Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent at the studio, while Farley attended a birthday party at the adjacent rec centre.

I am grateful for time spent sitting in a lawn chair in the the front yard, watching the fish in our pond, while Farley watered the garden and looked for snails under rocks.

I am grateful for a bbq picnic with friends at Beacon Hill Park, where our kids all got on together like a house on fire.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a spontaneous 1 day visit from my in-laws today, including my brother in-law. They brought eggplant bharta from our old favourite Vancouver restaurant, Akbar’s Own, and the rest of a more locally source Indian feast. There were board games, a walk in the park, general visiting, and then we fed them a bbq dinner. It was a fun day.

I am grateful for Mr. Baldy and Mr. Creepy. These are the faces Farley drew on his thighs today.

I am grateful for time in the top bunk with my big kid getting him down for bedtime today. Nice to know he’s not too big to ask for that; though now I’m at that point where I always wonder if this time will be the last time.

Gratitude

I am very grateful for a day of brotherly visitation. We ate like kings and worked like a well oiled machine on making easels to display paintings at festivals and a studio tour I plan to participate in coming up. The weather was great, and it was a ton of fun.

I am grateful for ribs we tended in the smoker for 7 hours today.

I am grateful for a visit to cattle point after supper; and that even at high tide, Farley found a tidal pool full of anemones and hermit crabs.

I am grateful for a dipped cone at the Beacon Hill Drive-in this evening with the whole crew.

Gratitude

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

I am grateful for a bunch of tax cuss done today.

I am grateful for a bunch of chalk drawings Coop and his pals made at after school care.

I am grateful for a fun time with Coop this evening. He has a class assignment to make a musical instrument from recycled materials and WE MADE A CUSSING ELECTRIC GUITAR. Coop and I were pretty impressed with ourselves.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time at the studio this morning.

I am grateful for some yard work accomplished.

I am grateful for a re-purposed wading pool. The kids were getting in trouble from us for digging up holes in the yard, so I cut the bottom out of it and filled it with extra dirt we had around. I set Farley up there with a hose and he made a mountain with streams and lakes, even though it was a bit chilly out still. Fun to see him go at it; reminded me of doing stuff like that when I was little.

I am grateful for company over for dinner tonight. We had a big feast, it was great to connect with those guys and watch all the kids let loose in the backyard.

Gratitude

I am grateful for some time outside this morning, before the dew was gone.

I am grateful for dim sum with good friends, and for Farley’s desire to dress up, which caused me to put on a bow tie, and then Cooper in turn, too.

I am grateful for a walk around Beacon Hill Park, where my kids climbed in trees.

I am grateful for Farley’s intensity and exuberance for blowing out and decorating eggs.

I am grateful for an evening of painting in the kitchen after the kids were down.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun visit from an old Vancouver pal and his two kiddos today.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. I met up with the rest of the crew at Fisherman’s wharf, where they’d already arrived via harbour ferry. We ate dinner there, then harbour ferried back to the inner harbour, then went home and played a board game.

I am grateful for time spent reading Dr. Seuss to Farley tonight.