Gratitude day 30

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I am grateful for helpful kids getting bigger. We had bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches for dinner tonight (in and of itself, something to be grateful for). Coop expertly sliced all the tomatoes, with a big, sharp, serrated knife. I am grateful for the help, and I am grateful for the constant source of opportunity to marvel at the things kids can do that they couldn’t do yesterday ALL THE CUSSING TIME.

I am grateful that after a crazy, off the rails morning that I mostly was not grateful for (confused, rapidly deteriorating logistics, kids pissing in pants at especially infuriating moments), it didn’t start to rain until the very last moment before I parked my bike when I got to work. If it started earlier. I may have lost it; or at least howled while shaking my fists at an imaginary camera on a crane, pointing straight down at me from the sky.

I am grateful for gravlax. So dang easy to make. So dang delicious.

Gratitude day 28

I am grateful for these nice, sunny, summery days as fall approaches. The rain, cold and grey skies will be here soon. I’m doing my best to enjoy this weather while it lasts. Seems trite to talk about the weather, but it cussing matters.

I am grateful for the cheap Campari tomatoes that are plentiful and cheap this time of year at the Root Cellar. I am also grateful for the delicious sauce they make when Julie blends them after roasting them in the oven with onion and garlic. Further, I am grateful there is tons of that in the freezer, to be enjoyed when the rain, cold, and grey skies come.

I am grateful for bike rides to school with Cooper. Today I am particularly grateful I managed to capture the thrill and fear that comes with screaming down a hill on a bike when you are 5 on video.

Gratitude day 26

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I am grateful that when the back stairs collapsed under me, I came away with nothing but a scrape. I’m not too excited about replacing the stairs, but I am grateful, VERY grateful, that it wasn’t worse. It sure could have been.

I am also grateful for the 7 year limit for how long you have to hang on to tax records. We’re decluttering to make way for a renovation in our basement, and it was with glee that I disposed of bank statements, receipts, and all that crap from 2000 until 2007. Dash you all to heck, posterity!

And I am grateful for the last half hour or so that the kids were up today. It’s too dang hot in the house, so we sat on the front step, where we could see the stage (albeit barely) and hear Deathcab for Cutie playing at the Rifflandia music festival a few blocks away. The sun went down, the sky got dark, the stars came out and so did the bats. It was a great way to wind down the day.

Gratitude day 24

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I am grateful for news I heard today from Julie about Coop. Several weeks ago, we started putting both boys down at the same time, in the same room. I told Coop that first night that Farley might cry and fuss, because he often does if he’s not asleep when we leave the room. I advised Coop to consider singing the alphabet song in that event. I didn’t think he would; honestly that night I was expecting the worst, but Farley calmed down about 30 seconds after I left and I figured peer pressure was making him just want to go to sleep. Today Coop casually mentioned to Julie that he sings Farley to sleep with the ABC song every night. Farley has been singing the ABC song non-stop lately, now I know why, and my heart melted with joy when I heard that. I told Coop I thought that was great. “Well, I do just do it to keep him from crying” he said. His motivations don’t change my heart melting state. The fact that Coop can offer that comfort to Farley, and the fact that Farley accepts it, is all I need to be really, really grateful for my family.

I am grateful for halloween costumes. Farley will be a monster. It’s early, I know, but that kid loves a costume and he was into it. The more he puts that on the better, in my estimation.

I am grateful for small fiddly improvements to my bicycle. I installed toeclips yesterday. It’s a world of difference. Pre-kid days, I used to sport clipless pedals, but with kids on the back I wasn’t willing to risk the catastrophic failure that would be toppling over with my feet still attached to the pedals. After years of missing them with standard pedals, I wonder why I didn’t just revert to the toeclips earlier. They make for a big improvement!

Gratefulness Day 16

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I am grateful I live in an age where I get to chat online with my brother just about every day despite about 1000 Km, the Georgia Straight and the Rocky Mountains between us. I am even more grateful I have a brother who is willing to do so.

I am grateful for the lunch date I enjoyed with Julie today. Nice to use our daily childcare for something other than just work.

I am grateful for the rainbow that showed up just after it stopped raining and before I hopped on my bike to ride home.

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 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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Sleeping Pumpkin Video and Quick Update

I could watch this kid sleep all day (and for a lot of the time today, did, actually).

I’ve got more photos and video to post, but as you might imagine, I’ve been busy, and would kind of like to follow Pumpkin’s lead right now.

Also: still no name. We had a short list of 30 names before the birth (not that short). From that, we narrowed it down to 20. Then, while trying to trim it down further, we somehow added a couple to make 22. Then, Julie came up with a hum-dinger, so that would make it 23. We’re test driving that final contender for a while before we commit. That’s our story, we’re sticking to it.

Also: you can see in this video, his hair is not red. A bit auburn maybe, but I think that might be a stretch. It’s softer than silk, I can tell you that much.

Also: while you can’t see it well in the images I’ve posted so far, the swarthy devil has sideburns, just like his Papa. Not sure how long that will last, but this pleases me to no end.

Sleep well, world. I intend to, for an hour or two at least, I hope!