Today I got Nigel and Jacari up at 530am for a long, complicated, fun day. Each month when I have a drill weekend with the Army National Guard, Jacari spends the weekend with Melissa--his foster mom of three years before we adopted him. Melissa is an adoptive mom of a boy with Downs Syndrome and foster mom of a teenage girl.
For Jacari this weekend often means some kind of special trip or treat--Melissa gets tickets for Hershey Park and other amusement centers through her network of foster moms. I dropped the boys at Melissa's house at 7am and drove 6 miles to Fort Indiantown Gap. The first order of business for this weekend was the annual Fitness Test. I was really looking forward to this. I have scored close to perfect on the last five fitness tests--between 288 and 297 on a 300 scale--but never made the maximum score. Today I hit 300!
After the fitness test, I took pictures of a Blackhawk and a Chinook helicopter landing in a field to bring officer candidates on board. Then I went back to Melissa's and picked up the boys for the annual unit picnic. Nigel, Jacari and I ate hamburgers, hot dogs and cookies. After the food, I took the boys through the hangar where helicopters are are repaired. Then they went back to Melissa's and I returned for some late afternoon work.
At 730pm I picked up Nigel and drove home. Jacari stayed at Melissa's till I picked him up the following evening.