Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those who know a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough.

It’s been a crazy few days.  Buddy brought me flowers randomly on Friday, which was very sweet of him.  They were so pretty!  It was perfect timing, too, because my tulips were dying (not quite dead, but almost… This will matter in a minute).

We had date night on Saturday, like we try to do before he leaves every time, whether it’s for a week or a month (like this time around).  We went to a steak restaurant and had some delicious food, but more importantly, got some time to focus on nothing but the two of us.

Pretty much describes our relationship perfectly!

Better photo!

We had game night with our wonderful neighbors on Sunday night.  E made dinner (which was amazing!) and we got a lesson in what Mormons believe, which was super cool.  Buddy and I both think it’s awesome that we’ve made so many friends that are comfortable talking about our faith and their’s (even when we don’t necessarily believe the same thing).  E and M (“Military E” not “Neighbor E”) are Catholic and we pray before every meal together, just like we would with our families.  It just makes all of our friends feel that much more like our Washington family.  Anyway, we played Settlers and then Blokus, both of which are REALLY fun!  It was a great evening, as always, and just what we needed before starting a week that was sure to be stressful.

Buddy and I walked in the door to find that the dogs had gotten into my tulips.  For those who don’t know, tulips are poisonous to dogs.  There were tulip pieces, diarrhea, and dog throw-up EVERYWHERE.  I immediately called the vet to find out what I should be looking for and then started the clean up.  We now need to get our carpet cleaned (not even the SpotBot could work that miracle) but the important thing is that the puppies are okay.  I spent last night getting up every hour to check their gums to make sure they weren’t turning white or blue (which would show that they were really sick and needed to go to the ER) so I spent today basically exhausted.  They’re clearly not feeling good, as you can see from the photo below.  Neither of them have wanted to play today; they’ve spent all day wanting to cuddle and sleep.  We’re just thankful that they’re okay and that we still have our boys safe.

Poor sick puppies
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