Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Back home, I have signed Winston up for a basic doggy good manners course. Hopefully he will learn how to walk on leash properly (not drag me behind). And while I love the greeting he gives me when I come home (as if I had left him for years and he was terrified he'd never see me again) I am hoping they can teach him to bring it down a few notches. Classes start March 7th, so we'll see how that goes. If it goes well, I might be taking Jack to an agilities class in May where he can learn how to walk on balance beams, jump through hoops, weave through poles and all that other cool stuff they do on the Purina Dog Challenge!
Last night I went to the Wizards game in DC with Emily and Sarah. Em gets discounted tickets through IBM and we were able to get great seats for not so much money. Here's a pic I snapped with my phone from the game:
That's all for now. I guess I'm happy that Patrick is bored. If it was exciting, I'm not sure that would be a good thing! So we'll pray that things stay slow and dull over there for him! 47 weeks and counting...
Monday, February 16, 2009
Oh I almost forgot! This week marked the second Valentine's Day in a row that Patrick and I haven't been able to spend together. Last year he was out sleeping in a field at Quantico, and this year, well obviously he's in Iraq. But, my sweetheart managed to have a bouquet of my favorite flowers delivered Saturday morning... Here they are, gerber daisies in every color imaginable (not to mention, the sweetest note that could ever come in a bunch of flowers):
Monday, February 9, 2009
In the meantime, I've been keeping busy with work etc. And I took the boys hiking today. We went with Carly and Emily to Shenandoah National Park and hiked a mountain that we hiked last January. It was a lot of fun, and the pups had a blast getting all muddy. Here are some pictures from our adventure:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I am posting several videos of he dogs here for Patrick. I tried emailing them and the files were too big, so hopefully he can see them here! The first video is of Jack chasing his tail. He started trying to catch it by sitting down, and even tried to get it between his legs. It was hysterical! Too bad I didn't think to tape it until he was done playing, so this was the best we could get out of him. The second one is a video of some puppy kisses for Patrick. The last one is of Bear and Jack playing (complete with what Pat and I call Jacko's "butt dance"!). Look closely for the butt dance... it's a riot! Enjoy.
Patrick is also a Steelers fan, and since he was sleeping while the Super Bowl was on, the boys were cheering extra hard for them. Here they are in their Steelers tees, missing dad and watching the game. It must've worked because the Steelers won! Hooray! (Mo, this one's for you too...)
That being said, I've gotten to talk to Patrick a lot this week. Sometimes 2 phone calls a day. He usually calls me when he gets off of work, before he heads back to his can to go to sleep. We also found out that he can call cell phones too, which is good. So now I don't have to sit around the house worried I'll miss a call. He doesn't have much news to report. But he's doing OK. He's called his mom and dad a few times, so I know they're very glad to hear from him just like I am.
I sent him the aerogarden that my parents got him for Christmas, and he told me it arrived today. He decided to set it up in his office since that's where he spends most of his time. He said that when he was setting it all up he plugged it in and shorted out the whole office! I guess it was something to do with the outlets and adapter situation. Anyways, they got everything up and running again and he didn't get in too much trouble. :) So my first package arrived safe and sound, and I'm glad to hear it. I thought the garden and seed kit would have a tough time making it through customs. It also got there relatively quickly, about a week. I've already sent off 2 more packages and have another waiting to be sent! A lot of other people are sending boxes as well, so he's well taken care of.
That's all for now... 50 weeks and counting...