One of our busier days and right now I am pretty tired. I felt I needed to get this post in just the same, otherwise I'd be likely to forget what happened today.
We started out by sleeping in - neither Linda or myself got up before 07:00 this morning, and that is really sleeping in for us. I wasn't going to go for a bike ride but then Linda said she was going to do some of her exercises and I figured I'd better go for the ride - I need to keep up with her. For those that don't know, she is looking great! She has been exercising and eating healthy and ... looking great! I got out before 07:30 and decided I didn't "need" much of a breakfast, and that was a mistake. I ate a banana and was on the road. At one point I was peddling on a relatively flat area and able to maintain a consistent 21 mph or higher pace, for about half a mile I was hitting 25 mph. I did this for just a little over a mile and then slowed down. I didn't know there was a group of younger guys riding behind me (four of them I think), and when I dropped down to about 17 mph they all passed me. I felt like I had put in a good day right there, but still had a few more miles to go. My total ride was just a little over 15 miles - and I'm not riding tomorrow, I want to give my legs a little recovery time.
After getting back to the house and cooling down Linda and I went to Costco, with Jason. We picked up a few things and then headed back to the house. It was a pretty fast trip to Costco because we needed to pick up the girls from school. We don't normally pick up the girls on Thursdays, but needed to today, and so when we got home Linda went immediately to the school while I put the groceries away - then I followed her. The girls were all very excited for a couple of reasons, as Easter is one of their favorite holidays and it also meant they were going on Spring break/vacation.
Once we got the girls home Linda made them a quick lunch and then they went to go lay down and nap. We were headed to the church tonight for Maundy Thursday, and the girls were excited about going. The next thing we needed to prepare for was for the memorial service the skeet club wanted to do for Artim Lazukin, a friend of Jason and fellow Marine, who recently died. We needed to be there a 15:45 (3:45 pm), or as close as possible. We left the house at just about the time I wanted and hit a little more traffic than I thought. We still managed to arrive before 16:00 (4 pm) and the services were very nice. It was on Camp Pendleton with the Chaplin from the Wounded Warrior Battalion helping out. There was also a ceremonial shoot in Artim's honor, and it was nice, but it also took longer than I thought it was going to and that made me late for Maundy Thursday. Linda took the girls and I came in late, but still in time for most of it.
We came back to the house and managed to get Jason some food and Linda managed to get the girls to bed. The Maundy services were very nice and the girls had a great time with the Children's time that was put together for all the kids. It also managed to get all the kids excited and wanting to tell us all about Moses and Jesus and how Passover and Easter came to be. Still the girls were ready to go to bed and Linda managed to get them slowed down while she read them a story. This all took place while I worked with Jason and he got his shower in and a dressing change. Tomorrow shouldn't be quite as busy, though we still have plenty to do. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.