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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. :)

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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!

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