Happy “last day of 2012″ everyone! I plan on posting some of my thoughts and reflections on the last year and ideas for the year ahead, but that can wait until at least tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed your last weekend of the year and all of those final holiday celebrations. I had a great time with my family on Saturday. It all began at this little duckpin bowling alley…
I hadn’t been there for years, but actually used to bowl on a league there when I was a kid! The funny things is, it seemed so big to me back then… and it’s actually very small! Between the 13 of us, we pretty much took over the place!
Most of my siblings and their significant others were able to make it- those that were not were missed! But, we still had an incredibly fun time. The kids were also really excited (and even more excited about these holiday headbands from my mom), and that made it even more fun.
Greg and I were definitely up for a little friendly competition (even though both of use are pretty lousy duckpin bowlers!).
At least we look super cool in those shoes.
Duckpin bowling is different than regular 10 pin because it uses much smaller bowling balls (as modeled here by my lovely sister-in-law, Tiffany).
I think it’s actually much more difficult because it’s hard to get a good grip on the ball (unless you have gigantic monster hands).
My mom divided us up onto teams of 3 or 4 and the kids were split up amongst the four teams. We also put the bumpers up (otherwise I’m pretty sure that we would have all just landed gutter balls). There was a lot of smack-talking and even more laughs.
Check out my awesome bowling form.
The kids were so fun to watch- they got so excited!
(My niece Lillian is only two, so we all helped her out a bit. She did carry the ball herself and yell “go ball go!” as it went down the lane.)
As you can see… we are not very good (although I did end that game with a spare and a strike!).
On the second game I got a 97. With bumpers up. Yup.
My mom had prizes for all of the kids and for the highest and lowest scores. Greg was the lucky winner of a Santa hat!
After bowling, we all went back to my mom and stepdad’s house for dinner. We made tacos and fajitas- I never get tired of Mexican food!
My gorgeous plate:
We hung out and played some “brain” games, of which my mom had more prizes for. We teamed up for these- they were a little challenging!
Greg and I were on a team and won both games. Awww yeah.
We got to play with my parents’ new-ish dog, Murphy. He’s such a goofball!
And then finally, the kids opened some presents that Greg and I had brought. More toys! Yes!
Lillian opened up her Dora and pony right away!
Finally, it was time to say goodbye and head back home to the dogs. What a wonderful day with my family- it just reminds me once again how lucky I am to be a part of it!
How do you and your family celebrate the holidays together? Have you ever been duckpin bowling?