Saturday, June 9, 2007

Crazy Week

Oh what a week. I feel as if we have been going nonstop for hours on end. But as busy as it has been I couldn't have asked for a better week. Our week started with a visit from the Vice President. He wasn't carrying a gun so I figured we were safe to shake his hand. J.R. had a wonderful conversation with him about fly fishing. They were discussing different rivers to try and what flies to use. We even had the opportunity to snap a picture before he left.

The following day we met with a group of guys from the Minnesota National Guard. It was nice to see familiar faces. We were fortunate enough to have a free evening to go out to dinner with them and have a great night away from WRAMC.

Thursday we met with more people from the National Guard. This time we were discussing the scuba certification program the J.R. has been doing here at WRAMC. This program gave J.R. his first opportunity to return to the water since his injury. It has really helped boost his confidence with swimming and has shown him that even though he may have one hand, he can still try new things and be successful. He is itching to get out and try his first open water dive. Hopefully in August we will be able to travel with a group from the hospital and get him into real water.

We also had an opportunity to see family Thursday night. We again were able to go out and enjoy a night away. We went for dinner and then walked around town for a while. We stopped at Borders and spent a small fortune on books to help pass the time. I haven't decided which is more harmful to our bank account.. Home Depot or Borders.

Friday was spent catching up on paperwork and packing for today. We woke up at six this morning to get on the road and head to Baltimore. I believe it was a small miracle that I was able to roll out of bed at six am. I'm not what one would call a morning person. Anyway... for the first time EVER we were able to find where we were going without getting temporarily misplaced (which I think sounds much better than being lost). It was such a gorgeous day on the coast. Hot, sunny, and a great breeze. The wind however made it a very rough day in the boat. We went crashing through five foot waves and got soaking wet. What a fantastic time. It was more fun than any Disney ride ever invented. We didn't catch any fish but I'll take the sunshine any day.

For now it's time for a shower and a nap. We have more family coming into town again tomorrow so our schedule remains very full. Can't complain though.. we LOVE the visits!


Butterfly Wife said...

Sounds like a wonderful day.

Tracy said...

Sounds like a busy but very interesting week. Bookstores are hazardous to my checking account!!

Looks like J.R. is having fun with fishing and the scuba certification. :o)

Anonymous said...


Although we didn't have a chance to speak much at the milblogger conference, but I am a master scuba diver, and I am currently studying for my dive master certification. If JR is interested, I can keep him supplied with my diver magazines. Also, if he ever wants a dive buddy and can't find one, please let me know and I'll dive with him.

Soldiers Angels

Oddybobo said...

Fabulous. You all are so busy. Glad to see smiling faces. You both remain in our prayers.

FbL said...

Sounds like a wonderful week. Yay!!

Anonymous said...

Darn, but he looks familiar. If was in Walter Reed the first weekend in May, I might have actually met him. Mr. Sparling gave us a personal tour. Do you know him? And tell JR, one open water diver to another, get in the water! It's quite an experience.

Barb said...

What a kewl fly-fishing rig! Looks like a great trip - glad you two had fun :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's awesome to see photographs of JR looking healthy and having some fun! (I first learned about him from the Commander Salamander blog several months ago, and it's great to see he is recovering and doing so well.) Congratulations on the successes you both have experienced during JR's long recovery process. I am relieved to hear the Fisher House you are in is a good place.