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Friday, January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014

Wow, I just barley got used to 2013 and now here it is the end of January of 2014. I have a better feeling about this year, though, and think that we, as a family, will do well all around.

Jason and I got going early, as he had his formation, at 07:30, and the very good positive news is that it was short, so we were able to leave before 08:30. Both of us were hungry so we went over to The Broken Yoke and got breakfast. I guess I am going through a change of sorts, as I can't eat like I used to. I ordered a normal breakfast, but was only able to eat about half of it. The rest came home for left overs, later tonight. From breakfast we returned to the base because I had an appointment, and didn't want to miss it. Actually it was a make up appointment since the original appointment happened when I was sick a couple of weeks ago, and I didn't want to miss it again. Funny thing is, Jason apparently had missed an appointment yesterday and the doctor who he would have seen saw him and said there was an open time slot right now. Bottom line is that both of us ended up with "make up" appointments, at about the same time.

Once we left the base, again, we headed back to the house and Jason wanted to take a shower and do his daily dressing change. Once this was done we headed over Anthony Nettos for a bar-b-que of sorts. He wanted to try out some new recipes for marinade. The meat was done well and tasted pretty good, though I didn't eat too much. There were other goodies there and I wanted to try some without getting too full. There were a few other folks there and it tuned out to be a nice little party, that lasted until about 14:30 (2:30pm). We came back to the house and relaxed and I caught up on some of my email. Otherwise, other than a couple of phone calls, I didn't do much. Dinner was easy, and tomorrow is Saturday. I plan on getting out for an early bike ride, and hope to go more than 15 miles. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 30, 2014

Jason had a PT appointment today, and an appointment with Nurse Practitioner Grainie. Both of these were done by 10:30, and even a quick visit over to building 26, then we were on our way home. Actually, one of the first things I said to Jason (besides, "Good Morning!") was that I wanted to wash the van today, and was planning on taking it to the car wash, it desperately needed to be vacuumed (dog hair everywhere). I removed the two car seats and was fully intending to go to the wash. However, on the way home it started to drizzle and the sky didn't look particularly friendly, so I changed my mind. Then, again, it has been very dry to date, so maybe that was what I needed to do all along. My apologies to the state for not thinking of this sooner... ;-)

The rest of the day was relaxed, and a few personal things were taken care of. We did have the rest of Jason's soup for dinner, and we're doing our best to use the food in the house, without having to go to the store again... at least for now. We'll be gone most of next week so we don't want to have stuff just sitting around for a week. Anyway, tomorrow is another early formation and then I'm not sure what the day will bring. I will, again, attempt to get the van cleaned, but that remains to be see. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014

Another day that started a little later in the day. Jason's first appointment wasn't until 09:00, and no girls to get to school, so we didn't have the crazy push to get going. After his PT appointment (about an hour - and he is doing very well with range of motion) we headed over to Best Buy to see if his computer was ready. He received a call from them and he wanted to get his unit back. As it turned out, the laptop wasn't ready, though it was being worked on, and they said it should be ready shortly. I even asked, "should we just wander around the store until the unit is done?" They said they didn't know when it would be ready, so we went on home. Almost as soon as we walked in the door Jason's phone rang and it was Best Buy... The laptop is ready for pickup.

At that point we didn't go get it. Jason wanted to take a shower and I wanted to change the sheets on his bed. That all taken care of, so I made lunch and we just kind of relaxed around the house. Joselyn came to the house a little while later and I went for a bike ride. I had already hit the treadmill while Jason was at his PT, but I wanted to get on the bike. I rode a nice 12 mile ride, and surprisingly the traffic wasn't too bad. When I got back I took my shower and got dressed, and asked Jason if he wanted me to go pick up the laptop. He said, "Sure." It was getting a little later in the day now, so I expected traffic to be bad, but it wasn't too much, and I was back at the house in just a little over an hour. The laptop is working fine and I guess they did a good job of "cleaning" it up.

Jason cooked dinner tonight, and he made a great vegetable-beef soup. I think I must have eaten too much because a short while after eating I was ready for a nap. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and catching up on a few things, like email. In a matter of a few days we will be heading up to Hollywood to go to the 20th anniversary showing of Forest Gump, at Paramount Studios. We'll be up there for a few days, so I really don't know what to expect. I may not be able to keep up with the blog for some of those days, so please forgive any gaps, though I will do what I can. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014

Jason had an appointment with PT (Physical Therapy) this morning, and then there was possible visit to Nurse Practitioner Joanne Grainie. As it turned out he did make the PT appointment, but then decided to see Joanne tomorrow. In the mean time I wanted to do some extra walking. Linda (my wife) and I both have the Fitbit now and she has been "running" circles around me. A couple of days ago she had a day where she did over 10,000 steps, so I wanted to do the same today. As a result of my extra focus and effort I am happy to say that I too, now have a 10,000 step day. Actually I went over 11,000, but the award is for going over 10K. My guess is that she is going to do the same, and that way she'll have two to my one.

After leaving Balboa we went over to Best Buy, where Jason wanted them to work on his laptop. He has a service contract with them and the laptop has been running poorly. While he was talking to the guys there I walked the store - again to keep the focus on the steps. When we finished at Best Buy we went over to the grocery store where I wanted to get some lettuce. Once we got into the store Jason decided that he wanted to get a few things, too. Well, actually he probably made that decision before getting out of the van, he just hadn't told me. He plans on making one of his tasty stews, and I look forward to it.

The rest of the day was spent at the house, and not much else happened. I sat down to check my email and a short while later received an email, from Fitbit, stating I had received the 10K award. I was glad, because I really didn't want to do a bunch more walking around. There is another for 15K, so perhaps I'll attempt that, but on a day where I will be walking around, possibly while on vacation or something like that. Thank you, for the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014

Today started out pretty much as normal, with the weather bouncing back and forth from nice to looking like it was going to rain. We headed over to the hospital at Balboa and Jason's formation. The formation was over and then he went on to his class. The class was over in about 30 minutes, so that didn't take much time at all. That's when things got a little different.

We went to see Nurse Practitioner Grainie and Jason needed his shot (he gets an injection every two weeks) of testosterone. While waiting there she asked me if I wanted to learn how to give the shots and I replied that it was up to Jason. I was comfortable doing it, if he was comfortable with me being the one doing it. I went through a short instruction on the types of needles and how to draw the fluid and on how to inject. Then I did it, and everything went fine. Now I have another talent to add to my list of things I've learned. It also helps us to be just a little more independent and not have to come in to get the shot.

The rest of the day was spent going to a restaurant for lunch (Hooters) and eating the wrong stuff. They had a special on Boneless Buffalo Wings, all you can eat, so Jason and I both took advantage of that special. Even though the price was reasonable, and Jason received an additional discount for being military, it was a bad deal for me, and I think Jason, too. I still feel like I have a brick in my stomach and didn't have anything for dinner, and Jason didn't want any dinner either. This isn't the first time we've eaten there, and have had good experience in the past; just this time it wasn't so good. Note to self, don't do that again...

The rest of the evening has been basically about laying around the house and recovering from lunch. Tomorrow there are a couple of small appointments, and then I think we're going over to see Anthony Netto. We haven't touched base with him in a couple of weeks, and we try to stay in touch since he and Jason seem to have hit it off pretty well. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

January 26, 2014

Not much to report on, for today. We both got up a little later than usual, but actually, not too much later. I was down stairs by 07:30 and fixing Jason his breakfast - mine too. A little while after that I decided to go for a bike ride. I hadn't been on one for a couple of weeks, and the weather was reasonable, though I sure wouldn't mind if it rained. I've even threatened to wash the van, to see if that would make it rain. I did wash the truck, and that didn't do much.

The ride was only 11 miles, and I could tell that I hadn't ridden in a while. It still felt pretty good, and I was glad that I chose the route I did. If I'd gone much farther I think I would have been exhausted when I got home. As it was, I was just very tired... ;-)

The rest of the day consisted of taking care of a couple of personal things; washing a load of clothes and dishes; and fixing the meals. Jason basically used the time to just sit back and relax. Tomorrow he will be heading off for his formation and I'm not sure what I'll be doing, so I plan on playing it by ear. Thanks, for the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January 25, 2014

Nice day today with the girls. We got up in a much needed relaxed manner and had a nice breakfast. Jason wasn't pushing at all, about getting out the door to get to Gracie's training, and as a result we did get out late. Actually, I was the one doing most of the pushing this morning, but the girls were still having fun and it all became a great big game for them. We left about 30 minutes later than we typically do, and then... we needed to stop to get some gas. We got to the training more than 1/2 hour late, but that's okay, they still let Jason and Gracie come in. The girls and I headed over to the play area and immediately hit the swings. Funny thing is, this time they only spent about 15 minutes there and decided they want to do all the other things available, like the different climbing structures and slides. We were over by the climbing tree when Stacy decided that she wanted to go for a run, as there is a nice running pathway around the park. I went with them (Jackie agreed to go, though I don't think she really understood what Stacy wanted), and ended up carrying Jackie about 150 meters into the path. We might have gone as much as a 1/4 mile, but that kind of wore them out (me too), and we were very close to where Jason was. It looked like they were done so we walked over. Jason was just wrapping things up and I carried the two girls back to the car, as it wasn't too far away. By the time I had the girls back in their car seats Jason was ready to get in the van, also.

We drove back to the house and the traffic wasn't too bad, except for this one place where there was a walk way over the freeway. There were a bunch of folks up on the over crossing, with signs and stuff, so the traffic was slowed down, I guess because some folks wanted to read what was hanging there. It was irritating, as traffic really picked up right afterward. It only takes a couple of people to slow everyone else down, and then traffic gets totally jammed up. Fortunately, this only lasted for about a mile or so.

We got home and I fixed lunch, and the girls then took a nap. After that, I took a short nap, at least I guess I did, because I closed my eyes and suddenly it was about an hour later. The rest of the day was easy, with the girls getting up and me fixing a simple spaghetti dinner. At about 19:15 (7:15pm) they were picked up and will be flying to Boston, early in the morning. We won't see them again until about February 15, or something like that. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, January 24, 2014

January 24, 2014

An interesting day, for sure.

We got up this morning, much like other mornings with early formation. We went over to building 26, and he went to the gathering of the troops. It was a quick formation, and right afterward I needed to head over to see one of the admin techs, to sign some documents. Jason also needed to go to another building (14) which happened to be in the opposite direction, so we went or two different ways. I did a bunch of walking, but I have to admit it was because I wanted to get some distance recorded on my Fitbit. I was tired of Linda always making me look bad... okay, maybe not "bad" just she was doing so much more. Anyway, I found out where the new case manager was located, though she wasn't there - not back from a vacation or something - so we'll have to connect next week.

After this initial walking around I got back to the van and sat down for a few minutes and then Jason called. He was done with the training and was ready to be picked up. It was still relatively early (I think about 09:15), and we could get back to the house and grab some breakfast. However, Jason wanted to stop in  and talk to a couple of the folks to find out why the supplies were no longer coming to the house. Both he and I thought it was a simple task and figured it wouldn't take more than a few minutes. About two hours later we finally left the room we had been working in, and let the Navy take care of the clean up. For what ever reason, there seems to have been a break in communications somewhere, between the Navy and the insurance carrier. We could tell that the folks we were working with, in the Navy, were frustrated with the responses we were getting, and working through the red tape at the insurance company was crazy. With that effort, things were found out that they, the insurance folks, had not made updates to some records that were almost 7 years old. They swore they were faxing stuff to us, but in that two hour window, we didn't see a single fax show up... and our fax was working fine. There were other things, that I won't mention here, I just hope it is now cleaned up. Anyway, as I said, we finally left, and the Navy people handled the rest of the clean up. I just hope all the ordering issues are now taken care of.

Well, Jason and I got back to the house and we had our breakfast... err lunch, and shortly afterward Joselyn showed up. It is good to have her here, as she does a great deal to help take care of those little things that can sort of pile up. The house stays a lot nicer/cleaner, and that is important. On top of that, the girls like her and that gives me a bit of a break. Speaking of the girls, I went to go pick them up and it was good to have them back at the house, even if it is only for a couple of days. Sunday they will be flying out to Boston to spend some time with their Nana, and won't be back for over two weeks.

Tonight, after dinner, the girls were having a great time playing with their toys and being very creative. I was very happy to see this, and didn't even have to think about turning on the TV. We played for a little while, and then it was bed time. I have started to tell them stories about familiar characters (TinkerBell, Peter Pan, cartoon characters, etc), and Stacy likes to join in on the story telling. This makes it a fun event, and I think brings us closer as a family. They are now asleep and shortly I will be heading off to slumber land as well. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

Last night I was coughing a bit more than I liked, so I took some Nyquil, and hoped that it would allow me sleep better. It sure did. I went to sleep and didn't wake up until right before my alarm went off. Normally I am awake hours before the alarm, and then go back to sleep and wake up again, before the alarm. Anyway, I woke up and called Linda (I'm her alarm), and then went back to sleep. I slept for another two hours. I got up and felt more congested than I had in the past several days. After I was up and moving around it all seemed to clear up, and I actually felt much better. Right now I am feeling pretty good and only have the occasional cough. So on to the rest of the days activities.

Jason had been asked to head up to Camp Pendleton, to attend a "Jobs Fair" type gathering, and it was set up for all the Wounded Warriors to get a chance to talk and interact with people from the civilian work world. The meeting was held up in a large conference room, where a panel was set up to speak to the people (men and women) attending. The interesting thing was that two of the speakers on the panel were people we knew. Eric was himself, a former Wounded Warrior, and had been in the Balboa hospital at the same time Jason was there. His room was right next to Jason's room, and we got to know each other a little. Nick, the other guy on the panel we knew, is a recruiter from Northrup Grumman and we had met him about a year ago, when Jason went up to NG to tour their engineering area. Nick has expressed an interest in getting Jason to come work for them, once he is out of the Marines. He also complemented Jason, and his insight, in front of the rest of the room. Anyway, it was a very good meeting, and Jason made contact with a few other folks while we were there. There was a lunch afterward, so we stayed for that and then came back to the house.

As we got home, Joselyn was waiting for us. We were supposed to be back by 14:00 (2pm), but didn't get there until 14:15 (2:15pm). It was great to see her again, as she has really be a great help around the house and provides me with a break when I need it. The rest of the evening was just hanging around the house and then having dinner. Tomorrow there is yet another event that is coming up, where Jason is going to be wearing a shirt and tie (he wore a shirt and tie today - and looked pretty good). We don't know what is going on, but it is going to be different from the regular Friday formation. Hope it turns into a fun event for him. While he is doing that I will be taking care of a couple of other things, and I may just hang around until he is done with the activities and we'll go back home. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

We got up this morning, and I let the girls sleep in for a little while, just enough for them to start to wake up on their own. I really don't like having to get them up early in the morning, but sometimes I guess it is what has to be done. Breakfast was simple, more Cheerios, and I packed Stacy's lunch, and then we were all off to the pre-schools. Actually we dropped Stacy off first and then headed over to Balboa to drop Jason off, and then I took Jackie to the CDC (Child Development Center), on base. Jason had his PT appointment, and that took just a little over an hour, and while he was there I stopped in and visited with Jenifer T. She has responsibility for much of the goings on with C5, and she let me know that in fact, C5 is NOT going away, and that much of the core structure or programs, are going to remain in tact. I apologize for any confusion that I may have caused with yesterday's statement, so hopefully this provides the correct information.

After his appointment, Jason wanted to go get his hair cut and then we were called over to Building 26 to deal with some paperwork. Unfortunately, I goofed on another scheduled appointment that Jason and I both had, and it was back at the house. Fortunately, I received a call as a nice reminder and Jason and I were quickly headed back to the house. Robb and Mark, from the Nice Guys wanted to speak with Jason about his truck, or better, his desire to get a truck. They can help coordinate the ability to get Jason something very close, if not exactly, to what he wants. They have a great number of connections and can work with multiple other organizations to help make the truck a reality. Anyway, Jason answered a few questions and then we had a nice visit, and they were on their way.

After that visit I made lunch for Jason and sat back to rest for a little while. Later in the afternoon I had a meeting with PMI, and it was going to go on into the evening, where I didn't get home tonight until about 21:00 (9pm). It was a good meeting for me, and if I should decide that I can get back into the work force, than this will be a good place for me to start to network. That was pretty much the day, and tomorrow is going to be spent at Camp Pendleton, or at least a few hours of it. We go in the morning, and then we'll be back by early afternoon. Joselyn will back from her vacation and we can get back to a more normal routine again. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014

Jason was in fine form today, and really drove the direction of the property search today. We got up early, though not too early, and even had plenty of time for a nice easy breakfast (they love their Cheerios). We got them to school and made a quick stop to see the folks who are the new contacts for his care and case management. We were told that C5 no longer exists, or maybe more appropriately, has been shut down. We both thought, "Wow! I would have expected a little  more communications on that." Now Jason will simply be handled via the regular medical pathways, though I do plan to find out more about it tomorrow, when we go in. Anyway, after the Balboa visit we headed off to Fallbrook, to meet up with Tim and go look at some property he had lined up for Jason.

Fallbrook is a little over 1/2 an hour to get to, via I-15, and it seems to be a pretty nice area. We actually spent a good six hours driving around and looking around and found some very nice properties that Jason liked. There were a couple in particular, that he liked, and to be fully honest about it, I liked them, too. The last one, in particular had some very strong possibilities, though we need to make sure all of them fit into the agreed upon budget. We did stop in the early afternoon to grab a bite to eat, and to take a look at the local businesses a little. I liked what I saw and I think Jason did, too. The path we took, going from one property to another, was pretty well directed by Jason, and Tim did a great job of keeping him engaged with everything. Towards the end, Jason was getting a little tired, and on top of that we needed to get back to pick up the girls. Typically we have the girls back at the house no later than 16:00 (4:00pm). Today it was more like 17:00 (5:00pm) when we walked back in the house. They were excited to see us and it made me feel pretty good the way the jumped up on Jason, when we got to the respective schools.

Jason didn't get his regular shower in, until after the girls went to bed. The wounds are looking good, and getting smaller all the time. My guess is that he will be pretty well healed up, just about the time they want to open up that same area to get that final procedure done. I am hoping that the healing time is faster, since it will be on already healed tissue. Anyway, we'll see what happens. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, January 20, 2014

January 20, 2014

Good day today, with the girls showing up at a little after 08:00 this morning. Today is a federal holiday so no school for either of them. We spent the day at the house and just enjoyed each other's company. We did make a short trip to the pet store, Jason wanted to get a few things for Mr. Jingles (the rat); and, we spent about an hour in the backyard, with the girls riding their scooters and trike. Other than that not much to report on. Jason is doing well and I'm feeling better. Tomorrow we plan on taking the girls to their schools and then head up to Fallbrook to check out some possible home sites. We figure it is going to be an all day thing, so we want to get going early, so we don't have to pick up the girls too late. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 19, 2014

Kick back and relax kinda day. I made breakfast and a short while later we went off to Costco for a shopping trip. I wanted to go earlier in the day so that I could possibly watch the NFL playoff games, and as it turned out, I did. I didn't want to do too much, mostly because I am starting to feel much better and I didn't want to over do anything to just get sick again. Now I just have to deal with this darn cough for the next two weeks (that's generally about how long it takes for me to get rid of it) then I should be completely back to 100%, or very close to it.

We got back from Costco about 20 minutes before the first game, and that gave me the time to put away all the items we purchased. The game started and played out pretty much the way I expected it to, with the Broncos being the better team. They are an experienced team with a bunch of talent, and Manning is playing at the top of his game. Now with the second game of the day, the one I was more concerned about; it didn't end the way I had hoped. It began well enough and the 49ers held their own, the first half. Even the second half looked like it was going to be okay, but then they started to fail. Collin made a couple of bad choices and performance by a couple of players was not at the level I had hoped. There were also a couple of bad calls, and even a missed fumble recovery that might have helped, but over all the game was lost on their own accord. As for the Super bowl... well, I really don't care who wins, but my guess would be that the Broncos are going to take it.

Okay, that is about all for the day today, and tomorrow is a federal holiday, so we don't have to go in, though there is formation on Tuesday morning. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

January 18, 2014

Jason and I stayed at home today, other than a quick trip to the post office. I'm still getting over this darn cold and I think Jason is just wanting me to rest and get better. There were a few phone calls, with folks we haven't seen in awhile, wanting to find out what we're up to, and that was good. I feel like staying off my feet most of the day was a good thing - though I did do some clean up of the garage, about 20 minutes worth.

Tomorrow is going to be another day of resting and minimal effort. I intend to watch a football game, maybe two; and, then we need to get to the store to pick up a few things. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

Today started out with an early morning drive to the base, so that Jason could participate in his formation. The difference is that today, at his formation, there was a retirement ceremony. A member of the Wounded Warrior Battalion, a Corporal who is a double amputee, retired. It was a very nice presentation and ceremony and I hung around to watch. Besides, by hanging around I got a chance to see some folks I normally don't see on a regular basis. After the ceremony was over we, Jason and I, headed back to the house, and then had breakfast.  The funny thing is, we didn't have much planned today, other than attending another retirement ceremony, though this time it was for Commander Laura Ledyard. She has been Jason's Recovery Care Coordinator since we arrived in San Diego, and we've gotten to know her pretty well.

Laura had asked us to be at the event, and I said I would love to be able to take the pictures, if she needed someone to do that. She was very happy to have me do that for her, that way no one in her family would have to, and they could all enjoy the ceremony. Anyway, I took about 160 pictures, with some of them being pretty good, I think, and will be getting them to her as soon as I can. Her retirement ceremony was done at the Veterans Memorial Hall, and had a bunch of people there, mostly her friends and family. Laura did a lot for Jason and really helped me to better understand how to get things done. We are both going to miss her very much, though we plan to stay in touch.

The rest of the day was spent resting at the house and me fixing dinner. Jason has recently gotten into Dr. Who, the British television series. It is the same one that I used to watch when I was a young man and had time to spend in front of the TV. Funny how things some times go full circle.

I am still dealing with this darn cold/flu and I intend to not do much more than I have to, tomorrow. I have already told Jason that I plan on sleeping late, so not to call me unless it is important. The girls get back on Monday and I want to be in better shape for them. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 16, 2014

Today started out a little slower than the past few days, and that is kind of understandable, since the girls are not with us, and Jason's first appointment wasn't until 09:00. I was up before 07:00 and went down stairs to see how Jason was and to ask if he wanted Cream of Wheat for breakfast. I was in the mood and we had time.  He said, he would like to have some so I went to the kitchen, and we didn't have any. I immediately grabbed the car keys and headed off to the store to pick some up. It didn't take long too get there and back, and I looked around and noticed the pan was dirty. Now I was washing dishes, and thought, "time is running out." By the time I had the water on the stove, heating up I looked at the clock and saw that it was now just a little after 08:00. Okay, we'll have to push this until Saturday, now. Tomorrow we have to get going early so Jason can get to formation.

We headed over to the base and we got to C5 with plenty of time to spare, so Jason went on in and I laid back in the van. Actually, I went up to the building as well, but CMDR Ledyard wasn't in her office so I just slipped on back to the van. I had some time to sit back and just relax and think about what I wanted to try to get done today, and it felt kind of nice. I did make a couple of phone calls and looked at (or at least tried to) a couple pieces of email, though the sun was too bright and it was hard to see.

We got back to the house and I wanted to get started, right away, with the cleaning chores I had assigned myself, including the cleaning of the oven. The oven cleaning turned out to be a poor choice, for about an hour in to the self cleaning program it started to smoke. I flipped the switch to get the exhaust fan going but nothing happened. Smoke was starting to come out pretty good now, so I turned off the cleaning cycle. Of course that didn't immediately stop the smoke, and now smoke was getting everywhere so Jason and I turned on the ceiling fans and opened the doors. I was actually surprised that the smoke alarm hadn't gone off, when suddenly, it did. Now we have the high pitched and loud alarm going off and Gracie is roaming free, and she doesn't like that sound, at all. Jason came to me about 30 seconds later asking where she was, and I said I thought she was with him. Both of us kind of panicked a little, and went quickly looking everywhere for Gracie. She didn't respond to calls so we took off in opposite directions looking for her. Even the neighbor, across the street (he happened to be home) got involved and was driving around looking.

We met up back at the house and Jason asked me if I had checked upstairs, and I said, "No", so I quickly walked upstairs, and she wasn't there. I began to think about how she reacts when she wants to get away, so I opened the back door and went over to the hedge and said, "Come here Gracie." and she crawled out from under the plants along the fence. The alarm had gone off and most of the smoke had cleared the house, so it was good to just sort of get back to what we were doing. I called the maintenance people and they came over to fix the fan, and instead replaced the old "hood" unit with a new microwave with a built in fan. The old unit could not be repaired.

The rest of the day was much less exciting, and that was okay by me. We took care of the things we needed to get done and the rest of the day was spent just relaxing and doing whatever we wanted to do. Tomorrow will be another day, and should be lots of fun, and I'll tell you about that, tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014

Took the girls to their schools this morning and won't see them again for five days. I guess the break will make it a little easier to heal up from this darn cold, but we miss them anyway. The house always seems do empty when they're not here, and far too quiet. Heck, even right now I have some music playing  just to have some noise to keep us company.

After dropping the girls off I took Jason to his appointment and pretty much just laid back in the van, so that I could relax as well as not be around too many people. I don't think I'm contagious but it probably is a good idea to stay a little isolated. After his appointment he came back to the van and asked me if I had anything planned for the day. I told him that I wanted to finish up cleaning the house and get the vacuum going on the carpet, other than that the only thing I wanted to get done was to cook that large turkey breast that was given to us. I wanted to get it done before it went bad and besides it took up a big chunk of the freezer. He said, "Good, I want to go see a movie, Lone Survivor."  So I said sure, there was no pressing issues otherwise. We first went home, where I fixed lunch (it was about 11:15) and neither of us had a chance to have any breakfast, so we were both kinda hungry, and the movie wasn't until later.

The movie was done well, and I think told the story very well. I would recommend that if you want to see a movie, much like the quality of Saving Private Ryan, then this is an excellent candidate. If you're a bit like me (maybe even if you're not) it will break your heart, and at the end you will feel that emptiness that comes when you've just said, "good-bye" to a dear friend, not knowing when, or if, you'll see each other again. Jason was moved by this movie, more so than any other movie I've seen him watch. Perhaps it was because so much was where he was, and involved some of the same areas he is familiar with. It really doesn't matter, what matters is that it was a good movie and we both enjoyed it.

The rest of the evening was spent just laying around the house. I did get to talk with Linda tonight for quite a long time. From that perspective it was nice being home alone, well, Jason and I were both there, but no one else running around. The turkey cooked up nicely and tasted better than I thought it would. I really didn't know quite how to cook it, since it was just the breast of the turkey and not in any kind of real form, other than a GIANT filet. I cooked at at 350 degrees for a couple of hours and it came out better than expected... not bad for a guess. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014

Okay, we are now two weeks into the new year, and so far it seems like not much has changed, that is, with regard to our daily lives. I woke up feeling a bit better and after getting the girls to their pre-schools and Jason to his appointments, we came back home (I'll tell you more about the appointments in a moment). As we were getting ready to head back to the house Jason only had one more thing to do, and that was to get his prescriptions into the pharmacy, so that we could pick them up later, when we came back for Jackie. He asked me if I had anything planned and I said, "No, not really. I just wanted to finish up with the laundry; get the floors cleaned; head over to Target or Walmart to pick up the vacuum cleaner bags; and, then get started on the rest of the house. Other than that I don't have a lot to do." He just sort of smiled and said, "Oh, so you don't have much planned." and chuckled. I said it was only about 10 hours worth of work, and I really wanted to get the house back in shape. Anyway, we just came back to the house and I got busy.

After working for a little bit, I began to feel exhausted and realized I was starting to do too much, again. I laid down and napped for about an hour and then got up to head over to Target. I wanted to pick up a few things and was hoping they would have the vacuum cleaner bags, they didn't. I came back and swept the floor and then mopped, and it was much nicer. We then took off to go pick up the girls and while I was getting Jackie (with Stacy's help), Jason was picking up the meds. We then headed over to Walmart, and they had the bags! I was pretty happy, because otherwise we were going to have to order on line, and that meant another delay in cleaning the carpeted areas.

The rest of the night was fun and relaxed. The girls were doing their best to help me with dinner, and then spending the evening with Daddy. I really enjoy the times they are with him, and I think they do too. Now, for his appointments (told you I'd get back to it) - The first one was with his Nurse Practitioner, who does all the filling of his meds. It was a nice visit, and since she has moved down to the C5 area, it makes it a lot easier for us to get to her office. After that we went over to the other building where we ended up in the Dermatology area, it was closest, so we stopped there. I wanted to get a better feel for when Jason's next surgery was going to be, and up to that point we simply had no new information. I spoke with the scheduling nurse and then pulled in one of the other doctors and she got on the phone with the other departments and we finally had a closer date. Tentatively set for February 20. I told them that we need to start making some other plans, and that was a major aspect of the planning, so I needed to find out. Linda is planning on being down here around that same time, so we have to figure out where we are going to be and who is going to be going where. Anyway, it was nice to have a better idea, now we just have to hope it holds. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

Woke up this morning feeling pretty good, though still not 100% (closer to 85% I think), but good enough to get going with the day because Jason had his early formation call, and the girls needed to get to their preschools. With everything done and everyone where they needed to be I found myself with that rate moment of time, where I could call the VA. I did just that, I called and connected with a very nice receptionist who informed me that I needed to speak with someone else and attempted to transfer the call. Before doing so, she provided me with their extension, and I am guessing she did this because of what happened next. I sat on hold for about five minutes (fortunately I had something else to do) before I finally gave up. The phone simply rang and never rolled over to voice mail. Anyway, I called a little later, about 30 minutes, and this time I got through. The appointment was rescheduled to April, as that was the next available slot, open to me. Anyway, I didn't have my hand even looked at, let alone operated on, so that will just have to wait until April now.

The rest of the day was pretty slow, and I needed that, and by the end of the day now, I'm feeling much better. Jason and I went over to visit with Anthony Netto (Mr. Stand-Up-And-Play) and had a very nice lunch with him. Funny thing is that a short while before we left a call came in from George Bowan, and it reminded me I needed to get in touch with him. I had intended to call him over this past weekend but with getting sick, I didn't want to do much of anything for a couple of days. Anyway, they had a nice chat and we, Jason and I, got a brief up date on things, so I'll be calling him probably on Wednesday, unless tomorrow works better for me.

Tonight was great fun. It started as a regular kind of night, but then getting close to bed time I asked Stacy to help me with putting a few things away (mostly their toys scattered about), and then Jackie decided to pitch-in. Then it became almost a game and pretty soon we were having all kinds of fun, cleaning up. I guess we were making quite the racket because Jason came out (actually I think he was a little worried about me doing too much), and we were very soon done. It kind of rolled into their bedroom, and the four of us were all having a great time in the single room; telling bed time stories and generally being silly. We were actually in the room, together, for almost an hour. It was, I think, the best "good night" for the girls we have ever had. I hope we can do it again. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 12, 2014

Today was a day that I didn't even get out of my pajamas, and neither did the girls. I am not feeling well right now, though it is better than yesterday. I asked the girls to not come up to greet me this morning, and it turns out that I didn't need too, as I was up before them and came down stairs before they were out of bed anyway. All I did was some laundry and watch football, well, okay, I just watched the 49er game. I wasn't up for anymore football after that one, and I kind of figured that the Broncos were going to win the game against the Chargers - and they did. Jason had a nice laid back day as well, and the girls got to spend some time with him, which made me feel better.

I got some of the clothes folded and even put away, and now I just have to get the rest done, at least now I have a wide selection of clothes for the girls. The young ladies from Serving Spoons brought dinner tonight (they come once a month and today was their day), so I didn't have to worry about that. They have brought some really tasty meals, so it is working out well for us. I really didn't want to have to prepare dinner. I will be going to bed in a little while, and attempt to sleep through the night. Then take on the new day. I have a minor surgery scheduled tomorrow, but I don't think it will be happening, as a result of this cold. I'll be giving them a call in the morning to see what they say. Right now my hand is doing much better and only locks up on me at night and early morning. I can probably get along with the way things are anyway. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

January 11, 20

The day started out with taking the girls to Gracie's training class, maybe I should say Jason's training class, anyway, the girls really enjoy the playground area, so it works out nicely. Jason is in the training class for a little more than an hour and that gives the girls plenty of time to burn off some of their energy. As it turned out there was another family there with three kids, and one of them was about Stacy's age. They hit it off reallly well, and that made it that much easier.

When we were done we headed back to the house, where the girls had a quick lunch and then got ready to go see Beauty and the Beast (Disney on ICE). They were gone for about 3 1/2 hours, and that gave  me a much needed rest, as I think I'm coming down with a significant cold. I am hoping that it is under control by Monday, as I have surgery on my hand on Monday, for trigger finger. Bottom line is that I slept for a couple of hours and then got up and started moving around. Felt a little better, but not by much.

The girls are going to be a little early tonight, in the hope that I can get some sleep. I hope tomorrow is a better day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive,

Friday, January 10, 2014

January 10, 2014

We started the day early, with the intentions of going in to Balboa, and building 26 for Jason's regular formation. I went in to make sure he was up and moving, at about 06:45 (I'm up showered and dressed) and ask the regular question, " What shorts do you want?" His reply was what was different. Jason said he had received a text message from his section leader and it basically told him he didn't have to come in, unless he wanted to, and that the guys were going to be doing PT Basketball. Because he is in a power chair he really can't play basket ball with the other guys, and besides, basketball has never really been his game. I immediately asked him if he wanted some breakfast, and he declined. He usually doesn't eat breakfast until after 08:00, and that's what we targeted.

As it turned out, Jason needed to go in anyway, to take care of some paperwork, so at about 10:10 we went to take care of that. Anthony Netto was flying back from Pennsylvania, and would be arriving at about 11:00. We had plenty of time so we went to Balboa and then over to the airport. The next stop was to get some lunch and then go pick up the girls. Apparently they didn't go in to school today so we didn't need to head over to the respective preschools, and that was nice for us. We went to pick them up right after lunch and brought Anthony along with us. The girls like Anthony, so there was no worries there. In fact they were asking about going over to his place, because there is a nice park where they like to play, very close by.

After dropping Anthony off, and then getting the girls back to the house I fed them lunch. It was now after 13:00 (1pm) and they both showed signs of needing a short nap. Of course, I needed a nap too, and so it worked out for everyone. The rest of the day was simply the girls getting up from their nap and playing with their toys - They love their kitchen play area. We stayed up for a little while and then they were ready for bed. The interesting thing is that I feel like I might be coming down with something, so I plan on taking it easy for the next couple of days. We will be heading up for Gracie and Jason's training, and the girls will be playing at the park, but I believe I can get through that. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014

Today started at a different pace, as we didn't have to get up for anything in particular. When I went down to see how Jason was doing, and to get him breakfast, he told me that he did need to get over to Balboa, but it could wait to a little later. After all, it was only 07:30 and besides I wanted to get a nice ride in. I went for a nice 15 mile ride, and I'm feeling better about the rides all the time, so I guess it is just a matter of time before I build up my stamina again.

Anyway, after the ride I cooled down a bit and cleaned up, then Jason and I went to take care of the business at Balboa. As it turned out, there really wasn't much that he needed to get done, but because he was contacted he wanted to get it taken care of. He is very dedicated to being a Marine and he has a strong reputation for doing whatever is asked of him. When we were done, I needed to get over to the VA office and take care of some paper work of my own, and fortunately the office is close to Balboa. Once done there we went to the pet store and picked up some food for Gracie, then headed back to the house.

The rest of the evening was spent at home resting, and me doing a little organizing work on the garage. We decided to check out a new hamburger place that just opened up, The Habit, and we were pleased with what we found. The prices aren't too bad, and the food is good. About the only down side is that I didn't notice much for the kids, so we won't be heading back there when we have the girls. That's pretty much it for the day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

Early start to today's activities; Jason had a 07:30 formation. Unusual for mid-week, but still something we have gotten used to dealing with. The girls got up this morning with only minor protest. Actually Jackie was up and raring to go while Stacy pleaded to get more sleep. Because of that I got Jackie up first and then went to work on getting Stacy to move. Still, we managed to get down stair with clothes on, hair brushed, and time for breakfast. I finished getting my shoes on while they ate, and then helped Jason to get Gracie ready. Actually, we were at the base with plenty of time; Jason was dropped off and then Jackie was taken to her day care preschool. The next stop was getting Stacy over to her preschool, and that just about gets me back to the house.

I went to the house and since Jason was going to be doing his Marine thing I went for a bike ride. It was a modified version of my ride along the harbor, and I would have liked to modify it more, but I was worried I wouldn't be back soon enough. After my shower and heading back over to the C5 clinic at Balboa Hospital I found that Jason was still in his last appointment. I guess I would have had time to go that extra part of the ride. Oh well, maybe I can do it tomorrow. Jason doesn't have any appointments tomorrow, but we do have some chores to get done, so I will need to get out early for the ride. I've also began doing another exercise that is supposed to be beneficial, as it sort of does a bunch of isometric type exercises, and you have to do it all at the same time. Right now I can go for about a minute, with a goal of getting up to two or more. You just have to do it every day, though you can make some modifications so that it doesn't get too boring.

The rest of the day was spent at the house. I did a few chores around here and Jason rested. I fixed a nice dinner of chicken with baked potato and mixed vegetables. The chicken came out much more moist than I thought it would, so I was very happy. I went to talk with Jason, while he was eating and he let me know that he had found a few more properties that he wants to look at, so we just might be doing that in the near future (my guess would be Wed. or Thur next week). Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014

Not much to talk about today, as it was a slow starter and there really wasn't a great deal of movement in any one direction. The girls slept in until after 07:00, and then I started cooking French Toast. I was actually a little surprised with the fact that Jackie didn't seem to like the French Toast, yet Stacy did. Usually if there is something that Stacy likes, Jackie is going to be right there. Oh well, tomorrow we'll simply have Cheerios and leave it at that. I know both of them do like their Cheerios.

We took the girls to their respective classes and then Jason had some things to take care of on the base. That took us a couple of hours, and it was mostly paper work that had to get done, with some updates. We were on our way back to the house, well before noon, and Jason said he would like to get some lunch and then take care of the dressing change. I fixed him his lunch and at the same time told him that we needed to get tot he store to stock up on a few things. By the time he was back in the bed, after the dressing change, I was ready to go for a short ride (not quite 8 miles). About a half hour after Joselyn got there we were off to go pick up the girls and then to Costco. The girls considered this a great fun activity, and I enjoyed it, too. Not too many people, and we found everything we needed.

Tonight I prepared some salmon and rice for dinner, and the girls really like the salmon. Tomorrow we have to be up early, so the girls were in bed a little earlier than usual, but not by much. Apparently there is a need to have all the Marines at formation tomorrow, at 07:30 so we have to get the girls to their classes right after I drop Jason off. My guess is that the early formation is a result of somebody doing something they shouldn't have, and so they are calling everybody in to talk about it. Actually, this is the first such formation in over two years, so it hasn't been too bad, and we'll find out exactly what, tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 6, 2014t

Today is kind of like the first day of the new year, and actually it is the first Monday of 2014. Those first five days were sort of a getting used to the idea of a new year and not really focused on doing to many of the things we need to. Today, however began like so many of the other Mondays, with Jason needing to get to his formation and then some sort of a training period. On the bright side, the training didn't take very long and we were getting back over to C5 to visit with CMDR Ledyard, and taking a moment to wish her a prosperous new year. She is going to be retiring soon (later this month) so she won't be around much for very much longer. Anyway, we visited for a few minutes and then we were on our way.

Jason asked me if I'd like to go to the movies, and see 47 Rhonin. It is a new release and most of the critics don't like it, so I figured it was probably going to be a good movie. It had some of the Asian fantasy characters and magic, and some excellent costumes. The characters could have been developed a little more but in general it was a good movie, I thought, but hey that's me. Funny thing is, this was the first time that we went to the movie and Jason didn't buy popcorn; and, that was good as far as I was concerned.

There is an update on Jason getting his own vehicle! We received an email from The Nice Guys, and they are wanting to help Jason get the vehicle he wants. Jason is wanting a pick up, and it will have to have a special lift mechanism that allows him to pull up to a platform; the platform lifts him up and places him behind the wheel; and, he simply drives off. Now we just have to see exactly what is going to be done, and how long will it take for this vehicle to become real.

The rest of the day was kind of relaxed. I went and picked up the girls at around 15:30 (3:30pm). First thing they asked was "Where's grandma?" I explained that she had to get back to the house up in Livermore; and, then after getting back to the house they asked, "Where's Joselyn?" I explained that she had to stay home today because she wasn't feeling well. It all worked out and the really good news was that the TV was never turned on, for broadcast or for watching a video. They were playing with their toys and using their own imaginations.

Dinner was simple and Daddy read them a couple of stories, then it was bed time. At bed time Stacy got a bit silly, and so Jackie jumped right in to be just like her big sister. Pretty soon the room was very noisy and full of laughter. I figured it was okay to let them be happy and silly for a little while. I just didn't want to have them get too wound up, otherwise they wouldn't go to bed. I told them another couple of stories and we sang two songs, and then it was lights out. It is always so good to have the girls around, though it is much easier with Grandma around too... ;-)

Not sure what is on the agenda for Jason, tomorrow, as we did discuss it, and now he's asleep. My guess is that we'll be taking the girls to their respective schools and then take care of a couple of small chores. I want to see if I can get a bike ride in and then some straightening up of the garage. I have a few other things to do as well, and then head off to get the girls back home. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 5, 2014

We all got up early this morning... I woke up and looked at the clock; realized that we didn't have a great deal of time; and, quickly got Linda up and moving. We had been invited to go to the Grace Presbyterian Church, up in Vista, by Tom and Carol Lightner, and we didn't want to be late. Linda and I got up and started to get ready, and dressed. I went down stairs to make sure Jason was awake, and it was a good thing, he was asleep. Fortunately it really doesn't take him too long to get up and dressed, so we were okay. We didn't need to worry about eating as we were also invited to go to brunch after church.

We drove up to Vista, up to the Lightner's place and then on over to the church. The drive up was faster than I first thought it would be, and that was good because my GPS decided to take us the wrong way, at just about the end of the drive. Fortunately we had been there before and I did remember some of the way to their home. I had to call Tom and ask for a little help, and that still got us to the house earlier than we needed to be. The drive over to Grace Presbyterian was relatively short, and it was good to visit. The folks there are great and Pastor Tom gave us a very nice greeting.

After church we went to brunch and had a great time. It was at their country club, and there were several television sets with the San Diego Chargers game going. Honestly, it wasn't a game I was too concerned about, but it was still interesting to see, and the food was quite good. It gave us a chance to catch up with Tom and Carol, and Jason was having a good time, too. Linda and I really feel like there is a solid connection with folks like Tom and Carol, so we truly had a great time.

After Brunch we got a chance to meet a few of the folks at the club house and Jason even spoke with the general manager about the paragolfer - he seemed very interested. We visited for about 10-15 minutes and then headed back home. Linda was flying out later in the day and we wanted to make sure there was plenty of time to pack, as well as take care of anything else that might come up.

Back at the house, Linda was feeling a little sleepy so she asked me to wake her after a short nap. Jason was ready for his shower, so it all worked out nicely. It also happened to be about the time the 49er game got started, so I had an incentive to get everything done. I had the game on, but only got to watch clips of the first quarter - it looked very promising. Once Jason was comfortably back in his bed I fixed him a little plate to snack on and then I could just sit down and enjoy the game. Green Bay finally got things going and turned it into a really good game. I was very happy with the out come, though, and especially since it was a good game.

Linda got up after her nap and finished packing. We took care of a few things around the house, and then we just sat on the couch for a little while, enjoying each other's company. We talked a little about what our plans are and I think things are going to be very good for 2014. Linda finally had to get going so I put the suit cases in the car and we loaded up to get to the air port. Linda, mom, said good-bye to Jason and we headed off to the airport. I dropped her off and came back home, expecting her to call me when she finally arrived back at the house. I did, however, receive a phone call from a friend who is going to be picking her up. Karen wanted to know if Linda had gotten to the airport and also if I was aware of the delayed flight. I wasn't so she let me know the flight was over two hours delayed (due to a problem in Chicago). Linda finally did give me a call, to let me know about the delay, and I asked her to contact Karen. Everything turned out and now, at 06:00 tomorrow morning I will be giving Linda a call to wake her up. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 4, 2014

Jason had a good day today, and we even went for a ride, out in the country side. Of course, around here that means you basically can only go in two directions... North or East. The other two directions will get you to Mexico or out in the Pacific ocean. Anyway, it was something kind of different and it was fun to get out and explore a little bit. We were gone for about three hours and the effort was a bit of a load on Jason, so after we got home we had a quick lunch and then he went to sleep.

The rest of the day was spent with Linda and I making a quick trip to Target and then the rest of the day was spent at the house. We even had a simple dinner of soup and sandwiches for dinner, and it was nice. We still had some of the ham from the Honey Baked Ham left over and it made a couple of very nice sandwiches. We also sat back and watched a movie, something we always enjoy doing, and won't be able to do again until she comes back down (or I have to go up north for some reason). All the decorations are down, and put away - the put away part is usually the slowest part. Now it is a matter of moving on into the new year and seeing just what we can accomplish.

We'll be going to church in the morning, and in fact, have been invited to brunch with some friends after. Not sure what else will be going on, other than Linda will need to head on back up to Livermore by the end of the day. It was been extra nice having her here for these past couple of weeks, so I guess I got a little spoiled. Jason and I will need to get back into our routine again, and that shouldn't be too difficult, I hope. Thank you, all for all the continued prayer and support. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, January 3, 2014

January 3, 2013

Nice day today, with a formation in the morning and a very relaxed evening. Miss the girls, though they will be back, so we'll just have to deal with that. After formation, Jason and I came back to the house and picked up Linda so we could head over to the Original Pancake House. It isn't too far away and we all like the food there. Once that was done we headed back to the house so that Jason could get his shower in and I could change the dressings, and then Linda and I were to head off to Wal-Mart (actually about the first time I've been to a Wal-Mart this year). Another thing that I didn't mention was that prior to heading out to do some shopping, we took down a bunch, almost all, of the Christmas decorations that were left.

Tonight we ate Linda's stew, and it was great! Jason had a big bowl and Linda and I used two slightly smaller bowls. Of course we also had seconds, so we made up the difference... ;-) One thing that I like to do is to spice it up a bit, and added some hot sauce to the mix, and I think it was a great flavor enhancer. No one else seems to think the same way as I do, but heck, that's nothing new. The rest of the evening was spent just sitting back and relaxing. Tomorrow we will be getting up and I'll be fixing some French Toast. After breakfast we plan on going out and taking a look at some property. Linda has only seen pictures and she would like to see just what it is that Jason is looking at, and possibly wanting to settle down with. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 2, 2014

Today was a pretty exciting day, and also a bit of a downer day. The downer part was related to the fact that the girls went away for a few days (we get them back on Monday). The exciting part was that we had a great deal of fun with them, while they were here, and they even helped to take down a bunch of the Christmas decorations. Of course, because it is military housing we really only had a limited amount of decorations we could put up, but we still had a great time. The other exciting thing was that Scott, the Gary Sinise Foundation project manager for building Jason's house, sat down and talked with us. As you might imagine, most of the conversation revolved around Jason and his needs, but it was still nice to be a part of the conversation, and I enjoy getting my two cents in there, when it is appropriate. As the house develops I will be putting more of it in the blog, but for now just be aware that we have begun the process, and depending on a number of factors it could take the better part of a year to get accomplished.

The other two things that happened today, that I consider positives, Linda made us some stew (I already had some of the broth and it was great) and Jason, Linda and I went to the movies. We went and saw Saving Mr. Banks. It was a movie that Linda wanted to see and I had heard some good things about it, so I was open to seeing it; and, Jason went along just because I think he wanted to get out of the house for a while. As it turned out, both Jason and I were laughing at some of the humor in the movie and enjoyed the history immensely. After the movie I told Linda that it was an excellent choice and we were all glad to have seen it. I would recommend it for anyone, especially the history buffs out there. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 1, 2014 - Happy New Year!

What a great start to a new year. We were up kind of late last night, though we didn't make it to midnight. The girls were up with us until close to 23:00 (11pm) and then began showing serious signs of being tired and needing to go to bed. We thought that since the girls had gotten to bed so late that we could figure on them sleeping in a little. Well, that's about what we got... At 07:10 this morning Jackie was up poking Linda and asking if she was awake. Obviously we both opened our eyes and Linda helped Jackie on to the bed. A few minutes later Stacy came running into the room and immediately jumped up on to the bed and landed with both knees right on Grandpa's belly... "Good morning!" So much for sleeping in. We ended up playing with the girls for about 10 minutes and then we all got up. Grandpa was making pancakes for breakfast!

The rest of the day was fun, and even productive. Our son David and his wife, Miriam bought us FitBits for Christmas so I got them set up, today. Well, at least I got mine set up. Linda is going to be able to use it right now, but not be able to track the data until she sets it up with her computer at home. That's okay, she can still track what is going on, and we can compare results on a regular basis. Right now it looks like she actually takes more steps than I do, so I guess I need to "step" up my activity.

As for beginning the new year, Jason's wounds are looking better than ever, and in fact, most of them have closed up. There is still one section that still has some closing to do, but even that is better than it has been, ever in the past. Gracie is doing much better as well, and hardly shows any sign of limping, or having any problems with her leg. This is a year Jason makes some major steps at gaining more independence, and Jason is looking forward to getting his own vehicle, as well as possibly moving into his own home. I will do my best to keep up with the blog, and everyone will continue to know what is going on. Perhaps I can get started on my book again and see if that can start to become a reality. Thank you, all, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.