Tuesday, March 13

Leading the Way

Preliminary results of the NCAUSBCA Youth Tournament
The preliminary results of Maddy's tournament came in this morning and Maddy is in first place in his division! The final results will be released in a couple of weeks (why does it take so long?). Any prize money will be deposited into a SMART scholarship account in his name. Woohoo Maddy!

Monday, March 12

Bowling Prodigy

Maddy got an award patch for a 450 series last weekend

He then proceeded to score a league record 222 game

Maddy in action during the NCAUSBCA tournament
Maddy is turning out to be quite the bowling talent. At the tender young age of 9, he is bowling well above his age group, so much so that coaches and house professionals have remarked that "he is the best left handed talent they have ever seen in his age group for a very long time".

Maddy took part in his first solo USBC sanctioned youth tournament last weekend. The NCAUSBCA (Nation's Capital Area United States Bowling Congress Association) Youth Championship tournament features bowlers from DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland who qualify from their local programs. Maddy qualified first in his Champs division (9-11 years of age).

In his first tournament, he had games of 202, 202 & 157 for a 561 scratch series (853 handicap series) which was more than 240 pins over his average. He has a great chance to win his age group! The results will be released next weekend, we can't to see how he did!

Wednesday, February 29

Field Trip to the NSO

Ready to roll

Unlike his dad, Maddy doesn't mind dressing up

Maddy has a class field trip to see the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C. this afternoon.

He was pretty excited to go, which came as a surprise to me. A trip to watch the NSO perform doesn't seem like something I'd think a kid his age would look forward to but what do I know?

He wanted to get dressed for the occasion so Mom bought him a blazer and off to school he went. Just before I dropped him off he told me he was a little nervous. When I asked him why, he said he hoped the other kids didn't tease him for the way he was dressed. I told him not to worry about it because girls like a well dressed man, to which he replied, "Dad, EWWWW".

Monday, February 27

Winter 2012

Hmmm, it's been 5 months since I last updated Maddy's blog. Oka, what a slacker! I'm going to try and update his blog on a more regular basis from now on. It's not like there isn't much to blog about, Maddy has been pretty busy with school, bowling, basketball and cello.

Maddy is still enjoying school and his steadily improving grades are proof of that. His enthusiasm for the cello is fading though. Given the short attention span of kids these days, it's understandable. He wants to join the choir and band next year instead and has expressed the desire to play the tuba.

Really? Where does this kid come up with these ideas?

Maddy's basketball season ends next weekend. He has become quite the rebounder and shot blocker. He is the tallest boy on his team and so his coaches put him at center/power forward but Maddy would prefer to be a point guard. He doesn't think it's fair that the shorter kids get to bring the ball up and do most of the dribbling.

Maddy is also excelling at bowling. He has passed his momma in terms of average and he loves reminding her of it every chance he gets. Our family team has won the last 2 rounds of our Samoan league mostly thanks to Maddy. He had his personal best 224 game a couple of weeks ago!

Maddy now stands at 5'3" tall. I think it's safe to say that he will be slightly taller than BatGran and Papa by the end of the year at the rate he's growing.

Maddy and his mom horsing around

Maddy playing the role of James Madison, 4th President of the USA

Pres. James Madison, Living Museum, 4th Grade

Maddy, at 9 and a half years old