Annabel has been asking to go bowling for a few weeks now. Who knows why – she probably saw a commercial for a bowling alley or something. When she mentioned wanting to go bowling to me, I was always like, “Yeah, we’ll do it soon.” She should have known to go directly to Dad. Mike loves to bowl, so to have his daughter ask if we could all go? He couldn’t make a reservation fast enough.
The first time we took Annabel bowling, she was almost three. James isn’t even two-and-a-half yet, but we thought he might be able to handle bowling because he’s pretty physical…and we figured if he couldn’t do it, I’d take him to the arcade or something while Annabel and Mike bowled.
Our bowling order was me, Mike, Annabel, then James. James had no idea what was happening when I bowled. He started to get it when it was Mike’s turn, and by the time Annabel bowled, he couldn’t WAIT for his turn. He didn’t need anyone to tell him what to do:
He just grabbed that ball and before any of us could stop him, he ran and threw it down the lane:
And he was so excited about it:
However, he also got really into it, and would get very upset if he didn’t knock down all the pins.
Oh, James. The highs, the lows, the struggle.
Meanwhile, Annabel had a great time with bowling moves all her own:
Her throws went 1.4 miles an hour (literally, the bowling alley clocked the speed), buuuut…
…she bowled strikes with that! Clearly I could learn a thing or two from her.
Jennifer L. says:
OMG. James going from jumping with excitement to crumpling from sadness is so cute I can’t barely stand it. It’s hard being 2, yo.
Jennifer L. says:
CAN*. More coffee please.
The happiness to devastation cycle is priceless. Love it?! Annie is great as always too!
Lisa F. says:
I know James’ little heart broke when he didn’t get a strike, but that gif was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time! :p
Oh, thank you so much for the chuckle on this Monday morning! James’s elation to devastation is too much adorabl preciousness for this mom of a tween and teen. Come to think of it there is not alot of difference in their behaviors–except I can’t pick them up off the floor anymore:)
That gif of James falling out is the funniest/cutest thing ever! I have watched it in a loop about 20 times and I crack up every single time. OMG he is so precious!
Go Annie! I may need to use her technique because I hardly ever get strikes.
Go Annie! Glad she had a blast.
That James gif! I can’t even!
Frances Kazuk says:
please tell me you saw this…
OMG I hadn’t! But I definitely woke up knowing it was Debbie’s birthday, LOL. Thanks for sharing!
I can’t EVEN with that video of James.
And, because I can, I am going to copy and paste this comment into the Shot@Life post, because YEAH Vaccines for one more day!!!
And because I don’t expect you would wade through the thousands of comments over there, Heather what is our next fun “Let’s load up the comments for a cause post” because this was FUN!
LOL! I don’t know, I will have to come up with one!
Oh, how fun! I’ve always been planning on going bowling with our kids but just have never made the day happen. I have GOT to make it happen, because it just looks like so much fun!
I actually thought about you when I was bowling – we did “family night,” which was $40 and got us two hours of bowling for up to 6 people per lane, plus shoes. That would be great for your family, you should see if the lanes near you have a similar deal.
Oh my goodness! James is hysterical! Seriously watched him fall to the floor about 20 times before moving on to the rest of the post!!! The pressure of being 2 1/2!!!!!
Annabel seems to have it down though!!!
We’re you guys using bumpers–I couldn’t tell. Regardless, I see a family bowling team in your future!!!!
I think I am going to take my nephew bowling. I think he’d love it, based on A&J’s responses!
Oh yes, we definitely had the bumpers up!
Wow! Future champs for sure!!
Love James!!! Just what is expected when you’re 2…..
James needs a ramp. Guaranteed strike for the 2 year old set.
I bet Jamesie has added bowling to the list of non trustworthy things , right after those traitorous balloons.
Oh gosh, am I a terrible person that your gif of James totally cracks me up? So invested, little guy!