Gratitude – standards compliant browsers, happy Coop, and busy, busy, busy

I am grateful for standards compliant browsers. For those of you who are not fellow nerds: In the past a really big challenge for people like me was that all the different browsers showed the same web pages totally differently; and making it so that everyone looking at the same page saw the same thing was really, really hard. Thankfully, those days are mostly gone, and some of the more annoying aspects of what I do all day are gone with them.

I am grateful for a happy Coop. He was just in that kind of infectious good mood that only kids can be in today.

I am grateful for enough work to keep me really busy right now; and for the flexibility to work from wherever I wish. I put in a long day today, but doing half of the day at my kitchen table and the other half at my office broke it up, and made it feel a bit shorter.

Gratitude – new office, being close to stuff, Google docs

i am grateful for my new office. It’s nice in there.

I am grateful that we’ve generally arranged our lives in this family to be close to the stuff we need, so we don’t have to spend much time in the car to get stuff done.

I am grateful for Google drive and Google docs. The whole cloud thing is swell, and it’s just nice to not have to be tied to any particular file system to search for and get at my documents.

Gratitude – Tiny Farley, Hike, Beach, Nap





I am grateful for another great day.

Coop made more progress on his bike. He’s getting better at stopping, which is a really key skill, I figure.

I’m grateful Farley is still small. It’s convenient for us that Coop can just grab him and stand him up on top of his head.

I am grateful for a nice hike with friends. We went to the top of Bear Hill, and then to Island View Beach, both of which were amazing, and the boys had a blast.

I am grateful for Farley’s nap on my lap this afternoon. I’m pretty sure I dozed off too. I don’t know how many of those I have left, so I cherish them when they come these days.

Gratitude – Saturday breakfast, Coop on bike, great day



Today was a good one. I have lots to be grateful for.

I am grateful for a terrific breakfast. Julie and the boys made egg muffin quiche things. The boys were heavily involved in the process, and everyone was very pleased with how they turned out.

I am grateful for Coop’s perseverance and willingness to try riding a bike without training wheels. He said he felt like was like I was keeping him up with the force, That’s how I felt too, running along with him and removing my hands from him, keeping them six inches away from his body, but it felt like I was still holding him as he balanced there in between them. It wasn’t me using the force though – that was all him. He rocked that bike today. I can’t wait to go riding with him sometime soon.

I am grateful for an all around fantastic day. It’s a Saturday, and the sun was out and it felt really warm. We washed the car in the driveway, and it all ended with me pouring buckets of water over my giggling sons. Then we went for a swim, and after a couple of hours in the pool we went and hung out in a park for another good long while. After that we got a few sandwiches from Subway, and got home just in time for Farley to fall asleep on my lap while we watched a little TV. With Farley asleep in bed, Coop and I finished off the evening with some Lego construction. Simple pleasures are the best kind, and I experienced a lot of that today. Days don’t get much better than this one, and if that’s not nice, I don’t know what is.


Gratitude – snuggly boys, pretty sunset, night out

I am grateful for boys, who, when watching TV prefer to snuggle up next to each other on the couch. So sweet!

I am grateful for the light as the sun was going down last night. It was pretty.

I am grateful for a night out. I saw Jupiter Ascending. I know a lot of people who would not really like an over the top silly science fiction movie like that, but I sure did.

Gratitude – New office, beaver buggies, crazy day accomplished

I am grateful for my new office. The move went smoothly. I managed to secure parking at both locations, and all the stuff went from the one place to the other without any issues. By about 2pm I’d set up all my stuff and had met Julie for lunch. It’s nice. There’s a window. I opened it and could hear birds twittering away.

I am grateful for the big beaver buggy race that happened tonight. The beavers put together the buggies a few weeks ago, and they raced them on a track tonight. Cooper was pleased to make it to the semi-finals; his buggy was first in the first 2 races. Farley brought one along too, and I am grateful there was time for the brothers to race head to head against eachother before the track got put away.

I am grateful for this crazy day all working out. It started early, with Farley’s first dental appointment before dropping of the boys at school. Then there was all the moving craziness, followed by the beaver meeting. Phew! It was a long, action packed day, and it all went fine, and I am looking forward to taking it a bit easier tomorrow and on the weekend.

Gratitude – this blog, movers, diaper free Farley

I am grateful for this blog. Sitting down and focusing on what made today a good day works. It makes me feel better about my day. If that’s not nice, what is?

I am grateful for movers. I am moving my office again. I wouldn’t have, but I was at a desk in an open concept office before; and at the new place I’ll have a door for not a lot more rent. T’any rate, a short while ago I realized that no move is too small to hire burly young people and a truck. I’ve only got a couple of desks and shelves and a few boxes, but I know myself well enough to know that if I tried that on my own, I’d be hurting at the end of the day, and would likely have damaged some furniture and walls in the process. As it is, I anticipate it will all be done in a few hours, and I’ll be able to get on with my day.

I am grateful for Farley’s first number 2 at a venue outside the home or his daycare. We were shopping for appliances, at a mall. The kiddo let us know he needed to go, and he went. Go Farley!

Gratitude – Coop reading and writing, airplanes



I am grateful for more kid self sufficiency. Today Coop made breakfast again. This time, it was 100% on his own. By the time I’d gotten out of the shower both my guys had pretty much dressed themselves, prepared breakfast and eaten it. This all blows my mind. Perhaps it shouldn’t, but it does.

I am grateful for Coop, who tonight wrote sentences that I could read, without grownups in the room. This also blew my mind. It’s a lesson for me, when he asked if he could do that exercise in the activity book he was working with, I was all like “Okay, but I think this book is more for after you can read, but I’ll work on it with you”. Not a proud moment, that, in hindsight. Still, proud enough after when it became apparent he totally understood the task at hand, could figure out the phonetics, match up the words, and write out the sentences. The pride I have for Coop in that more than makes up for the lack of pride for doubting him before. He told me before bed that he has decided he gets two stars in the chart he made for himself today, one for making breakfast again, one for the reading and writing. Good for him!

I am grateful for a nice little excursion with Farley today. We had a bit of time to kill so we went down and watched planes land in the harbour. The colours in the sky from the setting sun were amazing, and nothing makes Farley light up like big machines doing their thing; machines like boats or airplanes. If that’s not nice, what is?

Gratitude – capable kids, heat, reconnecting with old friends

I am grateful for capable kids getting more and more capable every day. This morning Cooper got the bagels out of the toaster, buttered them and put them on plates his brother and himself. He got water for Farley and milk for himself (their usual orders). He made sure Farley got the green cup and green plate, because that’s Farley’s favourite. After they were done he went and found a pen, and put a star next to his name on the chart he’d decided (on his own) to make on the fridge. How about that!

I am grateful for heat. We now have electric baseboard heating in our bedroom and bathroom, for the first time since the furnace was removed in November.

I am grateful for reconnection with old friends. Today I had a friend from my university days and his family over for dinner. Near as I can figure, I hadn’t seen him for over 20 years. Since then he’s met a nice girl and had 2 fine sons. It so happens I did the same thing. The boys all got along like a house on fire, and I’d dare say the grown ups did too. I’m looking forward to seeing more of that gang, soon.

Gratitude – my kids and neighbours, sunny day, leg recovery


I am grateful for my neighbours, who brought over chocolates for my kids last week. How nice is that? And the boys loved them. Those boxes were opened every night after dinner when they got to choose one until they were gone.

I am grateful for a nice sunny day, with kids playing on the lawn for a bit.

I am grateful for steady progress on recovery for my leg. Today I felt mostly like a functional human being – I bet it feels even more normal tomorrow.