Gratitude – hard day done, the village, family

i am grateful today is over. It was a day that was absolutely contributing to the glorification of busy, which must stop.

I am grateful for the village that it takes to raise children. Coop got to go to Beavers because friends of ours took him. 

I am grateful for some time with my kids this afternoon. It wasn’t much, but was enough that it wasn’t a day I didn’t get to see my kids.

gratitude – eating outside

I am grateful for our first dinner outside this year. We had a buddy of Coop’s over, as well as his sister and dad. Kids went crazy in the trampoline, balls were retrieved from neighbours yards, and marshmallows were toasted. All this was spur of the moment, it started with the boys on the swings after school. If that’s not nice, what is?

Gratitude – great kids

i am grateful for some great kid behaviour this evening. Know what’s not particularly fun for kids? Home renovation type shopping. They hate it more than I do. We’ve had some choice tantrums at IKEA, the flooring store, and the appliances department at Sears. Sometimes it was one kid or the other, if I am honest, sometimes it was me. But tonight, we went shopping for countertops, and those guys were awesome. If that’s not nice, what is?

Gratitude – learning from a human, Coop’s soccer, hanging out quietly.

I am grateful for some expert tutelage from friend, colleague, and client today on using the Ionic framework to build web and mobile apps for iOS and android. Learning stuff is empowering, and learning from people instead of the Internet is more fun.

I am grateful for Coop’s soccer drills and skills class. Tonight they played a quick game at the end, and he scored a goal. Go Coop!

I am grateful for an unstructured evening after that, where there was a good half hour (at least!) where Coop and Julie were coloring, Farley was building lego, and I was surfing the net with my phone, all of us just hanging out in the living room. We aren’t a family that’s quiet when we are all together very often, but we were tonight.

Gratitude – snuggly boys, trampoline, time with kids.


I am grateful for my boys. I found them sitting together on the big armchair in the living room while they watched cartoons this morning. Sometimes they fight, but for the most part, they really do seem to prefer to be together.

I am grateful for the trampoline we bought today, and I am grateful we’ve got a place to put it.

This surprised me, but I am grateful for the toys I was tidying up in the living room today. Don’t get me wrong. I am anything but grateful for the constant cussing mess. As I was picking up the cars and the stuffies today, it struck me how these boys will soon grow up. How they won’t play with cars or stuffies. I’m glad I won’t have to clean that cuss up forever, but I am going to miss having these little kids around. Someday they won’t be here anymore.

gratitude: speedy commute, ride home, house of cards, netflix

I am grateful for a speedy commute this morning. It’s quicker when I put Coop on the back of my bike, rather than him taking his own. Too many dang hills to walk up.

I am grateful for a ride home in a van tonight. It was raining today.

I am grateful to have taken in a double header of House of Cards at our house tonight. Man, that is some great television.

I am grateful for the Netflix business model. They make TV for me to watch, I pay them to get a chance to watch it. Seems much simpler than the standard network TV business model, with money travelling to and fro between content producers, advertisers, and cable providers.

Gratitude – project nearly done, lunch with Julie, Beavers in the great outdoors

I am grateful that a big project is coming to a close. Onward to the next…

I am grateful for lunch with Julie. The new office is much closer to hers – it’s great to have such opportunity to have kid-free time with her. Doesn’t happen often otherwise.

I am grateful for Beavers, tonight it was a walk down Camas Trail to the beach. Not much of a hike really, but the kids had a great time frolicking on the beach and clambering on the rocks.

gratitude – Good weather, eating outside, free bikes, Netflix


I am grateful for some great weather yesterday and today. It’s allowed for lots more biking around instead of driving, which I am also happy for.

I am grateful for a casual dinner of various leftovers, consumed on our front steps with my boys.

I am grateful for 2 bikes I found at the side of the road with a sign that said “free” on them. What will I do with 2 rusty, broken down bikes? I don’t know, but the fire-breathing burning man trike my brother in law recently put together provides pause for thought.

I am grateful for kids in bed, about an hour before I’ll turn in, and Netflix.