a peek inside the fishbowl

17 Oct, 2007


Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Photography

Last week our little Sarah turned six and a half. Here she is, with a cake adorned with 6.5 candles. No gifts were exchanged, but Emma and I each made her a half card (mine was cut on the horizontal) and after dinner we all sang half of the birthday song.

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!

Pictured below: half a Boston Cream pie. Our neighbors received the other half:
Sarah is six and a half

Did I mention Sarah lost her first tooth right around when school started? I’m not sure if I posted this photo here, but in case I haven’t, here it is (I adore this picture – it’s so Sarah):

 Minus one tooth

She looks like someone out of Oliver, doesn’t she?

Yesterday I spent the entire day with Sarah’s class at the Science & Tech museum. It’s not one of my favourite places to go (is it just me or is it really dark in there?), but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to learn about Shapes and Structures and hear a 90-minute lesson about Materials.

Best part of the day: watching kids make a rope out of toilet paper and hoisting up one of their classmates on it. The TP was the one ply industrial kind too! See another application for TP-rope here, one that was actually suggested to our group of eager students. ;)

Most challenging part of the day: making sure no one got lost in the “Nortel connexions” tunnels. 

 tunnels at Science & Tech

A few kids emerged a little bedraggled. Fortunately, no one was left behind. :)

Tags: ,

4 Responses to "Event

1 | Jennie

October 17th, 2007 at 11:49 am


I love 1/2 birthday parties.

This year we celebrated A.’s 21 1/2 birthday party in Feb (it was a surprise birthday party and Boy! was he surprised) and then this 22 birthday on Canada Day.

I like the card and birthday song idea alot! I’ll have to try that next time. :)

2 | The Veggie Vixen

October 17th, 2007 at 6:41 pm


Yes, the museum is dark and depressing. You’re a trooper for going.

3 | Kristina

October 18th, 2007 at 4:22 pm


I LOVE that you all celebrated a half birthday! That’s so fun! Great pics…I love that one of Sarah with her missing tooth. :)

4 | b*babbler

October 19th, 2007 at 9:37 am


A half birthday? That’s such a sweet idea.

And the photo of her is classic Oliver. Very cute!

comment form:


Stay in touch

Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Katie: Thank you for BONGO CAT! I needed that.
  • andrea tomkins: Thank you Jinjer! I'm glad to know you are reading along! :)
  • Jinjer: I read your blog but do so via Feedly so that's why you don't see me as a subscriber and I'm usually in a hurry so I don't comment often, but I do rea
  • andrea tomkins: I am just overwhelmed by the idea of doing a blog export. Most posts I want to keep, but some I don't (eg some contests and giveaways of days gone by)
  • Lynn: So lovely! I have been thinking of doing a post like this - what is life like on a daily basis these days? Where is everyone, and how are they doing?
  • andrea tomkins: Good points!
  • andrea tomkins: We don't, actually! You might be surprised to hear this but the birds are pretty good at landing on the thing without hitting the window. Overall we h

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!


Connect with me at these places too!

On the nightstand

All hail the mighty Twitter