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26 Apr, 2018

First and last day of school

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life|parenting

Many of my friends have younger kids, so I’m anticipating a LOT of last-day-of-school photos in my social media feeds in June. Well, as the mother of a university-aged daughter I get to post mine earlier because SCHOOL IS OVER. At least for the Eldest. Yay! I am thrilled to have my little family together again. I am hoping for some great adventures this summer!

Here’s the Eldest on the day we moved her into residence, back in September:

First day at school

… and here’s her last day, this past Monday, when we picked her up to move her back home to Ottawa:

Last day at school!

All I can say is TIME FLIES people. I can hardly believe we’re here.

A word about the sling, because I know you’re probably wondering what the heck happened. I’m sensitive to her privacy but I will say she took a wee tumble the night before we were to come pick her up (FTR she was stone cold sober) and is ok now. I’ll have to leave it at that, but I will say that she comes by her shenanigans naturally and she has clearly inherited her fun-loving spontaneity from her mother.

It was a relatively painless move (that is, for everyone who didn’t have a swollen elbow). Mark and I rented a van and drove to Kingston in the late afternoon. Once it was loaded up we grabbed a quick dinner at Thai Express and ate it in the park on the waterfront. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. After dinner, we treated ourselves to gelato at Mio Gelato (salty peanut for the win!) and soon we were on our way back to Ottawa.

It’s been a bit of a hectic week (or four) around Casa Fishbowl. As some of you know, I’m the editor of a community newspaper here in Ottawa. As of the next issue we are moving to a monthly format and there has been a lot of discussion/planning/transitional stuff to do these past few weeks. More about that later, but I will say that I’m really excited about the change. Our little paper is going to look amazing! It might be early to say, but this change might also free up some time for other writing projects. We’ll see.

3 Responses to "First and last day of school"

1 | Allison

April 26th, 2018 at 11:45 am


I feel like I just read your post about your daughter going off to university like, last week!!! And I was shocked then!! Now she is already done her first year! Enjoy a very special summer with her back home!

2 | kev

April 26th, 2018 at 1:45 pm


Congrats on making it through first year, Andrea. It’s been nice to follow along from over here. It went by so fast, and I look forward to first off-campus move-in stories (they’re so much better).

3 | andrea tomkins

April 28th, 2018 at 9:55 am


Thanks Allison! I am really looking forward to the next few months. It still feels a bit strange entering into this new phase of parenthood. Ack!

And thank you Kev. Parents of university-aged kids SAID it would go quickly but I didn’t believe them. :) The next move in September will go better than the first one. (I hope!)

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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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