Gratitude

I am grateful for a spectacular morning doing all the Banff stuff. We swam in water from the hot springs, saw the cave and basin, and walked up to the lower falls in Johnston Canyon.

I am grateful for time spent chit chatting with Jules while we drive.

I am grateful to be in bed. That was a full day, and the most recent in a series of full days.

Gratitude

I am grateful for an action packed day.

We took our kids and their cousins to the Telus Spark science museum, and spent a good long while there. I’d been before, but never to the second floor, and never with enough time to feel like it wasn’t rushed. It was a fun time.

I grateful for a fantastic family thanksgiving.

I am grateful for my cousin Tom’s singing voice and willingness to play guitar with me and whomever else would sing along with us tonight. I could feel my late grandma’s warm presence when we played Country Roads by John Denver. Pretty sure that somehow, somewhere, she was pleased by that.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a great day.

I am grateful for a short walk in Mt. Revelstoke National Park and a visit to Lake Louise.

I experienced the feeling of openness and relief that I always have when I descend from the mountains into the foothills and see the place where the prairies begin. The only thing I’ve found that’s like it is the similar sensation I feel when I first drive of the ferry at Swartz Bay onto Vancouver Island. Both are like a breath of fresh air for me. Grateful for that.

We arrived at my parent’s place in Calgary and were shortly joined by my brother and sister-in-law, and my niece and nephew. I’m grateful to have seen everyone, and to see my kids get on like a house on fire with their cousins.

I am grateful for the way my folks do up dinner. It was delicious.

I am grateful to be here, in the same place I grew up. It grounds me. Much has changed about this town since I was a kid, but lots hasn’t, and i’m glad I can come back once in a while.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a fun day with my family.

I am grateful for a round of jungle themed mini golf and the remote control boats at Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford this morning.

I am grateful for ice cream cones at the D Dutchmen Dairy in Sicamous, which I have enjoyed every now and again since my family vacationed there in the late 70s and early 80s.

I am grateful for another pool and hot tub at another cheap motel.

I am grateful to be writing this in the dark, tucked in bed, with the sounds of my slumbering kids and spouse keeping me company.

Gratitude

I am grateful to have kids old enough and a spouse willing enough to head out on a road trip.

I am grateful for a clear and beautiful evening on the ferry.

I am grateful for a full harvest moon rise.

I am grateful for a swimming pool with a waterslide within clear view of the hot tub at the cheap motel we are staying at.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a walk to school with my kids this morning.

I am grateful for a sizable to-do list that all got crossed off today.

I am grateful for lunch with Julie.

I am grateful for date night. Tonight we went to Island View beach. The sunset was amazing, and so was the moonrise over the water.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time at the studio and a painting completed.

I am grateful for a job I can do anywhere there is wi-fi, for example at the studio, between coats of varnish as they dry.

I am grateful for Cooper's sense of humour.

I am grateful for Farley's sense of wonder, watching pools of water collect from his dripping hair in the bath tonight.

I am grateful to my past self for preparing a lasagne and putting it in the freezer. The current self was pressed for time, and it was handy to have for supper.

I am grateful for time spent chillin' with Julie after the kids were down for the night.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a full day.

I am grateful for time spent with friends over for dinner before we all went to a lantern festival.

I am grateful for abundant inexpensive battery powered LED lights. I do kind of miss candles for that kind of thing, but the LEDs sure are more convenient and safe.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a walk to school with my lads.

I am grateful for time in the studio.

I am grateful for lunch with Julie.

I am grateful for the #24 bus, and the smartphone apps that make public transit so much better..

I am grateful for my mechanic (Dunsmuir Super Service).

I am grateful for family fun night: Julie's pick. We popped corn and watched Wonder Woman.