I am grateful for a productive worky day, with a few ends tied up, and the first few steps taken on a new and interesting project.
I am grateful for time spent at the studio.
I am grateful for date night. Julie and I went to see Gracie by Joan MacLeod at the Belfry Theatre. Not a feel good kind of play, but abundant talent: Fantastic writing, direction, and acting. Great use of a well designed, austere set. Great stuff! See it for a few more days here, and watch for it when it comes to Calgary.
I am grateful for a productive day.
I am grateful for time spent in the studio.
I am grateful for how well my boys get along together, from time to time. I know from experience it’s good to have a brother; I see that sometimes they feel the same way.
I am grateful for Julie. She put together Valentine’s day treats for myself and the boys, and she made chocolate dipped strawberries and bananas tonight, and they were scrumptious.
I am grateful for breakfast that Julie made this morning. A giant pancakey thing called a dutch baby*. NOM NOM NOM!
I am grateful for a Family Day event at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre. We had a great time. Highlights included a magician, printmaking, yarn bombing, trombone playing (and many other instruments), face painting, pottery, to name a few. All that and Food trucks, too!
I am grateful for a walk around the Cedar Hill Golf Course after that, during which I spotted blooming crocuses for the first time this year.
I am grateful for Farley. He now has a snorkel and mask, and at bath time, he spends most of it submerged, exploring whatever there is to explore at the bottom of one end of the tub. One day he’ll do that in the ocean, and that will blow his mind!
* Not an actual baby. We have a strict no cannibalism rule in our house, regardless of age or nationality.
I am grateful for time in at the studio this morning.
I am grateful for time spent playing board games with Coop and his buddy at the board game cafe.
I am grateful for time spent watching a really stupid, but fun to watch movie with Julie after the kids were in bed.
I am grateful for some time spent in the studio painting this morning. It’s been a while, and it was great to start a new one.
I am grateful for an adventure with my boys today. We took the bus downtown and saw the Lego Batman movie. It was fun.
I am grateful for conversation with Julie today while the kids were playing in the next room. It’s still rare, but more common that this can happen these days, and would have been impossible not too long ago.
I am grateful for a long and productive work day.
I am grateful for a swim with my boys.
I am grateful for biking weather. We took the electric bike to the pool. It was rainy, but still a fun way to get there.
I am grateful for an uninterrupted day at work.
I am grateful for time spent with my boys at the library, then at a pet store gawking at fish, birds, and reptiles, then settling them down for bedtime.
I am grateful for apple pie that Julie brought home for me.
I am grateful for lunch out with my folks today.
I am grateful that everyone got home safe. Both kids had to be picked up early; inclement weather shut this town down today.
I am grateful for our safe, warm home.
I am grateful for a snow day. We kept the kids home from school and daycare.
I am grateful for a glimpse of Mt. Baker from a walk we took to Summit Park.
I am grateful for the best cup of hot chocolate I’ve ever had. Julie made it. It involved cream and chocolate chips. It was sublime.
I am grateful for a feast with my folks at JJ’s (a fave Chinese restaurant). It’s the last time the boys will see them before they head home to Calgary. I am grateful they have the means and motivation to spend the time out here that they do every winter.
I am grateful for Farley, who looks a lot like a chicken when he’s fooling around and sticks his legs in the sleeves of his loaner pink sweater from daycare.
I am grateful for Coop, who reads to him.
I grateful that everyone made it through the day safely. It’s pandemonium in this town when it snows, and it snowed a lot today!