Lucia Raatma

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Bowling in My Living Room

Posted by Webmaster on January 16, 2010 at 4:23 PM

For months, my husband and I swore we'd never own a Wii. Stupid, we thought. Go outside and play real tennis or baseball or whatever. Why would anyone play sports using a TV? But, alas, Santa undermined us this past Christmas, and there was a Wii just waiting under the tree. Of course, Lizzie and Alex were thrilled.


So in the weeks since, they've played everything on Wii Sports, some Marios, and the rest. Andy has wisely stayed away, but I've attempted a few match-ups with my kids.


My first observation is that Wii bowling is much quieter (and cleaner) than most bowling alleys, so no complaints there. And it's interesting to see that I have a tendency to "hook left" both in my living room and in a regular bowling alley. But I'm MUCH better with the Wii than I am in "real life." I've even beaten Alex a few times.


However, the five-year-old still wins every time I attempt tennis or baseball. Something about trying to "hit" a moving target with a remote. Just makes no sense to me!


For the short term, the Wii has actually been a lot of fun. Since Florida was oddly cold during Christmas break, the kids enjoyed playing inside during those days. Lizzie learned some dance moves from Hannah Montana, and Alex figured out how a safety is scored in football. But next week, Alex starts T-ball practice--outside with a real ball and bat--and I'm looking forward to it.

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Reply keeneye
12:07 PM on February 18, 2010 
What a great post. "Ya' know? What's the harm. Plus, they'll be back outside soon enough." I'm sorely tempted for the exercise component -- Wii Fit?. I still like long walks by myself, but often they don't fit into the day very well. And, if I'm up early, well, it's dark out there!