Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Gotcha Day!

Our marvelous weekend with Daddy started with a very important celebration - Sasha's 3rd Gotcha Day Anniversary!  It's hard to believe that it's only been 3 years since our zesty and zany Sasha became a Morningstar and we all agreed that we are so glad that she is ours and we are hers!

As is our tradition, we celebrated Sasha's Gotcha Day with a family bowling party, but this year we gave the party some Maryland flare by going duckpin bowling!

If you haven't heard of duckpins, you're not alone - according to Wikipedia they really only exist in Maryland and Massachusetts and Rhode Island (who knew?).  Basically, it's like regular 10-pin bowling except that you use a little ball with no finger holes and smaller pins and you get 3 tries with each frame.

The kids had a marvelous time and Steve and I had our best duckpin scores ever (thank you, bumpers).  As you can see, Sasha's technique was (unsurprisingly) energetic - she really enjoyed bowling with a ball small enough for her to propel down the lane without a ramp.
WanYing opted for the ramp.
Sam had this very interesting technique of bowling the ball and then lunging with his hand on his knee to watch the ball progress down the lane.  Unorthodox?  Yes.  Humorous?  Definitely.  Effective?  Well, he ended up with the high score, so I guess that there's something to be said for his studious technique!
Ben was... energetic

My favorite part about the whole experience was keeping score on paper.  My goodness, I haven't kept track of a bowling score for myself in many years!  It Steve and me a few frames to remember how to score duckpins, but eventually we remembered the highlights from our reciprocal high school bowling classes.  Ben and Sam found "old time" bowling intriguing but commented that they prefer "modern" bowling.

WanYing also insisted on keeping score for herself.
Can you believe they make bowling shoes so tiny?!?  Adorable!

We had a lovely afternoon celebrating Sasha's Gotcha Day and look forward to many more years of circle-of-bowling-shoes photos.  Because if there's any better way to celebrate an important family day than bowling, well, I haven't yet found it.

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