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Monday, March 12, 2012

Lessons With Family Bowling

My mom's birthday in August... love this pic ♥

This past weekend I had the pleasure of putting together a birthday party for my sister Dana. She was turning 20 and I really wanted to do something for her. Because I'm a planner and that's what I do.

What I didn't expect was how much fun it would truly be to find myself bowling with 15 family members. We ranged in age from 2 to 60. Aunts, cousins, sisters, pregnant women and toddlers.

We realized we'd never done this before. How simple and common bowling is... Yet our family hasn't gone out en masse to a bowling alley like that, despite the fact that every "adult" there had worked in a 9 pin bowling alley as a youth.

What I love about the party was its simplicity. We had to move it twice, but we rolled with the punches. It was just show up and have fun. My mom made a cake, my dad bought 2 pizzas. We had 3 lanes and a surprising amount of comfy couches to lounge and hang out on.

Family is one of the biggest blessings in my life. I realize that not only liking but going out of your way to see family isn't the norm. But it's my norm. We of course have the normal family drama, but I thank God every time I'm surrounded by my family. Because they're pretty great.

What did you do this weekend?

{Happy Monday!}

1 comment:

  1. I hear yah about loving having family close and spending time with them en masse. My husband's family all lives in the Portland metro area and we do Gordon family dinner every Sunday night at the same Chinese restaurant. It's nice to see everyone do often and catch up. Not to mention stay connected and watch the kiddos grow up. We also celebrate birthdays this way as well.