I am grateful for a daycare that sends my kid home dirty and tuckered out from playing outside.

I am grateful for leftovers.

I am grateful for Coop, who’s been enduring more discomfort than any kid should have to with an ear infection for the last couple days. He’s a trooper, poor fella!


I am grateful for old home videos. We watched a few with Farley and Cooper today from when they were much smaller. I can’t believe those voices that were once so familiar now sound so far away – they just keep getting bigger. Grateful for that, too.

I am grateful for Farley’s ladybug costume. He got it for Halloween when he was 2 or so, but kept wearing it all year, and likely still was until after he turned 4 and he finally couldn’t squeeze into it any more. Last night when I was putting him down, after I thought he was asleep, he whispered, “Dada, do you remember my ladybug costume?”. “Yes”, I replied. “I loved my ladybug costume”, he said.

I am grateful we have a doctor’s appointment for Coop tomorrow. His cold has now also become an ear infection, and a fever, and I am looking forward to having someone tell me it’s all going to be okay. He’s been having a hard time, the poor kid.

I am grateful for lasagne.I made it tonight because Coop said he wanted it, but I enjoyed it, too.


I am grateful to be mostly over a cold I’ve been trying to shake for a few days. Also grateful for my otherwise good health.

I am grateful for the opportunity to help Farley with his Lego set.

I am grateful for a pleasantly boring Sunday.

I am grateful for some time in at the studio.


I am grateful for a day I didn’t have to do much on a day I didn’t feel up to doing much.

I am grateful for teatime before bed for the 4 of us. Coop proclaimed we should do it every night. I don’t know if we’ll manage that, but I’d like to think we can do it again.


I am grateful for an unplanned day at home with Farley.

I am grateful for a walk in Summit Park. The crocuses are starting to come up, and we saw some daffodils, too. It’s supposed to get cold again next week, but for now I’ll just live in the fantasy that winter is behind us.


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.