Gratitude – Tuesday

I am grateful for an unremarkable day. Seriously, I have no problem with that. There minor things worth remarking though, I suppose.

For example, I am grateful for burger night, and for the inspiration to set up a menu for the week, so that anticipation for burger night could be properly built up. It was Coop’s pick.

I am grateful I work at home, and that there was time in my schedule to spend some cleaning our home. It needed it.

And I’m grateful for time spent puttering in the garage this evening. Cleanliness is pretty good, but it’s nowhere as near to godliness as putteriness is.

Gratitude -Monday 

 I am grateful for an opportunity to have lunch with Julie today.

I am grateful for Farley, who found the electric bike commute much better with ski goggles, and loves to make the baby laugh at his daycare.

I am grateful to be in bed. I’m pooped!

Gratitude – Sunday

I am grateful for time spent tinkering with bicycles in the garagenous zone today. 

I am grateful for a birthday party we attended for a buddy of Farley’s today.

I am grateful to be surrounded by a community of people I like. I like all the family people of the Beaver scouts we were hanging out with yesterday. Similarly, I like all the family people of Farley’s (and before that, Cooper’s) daycare. I met all these folks by happenstance; it’s nice and fortunate that I’ve wound up liking and admiring them.

Gratitude – Saturday

I am grateful for a fun Beaver event this morning. It was Winteree, held at Fort Rodd Hill national historic site. There was lots of kids climbing around old big gun batteries, and some weed pulling of an invasive species of ivy (which is more entertaining than it sounds).

I am grateful for some progress on my garagenous zone, tidying up the workshoppy side. I look forward to restoring order from chaos there, and embarking on a tyrannical campaign of wanton construction in the form of various small make-work home improvement projects.

Gratitude – Friday

I am grateful for a project launched today that started back in the spring of 2014. It started and stopped a few times in there, so I wasn’t working on it the whole time, but it’s nice to see it through.

I am grateful for family fun night. Tonight it was my pick. All 4 of us walked to a Chinese restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for a while, had dinner, walked back, and watched an episode of Star Trek. We were worried about the kids and the walk – it’s not that far but far enough that it was a concern, but it was great. We made good time, and on the way Farley remarked that it was a fun walk, and that he’d like to go for a fun walk again when it’s his pick.

I am grateful for the sentiment I found in my fortune cookie. “You are thorough and very organized”. I’ll take it as a compliment, regardless of it’s veracity.

Gratitude – Thursday

I am grateful for Coop’s beaver scout colony. Tonight they made space stations out of recyclable materials. Ours included a foil tart shell radar dish communications device, several telescopes, a coffee can space dock for pop bottle rocketships, bubble wrap solar panels, and the like. Cussing awesome. 

I am grateful for a week where I got lots of work stuff done, AND I did not work after 5:45 pm once. I  not sure how both of these facts can be true.

I am grateful for Farley, staring intently at the Richard Scarry book, all snuggled up on my lap tonight. 

“What kind of truck is that one Farley?”

“Picko twuck!”

“Pickle truck?”

“Yes, picko twuck.”

“What kind again?”


All I want to hear is Farley say “picko”, as much as possible, before the inevitable day he says “pickle”. I’m grateful I get to watch them grow up, but I’m also grateful they are still small.

Gratitude – Wednesday

I am grateful for some work projects coming to a close, and a new one beginning.

I am grateful to be in bed early. 

I am grateful for Coop, who is silly, and more like a grownup every day, but not so much that he isn’t still my little kid, too.

I  grateful for Farley, who was having a rough time this evening, but was trying so hard, through tantrums and tears, until he calmed down with a story about green eggs and ham, all curled up on my lap.

Gratitude – Tuesday

I am grateful for the home office lifestyle. Today I ate my lunch while watching TV. 

I am grateful for time spent on a hair brained scheme today. A broken LED flashlight, obsolete cel phone charger, a few resistors, hot glue and some solder transformed our bedroom wall clock into something that can be read at night. Victory!

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Gratitude – Monday

I am grateful for some pretty skies this morning.

I am grateful for kids happy to see their pals when I dropped them off at school and daycare, and quiet work in the house today.

I am grateful for board games. I didn’t used to be much of a fan, I always felt my inner competitive jerk come out. These days, it’s just an easy way to hang out with prople. It started as an easy way to hang out with Coop, but now I extend that to everyone.


I am grateful for superheroes running around my house this morning.

I am grateful for a fun swim this afternoon, all 4 of us, with another family we’re friends with, all 4 of them. One of the parents of the other family was remarking to me how many memories he has of our 4 kiddos all lined up together. That’s just how they were when he said it, sitting on the edge of the hot tub, dangling their feet in the water, hanging out. I have lots of those memories too. My kids are not that old; it’s nice that they already have old friends.