My brother and his wife, my mom, dad, and me all drove out to Lethbridge on Saturday to meet up with my sister and her boyfriend at the Galaxy Bowling Alley. I don't think I've bowled sober since high school, which is another way of saying that my skills at the game were almost non-existent. I still stand by the fact that I think my bowling ball was cursed, but I suppose I shouldn't have expected my professional status on Wii bowling to transfer over to the real thing.
Both my dad and brother seemed to regain their bowling skills after a few frames, although they both woke up with bowling pains the next morning so I'm not sure it was worth it. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon, but I doubt any of us will be qualifying for a bowling league any time soon.
From there we headed to the bed and breakfast, which was a giant house with more than enough room for all of us. In the basement there was a giant snooker table and shuffle board. Those were a lot of fun too.
After that we headed to Ric's Grill for the evening. The ambiance was really nice and the food was excellent. There wasn't exactly a whole lot to see despite our great vantage point, but I suppose you'd get a better view during the day. In any case, we closed out our meal with a request for the piano player to play Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel. It was a nice moment and my mom really enjoyed it. Oh, moms.
Back at the B&B we played a few games, exchanged cards, and my sister surprised my dad and brother with a Scrabble themed birthday cake. My dad is an avid Scrabble fan so it was quite fitting. We joked around a bit more before all heading off to bed.
The short trip was a relatively low key, but all around fitting family gathering. We created some new memories, shared a lot of laughs, and were back home before we got too sick of each other. That, my friends, is how you celebrate milestone birthdays with your family!