I am grateful for family fun night. It was Cooper’s turn to choose the festivities. We had dinner at Swiss Chalet and then biked on the Galloping Goose to Mr. Tubbs, an ice cream parlour that has a bunch of those old skee-ball type games of chance that reward you with tickets you can then exchange for crappy plastic toys and candy. It’s a great way to teach kids just how fun gambling can be. In all honesty, I do feel weird about that, but the fact is it really is a lot of fun, and those old mechanical arcade games are just so dang cool.


I am grateful for a feast on the BBQ tonight, consumed outside.

I am grateful for some fun times working remotely at large corporate events before having kids made that work less attractive. I am also grateful to not be doing that nearly as much anymore. Win-win!

I am grateful for more Reno progress. There are appliances in there now. Some are even hooked up!



I am grateful for the rug  doctor. The doc and I share a similar steaming madness for dirt. When we moved here, apart 2 years ago, I figured I didn’t want to put in the effort to clean the carpets, because we’d be replacing the floors soon anyway. I’d still like to think thats on the agenda for the near future, but not near enough for these carpets to squeak under my tolerance for grossness. I still don’t like these carpets, but I like them more now than before, when they were filthy.

I’m grateful for some time with Coop this morning, painting the frame of a bike we’re rebuilding for him.



I am grateful for the long nights getting longer as we head toward summer, and the extended twilight hours we get in this part of the world, in this part of the year. It takes a good couple hours for the sun to slowly sink down past the horizon, and the light is awfully nice while it meanders its way down.

Yes, those are Christmas lights yet to be taken down. Don’t judge. They are transitioning from “late to come down” to “up early for next year”.

I am grateful for a full, kid free day at the office. I only got one of those this week; and it was glorious. I got a cuss-ton of work done.

I am grateful for family night, which we celebrate on Fridays in this household. Farley’s choice this evening: pizza and Disney’s Frozen. 


I am grateful for a visit today from my cousin and Amanda and her husband Keith. Nice to hang out with those guys.

I am grateful for some time spent with my boys. We enjoyed disassembling a dead bluray player today. Coop was right into it, digging in with tools he got as a present from his grandfather. Farley observed that circuit boards look like cities, which they do. He pointed out the roads, where the grocery store and schools were, and the houses, and he was pretty sure he saw some cars and buses too.


I am grateful, yet again, for that cargo bike. The van ceased to function today, which I am ungrateful for, but having that bike meant I could go rescue the kids and pack home the toddler seat to put in the other car. It also means I am not freaked out about how it will all work next week.

I  grateful for a mainly home based day, with lots of hang out out with Julie  and the boys.

I am grateful for sugru, with which I affixed a piece of Lego to my wallet today, which means I can now stick and unstick it to my iPhone, which resides in a Lego case. Vision achieved! Victory!


I am grateful Farley had a fantastic birthday party today. We went to the Beacon Hill Petting Zoo, and after a while there just hung out at the playpark there with snacks spread out on a picnic table. It all went really smooth and everyone seemed to have a great time, especially Farley.

I am grateful I got a chance to clean up the house today. With two working parents in this family, the state of our abode just decays over the course of a week, or, if we don’t get a chance to put some effort into tidying it, 2 weeks (or more).

I’m grateful that we might be at the end of things to decide upon for the suite in our renovation. Grout colour for the backsplash tile and window coverings are in the can. I can’t think of anything else we need to figure out.



I am grateful for Farley. He’s 3 years old now. He’s such a cussing awesome kid. 

I am grateful for his daycare, where all the kids make a crown for you when it’s your birthday, and you can wear it all day if you want.

I am grateful for my inlaws, who braved Costco to buy party supplies and treated us to a Swiss Chalet takeout picnic tonight.







I am grateful for a project that’s coming together smoother than expected today; it’s rare and good when that happens.

I am grateful for a walk around Swan Lake today with the Beavers. It’s beautiful there.


I am grateful for all the mothers. Particularly: my mom, both my grandmas, my mother in law, and the mother of my own babies. This is a disparate group of women. They are all very different people. One thing they all have in common is their unrelenting love of their children, which has had a profoundly positive effect on my life. For that, I will always be grateful.

I am grateful for a fun day. Highlights included eggs benedict and pan fried basa loins for breakfast, and a trip to French Beach.

I am grateful for rocks and twigs, and the collaborative rock and twig stick man art Coop and made today.