This summer I’ve been taking advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program at our local bowling alley. If you don’t know about this program, check it out here. I was skeptical about signing up my three year old, but she has been having so much fun bowling. She has a pretty funny celebration dance after she bowls – she usually does her victory dance before the ball even hits the pins!
Usually, if I take enough snacks with us, my youngest daughter will sit happily at the table stuffing her adorable little face. This last time however, there weren’t enough snacks in the world to keep this baby happy. Lila was content for the first half of the game and then she got sleepy and only wanted to be held. I ended up bowling the rest of the game with a baby on my hip.
It was weird, but once I started bowling while holding a baby, my game actually started improving. Before having to hold Lila, I didn’t bowl a single strike or spare, but after picking her up, I continued to bowl strikes and/or spares. I guess the baby corrected my bowling posture.
While I was bowling, I had a thought: Why is there no such thing as the MomOlympics? Why do we not have a contest that features moms and their amazing multitasking ways?
If there were a MomOlympics (and there totally should be) here are a few of the events that should be included:
- The Marathon – Moms would line up at the starting line with their child in a jogging stroller.
- Rock Climbing – Babies would be snuggled up in the baby carrier as Mom ascends the rock wall.
- Bowling – With the baby on one hip, the Moms would bowl one handed.
- Swimming – Mom swims while towing a child in a raft behind her.
- Baton Twirling – With every toss of the baton, Mom would have to bend down to tend to the baby.
- Paddle Boarding – Mom paddles while the child sits on the board at Mom’s feet.
- Dodgeball – The Moms play dodgeball while trying to keep their children from being pegged with the ball.
- Rhythmic Gymnastics – Mom would use the ribbon to not only entertain the crowd but also to soothe a crying baby.
- Curling – Mom would throw the stone while instructed her children to “Sweep! Sweep!”
- Yoga – Moms would twist and bend into the most complicated of poses – partially due to the nature of the pose and partially because they are reaching for their child in order to keep them from wondering off.
Along with the above already established sports, MomOlympics would also host events like:
- Lego Obstacle course – Mom walks through a land mine of Legos while holding a baby on one hip and carrying a load of groceries.
- Diaper Changing Challenge – Moms get timed on how fast they can change a diaper.
- Laundry Folding Challenge – Moms race to fold as many towels as they can while their children “help” (read: unfold) them.
- Grocery Store Challenge – Moms (with children in the shopping cart) would race up and down the aisles trying to get everything on the list before the kids start whining or crying.
- Potty Training Sprint – Moms must locate a potty and sprint to get their potty training child onto the toilet before an accident occurs.
I really think I’m on to something amazing here. MomOlympics could be an international success! Who’s up for a little friendly competition!?! I’d love to hear if you have any other ideas for MomOlympic events!
On a roadtrip with my family, I drove past a road sign that indicated that Sour Lake, Texas was 11 miles away. I joked with my husband that I wouldn’t want to live in a place called Sour Lake. A couple of hours later, we came upon a sign for Plaquemine, Louisiana and my husband asked me if I’d rather live in Plaquemine.
While I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, I am solely judging these towns by their name. I have nothing against either town, and I’m sure they are both lovely places to live. I just find the names of the towns to be unappealing and yet a little amusing.
Knowing there had to be other towns with humorous names, I decided to do a little digging. Here is my Top 15 list of Places I Don’t Want to Live (based on name alone!).
- Toadsuck, Arkansas
- Slaughter Beach, Delaware
- Sopchoppy, Florida
- Waldo, Florida – I could just imagine meeting someone and telling them I was from Waldo. “Where’s Waldo?” they would ask. That would get old.
- Grimes, Alabama
- Grosse Tete, Louisiana
- Licking, Missouri – Who’s doing the licking?
- Nag’s Head, North Carolina
- Coward, South Carolina
- Yellville, Arkansas
- Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania
- Eek, Alaska
- Between, Georgia – I imagine the conversation about telling where you live goes something like an Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First” act.
- Blandville, Kentucky
- Boring, Oregon – This place does not sound fun.
While I was looking at maps and names of cities and towns, a few names struck me as curious:
- There seems to be as many states with a town called Baldwin as there are Baldwin brothers. And there are a lot of Baldwin brothers.
- There is a town in the state of Wisconsin called Wyoming (which is also the name of a state). It could be quite confusing to tell someone that you are from Wyoming when you are actually from Wisconsin.
- California is home to a town named Zzyzx. What is that about?
- Fifty-Six is the name of a town in Arkansas.
- Pennsylvania has several names that I find funny – Forty Fort, Hop Bottom, and Moosic (which sounds like a Sandra Boynton book to me) are my favorites.
- Florida is home to a town named Howey-in-the-Hills. I’d like to know more about this Howey guy.
- We all know of Paris, France and Miami, Florida, but are you familiar with Paris, Idaho or Miami, Arizona? People might get excited to hear that you live in Paris until you tell them that you live in Paris, Idaho.
- I also wonder about the feelings of the single people living in Romance, Arkansas. Or the extraordinary people living in Normal, Illinois.
While I started off thinking that these were places that I didn’t want to live, I’m now very curious about all of these places and kinda want to visit them all!