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18 Jan, 2010

Ten things

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

When we were sitting around the emergency department at the hospital with Sarah and her lip (she is totally healed now by the way!) we had very little fun stuff with us to keep us occupied. All I really had was a pen and a very small pad of paper. We had to make do. And we did. For five hours.

We spent quite a bit of time generating lists of “ten things.” It was actually fun. I pretended to interview the girls and they gave me interesting answers (with very little prompting!). Some of what they revealed was rather unexpected, but I liked the authenticity of this conversation. It was truly honest.

I do recommend doing this on your own. Who knows, you might learn a few things.

I am posting a few of our lists here this week. Feel free to add your own ten things (or more, or less) in the comments. I would love to see what your family would add to the list!

Without further ado, here is the first one:

Ten Things We Like To Do As A Family

  • camping
  • travelling
  • swimming
  • going to Nana and Papa’s house (Mark’s parents)
  • going to the museum or art gallery
  • hiking
  • learning about nature
  • family movie night and game night
  • eat at restaurants
  • read at bedtime

5 Responses to "Ten things"

1 | Nadine C.

January 18th, 2010 at 1:00 pm


Our list would definitely include all of the above and let’s see…
1. Baking bread (almost every day)
2. Sunday mornings camp out in our bed (more talking then sleeping!)
3. Sunday mornings reading in the living room and listening to classical music
4. playing the Wii
5. create slide shows and funny videos
6. going out to the country to find rocks (our daughter looooves rocks and minerals)
7. playing board games
8. trying out new recepies
9. going out on excursions with friends and their families
10. weekly “homemade” piano and dance recitals!

2 | Lee

January 19th, 2010 at 7:29 pm


No list for you, but very glad Sarah’s all healed up!

3 | ommama

January 21st, 2010 at 9:14 am


Oh this is great! I’m going to steal this idea..I see some quick and fun blog posts coming up!

4 | Betsy Mae

January 22nd, 2010 at 9:59 am


1. dancing in our kitchen after dinner
2. movie night
3. going to dinner at our fav sushi place
4. going to the cottage
5. going for walks and getting ice cream
6. eating on the patio the second the weather becomes somewhat warm until it’s simply too cold!
7. highs and lows (every night at dinner but only if EVERYONE is home)
8. playing with playmobil on sunday mornings
9. skating
10. going to the farm

5 | I might be rewriting my resume very soon >> a peek inside the fishbowl

February 27th, 2012 at 8:56 am


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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.

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