We celebrated Natalie’s 3rd birthday this past weekend with a bowling party that she essentially planned herself. We scaled way back on the birthday part madness of years past (1st birthday & planning, 2nd birthday & planning) by simply asking Natalie what she wanted her party to be like. She informed us that she wanted pizza, bowling, and her grandparents. We obliged.
We rented out two lanes at a local candlepin bowling alley, ordered the pizzas in-house, and had a blast watching each other try to knock a few pins down. My dad claimed he had not been bowling since 1959, and only five of us present had ever attempted candlepin before, so it was kind of a hoot to play with absolute zero care over the scores.
We ended the afternoon with cake and ice cream (& presents, of course) back at our place. We laughed and ate and drank coffee and applauded for everything Natalie did .
It was a great (and exhausting) day.