I am grateful to have unlocked the 1000 km roadtrip with kids level. Mostly grateful for the kids on that note, I was nervous about this trip based on previous long drives, but we’ve had fun, and they’ve been champs.

I am grateful for the cedar forest boardwalk in Yoho national park. 

I am grateful for a stop at Rogers Pass.

I am grateful for the Rocky Mountains. There’s nothing quite like that stretch on the trans-Canada highway between Lake Louise and Canmore. 

I am grateful to have arrived safe and sound at my folks’ place in Calgary, and to be greeted there by my parents, and brother and his family.

I am grateful for their hospitality.

I am grateful for a sleepover my kids are having with their cousins. Good times!


I am grateful for a heckuva fine day roadtrippin’ with my lads.

We checked out bridal falls near Hope and stopped in Merritt for lunch, where Farley’s attitude was unstoppable. We spent a couple hours at the water slides of my youth in Salmon Arm, and enjoyed ice cream cones at D Dutchman Dairy in Sicamous. We’re now set for bed, watching a movie on my laptop at 3 Valley Gap near Revelstoke. 

My childhood is full of memories like these. I am grateful for a fatherhood that’s filling up with them too.


I am grateful to be on a road trip with my kids. Day 1 was pretty easy, Victoria to Vancouver. It was fun.

I am grateful for my inlaws. We’ve had great hospitality here, and we had a great swim at the Hillcrest Pool, which is also something to be grateful for.

I am grateful Julie’s aunt Martha happens to be in town too; nice to reconnect with her.


I am grateful for a productive work day.

I am grateful for the air conditioner in our bedroom. I spent the day on my laptop in bed, but it was a productive day, because it was cool in here.

I am grateful for some time spent at the studio tonight.

I am grateful for some time spent with my boys in the backyard.


Just finished another one. This one is small, 10″ square, on board. I used a photo, and the memory of a really nice sunset on an evening from a recent trip to Saltspring Island as a reference, looking West towards Vancouver Island.

Here are a few photos I took of it on the way:


I am grateful for friends in our neighbourhood. We’re driving eachother’s kids to the same summer camp, and that’s been convenient.

I am grateful for time and $$$ spent at Opus, an art supply store.

I am grateful for time spent tickling and wrasslin’ with my hilarious children this evening.

I am grateful for our dump, and cavernous minivan. There was a bunch of old carpet and house guts on our front lawn this morning. Now there isn’t.