Jes, Fei, and Co.

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Rainy days in the Ruiz/Huang household go something like this.

Rainy days are muggy, but I really like opening the door and seeing and listening to the pitter patter of the rain. I like the smell of the grass right after it rains. Rainy days make for an EXCELLENT hot cocoa/tea and movie day. They make me want to cuddle up in bed and just relax. The overcast weather makes for great naps too! And of course the mist makes for great photographs. Aside from working today, I cuddled up with the pups while Jes was at the clinic and drank hot cocoa and watched documentaries.

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Leon misses Daddy a lot during the week. He was so devastated this morning when he left for the clinic. He sat by the door just waiting for him to come home. We all miss Daddy so much.

Leon misses Daddy a lot during the week. He was so devastated this morning when he left for the clinic. He sat by the door just waiting for him to come home. We all miss Daddy so much.

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Things I’m loving:
Looking at past photos of my family
Hot cocoa
Spotify playing in the background
Slowly but surely studying a chapter each day (or 2 days)
Reading a good book
Cooking healthy meals for us
Walking the pups
Homemade chicken soup
Turkey burgers
Documentaries on Netflix
Mangoes & nectarines

Things I’m loving:

  • Looking at past photos of my family
  • Hot cocoa
  • Spotify playing in the background
  • Slowly but surely studying a chapter each day (or 2 days)
  • Reading a good book
  • Cooking healthy meals for us
  • Walking the pups
  • Homemade chicken soup
  • Turkey burgers
  • Documentaries on Netflix
  • Mangoes & nectarines

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I don’t want to ever miss a day in your precious lives. Ever. I don’t want to ever take another day for granted. I know deep down that you two are only with us for a very limited amount of time. So every day we get with you guys is special and deserves to be celebrated. 

We’ll always remember you two as our 1st furbabies. That’ll never change. This is why I document our lives so frequently. I know that one day you aren’t going to be with us anymore. So all that’s left is going to be these memories. And I want to never forget them. So sorry for sticking a camera in your face every day, haha.

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Innocence.

It’s what comes to mind when I look at our kids fur babies. They view the world with such innocent eyes. Their actions, although not always perfect (and most of the time it’s not!), are innocent at heart. They live their whole lives loving us, Jes and I. They love wholeheartedly. They bring happiness to our lives and everyone they touch. They forgive just as easily.

I look at them and they seem to smile back. They comfort us in our times of vulnerability and need. Their only goal in life is to comfort and make us feel better. They are so selfless, actually. They live with this special calm about them.

And I think it’s this selfless quality that I want to lead my life with. We can all take some lessons in their almost child-like innocent way of living.

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Note: BE CAREFUL AROUND BLEACH!

Recently, Jes accidentally squirted some bleach into his eyes. I haven’t been so scared in my life in a while. When it happened and he screamed, my heart started racing. Fast. I was so scared that he would be blinded or that something terrible would happen. Looking back, it’s hard to describe how the exact moment felt. I was just scared and all I could think about was flushing his eye and irrigating it and trying to get all the bleach out so it would stop hurting. I’ve never done it before, so I couldn’t imagine the pain he was feeling. But I hated seeing him like that..in so much pain and discomfort. Seeing his eyes blood red. Seeing him in a state of such vulnerability. All I wanted to do was help him stop the pain and feel better. I wanted to make things better.

But I was really scared inside. Really really scared. I had tears in my eyes and I knew I had to hold them back as best as I could. I had to be strong for him. I had to be able to think logically. I couldn’t act emotionally when I really needed to think clearly and do what was best (in the medical sense).

I didn’t know what was going to happen to him. I didn’t know if he could ever see again. I was plain scared. It’s in these moments when I realize how good we have it. How much we take for granted. We, somehow, get comfortable and start to get selfish. I don’t realize how good it is to be able to have the privilege of seeing, feeling, smelling, hearing, tasting. How lucky we are to be healthy. How amazing clean water tastes. How lucky we are to be alive and well. How fortunate we are that we have been ok for this long.

Thankfully, he is doing okay right now. His right eye is still really red and still stings, but it’s in the healing process. Thank God. I don’t know what I would have done if something worse happened. If somehow it didn’t heal. I was scared out of my mind, and the worst part was that I couldn’t do anything but keep flushing his eye with saline solution. I felt helpless.

This makes me thankful for all the peaceful times we share. Those mundane moments are the ones that need to be cherished most. For, when the calm disappears, all we’re left with is vulnerability and the desire for that peaceful life again.

Health and well-being are number one. Eating healthy and living actively helps keeps us healthy. So go out and do something! Eat healthy! Live life happily! Tell the people you love that you love them. Laugh often and drink tea. Take lots of photographs. Sleep in. Stress less. Take nothing for granted. Be thankful for how lucky you are every day.

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Leon doesn’t change much (physically). He always looks pretty much the same. It’s pretty cool. I guess his haircut doesn’t change much. But he looks pretty much the same as he did several months ago. But he is changing. Deep down. He’s getting so much better and Jes and I are so proud of him. You can tell he is slowly calming down. He’s becoming the dog that we always wanted him to be.

We love you so much, Leon buddy! 

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Sleep has always been a weird concept for me to wrap my mind around. Everything about it seems fascinating to me. I mean, just think about it! Everyone sleeps differently. Some people like to sleep alone, others like to sleep with someone else. Some people snore. Everyone dreams. Some people only need 5 hours of sleep, others need 10. Everyone needs sleep. Sleep is when our memories and learning is consolidated. We yawn when we’re tired and need sleep. Yawning is contagious, literally. That’s what one of my SAT passages was about. It’s REAL stuff, not something I just made up. Some people sleep funny. Some people move in their sleep, others stay really still. Some people kick and jerk, others mumble. Some people have a really hard time falling asleep (HELLO, AMBIEN). Some people have trouble staying asleep. And some unfortunate souls have trouble with both. But, at the end of the day, we all need sleep.

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