Iwo Gima

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Marine Corps Marathon

Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 22, 2015

Apologies to all you regular readers out there, as I was just a bit too tired to post last night - and below is why I was tired, as well as an update for today.

Yesterday began with us getting up and getting ready for Stacy's soccer game. We had plenty of time to do this, and that was good, because I made a wrong turn on the way to the game and spent an extra 10 minutes getting there. As it was, we made it to the game just in time for Stacy to "check-in" with the coach, and then get put on the field. Of course there was a silver lining to arriving late; some of the vehicles from the previous game had left, and that provided closer parking spaces, and we didn't have to walk quite so far.

The game was really quite fun and the kids (on both teams) seemed to have a great time. There was a solid improvement with their skills, and Stacy got in a couple of very good kicks, though there were no shots-on-goal. At the end of the game the score was either 3 - 2 or 4 - 3, and aside from a couple of the parents, I don't think anybody cared much. When the teams did their traditional cheers for the other team the parents all lined up to form "the tunnel" and all the players got to run through it. By "all the players", I mean all of them, from both teams.

After the game we were off to Linda's parents' house, so that we could celebrate Joe's 80th birthday. I know I reported on his birthday once already, but what the heck, he can have as many birthday parties as he wants, as far as I am concerned. By the way, his real birth date is February 24, so I may mention it again in another post. We arrived at their house at about 13:45 (1:45pm), and this gave us a chance to go in and wind down just a little. It also gave me a chance to eat some of the goodies before anyone else got there... I think I'm going to need to find some exercise time over these next several days, no matter how busy I get. At the party were 10 of their great-grand-children, with a few more unable to attend. Of the grand-kids, most of them were there also, and Linda was their only child to be able to make it. I'm sure there will be other opportunities to have the family all there, and that will be a very cool thing indeed. Jason wasn't able to go this time as there isn't a way for him to get into their home yet, though we're discussing ways to build a ramp so that he can.

Joe grilled a bunch of steaks and Jess prepared an amazing spread of food, and snacks and everything was very delicious. We did bring home some of the left overs, as did some of the others. It was really good for us to get to see and spend some time with David, Miriam and their two boys, Dylan and Ethan. We don't get to see our grandsons often enough, but then that's probably how most grandparents feel. This was also a great opportunity for all the cousins to get together, and finally get a chance to meet more of them. Funny part is, not all of them were there, so when we finally do get together, with the ENTIRE family, they'll have new people to meet again.

The party was still going pretty well when we had to get going. There was an hour-plus drive for us to get home, and it was after 20:00 (8pm) when we left. Both of the girls had a great deal of fun, and loved playing with all their cousins, and it showed shortly after leaving - they slept most of the way home.  When we did get home Linda carried Jackie and I carried Stacy in and they went straight to their beds. Neither of them were up too early this morning, though we did manage to still get up with plenty of time to get ready and get to church.

Jason spent most of the day laying down and continuing to rest. He did get up from time to time and even this evening the two of us went to Costco. It was starting to drizzle out, just as we were leaving and Jason made the comment that the drive to Costco was probably going to be fun, since most of the people around here don't seem to know how to drive when the rain starts. As it was, it wasn't too bad, and we managed to get to and from Costco without any traffic problems; and, on top of that, we also managed to get out of Costco for less than $200.00, and that usually doesn't happen.

The rest of the day was spent trying to figure out what we, Linda and I, need for our Virginia trip that is coming up in a couple of days. Linda had to run down to pick up a couple of things, and most of that is related to winter, or cold weather clothes. Funny thing is that a store she called said that a large shipment of winter items arrived late in the season, so they have a large selection still, and that made Linda's efforts a little easier. Some of our dinner tonight was left overs from the party dinner that we had last night, and I wish we had taken more of the potato salad, Mom always makes it and it is always sooooo good. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

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