So after saying that I was back and would be doing some writing it occurred to me that once you say that, you actually have to write something. It’s that frickin’ logic thing again.

One of the biggest things I’ve been guilty of this year amidst my self-absorption is paying too little mind to the good things happening around me…kids, friends, great memories. Spending so much time thinking about what could have been, should have been, blaming, obsessing. Not healthy. And all the while some great moments came and went.

Seems a little early to be doing this considering there’s still a full quarter of the year left, and several trips worth of memories to add to the 2015 pile. But if you’ll allow me a moment to look back, I promise to look back at the right things. And then we’ll again start looking forward.

Kids were in basketball. Not cute at all.

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January brought the first Earthquake I ever felt. It was a little one, and so was the aftershock. But it wasn’t right. Stuff moved that shouldnt’ve. That’s messed up. I was brave.


Started to explore downtown, spent a lot of time doing that this year. Fun.





The work gang took me out for my birthday,


and he got a BB gun.


Cousins played.



Taught the boy how to make sushi. He had to learn.


She went to live in an Amish village. It was time.

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And of course, we got to meet our amazing new family member Ava,

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As well as watch my beautiful sister Anna be the mom we knew she’d be.


and I got to show my kids how fantastic it is up in The Great White North…especially when there’s no white stuff.


She rode another horse, this time sporting a maple leaf poncho…


And he proved again once that he’ll do anything to pet a cat.



Average day. #GrassiLakes #Banff #CalgaryProud

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There’s a lot more. Just going through the thousands of pictures I acquired this year I realize that my eyes were only half open while I was so angry and my head was such a mess. I missed a lot. Makes a pretty great case for listening to my friends and no longer looking back there. At least not at the wrong stuff.

Im working on it.

There’s plenty of good stuff here. And coming. This year ain’t over yet.

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    • You are truly blessed. Good and bad makes life more full…feel it all Jaybo. Reflection – forward and backward – brings gifts beyond explanation. Love you.

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