Memorial Day Weekend. I worked Friday morning and as soon as Brady was up from his morning nap, we headed to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. I knew he wouldn't be too pumped about the aquarium, since he doesn't even care about his Betta Fish, Señor Taco. The point was to get out of the house, finally see the aquarium and go for a stroll. Mission accomplished.
On Sunday, we got up early and did it all over again. This time, I made sure to spend more time inside the hangar. I met two wounded veterans and had a great time shooting the shit with them. I learned about their injuries, their families and what keeps them going. They've been through it all but were terrified to jump. While one was getting in the harness and getting on the plane, he kept looking over at Brady and I like 'I'm really going to do it!' It was amazing.
The 2nd Annual Jumping for a Purpose was a success, every wounded veteran was sponsored and fun was had by all. Hope to have a bigger turnout next year, but nevertheless the purpose was served. If you're in the Hampton Roads area, mark your calendars now for Memorial Day Weekend next year. Start saving to sponsor a wounded veteran. If you set aside $1 every day for one year, you'll have a wounded veteran sponsored.
Shortly after we got home, our friends invited us over for kid swim time and a summer dinner (on the grill, duh). We packed our things and headed over. For some reason, Brady wanted nothing to do with the pool, but had a good time playing with his buddy. We had brats, potato salad and watermelon, a nice, light summer meal.