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Board Games of Christmas

It’s the last day of the year…that makes this a double posting day!

Our family loves board games.  We love to spend time playing them, but we also love finding new ones for each other.  This has become true as we find games for other family members such as our parents or nieces and nephews.  This year was an especially great year for board games.

Dominion was the main present for the boy from his grandmother this year; his South Dakota cousin had received the same game from his parents, so they were thrilled to play it together. This is not a difficult game on the surface but can become more and more difficult as one plays it.  The boy claims that there are over one hundred million possible game permutations based on the number of players, which cards are used, etc.  I gave it a whirl on Wednesday morning, and I am sure that I will play it again and enjoy it. The boy and his cousins enjoyed playing this together in the community room at grandma’s house.  The youngest cousin is ten years old; it might be a stretch for some kids of that age, but a bright ten year old will be able to hold her own.

We purchased Say Anything for the South Dakota nephews this year and then suggested it to my side of the family as well.  This game combines the uncertainties of Apples to Apples with elements from other games including “bidding” on each other’s responses.  This is a great game for players of all ages allowing family members of multiple generations to play one game together. As with all board games, the more competitive the players, the more likely a little tiff will occur over an interpretation of the answers.  Overall, however, this game is pretty tiff-free.

Last year, we happened upon Scribblish.  The game combines elements of Pictionary and Telephone as the layers of rounds include drawing and interpreting the drawings…only to then have drawings occur again.  My North Dakota nephews love this game and were thrilled that we could spend yesterday afternoon cooking and playing games. The downside is that it requires some drawing abilities, but as long as one is willing to be adventurous and be a good sport, there is some likelihood of success.  There is voting involved, and that is always a warning light for me as it could result in tiffs.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my present from the kids was my current favorite board game – Small World.  This moved up into the favorite position replacing my formerly favorite board game – Ticket to Ride: Europe.  Small World is great fun.  I think it has elements of Risk in it, but having not actually played a game of Risk in my life, this is just a guess.  Other board games that sit next to me as I type this are Liebrary (much like the old Dictionary game) and Wits and Wagers.  I am not sure if we are going to get to these games this week, though.

Board games seem to me a most important aspect of family life that must remain for centuries to come.  As our culture becomes more and more pulled into technology that keeps us isolated from each other and conversation, we need to find ways to sit around the table and engage with friends and family members. Whether a board game or a meal, this is necessary.

With that – I’m going to sign off…I think some people are waiting for me to play a game with them!

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Christmas in the Parsonage

We had a great day yesterday as we celebrated Christmas with just the four of us.

First thing in the morning – stocking stuffers which included items that each person would really love; the boy loves graphic t-shirts.  I do not obey very well.  My favorite part of my stocking stuffer was the Scottish shortbread cookies.  I did share!

Breakfast was next: croissant French toast with bacon (Hackenmueller’s, of course!).

The boy then read us the Christmas story…it was good to pause and remember the reason for the season.  As we continue to reflect tomorrow at our church service, I will remain inspired by my children and their dedication to celebration and remembrance.

Presents were next!  My gift = my favorite board game: Smallworld.  The huz’s gift = an expansion pack for the same game.  The girl bought an expansion pack that we had never used before (we usually borrow the game from friends) for the boy which added elements to the game that we discovered that we love as we played the game twice.  The huz won the first round.  We played again later in the day, and I smoked the family with my Imperial Skeletons.  The game is fabulous!  Some may object to some of the fantasy characters, but I love the game overall.

The board game – Quelf – was next on the day’s agenda.  The boy agreed to let me post a video of one of his turns.  The game is a lot of fun – especially for groups with a bunch of people in varying age groups.  Unfortunately, the size of the file would upload into this format.  Oh well!

Dinner: homemade lasagna with little meatballs.  YUM!

We ended the evening with a family movie night.

GREAT day!


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To Ancient Times and Distant Music

My son loves a game called Quelf.  It is a crazy game that has no true strategic advantage for those who are brainiacs, great at drawing, or anything.  While it has those aspects to it, the game also has these weird things thrown in called Roolz which, according to the instructions, are “‘rules’ that you must follow as long as the card is in play, or else pay that card’s penalty.   The effect of that card doesn’t just last for your turn – it may last for the remainder of the game!”  As I was noodling around with how to write this post, one of the Roolz from Quelf came to mind. One of the Rooz that I have drawn in the past required me to say “to ancient times and distant music” every time I took a drink of something.  Then every had to clink glasses with me.  If I forgot and someone called me out, I had to move back a space.

This is the last actual post that I will write on this site, and it feels like I should say a toast of some kind to this blog and to those who have come along side me as readers.

Today is a great day. I am launching a new blog site here on areavoices.com. This is a big day for me because I have toiled through some technical difficulties in order to get the new site (slowingtheracingmind.areavoices.com) up and running.  The site maintains the name because I feel it really describes the why behind my blogging.  The racing mind is what brought me to blogging, and though I now love the blogging “art” itself, the continued practice of it has helped slow the racing mind, bring clarity to my thoughts, and engaged me in ways with others that I probably could not do in person as well.  I am a thinker; my thoughts are not clear in the moment always.  Writing seems to help that.

Nearly a year ago, a dear friend on Facebook started writing a blog each day as part of the WordPress movement to encourage more writing. I watched as my friend grew as a writer and decided on August 1, 2011, to join her. I made a Fresh Start, and it felt good. My children had spent the summer working at Village Creek Bible Camp in Lansing, Iowa, and I had started to sense that it was time to start thinking past their high school graduation. My huz had asked me over the summer, “What will we do to fill our time when the kids graduate and are gone?” I want to write. And the best way to write “someday” is to start writing today. I chose WordPress because it had the Blog a Day graphic. I merged my Blogger site with my WordPress site because I like to preserve history.

Today I experience a fresh start again. A friend who has followed this blog saw an advertisement in the Fargo Forum for bloggers who write about topics that women find interesting. I figured that a good majority of people who follow my old blog were women, so I emailed the person whose email was provided and inquired. That person suggested that I start blogging through their site – Areavoices.com.  It widens the readership a bit, and I thought it would be a great opportunity.

I am humbled that you have chosen to read what I write. I am thrilled when my ramblings can help someone else see things anew or feel like they are not alone in the world with their thoughts.  I hope that you will continue to read as I make the move over to the new site.  My plan is to post the link from that site on this site for a while.  I am trying to figure out how (if) to allow for email subscriptions as I know some readers have signed up for that.  Here is the link to today’s post: http://wp.me/p-a.

Thanks for reading!

To Ancient Times and Distant Music!

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