I was blessed with wonderful gifts and the comfort of being around my family. My husband had very few situations when he wanted to withdraw. It was so much fun to watch him play with my little cousins and shoot Nerf guns with them. It is amazing the difference a year makes. I can say that last year I didn’t have hope for the following year. I am so glad that I stuck it out.
The Monday following Christmas we headed to Washington D.C. Bryan and I brought a robot so that he could drive it on the field to deliver the game day ball at the Military Bowl Game. I know he was nervous that something would happen with the robot and it would malfunction. Luckily, it did not. He was prepared and had all the extra things that he needed. After the ball was delivered he drove a coffee cup to the ESPN reporter and shot some game day footage with the robot’s camera. It all went very smoothly. Unfortunately, the prior game ran over so the ball being delivered wasn’t shown on TV. Attached is the footage with the reporter.
We were able to visit with some friends while we were there and meet new friends. We met a Wounded Warrior and his wife for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory on Thursday night. She volunteers with Operation Homefront and does a lot for families like hers. It was so great to meet them and it felt like we had been friends for years. We really need someone like them, who understands, to live closer to us to hang out with. We had so much fun with them that we invited them to join us for a charity event on New Year’s Eve at the Washington Navy Yard. The event was for Pets2Vets which places dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend the holiday.
They did have a loud band that played at the event which made it hard on our Wounded Warriors but they both coped really well. We left at 12:03 because Bryan just couldn’t handle it anymore. Overall, it was a wonderful trip and I am glad that we went. Life couldn’t get any better at the moment and we are looking forward to an even better 2011.
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