Gratitude 

Top row: Julie, Cooper. Bottom row: Farley, Mike.

I am grateful for Farley, who made a book about families. Every page has a picture of a family he knows on it, and we’re on the front. It’s awesome. 100% awesome.

I am grateful for understanding people, when I aM caught between a rock and a hard place.

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I am grateful for kids chomping at the bit to get outside and check out the snow on the ground this morning.

I am grateful for time at the studio this morning.

I am grateful for lunch with my folks at the Oak Bay Hotel. I’d never been before. It’s all fancy pants in there.

I am grateful for time spent with Coop and Farley, getting them to bed tonight. Kid birthdays remind one of how fleeting their childhood is. The days are often long, but the years are flying by.

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I am grateful for Coop. He’s a great kid, and a great brother, and 8 years ago today he came into our lives and changes them forever. How about that.

I am grateful for time in the studio today.

I am grateful for Julie, who remembered him using face paint on his brother at a birthday party, and bought him a set for his birthday, which he used to do up Farley like a tiger. Great stuff!

I  grateful for my folks, who came a long way to be with us for Cooper’s birthday.

I am grateful to be in bed. I am bushed.

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I am grateful for 3 whole hours in at the studio this morning. Didn’t think that would work out this weekend, but it did!

I am grateful for my folks who came over for eggs benny, then joined us all for a walk in Mystic Vale and a frolic at Gyro Park by the beach at Cadboro Bay, then took us all out for dinner. Fantastic!

I am grateful for Julie, who gave our boys haircuts. 

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I am grateful for a fun experience selling Christmas trees for Camp Barnard, the scout camp we’ve gone to a few times in Sooke.it’s a great cause, The kids had fun, and so did we, and it felt really Chrstmassy, and it was convenient to buy a tree while we were there.

I am grateful for a nap we managed to squeeze in this afternoon.

I am grateful for a visit from my folks this afternoon.

I am grateful for the truck parade.

I am grateful for an evening yaking away with friends, while our kids snuggled up on the couch and watched Christmas specials.

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I am grateful for time spent at my shared workspace today. 

I am grateful for family fun night: Cooper’s pick. He chose supper at Big Wheel Burger, then ice skating at Butchart Gardens. There were some tears; my boys haven’t had the luxury of an outdoor rink at the park down the street like I did growing up, and it wasn’t coming as easily as they’d have liked. They were troopers though, and it was a great night.

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I am grateful for an easy morning with my kids.

I am grateful for the opportunity to put up some paintings in the mayor’s reception area at the Saanich municipal hall. I hung them this morning. I’ll be adding a few more to another space in the building next Thursday.

I am grateful for another night out. Julie and I went to see Frazey Ford, with Chance Lovett and the Broken Hearted opening. The whole show was fantastic, and it took place at a nightclub I remember going to when I was in university. It’s an experience to be in such a small venue with such amazing talent.

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I am grateful for Coop, who had the self awareness, at 7 years old, to tell me he felt angry and didn’t know why, just before a hug when he was off to school this morning. He and I were having a rough go. He could have just thrown insults at me, or acted out in some other way, but this time, he just told me how he felt. I know adults that couldn’t do that. Heck! I often can’t either. Go Coop!

I am grateful for Farley, who was pleased to show me his thumbtack and rubber band craft this morning.

I am grateful for an opportunity that came up to show my paintings at Saanich city hall this month. I’m installing a few tomorrow; The rest will be in there Dec 9.

I am grateful for date night. Julie and I went out for dinner, then did errands. Sounds mundane, but it was sublime.