Gratitude

I am grateful for an action packed day of the Disneyland train, Astro Blasters, It’s a Small World. the Finding Nemo Submarine Ride (especially with Farl, who LOVED that ride), Star Tours, the Jungle Tour, Tarzan’s Treehouse, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Star Wars Launch Bay (especially with Julie, who LOVED meeting Chewbacca), Autopia, the Submarine ride again, and churros.

It was so much fun, that pausing for a photo was enough to make Farley a bit sad.

I am grateful for Coop, who cracked me up with the question, “Why is it called Tomorrowland? What’s so great about it being Tuesday in there while it’s Monday here?”

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I am grateful for a day of safe travels to Anaheim, California.

I am grateful for clear skies over the Rockies.

I am grateful for Target, where you can buy shoes for your 5 year old at 11pm after realizing halfway through the first flight down that he’s wearing heavy rain boots, and that’s the only footwear he has that fits properly for your trip to Disneyland in warm, 25-30 degree weather.

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I am grateful for a “how to draw” book that I had when I was a kid, that Farley really discovered and got into today.

I am grateful for a car full of packed bags, all set for us to hop in and drive to the airport when the alarm goes off in a few short hours.

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I am grateful for a phone conversation with an old friend from long ago this morning. I was a Scout, and later a Venturer in my younger years. The Scouter was a guy named Tracey, who had a profound and positive effect that lasted many years after I was too old for the scouting program. We were in touch into my 20s, maybe even some of my 30s, but we hadn’t talked for a long time. It was good to hear his voice this morning.

A new year’s resolution of mine has been to get in touch with people I remember having strong personal connections with in my past, but for whatever reason, haven’t spoken with lately. Facebook friendship is great in many ways, but it presents me with an illusion that I am in touch with people that I haven’t connected with in a real conversation for many years. I have too many people who are too dear to me that I haven’t talked with in too long. I made a list. I’ll be reaching out. Feel free to get in touch with me first if you feel you are someone who belongs on it.

I am grateful that at last a big secret Julie and I have been keeping is out. We revealed to the boys when they got home from school today via a game of hangman that they would be going to Disneyland all next week. We decided to go back in September, but really wanted to surprise them. They were indeed surprised, and we’re all pretty excited!

I am grateful for a productive day on all fronts but painting. I missed that today, but really, I am also grateful to be someone who just doesn’t have much they need to complain about.

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I am grateful for time spent painting in the lovely studio this morning.

I am grateful for time spent with my lovely spouse today.

I am grateful for time spent with my often lovely kids this evening.

I am grateful for time spent with my lovely television tonight.

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I am grateful for a fun evening out with the boys. We went out for pizza, then to the Oak Bay Rec Centre to do some skating. I grew up in Calgary, where a flooded soccer field down the street from our house became a rink for the whole winter every year, and it was a natural place for the neighbourhood kids to hang out. While i definitely prefer the milder climate in Victoria, I do miss the free and convenient access to skating. It was great to see my kids pick it up though. Farl was like a newborn colt at first, but he’ll tell you now proudly that he went all the way from one end to the other on his own. Coop has really been improving at skating too. It’s one of my great pleasures to watch these kids to pick up new skills, and skating was great for that tonight.

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I am grateful for a fun afternoon with Farley. He and I visited the Aquarium and then the Bakery. Good stuff!

I am grateful for Julie’s chicken noodle soup.

I am grateful for the 7th Season of Game of Thrones. We watched the finale tonight. I will be lost now without it, though, until season 8, whenever that happens.

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I am grateful for time enough for me to get up early and photograph the sunrise at Cattle Point. It was chilly, but rewarding. Pretty sure there is a painting in there.

I am grateful for an afternoon hanging out with Farley. He played, I did too a bit, but mostly puttered around, taking down Christmas Lights and the like. My kind of afternoon.

I am grateful for date night. Auntie J brought over a casserole that we all enjoyed together, then Julie and I went and saw the new Star Wars flick for the second time, this time without kids. We caught a lot more of the show; truth is I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around!