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the bowling years

Tue October 05 2010

the wonder bowling years…? are we entering a new phase of family life?! this is really intriguing. we like to get out and do stuff with the kids, even if the stuff is just walking along the shore or driving ages just to see a tree. my husband and i are different sorts (which is good, a nice balance) – i like indoorsy, independent pursuits and crafty things and booksbooksbooks, and am much more inclined to ponder the philosophy of things and the principal of the matter. he likes all manner of sporty endeavours and is much more action-oriented, and not at all prone to waffling around over things. as in, i take them to the beach and take pictures of them. he takes them to the beach and flies kites with them or taken them kayaking. so, i thank heavens for him and how he drives our new-fun-active-activities and teaches the girls the things i really can’t.  this accounts for our large selection of sporting goods that have criss-crossed the country with us in our moves. he regularly adds to this collection. at any given moment, in the appropriate season, we could (or some of us could) play baseball / basketball / go snowshoeing / go tenting / fly a choice of single-line diamond kites or a duel-line stunt kite / bike / golf / skip double dutch (ok, that was my idea) / hula hoop / play badminton / soccer / catch with various types of balls / beach volleyball… what did i forget?! in the past we also had the option of going snowmobiling or sailing or play some casual football… all these things require their own kind of shoes and pants and outerwear as well and gear and who knows what. we live in a townhouse. there are interesting things stored under our bed. and now – we are entering the bowling years. yes indeedy. any day now Fed Ex will deliver a brand new personally owned bowling ball to partner up with his new Dexter shoes for league night. say wha?!

we’ve taken the kids bowling three times in the last…. two weeks? three weeks? with nary a squabble or a tear between them. yes, mom has been flustered trying to maintain order (like staying in your own lane, not tearing off to whack “the claw” game and whinge over the stuffies contained within, and no that birthday party balloon is not for you…), and yes we’ve had some droopy shoulders because we didn’t knock down all the pins we wanted to, but on the whole it’s been a remarkably fun family outing and i think it’s also great experiences for the kids – bowling  provides immediate feedback when trying again or trying a different way and is concrete enough that the kids can plan and carry out and SEE the difference  a step to the right makes or whatever. some other games and activities have other distracting elements that kind of mask this try-try-again reinforcement (like the panic of trying to not fall off the bike).  i like anything where they might happen to learn that mom and dad’s advice is good stuff, and i also like anything that helps them learn to listen to themselves, and try what they think is right. yay for bowling! who knew?!

(this effectively ends the “slice of life” portion of this post! please continue on for the digital scrapbooking portion! can i multi-task-multi-purpose or what.)

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so, to document this new family fun i scrapped these photos i took on our first bowling day. the photos weren’t perfect (what happened to my lens? i can only manual focus. not great for action shots!), but some photo actions from My Four Hens Photography took them from drab to fab! if i do say so myself. this is, i think, Dusty Haze, from her free PSE set.  i like them so much i think i might have to invest in one of her other sets in the not too distant future.

all the digiscrap products are from jessicasprague.com – the really cool “wonky masks” that shapes the photos is a new product from Splendid Fiins that will be released in the store tomorrow for ONE BUCK WEDNESDAY (that means, you can buy them for one whole buck – one dollar – that’s it – that’s awesome). i love love them and their wonky-ness. below  are a couple of the products i used in this page:

in the jessicasprague.com store *tomorrow* Wednesday Oct 6 -- ONE DOLLA!!

full credits for the layout will be in the Inspiration Gallery at jessicasprague.com tomorrow, come by and check out the goodies!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Tue October 05 2010 2:42 pm

    Those are the best looking bowling shoes (in the photo) that I’ve ever seen. What a lovely scrapbook page.

  2. Wanda Brown permalink
    Tue October 05 2010 4:28 pm

    Your children will remember what you have done with them (inside or out) forever. Yes bowling has many life lessons that live within the lanes.

  3. Wed October 06 2010 6:43 am

    Love this layout, and your subtle “strike” embellishment is awesome. I definitely want those abstract photo masks; what a great way to break out of a scrapping rut! Very fun.

  4. Wed October 06 2010 1:46 pm

    thank you!

  5. Sun October 10 2010 10:59 am

    hi Joanne!!!

    just wanted to drop you a quick Hi! and tell you that I read about the Creative team call for jessicasprague.com on your blog , and told myself I should try it..
    and later that night I did, and now I got selected!!!! 😀

    Am so excited!!
    Thanks so much!!! 😀

    • 2girlsandapoodle permalink*
      Tue October 12 2010 7:09 pm

      yay! that’s so awesome!

  6. mindy permalink
    Tue October 12 2010 11:28 am

    Love the pics on this layout! Love the layout! 🙂

  7. Wed October 13 2010 3:16 pm

    Such a cute layout! I’m terrible at bowling but it sure is fun! 🙂

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