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Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016 - Happy New Year!

Actually, I guess I should say, "Happy Old Year" since the new one doesn't begin until tomorrow. Actually, Google pointed out that on the Gregorian calendar, December 31st is also known as the Old Year Day... but I digress, as that isn't what I intended to cover with this post, but it is kind of interesting.

Anyway, we have had a few busy days recently. We have a new grandson, born on December 28, at 4:00 in the morning. He weighed in at 8lbs 5oz., and his name is Noah Alexander Ross and he is the third son of our 2nd son, David and his wife Miriam. That makes five grand kids now, and we're very happy. Both Mom and Dad are doing well, as well as their other two sons, Dylan and Ethan. Linda and I spent a couple of days up in the lovely city of Glendale, so we could be close to them, and to celebrate a "second" Christmas with the boys, Dylan and Ethan. We actually got home yesterday evening and found that Jason was doing well, and all was as it should be.

While we were gone we had help from a couple of friends, Leisa and Joselyn. They both came in and helped Jason with the girls, and with his needs, and from the sounds of it, they all had a good time. As it turned out, it was one of the most relaxing times Linda and I have had in a few years, and that was particularly nice. Don't get me wrong, there have been other moments of relaxation, its just that this time was particularly nice.

During the time we were gone, Jason went down to Balboa for his regular visit and the wounds on his right side are looking better and continue to make improvements. He is getting around a little more, though not too much. We want to limit the amount of "up" time he has, so that the healing can continue and we can work towards that next step... we're all looking forward to this coming year, for multiple reason, and all of the family is in good and positive spirits.

From the Ross Family, to all of you - - - Happy New Year! May God bless you all and all of you have a wonderful year full of experiences. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, December 26, 2016

December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Well, actually, I had planned on making this post yesterday but I was just too warn out, so I'm getting it in today (tonight). We have had a very good and exciting past several days. First with George, our oldest son, coming out for a visit. I think this was a good visit for him, and a very good visit for us. It was good to see the brothers get some time together again, and even tomorrow they're planning on a movie outing, in the morning. The reason for the early showing is that George will be headed home in the evening. Something about the need to get back to work... ;-)

The family has enjoyed the Christmas celebration, and we even had a double Christmas dinner. First it was Linda's parents who came, on Christmas Eve, and we had a more traditional turkey dinner. It was an exciting and fun time for the girls, as well as the adults, as they always like to see their Nana and Tata. They stayed well past dinner and we even asked them if they would rather stay the night, than drive home. They chose to head home and called when they got there. The good part was that they also told us that there was very little traffic, so the drive was easy. Then on Christmas Day we all got up and celebrated the birth of Jesus, and we opened a bunch of presents. The girls were again very excited because they got some really fun things, with the camera being Stacy's favorite and Jackie getting a full set of Petkins (not sure about the spelling), and she felt like she had the best Christmas ever.!

After most of it was cleaned up we began working on dinner and getting things ready. Anthony and Angelica were coming over, and we were going to have tamales and other Mexican style foods for dinner - a little less traditional. Jason was up for most of the day, and it was really good fun time for all of us. Jason was also VERY tired when it was all done and within a minute of getting back in bed, he was asleep, and slept pretty soundly. One of the appetisers, before our dinner, was this item that Jason prepared. It was tritip, mozzarella and spinach, all wrapped in a tortilla and then baked. He made about two dozen and most of them were eaten before the end of the night (the last four were eaten this morning for breakfast).

 Because of the past two days being as busy as they were Linda and I got to bed and were out, also within a minute or two, and we slept pretty soundly for the next 8+ hours. The beauty of letting the girls stay up a little later than usual was that they also slept in this morning and that made it a more gentle beginning to our day. Overall it has been a very enjoyable holiday, and on top of it all one of our other sons is about to have another child, and that is supposed to happen at any time (we're going to be going up to visit with them very soon).  Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive. Merry Christmas to all, and have a prosperous New Year in 2017!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016

It has been nearly three weeks since my last update, so I figured I should put something up, and besides, we had a special visitor today, and that made it all the more important that I post something. We have most of the Christmas preparations completed, with a few shopping runs still to be made. The general attitude of the household is very positive and we're having fun. The girls are with us for the next several days, as Jason made this a "vacation" period so the girls simply stay with us until the 30th.

I took them out to go riding their bikes, over at the school. I really should be getting them out more often because I think it would be great for them to be able to go for a short ride with me. Right now they don't have the riding skills down very well, and need more practice. After the riding was done we came back to the house and had some lunch. Linda wanted to get some additional decorations up, inside the house (the outside looks pretty good and we're all happy with how it looks). Personally I think the inside decorations look good, but Linda wants just a little more. I would have said it was because of the special visitor (see below) except that she was already working on these additions prior to knowing about the visit.

The special visitor was Santa, and the girls had no idea he was coming. They were very excited to see him, and I was able to get a couple of photos, I just wish I had been holding the camera just a little more square. Santa stayed for about 10 - 15 minutes and then he had to get moving; he had other stops to get in, today. It feels like we're really getting settled in to this new home and town. Oh, and one more thing... yes, that is a tall tree, close to 14 feet.

Jason is also staying busy with his mead. I don't know exactly what it is called, but we kind of refer to it as "brewing." There just isn't any real brewing involved. He asked Sean to draw a logo of sorts, for the bottles, and he came up with Wolf Head Mead. I can't show it yet, and you'll just have to trust me when I tell you it looks really cool. As this endeavor develops I'll let you know more. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

It has been too long since my last update, and for the most part, that is a good thing. Good because it means there really hasn't been a great deal to post, and Jason has been doing very well. I just wanted to get something out, so that everyone will know that we're all doing well and enjoying life, and that the girls are all growing and getting bigger every day.

The most significant thing actually happened today, as we went in to Balboa and had an appointment with one of his doctors. The good news is that there hasn't been a great deal of change in anything, and Jason is doing well. The "less than good" news is that they want to do a CT Scan as a safety step with regard to the blood clot that they (the medical folks) all got nervous about, last month. The doctor said it should be done as soon as possible, so Jason jumped on the phone and set up an appointment, and it will be done on the 15th. That is the earliest date available, and actually it sounds like there really aren't too many slots open after that, until January. My initial reaction was that it was a reflection on the number of other patients needing the procedure, and then I found out that there is only one system working right now, and so that one system is working double time to keep up with the load of patients.

The girls are doing well in school, and they are getting excited about the coming holidays. I'm not sure which is more important to them, Halloween or Christmas. They seem to be equally excited about both of them. Linda continues to work hard at keeping up with the decorations, and we even did some work today at getting things put away, and also other things ready to be put out. I need to begin getting the decorations for the house, and I am hopeful that the house will look great in a matter of just a few days.

As I said, not much else going on... we're all staying busy and taking care of lots of chores, and school and keeping the fish looking great (Jason has a 75 gal. tank with several fish). The dogs are healthy and happy, or at least I think so - I don't speak "dog" so I have to guess. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.