The kids had a great time playing on the inflatable slide and jumping castle. My brother Jeremy was there as well (he and Jason are in the same reserve unit) so it was great to spend some time with him (and to have someone to talk to).
Jackson and me ~ Jackson did not want to stop sliding to take this picture :)
I know I have blogged before about my conversations with Jackson and how much he truly is a source of joy in my life (especially on difficult days) Last night I had to have the dreaded conversation with him about where we were going today. I needed to explain to him that we were going to an Army family day, but that daddy would not be there even though other soldiers would be. Here is the conversation...
Me: Jackson, when you get up in the morning we are going to an Army Family Day
Jackson: "0k mommy, will I get to play?"
Me: Yes you will buddy. Jackson there will be soldiers there and some may even wear a uniform like daddy does, but daddy will not be there. Do you understand?
Jackson: "yes mommy, daddy will not be there"
Me: Do you know where daddy is Jack?
Jackson: "yes mommy" (and he proceeded to tell me where his daddy is)
Me: Do you know why daddy is over there?
Jackson: "yes mommy, he is protecting our country"...Mommy
Me: yes Jack
Jackson: "I love my daddy a lot"
Ok I am crying again just replaying the conversation in my mind.
Jason ~ we love you so much and I am so glad that we were able to attend the family day today in your honor to let everyone know how very much we love you and how very proud of you that we are!