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12 Apr, 2021

The big TWO-OH

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

So, our youngest daughter turned 20 yesterday. TWENTY. YEARS. OF. AGE. That means, twenty years ago, a brand new life EMERGED FROM MY LOINS and became An Actual Person.

Some of you have been reading this blog for as long as I’ve been writing it. You’ve seen our kids grow up! I know exactly what you’re thinking and I honestly can’t believe where the time went  either.

It still boggles my mind that Mark and I made a fully-functioning person, and now this person is doing ordinary things like eating Dairy Queen cakes and watching Zoom lectures and big things like Making Her Mark on The World. Amazing.

I dug around my files and found the blog post I wrote when she was born. You can read it yourself right here if you are so inclined. The links are all broken (I was rolling my own code at this point in time) but now that I’ve reread it I think, wow, I’m sure glad I wrote that all down. Those tiny details are preserved, isn’t that cool? Right down to the chewing gum. ;)

Sidebar: This all reminds me that I desperately need to get these files organized. It’s just so overwhelming I can’t face it. Uggghhh.

I used to write long posts on the girls’ birthdays about what wonderful humans they are, and I still think they are wonderful, obviously, but I will keep the details between me and them if that’s ok. It’s probably SUPER UNCOOL for their mother to gush about them in such a public forum now that they aren’t kids anymore, am I right? :D

Anyhoo, I have other biggish news to share, but I need to collect my thoughts first. Nothing bad, I swear. It’s all good.


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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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