I am grateful for Elk lake. It’s easy for us to get to, it’s warm, and it has a great sandy beach. We were there with 2 extra kids we were taking care of, and another family making a crew of 7 kids under 8 years old. There was much splashing and frolicking, lolligaging and sand digging.
I am grateful for dollar store plastic baskets. We made a conserted attempt to enforce order on the chaos that is our kitchen cupboards today.
I am grateful for time spent playing with Lego with my kids this evening.
I am grateful for lots of social media love on my birthday.
I am grateful for some successful re-organization and decluttering in our kids room today.
I am grateful for time spent painting in the studio today.
I am grateful for cards from my kids. Farley made one with a kind dictated sentiment and a “Monster Flamly”. Coop made one with him as a pig in a red gorilla suit saying goodbye to me on my backpacking trip. Cussin’ awesome!
I am grateful for a surprisingly long period of time my kids were playing nicely together on the back step, making structures out of clothespins. That, right there is how childhood is DONE!
I am grateful for Sushi for supper, at a restaurant that offers 30% off for the table on your birthday. Score!
I am grateful for Peach crisp Julie made me, complete with candles, the song, dancing children, and exuberant ukulele accompaniment.
I am grateful for time spent reading and snuggling my kids down for bed tonight.
I am not grateful Farley was vomiting last night, but I am grateful I got some nice snuggles in with that boy as we shouted back at the TV during Dora, and I am grateful that he seems to be feeling much better now.
I am grateful for a lazy day.
I grateful for family fun night. Julie’s pick: flying kites at Clover point.
I am grateful for Coops tenacity. If he’s got a kite, still wind doesn’t stop him. He’ll run like crazy to keep his kite in the air.
I am grateful for the tree monster shadow Farl, Julie and I made.
I am grateful for time spent reading with Farley tonight.
I am grateful for waking up on a beach. Not just any beach, but a really spectacular beach.
I am grateful for the light in the mist in the trees this morning.
I am grateful for a day spent exploring the East end of Sombrio, this time without backpacks.
I am grateful for my safe return home, and to see Julie and my boys again.
I am grateful for great friends, I am grateful to live near this place, I am grateful for the trip I just had, and I am grateful for Julie, who made it possible for me to attend.
I am grateful for a good sleep.
I am grateful for a great walk with great friends.
I am grateful for good weather. I packed light to make the hike more enjoyable; I am glad I didn’t need the rain pants I didn’t take.
I am grateful for the seals, snakes, and bear I bore witness to today.
I am grateful for another shower in another waterfall.
I am grateful for a swim in the ocean.
I am grateful for an afternoon on Sombrio beach.
I am grateful for great food and conversation with great friends around a fire tonight.
I am grateful for the smell of burning kelp on our campfire.
I am grateful to be on the beach now as I write this, with the sound of the waves beckoning me to sleep.
I am grateful for our first day of hiking the Juan de Fuca trail.
I am grateful for botanical beach; it’s a place that feels sacred by the happenstance that nature created.
I am grateful for conversation that lasted from daylight through dusk and into darkness with old friends.
I am grateful for the waterfall that provided me with water to drink, a place to bathe, and white noise to fall asleep by.
I am grateful for an uneventful trip home from Saltspring today.
I am grateful for old friends, enjoying a bbq in our backyard tonight.
I grateful for how well said friends play with my kids, and vice versa. I’m bursting with pride for both groups.
I am grateful for success in fixing something that had to be fixed today.
I am grateful for a fun and uneventful trip on the Ferry to Saltspring island.
I’m grateful for time my kids get to spend with their cousins.
I am grateful for Julie’s family. We’re having a great visit. We stayed up way too late, under the stars, on a deck, with a fire burning in the fireplace. If this isn’t nice, what is?
I am grateful for time spent on the floor building lego with Coop tonight. We’re attempting to rebuild the Galaxy Explorer, which was a set I received for Christmas in 1979.
I am grateful for dramatic skies over our city this evening.
I am grateful for 14 years of marriage today, and 23 years of being together with Julie later this summer. This year marks the first anniversary where we’ve been together longer than we were apart before we met. And that feels like it’s just as it should be. I’d do it all again, and I hope I can. Maybe even twice, health permitting.