Gratefulness Day 12


I am grateful for the photo that Cooper’s Nana just sent me of Coop Giving Pop a ride.

I am grateful for a phone call I just received from a client that was made for no other purpose than to thank me for how well a project is going. It’s not even done yet, and there was no other reason for the call. I should do stuff like that more. You should do stuff like that more. The world would be a better place if we all did stuff like that more.

I am grateful for Farley’s unstoppable smile and excitement whenever he’s seen us for the first time in a while, and also for his full transparency to his current emotional state. Often this can mean tantrums, but on the other side of the coin, sometimes he just smiles and declares, “HAPPY”. Know what that does? It makes everyone around him also happy.

Gratefulness Day 11

I am grateful for the village it takes to raise my kids. Coop had a swell 25 minute impromptu, game of full-throttle tag he really needed, having been cooped up with me all day while I tried to get some work done.

I am grateful for my in-laws, who are swooping in for child are needs tomorrow, when we don’t have any other options available.

I am grateful that blog posts do not have to be long to still be blog posts.

Gratefulness day 7

I am grateful for Netflix, and TV in general. There, I said it. That’s the honest truth. We try not to watch too much, but last night, after the kids were down, Julie and I popped some popcorn and watched a movie. It was swell just to hang out and the ritual of movie selection makes the whole event seem a little more ceremonious. Then, this morning, Coop watched cartoons while we got a chance to sleep in. Screen time has it’s downsides, but movies and popcorn and peace in the morning are some pretty big upsides, too.

I am grateful for lentils. I recently re-discovered them, and have been making vats of lentil soup every week to bring in for lunch. Lentils are cheap, healthy, convenient and delicious.

I am grateful for Cottage Cheese Pancakes. They are delicious, and higher in protein and lower in carbs. This means I can eat a big stack of them, and not feel like I am hungover for the rest of the day, which is what happens with standard grade pancakes. Want the recipe? Here it is:

Cottage Cheese Pancakes


  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 C Cottage Cheese
  • 3/4 C Yogurt
  • 1tsp Vanilla


  1. Throw all the things in a blender. Put the lid on the blender and turn it on. Let it go for a good long while, until it’s all smooth, like pancake batter is supposed to be.
  2. Make pancakes.
  3. Eat them.

Gratefulness Day 6

imageI am grateful for the times I am living in. There’s lots to worry about, sure, but the internet, the as yet mostly unchanged climate, the state of peace we’re enjoying in North America, and indoor plumbing all make me think humans just haven’t ever had it as good as we’ve got it right now.

I am grateful for the CBC. Listening to it is like coming home. And sometimes, when I am on my own with the kids, it’s a lifesaver for a brain that craves just a little adult conversation.

i am grateful for Cooper’s lego robot, BeepBoop. After this photo was taken, BeebBoop gained some family members, and I am sure BeepBoop was grateful for that, too.

Gratefulness Day 4

I am grateful for those moments my boys can really enjoy each other’s company and hang out. For the most part, that’s how they are. Sometimes they are scrappy, but I usually find if I leave them to work it out, they do, and then they seem a bit closer. It’s great for so many reasons, not the least of which is it means sometimes the parents can get a break.

I’m grateful for the way beer tastes when I’ve worked hard and I know I deserve it. I swear that’s a particular flavour that doesn’t come with the exact same beer when I haven’t been working hard. I also find it occurs with any beer. It goes for crappy lite beer, as much as fancy microbrews. Go figure. I’ll take it. It’s good.

I am grateful nobody pooped their pants at Costco yesterday. Farley is transitioning out of diapers. I was on my own on a big Costco trip last night with both boys. Poopy pants would not be fun for anyone, but it didn’t happen. For that, I have gratitude.


Gratefulness Day 3

IMG_2913I am grateful for the bike ride I had with Cooper this morning. That guy wasn’t sure about riding his strider bike outside of the yard, but he said he’d give it a try. It was a 2.2km trip, under his own power, more uphill than down. He was really into it by the end, and asking about when he could do it again. That right there, is a fine way to get to work and school!

I am grateful for Radio Paradise. It’s a great DJ mixed internet radio station, and it pretty much always is playing music I want to hear. If I am listening to music near an internet enabled device, chances are I am listening to Radio Paradise.

I am grateful for the relationship I’ve got with my spouse. We’ve been together a long time; and while it’s always taken work from both of us to keep it all together, it feels solid beneath my feet and brings meaning to my life. It’s especially important to have that stable footing at crazy times like these where I have to put in extra time at the office. It’s hard to see past the immediate panic, and lately it’s meant a lot more solo parenting for Julie.



Farley River Lewis Lathrop

Farley River Lewis Lathrop

It was not easy to come up with that, let me tell you. Naming someone is serious business. In my not-so-humble opinion we knocked it out of the park with Cooper, so we really wanted to do this guy the same justice. I think we did!

We liked the sound of Farley when Julie first brought it up for consideration. I also really wanted to equip my new son with the kind of name that when you hear it, you know it’s a name, but it’s not the name of anyone you know already. Here’s hoping that bears out for Farley.

Years back, when Julie and I first moved to Victoria, we lived in a neighbourhood we really enjoyed called Fernwood. When we were pregnant with Cooper, we remarked Fernwood might make a good name. When we looked up the meaning of the name Farley, I was delighted to see that it was:

“… possibly from “fearn leah”, an Old English phrase meaning “fern wood”.

I also need to mention I really like the rainforests here in the Pacific Northwest; they are one of the reasons I chose to live here.

As for River, Julie just likes the sound of it, and so do I. When I hear it in Farley’s name, I can’t help but to envision the Elbow River I grew up with near my childhood home in Calgary.

And Lewis was another of the contenders for a first name. It’s rife in my Family; I have a Great Grandfather, a Great Uncle, and a second cousin or two with that name.

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