Family Fun at the Lanes

It’s awesome to see family members who live hundreds of miles away, especially if you don’t see them every year. This weekend I was able to see my cousin, Tina, her husband, Wyatt, and their young children, Noah and Adelaide, who live outside of Seattle. They’re in Michigan for nearly 2 weeks and I’m so happy I was able to connect, even for a short period of time.

One of the activities Tina suggested was to go bowling, since her kids, who are both under the age of 4, haven’t ever tried. We all met up in my hometown, found an ally, and got set up with a lane of bumpers for the kids. After showing both of them how bowling works, and seeing the pins knock down one by one, the pair were hooked. They didn’t even care how heavy the ball was — they’d grab one and (with their mom or dad’s help) roll it down the lane themselves or push it off a metal slide.

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Needless to say, it was incredibly cute and a lot of fun watch them get excited and clap when they saw the pins fall. The four of us adults also took a lane, but it was more fun watching the little ones and cheering them on.

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High fives all around! The kids were great at taking turns, and when there was a waiting period they would usually sit and watch their sibling. Or make funny faces to the camera if you tried to sneak a photo. Of course, you have to join them.

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Noah and Adelaide bowled about two games, which is surprising for their age. Of course, they did get a bit tuckered out, and I don’t blame them. Bowling is tiring!

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I’m glad I was able to be a part of the kids’ first bowling experience, and I wish I was able to see them more often than every few years!

—K

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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