I am grateful for Farley’s daycare provider. That kid has been obsessed with a Lego tie fighter set  that he just doesn’t have the dough for, and his birthday is nowhere in sight. At school though, his care provider went through pictures of Star Wars stuff with him on her phone, and they settled on making X-wings, and they turned out awesome, and Farley is super proud, and how cussing awesome is that!


I am grateful for a day at home with Coop. He wasn’t feeling well, poor kid, and while hanging out at home with him wasn’t what I would have planned to do today, it was nice to get some quality Lego building time in, and to have a quiet day at home.

I am grateful for a visit with my folks, who came by to see Coop.

I am grateful for Julie, who took care of the boys tonight so that I could get some time in at the studio. It was great to be there.


I am grateful for a smooth morning with great kid behaviour; one where we had to get up and go to the dentist early. We were there on time. No cavities, too!

I am grateful for time spent at Clover point after dropping Farley off. I needed a breather. 20 minutes there vastly improved my day. I took some photos, I bet a few might wind up becoming paintings soon.

I am grateful for dinner with the boys at the airport White Spot, where Julie met us after arriving home tonight. 


I am grateful for time spent building Lego and magnaformers with my boys.

I am grateful for prints picked up and ready for delivery. I think they look really good. The printer did some nice work there.

I am grateful for a walk we all took to Summit Park, along with my folks.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie and the boys watching videos of when they were babies.

I am grateful for an opportunity to drop off a print with friends who ordered it, to help them hang it, and to be humbled by how happy they are with it.

I am grateful for time spent at the studio.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie going through and packing up Christmas stuff. We’ve got it down to 3 bins. Not bad!


I am grateful for a fun day of swimming and entertaining some out of town visitors.

I am grateful for 30+ years of service from our old stove, to be replaced tomorrow. I am also pleased I was able to get the clock out of it. And running on power from a regular outlet. I’ve always liked that clock!


I am grateful for some time outside with a bunch of great folks at Goldstream park today. 2 other families as well as our own went out, set up a campfire, drank hot chocolate, roasted hot dogs and ate holiday leftovers before a tromp in the uncommonly snowy woods. It was a great way to spend New Year’s Day.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie and the boys watching an episode of Star Trek, the Next Generation before bedtime.


I am grateful for a day with kids, AND stuff getting done. This rarely happens concurrently.

I am grateful for lunch with Julie and the boys. She was working, we went downtown to meet up. We had burritos from Taquisa. They were delicious.

I am grateful for a moment when Coop had to wait for me while I picked up meds from the pharmacist. “Well,” he said, “I guess I’ll just go read about babies.”, and he picked up a brochure about babies, and sat and read said brochure about babies. This whole reading thing. It’s quite something.

I am grateful for Farley, who composed a song about why he loves sticks today. Spoiler alert: it’s because he loves bugs, and bugs live in sticks.


I am grateful for reindeer food that Farley brought home from daycare. Should come on handy tomorrow. Whatever we can do to stay on the nice side of the Claus, especially this time of year.

I  grateful for lunch with a friend today. Good to catch up.

I  grateful for time in at the studio.

I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. Snacks, and all of us in the living room for a screening of “The Rise of the Guardians”. Great movie, that.