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 a fun swim with my boys last night. There’s nothing like frolicking in the water with those jokers.

I am grateful for another free bike found at the side of the road. This time it will be for Coop. We live on a hill; it will be good to get him set up with some gears.


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.



Man, I love Saturdays.

I am grateful for a lazy day with lots of tidying, loafing, and good eating.

I am not currently ashamed of the state of my home. That’s a first in a while. For that, I am grateful.

I am grateful for a grilled corned beef, sauerkraut and cheese sandwich Julie made me for lunch.

I am grateful to have watched kids tire themselves out on a trampoline in the backyard today.

I am grateful for Farley napping on my lap and Coop snuggled up there, too, all while we watched nature documentaries on Netflix.

I am grateful for ribeye, asparagus, peppers and mushrooms, all from our BBQ for dinner tonight. That was the second of 2 meals eaten outside today.

I am grateful to have ended this day with a big long peruse of photos on the computer with Julie. We live in a well photo documented age. It’s convenient to have had kids just after the advent of digital photography.