I am grateful for time spent with Julie this morning, doing errands while kids were at school.

I am grateful for tickles with Farley this morning.

I am grateful for a visit from a friend and her 2 month old infant. Infants are awesome.

I’m am grateful coop got to spend some time with said infant.



I am grateful for a new (to me) bass guitar I found on the local classified ad website here. I’m familiar with another one of the same make and model, and I always liked it, so when this one popped up for cheap, I snapped it up. Score!

I am grateful for happy clients.

I am grateful for Beavers tonight. Both Coop and Farley came. A real live Bike Police Officer was there to talk about bike safety, but all the kids wanted to ask about was the stuff on her belt, and what to do with robbers, and handcuffs, and tasers, and the like. She was great, and fielded all questions like a pro.


I am grateful for a fantastic deal on shoes. It’s not every day a guy with size 14 feet finds shoes that fit in the discount bin, but I did today, and they are RED.

I am grateful to live near Summit Park. It’s beautiful there. Usually when I am up there it’s to bring kids, but today I just felt like a break and thought I’d go for a wander. I was delighted to find it only took 17 minutes, and it cleared my head right up. I might have to make a habit of that little walk.

I am grateful for Coop’s sweet potato and dried Apple rendition of the Falcon (from the avengers). I am also grateful for Farley, who needs to get in on the action when someone is taking photos.

I am grateful for kid free time and uninterrupted conversation with my lovely spouse over sushi tonight.

I am grateful for a visit with a very pregnant friend at the hospital. It’s an intense, important, nauseating, joyful, difficult, exciting, happy and worrisome time when babies are about to be born. I feel honoured to be around any part of it.


I am grateful for a walk with Cooper to his school this morning.

I am grateful for the boulevard and the little path on it that goes up my street. I hope they never put in a sidewalk.

I am grateful for some time spent tidying up. Nothing quite de-tidies a house like a 4 year old’s birthday.

I am grateful for Coop’s optometrist. His eyes are working better than they did before, huzzah!

I am grateful for dates booked at a campsite in a few weeks. Nice to have that to look forward too.


I am grateful for Farley’s long sleep last night, from 6pm until 7am. I think he must have been tuckered right out!

I am grateful for great kid and general universe behaviour today. I had a lot stacked up, and there were multiple points where it all could have fallen like a house of cards, but it didn’t.

I am grateful for a productive work day.

I am grateful for time spent with Coop, listening to him while he reads French story books to me.

I am grateful for Farley, who loves it when I hold him upside down and tickle do I know this? He comes up to me and says, “papa, papa, papa, PAPA, PA-PAAAAA! HOLD ME UPSIDE DOWN AND TICKLE ME!”. 


I am grateful for Farley. He’s 4 years old today. So big! Coop was 3 and a half when Farley was born, so it feels a little like we’ve left the charted waters and will now be setting off into new territory. I’m grateful these years having babies and toddlers around, and I am grateful for these big capable kids that are filling the void the little guys left behind.

I am grateful for my folks who flew out for the day to spend it with Farl and the rest of us. We hung out at the beach in Sidney, we conquered Bear Hill and ate donuts at the top, we bought fresh strawberries, we searched for pirate treasure on Island View beach and then wrapped it up with dinner at the Spitfire Grill before dropping them off at the airport. It was a short trip, but we packed a lot into a fun day.

I am grateful for some downtime after the boys went to sleep.


I am grateful for a successful birthday party for Farley. We were there for “The Running of the Goats” which happens every morning at the Beacon Hill Park Petting Zoo, then we headed over to the adjacent play park where we claimed a picnic table under a gazebo and covered it with a spread of fast disappearing cheesies and veggies that we predictably wound up taking home with us.

I am grateful for the Spider-Man and Batman themed cake Julie made with the liberal use of blue food colouring in the icing.

I am grateful for an easy afternoon involving some dozy watching of Star Trek, followed by dinner out at White Spot (Farley’s pick).

I am grateful for the new X Files season. I was hooked back in the day, and one episode in, I am hooked again now.


I am grateful my connection to the Internet is better here at home than it was in the hotel last night, so I can post some photos that I meant to yesterday.

I am grateful for a walk to the Myrna Canyon trestles and tunnels with my brother this morning, and more driving around in that great big old Buick.

I am grateful for an easy and uneventful flight home.

I am grateful for Chinese food and an episode of Star Trek for family fun night. It was my pick.


I am grateful for my Grandpa’s Buick LeSabre. He bought it the summer I was born, and I remember being in it as a kid. After he died, my brother had it for two years, then we drove it from Calgary to Victoria, and I had it for 2 years. It’s been great, and my bro and I both love that thing, but neither of us can give it the time and attention it deserves. It’s been sold, and it’s on its way back to Calgary.

I am grateful Coop and Farley might have memories of that car. 

I am grateful for a fun day of driving it. Today I took it over on the ferry and picked up my brother in Surrey. We drove it to Kelowna, had a great visit, great burgers, a swim in the motel pool, and a few beers. It’s sad to let it go, but any day spent driving that car on the highway with my brother is a good one; I am very grateful for that.

I am Grateful for Coop’s comic book about Carrot Man. It’s incomplete, but he’s done lots of work on it. It makes liberal use of the phrase “wait, did I mention…”. I can’t wait to see how it ends.


I am grateful for a bike rise with my kids off to school this’s morning.

I am grateful for a mechanic I trust , and work done on my cars squeezed in to a way that accommodated my schedule. If you need automotive work done in Victoria, talk to Doug at Dunsmuir Super Service. He’s a straight shooter.

I am grateful for spaghetti and meatballs.

I am grateful for date night, and our babysitter. Julie and I went to a movie, called Lobster. It was my idea, and it was terrible. We had a fun time anyway.