I am grateful for a potluck dinner with other scouters in Cooper’s beaver colony. It’s a good group of people that I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to know and share experiences with.

I am grateful for stories from Julie about how Cooper and Farley were working together to read Chirp magazine to her.

I am grateful for this blog. I had a few less than ideal moments today, but finding time to pick out the good stuff at the end of it reminds me that it’s not all bad. When it comes right down to it I’m a fortunate guy to be leading this life. This exercise helps me gain the perspective I need to appreciate that.


IMG_8103I am grateful for Cooper’s Summer Concert at his school. I love seeing all those little kids giving it all they’ve got. Great stuff. Music as it was meant to be heard, IMHO.

I am grateful for a night out with Julie. For some of it we just drove around aimlessly, and wound up at a nice little spot in a cove by the water at Helmecken and View Royal. There wasn’t much there, but it was pretty, and about the right kind of adventure for my taste this evening.


I am grateful for my big kid, Coop. I took him to the dentist today, and like I usually do, I got up to follow him when they called his name so I could sit with him while they worked on his teeth. “It’s okay, Dad,” he said. “You can wait in the waiting room.” 

So I did. Contemplating how he didn’t need me the same way he used to; how big he’s getting: how proud I am of this guy; how sad I am to say goodbye to the little guy he was; how great and fun it is to meet the new guy that shows up in his place. I find the biggest parenting moments sneak up on me when I least expect them. I’m grateful for this one that came today.

I am grateful for a buddy of Farley’s that we had over for a while this evening. He and Farl are terrific goofballs together.


I am grateful for time with Coop today. He saved up his money, and his order of a Lego X-Wing Fighter was due to arrive, and I promised him I’d pick him up early to come home and build it, so I did. I got to pick out the pieces for the next step, and then just hang out while he built it and I made dinner. It was nice.

I am grateful for Farley, who is a big, big perogy fan.


I am grateful for Coop’s resilience this morning. His rear tire popped moments before what was going to be our last trip to the bike park before leaving the campsite this morning. Poor kid. He was disappointed, but accepted it with losing his composure. Go Coop!

I am grateful to be at home, and to be able to style Farley’s hair into spike on top of his head while shampooing it. Never gets old.


I am grateful for a time where I was camping, and my phone was out of batteries, and I had no internet connection to be distracted by last night; in case you were wondering why there was no blog entry.

I am grateful for kids that are just the right age to really enjoy camping. I heard numerous declarations that today has been the best day ever. The last thing I remember before everyone was quiet last night before falling asleep was Farley saying, “We are SLEEPING, in a REAL CAMPING TENT. That is SO AWESOME.”

He said this emphatically. He paused, then said it again. I think he meant it. I had to agree.

I am grateful for the brilliant shade of green of the maple leaves with the sun shining through them. 

I am grateful Farley still reaches up for my hand when we are walking sometimes. Cooper does too, but not as often these days.

I am grateful for the new playground and bike park they’ve put in here.

I am grateful for the visit from friends with similar aged kids this evening. Hot dogs and libations and kids running around. Good stuff.

I am grateful for the gentle sounds of the wind in the trees, and my 3 snoozing tent mates as I write this.


I am grateful for 45 minutes spent making a place for recycling bins that’s not on the kitchen floor today. Why did it take me so long to do this project?

I am grateful for date night. We went out for dinner, then walked around some of the beaches on Dallas Road just south of downtown. It’s really pretty down there. 


I am grateful for a quiet day.

I am grateful for some cooler weather. 

I am grateful for pizza.

I am grateful for time spent sorting out our camping stuff, and getting excited about some camping we’re planning to do this weekend.


I am grateful for a butterfly, I think a brand new one, that Farley and the rest of his friends at daycare were checking out this morning.

I am grateful to be able to meet Julie for lunch some days. We went for sushi today.

I am grateful for dinner outside in our backyard.

I am grateful for time spent reading with Farley, and then being read to by Cooper tonight.