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the bowling trophy

JR's family lives far away from us, so we only get together once every year or so. And when we do... we bowl. No one is very good at bowling, but bowling is an easy-to-organize, not-too-expensive activity that most everyone enjoys. kids and adults alike. We take over a few lanes, usually in the morning mid-week when the place is empty. You jump up to bowl when it's your turn, but the rest of the time is spent talking and helping the kids knock down some pins.

There are great bowling alleys in small towns everywhere. I especially like the old school ones that haven't been touched since the 1970's. Orange and white booths. Color blocked leather shoes. League scores for the past 20 years posted on the walls. A few old arcade games in the corner. (The photos below were taken at one of my favorite places to bowl: Holiday Lanes in Heber, Utah.)

About 10 years back when JR and I were first married, we stopped by a trophy shop and made a Reynolds Family Bowling Trophy. I think it cost us about $10. The trophy is awarded to the person with the highest score, and the lucky winner gets to proudly display their trophy all year long until we bowl again. No one will admit that they actually want the bowling trophy, but I think it makes the game a little more exciting. Uncle Troy was the winner this year when we played in Oregon, but we think we can take him down the next time we play.

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we have old school bowling lanes here in London which are really popular, but I'm not sure if they have been kitted out to look old or if they really are. Either way I love them, they have diner's with milkshakes too. All very american! : )

10.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill Wignall

Thanks for a blast from the past! My family lived in Heber for 6 years when I was growing up and we dearly loved it. We have a silly tradition of going bowling on Christmas Day (as long as it doesn't fall on a Sunday) and we have a lot of great memories bowling at the Holiday Lanes. I think a trophy sounds like a fun addition to our tradition.

10.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

This is awesome! Nothing like some good, friendly competition. And that trophy...!

10.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia Madden

Absolutely love bowling, though I absolutely suck at it! Always a good atmosphere when you're with friends and family

10.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBobby

I adore this idea! I'm issuing a challenge to my brother, sister, and their families for the day after Christmas. Time to get a fun(ny) trophy made. Thanks!

11.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan

Another great idea. This I shall be trying. What a wonderful site you have here!

You seem like a very fun family. Bowling is such a fun thing to do together. Perhaps we will try to go sometime soon.

12.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLargo CPA

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