Monday, July 18, 2016

Coming and Going

This has been a summer of coming and going. 

It started with Jasmine leaving on a ten-day choir tour to Colorado the day after school let out followed by our marathon Smokey Mountain trip. 

From there Kayla went to camp, Ty and Rick back to work and Jasmine and I went on to Indiana. Jessica joined us there. We were able to meet up with my step daughter and her family and get a picture of all three of my grandchildren together.

Jessica returned to FL, and Jasmine and I went on to Cincinnati to the International Christian Retail Show, which was really small this year. We stayed with a friend for a few days.

Then Jasmine and I returned home by way of Chattanooga. 

You've seen most of those photos in previous posts, but I'll post a few here for those who missed it.

Jasmine in Colorado





In the Smokey Mountains



Indiana for a four generation picture

With Rick's parents

Visiting my step daughter and her family



Griffin, Phoenix and River
 Signing three books in Cincinnati

 Downtown Cincinnati

Talking with my fiction coach in person

 At a friend's house taking life easy

 At one of the publishing house booths at ICRS
 The best part of ICRS is meeting up with other authors
 Talking with Pat Boone about his recent projects
Teresa gave me this pencil. It's going to hang in my office

 We added Chattanooga because we weren't quite ready to go home.



When we arrived home, everyone was there except Kayla, who had already been at mission camp for a couple of weeks. We'd been sending her postcards along the way.




But then on Sunday the 10th, Kaleb left for camp, Adam left for California and Jasmine and I left for Gainesville for her surgery. That was in the previous post.



My marine in California


Off to camp


Jasmine and I got home on Wednesday. Kaleb got home on Saturday and left again on Sunday for his second week of camp.

Jasmine went to a couple of hours of percussion camp today to see how she'd do. She was not in good spirits when I left her, but Jessica picked her up for lunch and a movie. She just got home and seems more relaxed now.

So, what's ahead?
Two weeks of band camp for Jasmine
Surgery follow up on August 1 for Jasmine. We plan to make a quick trip to Jacksonville after that.
Kaleb will be home on Saturday and no other trips planned.
Kayla will be home on the 28th and no other trips planned.
Tyler turns 26 on Saturday and we're going to the Chinese buffet.
Adam should be home sometime next weekend.
Ty and I are supposed to be completing advanced scuba but the shop we signed up with had a major turn over in instructors and basically there is no one for that class. We are going to start over with a different dive shop.

We plan to go back to Wakulla Springs and let anyone who wants to make the 22 foot jump do so. We have to wait until after Jasmine's follow up though. She has to keep the cast on her nose and dry until then. 

Ty, Jessica, Jasmine and I also want to make a springs dive and we have to wait for the same reason.

Try outs for the Missioula Children's Theater play are August 8.

So that's where we are now.

We go back to school August 18th.

What about the rest of you? What do you still have planned and when do your kids go back to school or start homeschool?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jasmine's Surgery

We have been through a lot of surgeries together--cleft lip, cleft palate, club foot, finger surgery, second cleft palate repair, skull repair, two neck repairs, bone graft etc.

Hopefully we just completed our last set of surgeries--lip and nose revisions.

Making the most of her last meal the night before surgery.

Preparing for surgery


The surgery turned out to be longer and more complicated than planned due to a lot of scar tissue in her nose.

I had expected her to be discharged early afternoon and drive all the way home Tuesday, but Jasmine was discharged until after 6 p.m. We only drove about an hour toward home. We drove the rest of the way home Wednesday.

Today is Jasmine's 12th adoption anniversary. Tara came over to help us celebrate.

Jasmine is supposed to be at percussion camp all day Saturday and every day next week, but she is limited to very light exercise and not carrying anything over 10 pounds. So we'll have to work something out for her.

Monday, July 11, 2016

It's All About the Journey

Or at least that's my view of travel. I am not the person who pushes through non stop to see how fast I can get somewhere. I'd rather discover new places along the way. Build new memories.

So Jasmine and I stopped to visit Wakulla Springs on our way to Gainesville for her pre op and surgery.

One of the reasons we went is because I wanted to see if I could make myself jump from the 22 foot platform into the 69F water in the springs. Right past the buoy, the water depth drops to 120 feet deep!

Jasmine missed capturing the jump. There's a video on my phone, but I haven't downloaded it to my laptop yet. I am the purple blob on the upper level.

I jumped twice from the 22 foot platform, and once from this lower platform.


Jasmine swam out and jumped off of this.


Then we took the boat ride and saw lots of alligators, white Ibis, blue crane, wood ducks and other things.















We came around the bend just in time to see these two guys dive backward off the top level.

The tour ended with a manatee in our docking area.