I am grateful for a cookout day at Goldtream park with the crowd Julie and I refer to as “the village”. Being outside, in some sun (chilly, but whatever), with a bunch of kids, going on a tromp through the woods to the nature house, climbing trees, roasting hot dogs, these are the simple pleasures that make life worthwhile.

I am grateful for time spent with Coop on the floor playing lego. We made a Trammel of Archimedes. It was fun!

I am grateful for bedtime with Farl, reading a book, and laying there with him until I could tell by his breathing that he was asleep.


I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the 2017 Victoria Cub Car Rally. Lots of cool cars to see, and lots of races. Coop was disappointed with his car’s performance overall.  He won a few races, though, and I was glad to be with him through the highs and the lows.

I am grateful for a card that came to Coop from all the kids at his out of school care last week when he was ill. I was told it wasn’t the teacher’s idea, but a few of his friends there started it and then everyone signed. 

I am grateful for family tea time before bed.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley today. We played lego, then at bedtime I read him a story and rubbed his back. 

I am grateful for Julie, who kept all the cuss together in this family while I was dealing with a sudden and no-fun fevery flu for a couple days there. Grateful that’s over, too.


I am grateful for a daycare that sends my kid home dirty and tuckered out from playing outside.

I am grateful for leftovers.

I am grateful for Coop, who’s been enduring more discomfort than any kid should have to with an ear infection for the last couple days. He’s a trooper, poor fella!


I am grateful for old home videos. We watched a few with Farley and Cooper today from when they were much smaller. I can’t believe those voices that were once so familiar now sound so far away – they just keep getting bigger. Grateful for that, too.

I am grateful for Farley’s ladybug costume. He got it for Halloween when he was 2 or so, but kept wearing it all year, and likely still was until after he turned 4 and he finally couldn’t squeeze into it any more. Last night when I was putting him down, after I thought he was asleep, he whispered, “Dada, do you remember my ladybug costume?”. “Yes”, I replied. “I loved my ladybug costume”, he said.

I am grateful we have a doctor’s appointment for Coop tomorrow. His cold has now also become an ear infection, and a fever, and I am looking forward to having someone tell me it’s all going to be okay. He’s been having a hard time, the poor kid.

I am grateful for lasagne.I made it tonight because Coop said he wanted it, but I enjoyed it, too.


I am grateful to be mostly over a cold I’ve been trying to shake for a few days. Also grateful for my otherwise good health.

I am grateful for the opportunity to help Farley with his Lego set.

I am grateful for a pleasantly boring Sunday.

I am grateful for some time in at the studio.


I am grateful for a day I didn’t have to do much on a day I didn’t feel up to doing much.

I am grateful for teatime before bed for the 4 of us. Coop proclaimed we should do it every night. I don’t know if we’ll manage that, but I’d like to think we can do it again.


I am grateful for an unplanned day at home with Farley.

I am grateful for a walk in Summit Park. The crocuses are starting to come up, and we saw some daffodils, too. It’s supposed to get cold again next week, but for now I’ll just live in the fantasy that winter is behind us.