Sunday, December 21, 2008
Family Game Night!
One of our favorite ways to pass the time, is to play board games, so that's what we did yesterday, there was Sorry and Scene it and Pick up Stix and Monopoly and Snakes and Ladders.
It always takes me back in time, to days spent around the kitchen table with family, to those never ending Monopoly games, the ones that start right after lunch and by dinnertime my stepmom would be asking us to please remove the board off the table so she could set it for dinner......and I was alway only happy to oblige because you see, I'm not a Monopoly kinda gal, as a matter of fact, I detest that game with a passion LOL
I'm serious, I really really get irritated by it, I'm too nice, I'm the type who will NOT buy a property because I know someone else already has one or two of the same place....then you have my husband who plays rough, he shows no mercy, its' all or nothing, he's the kind that will look over at you and laugh because you have zero, zilch, nada, no money left, but he'll throw down 2 hotels right as you're coming around the bend. Annoying to say the least LOL
So anyway, as with all board games played with kids, there's drama, there's crying because they're loosing, there's bragging because they're winning, there's game pieces flying and being hidden, there's pouting and yelling out "I don't want to play anymore" followed quickly by "I'M picking the next game". That's like contradiction at it's best.....and there's always a time out involved, at least once during the Game Day one or both of the kids will have to sit one out because of their attitude. LOL
But all in all, it's fun, it's inexpensive crazy laugh until you sides hurt fun, and it's something the kids will remember forever. The kind of memories that somewhere down the line they will be sitting in their own kitchen with their own children and they will talk about the Family Game Nights from their childhood. Those are the kind of memories I want my children to have and that's why even though I'm feeling awful, we're all sick with colds, I sat through a whole game of Monopoly, broke as always and bribing the kids with cookies to pay my way around the board. LOL
By 8pm, everyone was exhausted and after quick showers, the kids were in bed and fast asleep, even though it was a Saturday night. I think the sickies had a lot to do with it, Jasmine had a headache and was running a fever, which made her cranky and annoyed and by the time the last game was over she said she needed to sleep, the light was starting to hurt her eyes.
So with kids asleep and Curt watching his own movies, I took my own hot shower, put on my warm pj's and climbed into bed, popped in "Manor House" and took out my knitting basket. I finished Jasmine's Shrug and it looks so cute on her, just love it.
She's thrilled with it and already asked me for another in a different color. If anyone wants to give it a try, this is the pattern I'm using, it's straight forward knitting, nothing difficult or weird about it. I'm thinking for mine I'm going to make the sleeves longer, maybe until my elbow at least. We'll see.
I want to get some baking done today, I need to refill the cookie jar and the kids are telling me that we have to make something special for Santa, just not the same ol' boring cookies. So I'm making Alicia's Jam Thumbprints, they're simple and yet so good.
I also need to make that Lemon Drizzle Cake, I never got around to it yesterday and I'm not exactly feeling 100% today, but I'm sure I can squeeze in some kitchen time......these are the days I love my crockpot, just throw something in in the morning and forget about it, so dinner tonight is Enchilada Chicken Soup. You can find the recipe here, the sweet Lynn contributed it to my Slow Cooking Thursday post.
But it's lunch time, so I'm off to feed the family and maybe get a little bit more reading of my "The Redbird Christmas" by Fannie Flagg, I just love her.