I am grateful for an easy Sunday morning.

I am grateful for time spent with some folks I know at a birthday party for a pal of Farley’s today.

I am grateful for dinner at the Spaghetti Factory with my kids and my parents this evening.

I am grateful for a set of water mixable oil paints I received from my lovely spouse for Christmas. I gave those a try until too late this evening, it was fun.


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.


Today, on my gratitude blog, how can I not post about the total stranger in front of me at the coffee lineup who turned to me and said, “Are you in line to pay for that coffee? Don’t worry about it, I’ve got your coffee.”

I was a bit confused, but she just said, not to worry about it, she’d buy my coffee. I told her that was really generous, and thanked her, and then, she paid for my coffee.

It was a small gesture, but it really meant something to me, and I feel it made a difference in my world.


I am grateful for my folks, who are in town, and picked up an online grocery order for us and delivered it to our home mere hours before we were set to arrive back. Nice to come home to a full fridge, and a bunch of tulips in a vase on the kitchen table.

I was grateful for them again, when they were able to take the kids and show them a good time at a park and then the library for a couple hours this afternoon.


Today, our last day at Disneyland this trip, i am grateful for;

  1. The Haunted Mansion
  2. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  3. the Haunted Mansion again
  4. Tarzan’s Treehouse
  5. The Path of the Jedi
  6. The Matterhorn
  7. Space Mountain
  8. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  9. Pirate Island
  10. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad again
  11. Disney Drawing Academy: Olaf the Snowman
  12. Talking to Crush The Turtle
  13. the Monorail
  14. pizza on the way back to the hotel

I am also grateful to be all packed up, ready to go, and snug in bed as I type this.


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.


Today, a few things I am grateful for, in chronological order, are:

  • It’s Tough to be a Bug
  • The Golden Zephyr
  • Jellyfish Jump
  • Corn dogs
  • Goofy’s Flight School
  • Goofy’s Flight School twice more as a single rider for Coop
  • Goofy’s Flight School Again
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Flo’s Drive In
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Soarin’ Across the World
  • Disney’s World of Color Fountain and Light Show
  • Late night pizza on the way back to the hotel.

I am grateful for a full day at Disneyland; by that I mean we got there before it opened this morning, and we left after it closed tonight. I am grateful for a family of troopers, and I am also grateful to be writing this from bed, lying down.


Here, listed in chronological order, are some things I was grateful for today:

  1. Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters
  2. It’s a Small World
  3. Storybook Land Canal Boats
  4. Jedi Training
  5. Coin operated laundry at the hotel
  6. The pool at the hotel
  7. A nap at the hotel
  8. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  9. Tuck and Rolls’ Drive’em Buggies
  10. Flick’s flyers
  11. Francis’s ladybug boogie
  12. Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
  13. Roasted turkey legs


I am grateful for an action packed day of the Disneyland train, Astro Blasters, It’s a Small World. the Finding Nemo Submarine Ride (especially with Farl, who LOVED that ride), Star Tours, the Jungle Tour, Tarzan’s Treehouse, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Star Wars Launch Bay (especially with Julie, who LOVED meeting Chewbacca), Autopia, the Submarine ride again, and churros.

It was so much fun, that pausing for a photo was enough to make Farley a bit sad.

I am grateful for Coop, who cracked me up with the question, “Why is it called Tomorrowland? What’s so great about it being Tuesday in there while it’s Monday here?”