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!