Gratitude

I am grateful to have been part of the Valentine’s Day card delivery ritual at Farley’s kindergarten class this morning.

I am grateful for an honest day’s work.

I am grateful for an evening out. We painted at the studio and then chit chatted while eating drive thru junk food atop Mount Tolmie. It was sublime.

Gratitude

I am grateful for lunch out kid free with Julie and my folks. Nice to carry a conversation.I am grateful for dinner out Julie free with my kids and my folks. They’ll be heading home soon, it’s great they can come out and spoil us rotten for a good chinch of time every year. I am a lucky man to have been born to these people, and I am grateful that they like Victoria enough to come out here.I am grateful for time spent helping Farley prepare his Valentine’s Day cards for his classmates.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun time at the Cedar Hill Family Day Arts Festival.

I am grateful for the first crocuses I’ve seen this year at Summit Park, and some impromptu hide and seek with a bunch of kids that collected themselves together as kids do.

I am grateful for a flyby of a big red tailed hawk. It was within 10 feet or so when it swooped by. Hard to believe how quiet it was. If I was a mouse, I’d be a goner.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a beautiful sunrise at Clover Point.

I am grateful for my folks, who showed our kids a good time while I got some work done in the garagenous zone.

I am grateful for a smoker we acquired a while back. It was free, on the side of the road, down the street. I tried it out today with some ribs, and they were the best I’ve ever made.

I am grateful for dinner with everyone at my house, my parents, too. Nice that they are around for that kind of thing.

I am grateful for a screening of the film, Stardust. We all watched it in our living room after dinner.

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I am grateful for the tote I found that is exactly the right size for my cupboard at the studio for all my painting stuff.

I am grateful for high tea with Julie and my folks at the Butchart Gardens this afternoon.

I am grateful for a night at the swimming pool with my boys.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a good chunk of time spent in the studio this morning.

I am grateful for a cuss-ton of work accomplished this afternoon.

I am grateful for lentil soup and bread Julie made for dinner.

I am grateful for 2 new fish Cooper picked for our aquarium. They are taking the space that Stuart Bubblenose left, but they’ll never replace him. God rest Mr. Bubblenose’s soul.

I am grateful for time spent reading with Farley.

I am grateful for a late movie with my dad tonight. We saw Hostiles. Not a movie I’d recommend, but I enjoyed going out to see it nonetheless.

Gratitude

I am grateful for Farley, whose only requirements for happiness sometimes are paper and markers.

I am grateful for Coop, who made finger puppets of everyone in our family today.

I am grateful for my folks, who came over and entertained Coop, who was home sick today so I could get some cuss done in the garagenous zone.

I am grateful for time spent painting in the studio this morning.

I am grateful to have had my folks stay for dinner. I like cooking for a crowd.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fairly quick recovery after some disappointment in hearing the news that one could not expect to get one’s own giant bag of cheezies when accompanying me for a grocery shop, even though sharing such a bag would be fine. The disappointment led to a change in plan from swimming this evening; instead we hastily made arrangements to visit grandma and grandad at their hotel for hot chocolate. By the time we arrived it was apparent that there were really enough cheezies for everyone, and even grandma and especially grandad could enjoy a generous share without any tears. All of that. It turns out I am grateful for it all.

Gratitude

Again, in chronological order, a few things I am grateful for today:

  1. A monarch butterfly sighting
  2. It’s Tough to be a Bug
  3. Goofy’s flight school*
  4. Goofy’s flight school 2 or 3 times as a single rider for Coop, he lost count.
  5. Goofy’s flight school again*
  6. Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  7. Talking with Crush the Turtle
  8. Disney Animation Academy, twice, first to draw Minnie, then Pluto.
  9. Radiator Spring’s Racers
  10. Flo’s Diner
  11. Lost and found (no dice on Farley’s hat that was lost yesterday, nor on his backup hat, lost today). They were friendly.
  12. A nap at the hotel
  13. a swim at the hotel
  14. Pirates of the Caribbean
  15. The Fantasmic Show
  16. Everyone tucked in for the night, the breathing sounds of tuckered out sleepy kids.

* in truth, I am not very grateful for any time I’ve had to go on Goofy’s Flight School, except maybe for the first time yesterday. Fun to be there with the boys, though.