while after lunch we went to go pick up Jackie (Jason stayed back this time) and boy was she surprised to see Grandma there. We did a little bit of shopping, and then headed back to the house. Grandma and the girls spent a little time getting the first of the Christmas decorations up and they all had a great time. Even Joselyn (home health aid) got into the act and helped with the placement of some of the decorations on the little tree the girls have.  It was just nice all around.

Tonight, after dinner, Linda bathed the girls and then they went to bed, and then Linda and I had some alone time. The Monday Night Football game was done with the first 3 quarters, and the Niners looked to be in good shape, so I was confident when I told her I would turn the game off. We sat and watched a Robert Redford movie and simply enjoyed each other's company. It was a very nice evening. Tomorrow is going to be another very nice day, only this time it will begin with breakfast and then off to get family pictures. Thank you, for all the continued support and all the prayers being sent our way. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 24, 2013

Not much to report about today. Jason and I stayed home most of the day, and I worked on the garage (getting it organized a bit). Jason did go for a hair cut this morning, and other than that we didn't go anywhere. That's okay, tomorrow is going to be a good day, as the girls will be coming at 07:30 (maybe sooner), and then a little later Linda will be flying in and spending the week with us so it is going to be a very good week. One of the things we want to get done is to return some of the furniture we have, that we no longer need. The crib, for instance. Jackie is in a regular bed now and we simply don't have a need, or the space to keep it. Jason said he would be contacting some people tomorrow, and so will I. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 23, 2013

Well, it looks like we survived that severe weather that rolled through here these past couple of days, or at least that's what it was called on the news. It did rain pretty good for about an hour, and then off and on for parts of the day, I guess that some of the people around here just aren't ready for anything but the regular San Diego weather. Don't get me wrong, I just was taken aback by the announcement of "severe weather" when I just thought it was a little rain. I do understand that it picked up some strength as it went east, and there were some areas that did get hit hard, but around here it stays pretty tolerable.

Anyway, we didn't take Gracie to the training today, because of the rain, yesterday, so I went for an early morning bike ride. I got in 12 miles and felt pretty good, so I guess it is just a matter of finding regular time to ride, and I'll be back to my 30+mile rides and feeling much better. Jason spent most of the day in bed, as he wants to continue the healing that has been going on for the past several days. Just a few weeks ago he had five (5) significant wound areas, and now he only has two, and one of them is closing nicely. I would say that in a matter of a couple of months (maybe by the end of the year?) his wounds will finally be closed. I was talking to him about that today and he sounded confident that he would be getting better and continue doing the right things.

I did make a run to the store today to pick up a few things, and while I was there I walked past this display that had been put up (to attract customers like me I think), and I bought a few things needed to make cookies. I made 6 dozen chocolate chip Toll House cookies with nuts, and Jason has assured me they are fine. I hadn't made cookies in a few years, so I was anxious and almost excited to do some baking. I also picked up a few things to make a single-pan dinner of kielbasa with potatoes and vegetables, and that turned out pretty good, too.

The other chores I got accomplished was to hang up some of Jason's pictures in his room. I would have hung up a few more but I ran out of supplies and I didn't want to have to go out again (I'd already been to the store 3 times). I'll probably end up picking up more supplies tomorrow and hang up a few more, and pretty soon we won't have any wall space left... ;-). That's about all for now, so  thank you, for all the support and continued prayers - things are working well for us right now and I have to think it is because of all the prayers and good thoughts coming our way. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

I got up this morning and checked on Jason - he was fine. It was early so I decided it was a good day for another trip to the gym. I'm easing into the working out world again, so I mostly work on aerobics and only hit the weights lightly. I still generate a good sweat and when I'm done I head back to the house. Jason has no appointments so I simply go upstairs and take a shower then come down and help Jason with his shower. After the shower he wants to head over to Best Buy to pick up his new X-box One (I think that's how it is written). He ordered it a while back, because he didn't want to have to wait in line to get one. We actually arrived at Best Buy before they were opened, and that surprised us.

I would have thought that getting this close to the holidays the stores would all be opening at 09:00 at the latest, but not Best Buy - they open at 10:00. Anyway, we didn't have to wait very long, and once in the store Jason was the second person to get a unit at the Store Pick Up counter. I would guess our total time was about 15 minutes, and a large portion of that time was spent just chatting with folks, outside the store. I know that Best Buy was having some difficulties a couple of years back, along with a few other stores that went belly up, but it looks like they have been able to survive, at least so far.

After we had his new toy we went over to the Base, where we had been invited (all parents and grandparents were invited) to a turkey lunch. When Jackie saw us walk into her class she was so excited and jumped up and ran over to greet us. She was talking about 100 miles an hour and doing her best to take bites from both Jason's and my plates. It was great fun until it was time for us to go. Jackie was no longer happy. She thought she was going to be leaving with us and when we had to tell her we were leaving and she was staying she started to cry and ran over to the corner and laid down. The teacher said things like that happen sometimes, so we left. We did get to have our hugs and kisses before leaving, so it was a little better.

The rest of the day was laid back, and since it was raining most of the day, that was okay by us. I did clean up around the house in the morning and did a little laundry (that is kind of a never ending effort), so tonight all I had to do was figure out dinner. We had burritos, and I guess mine was a little heavier than I thought it was going to be, because after eating it I quickly felt like taking a nap. It was beans, rice, cheese and chicken, with giant tortillas... Jason's was the same. Not sure what will be happening tomorrow, as typically we go to Gracie's training, but with the rain it may be canceled. I guess we will see in the morning. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 21, 2013

A kind'a slow laid back day for the two of us. It started out with me going to the gym (yes, I've decided that I need to start doing something, since I don't get to ride that often anymore), and burning a few calories. When I came back I showered and we had breakfast - mine was kind of lite, then Jason took his shower and a dressing change. I was particularly pleased with the wounds, in how they have improved. If you look at his wound area, and divide it into quadrants, the "top" two quadrants are completely healed now, and the areas in the "lower" two areas are improving greatly. The challenge is that the skin is so very thin that it doesn't take much for new ones to suddenly show up. I've continued to use extra padding in those top areas and hope it continues to help.

Anyway, late morning we ended up heading up to Miramar to check out his uniform, Alpha's, and to see what else he needed to do. It is absolutely amazing how many uniforms he has to have, with one of the big reasons being that he needs his picture taken in it, for his records. He still wants to remain in the Marines, on active duty, and that is one of the requirements. Of course there are a few other things he needs to do, like find a place where they will allow him to work, he only wants to do EOD, and he thinks he knows how he can, but that remains to be seen - stay tuned... ;-)

While we were at Miramar, we went into the Exchange for the uniform, and then when we left we took a slight detour, as opposed to going directly to the exit. Jason saw some pajamas on a rack that he thought Stacy would really enjoy, they were Hello Kitty, and they were on clearance (takes after his mom). After that we went searching for other pajamas for Jackie and luckily we found some Princes (Disney) pajamas and so we walked out with them. This wasn't Christmas shopping, it was done because both girls are growing and need new pj's.

The rest of the day was spent here at the house, with the two of us just laying about, doing very little. I did a little cleaning and some laundry, and some cooking, but other than that, not much. Tomorrow should be another easy day, though I do need to do more work around here, and it will again start with a visit to the gym. Thank you, all for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Today we took the girls to their respective day care/pre-schools, and said our good-bye's, thinking we wouldn't be seeing them again for five days. But, as it turned out, Jason was contacted and asked to get the girls tonight, and so we did. It was actually kind of fun, and they both enjoyed the surprise. The frosting on this cake was that Jackie completed her second day with no accidents (at least up to the point of when we dropped her off) and she was very happy about it.

Jason only had the PT session for an appointment today, and then a few other things to be done at the base, so we had a relatively easy day. Tomorrow is going to be even easier, appointment wise. He and I will be heading over to Miramar to pick up some uniform and probably ordering another one, then we can do just about anything we would like after that.

I'm actually going to bed early tonight and hoping to get the full eight hours of sleep, and maybe even more. The weather looks like rain tonight (finally), and maybe some in the morning. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013

Today was a very good day for the Ross household... This morning, Jackie was up early again, and came into greet me. She looked at me and again asked where Grandma was, and then asked me why I was in Grandma's bed. I chuckled and said Grandma would be here soon and you (Jackie) can talk to her about why I sleep in this bed. She went back down stairs and went straight to her closet, where she keeps her puzzles. Jackie and Stacy both enjoy puzzles, though I'd have to say Jackie is the bigger puzzle fan. Stacy was still sound asleep, and Jason was still waking up, so I went back up stairs and brushed my teeth and washed up and got ready for the day.

I came down and before I got the girls dressed and ready for their day I checked in with Jason and asked him if he wanted some breakfast. I brought him a bowl of cereal and then got the girls up and dressed and then got their breakfasts on the table. We packed up all the needed bags and such and headed out the door at about 09:00 (+/- 5 minutes). Stacy went to her class with Daddy, and that seems to be working out well and then Jackie was taken to her class.

Jason had a single appointment this morning, and it was actually kind of short - only about 30 minutes. We headed back to the van and then back towards the house. I told Jason that I needed to get the van in for an oil change and to have them check on the tires (left front had a slow leak), and that was where we both ended up going. As it turned out the auto service center found a nail or screw in three of the four tires, with only one of them with a leak. The tire was fixed and all were rotated, along with the oil change and we were on our way. Jason seemed to enjoy the diversion of going to the shop, and doing "manly" things for a change, rather than spending the time with video games or doing stuff on line.

We finally got back to the house and had lunch, and I putted around the house for a couple of hours until I went to go pick up the girls. This is where the really good stuff happens. Both of them were happy to see me and then we made a quick trip to pick up a couple of things at the store, and by the time the rest of the day was done, Jackie had not had a single accident that day. She is beginning to get the idea of going to the potty and I, for one, am very happy about it. The down side is that I don't think there is the same level of support at the other home front, and Jason is working on that. Anyway, tomorrow is another day - Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

Today was a nice productive day, beginning with Jason having to be at formation, at 07:30, and then putting on a training session. His topic, ethics....

Apparently, from what I observed, he did a very good job, even with the challenges of incompatible software (you just got'a love Micro$oft). Jason is one of those die-hard XP users, and his entire presentation was done on XP, primarily power point slides with animation. The files were sent over to the systems at Balboa, now running on Windows 7, and things didn't seem to work as they were supposed to. It was okay though, as he was very familiar with the material and like I said, I heard others talking about it and it was all positive.

After I dropped Jason off, I took the girls to their respective day cares and then I went back to the house. My original plan was to go for a bike ride, but that didn't happen. I grabbed a quick bowl of cereal and then a call from Jason letting me know he was done and heading over to his PT appointment. I headed back over to the base and we met up. I took the time to walk around and work with the folks about his supply orders. The correct orders went in (this was shown to me) but what I received was laughable. Fortunately I have enough stuff on hand, and can get other supplies from the hospital, so that we can continue to wait for the provider to get their collective heads on straight. We'll see how it goes. I am so glad that I have a good working relationship with the people at Balboa.

Jason and I headed back home and had a quick lunch and then he rested for a short while. After that he took a shower and then I headed back out to pick up the girls. Stacy was very talkative today and presented me with a "kite" that she had put together, and even demonstrated how it worked. I gave her a big hug and said, "thank you." Jackie was just happy to see us, as she always is, and then we went back home.

Tonight was a nice and easy night, with the big point being bath time, and then a story for bed time. The girls all got to go in and say good night to Daddy and then that was pretty much it for the day. Tomorrow I can sleep in until about 07:00 (I think), and then we're on to other things. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 17, 2013

Today started off pretty much like most Sundays, when we have the girls. Jackie comes up the stairs and does her best to wake me up, asking "Where'd Grandma go?" And, it was at 06:15 this morning, so I just decided to get up, instead of laying in the bed a little longer. I went down stairs and talked with Jason and we decided to go to the early service, instead of the late morning service. I got breakfast ready for them and we enjoyed the different crowd of people, yet a few of them still knew us - I guess we're starting to look more like regulars... ;-) After service, even though the girls both had "too much to eat" for breakfast, they still went looking for the treat table, and the ladies there loved seeing them.

We spent the rest of the day taking care of a few odds and ends at the house. I did a couple loads of laundry and even changed the bedding for the girls. The girls went down for their naps really easy and when they got up decided to stay in their pajamas the rest of the day, even through dinner. That was the other thing, when I spoke to Jason about dinner Stacy says she wants breakfast for dinner. She wanted pancakes and eggs. I thought, why not, I haven't done that in a while, and it is pretty easy to do.

Tonight, I was watching some football (the Niners botched a game they should have won), when Stacy announced she wanted to do a puppet show, and almost immediately Jackie wants to join in. Obviously Jason could hear the two of them and he came out with his own puppet and the three of them were having a great time. My only regret was that I got so involved with the show I didn't think to take any pictures, but then again, maybe this was one of those moments that was just for family, and it was wonderful. Tomorrow we have to get back into the routine, with Jason going to formation, so it is an early start for the day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013

The morning began with me, still in bed, and Jackie stomping up the stairs (my room is on the second floor), so I decided to just lay there. She came walking around to my head and said, "Where's Grandma?"

I simply replied that she wasn't here today but would be back pretty soon. Then I said, "Good morning."

Stacy followed closely behind Jackie and soon they were both in the bed, bouncing around and having all kinds of fun. I decided I guess its time to get up, since obviously I'm not getting any more sleep. It was almost 06:30, and I got up. The original plan, or at least my thought, was that I was going to be able to sleep until nearly 07:00, since I usually am up at 06:00. We all went down stairs and I made sure everything was okay, both with the girls and with Jason, who was also awake now, and then I went back up stairs to get ready for the day.

Breakfast was oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins for Jackie and me (Stacy and Jason don't want them in their oatmeal). By the time breakfast was over and everyone was dressed and ready to go, it was about 09:30, and Jason had to get to his training. Stacy was asking if we were going to get to go to Buddy Todd Park, where the training is done. I told her we were, and both girls were excited because they love the swings, and the other play ground stuff that is available to them.

We drove back to the house and enjoyed the lite traffic (traffic wasn't bad in either direction today). I made them all lunch and then it was nap time. After the nap was over (during nap time I did some laundry) the girls were up and moving again and Stacy was anxious to help me in the kitchen, so I could make dinner. We had spaghetti, and that was pretty much the day. Shortly after their bath they were in bed and I read them a couple of stories. Tomorrow should be another relaxed day, so Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013

Other than being the 38th anniversary of Linda and me getting married, today was pretty much a laid back kind of day. Yep, 38 years ago, today, we got married in the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Clara, and have traveled so many roads together. The funny thing is, that First Presbyterian Church of Santa Clara no longer exists. I believe it is now the Korean Presbyterian Church. Anyway, I hope we don't have many more anniversaries apart, this really is not the way it should be done.

Jason had a formation to go to this morning, and then a couple of appointments, with PT and with the general medicine folks who give him a shot every couple of weeks, of testosterone. The day went pretty smoothly, and as far as I can tell, there were no hick-ups. About the only thing that didn't happen today, that we thought was going to happen, was that the van we have been using is still being used by us. We were supposed to be turning it back in, since we've effectively had it for over two years now, and it apparently has been with us longer than any other van they have loaned out. Not sure why they didn't contact us, or come by to pick it up, but I suspect that they will be contacting us next week. We have another van lined up, so it really is no big deal, and even that "new" van is only going to be with us for a shorter period of time since Jason is supposed to be getting his own vehicle soon (no solid date on that just yet).

The girls were back at the house at about 14:00 (2pm) today, and right after that we went to Costco. We bought a few things we needed, and the girls had a great time going. They enjoy going to Costco because of all the "neat" stuff there, and this time it was even more exciting because there are now Christmas decorations starting to show up. Anyway, after that they had their snack and played in their room, or in the front room. We all relaxed for a short while and then I fixed dinner, cheese raviolis in a meat sauce. The girls seemed to enjoy that, too. Next came bath time and then shortly after that it was bed time. I guess more accurately it would be story time then bed time, though Jackie was sound asleep before I was done with the story. Stacy wanted me to tell a story tonight, rather than read a story, so I made up a story of a Prince Jason rescuing an entire kingdom from a fire breathing dragon. Just watching her as I told the story told me I did a good job. She was happy and went to sleep.

Tomorrow we take Gracie to the training at the park, and the girls and I will be playing on the playground area while Jason and Gracie go to their training. Otherwise, I don't know what tomorrow will bring; I just might do some chores around the house. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Novermber 14, 2013

Sorry, no new pictures today, I kind of did a photo dump yesterday, and I don't have any news ones to share today. We had a nice relaxing day, with just a couple of appointments, and the taking it easy at the house. Joselyn came to the house to once again take on the duties of the home health aid, she really does do a lot around the house, and that is good for Jason, and great for me. Tomorrow Jason has a couple of things to do at the base and then I will be working to get the garage in order. Linda is shipping down some of my stuff, and it is all going to be going in to the garage. There is plenty of room, but I also need to be sure that it is organized, and accessible. I guess that's about all for now - I still need to put away some laundry before I get to sleep, so I'll be signing off. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

Okay, we've had a day to unwind a bit and to reflect on the Salute To The Troops break we were honored with. There is so much to share and yet so little vocabulary to be able to express what took place, as well as the gratitude we feel for allowing us to be a part of the wonderful celebration. I would have liked to have seen The Gary Sinise Foundation receive a little more recognition, but I will have to be satisfied with what they did receive. Gary did get to be up on stage and had the opportunity to speak with the crowd, as well as his Fremont Street performance (It was awesome, by the way). The USO, American Airlines and MGM Grand Properties (in this case we stayed at the Mirage) all know how to put things together, and we were all treated well, and with respect. Everything was paid for, except for the couple of souvenirs we bought for the girls, from the Terry Fador show (we bought them turtle puppets). The accommodations were very good, except for the shower in Jason's room - apparently they don't have roll-in showers so with each shower Jason took there ended up water on the floor. Given the chance, we'll go again - pictures will be posted below for you to enjoy.

Today started out with the girls coming up and jumping in bed with Grandma and Grandpa. I guess they both woke up early and wanted to see Grandma (Linda), since they don't get that much time with her. We finally had them get back down stairs so we could get cleaned up and dressed and then Grandma went down stairs to get them breakfast. Actually, I am glad they got up early (06:00) because Linda had to still pack, as she had to go back home today, and this allowed her to spend a little more time with them. Jason and I did our best to run our regular type routine for getting ready and then we all got in the van to go to the base for Jason's appointments. Linda stayed home and packed.

As it turned out, it was Jason was able to get a few things out of the way and even make a change on some of the medical supplies being sent to the house. I hope the change goes through, as it will really make things much easier for us. After we were done at the base we came back to the house and picked up Linda and we went to a movie. Jason wanted to take us to see the new Thor: The Dark World, and Linda always seems  to not be able to go - today she was able to go with us. The movie was entertaining and had some cool special affects; as well as some pretty funny parts, along with the points of drama and action. Then finally there was the teaser at the end of the movie, and then it was all over. We had to get moving, since Linda needed to finish her packing and then get to the airport.

Linda did make her flight, and I was contacted to let me know she got home alright. The bright part was knowing that she will be back down in a matter of just a little over a week. The holidays are probably the most difficult for the two of us (Linda and I) because we have always been family centered and both Thanksgiving and Christmas are big family holidays, more so than the others. Anyway, we will get to see each other and it will be a time for family. Thank you, for all the support and prayers being sent our way. Take care and stay positive - Please enjoy the pictures...