Family Game Night

Last week was a rough one. There was a lot of yelling and tears and feeling like an awful mother. It was less than ideal. By Wednesday, I was in need of some laughter in our house. Peanut received Pie Face from her uncle for Christmas and we had a full can of whipped cream in the fridge, so I suggested we try out the game for the first time.

First off, it was not what I was expecting, but not in a bad way. I thought whoever got hit in the face lost. Not the case. That person just doesn’t earn any points that round. This gives the game the opportunity to share the wealth and hit every single person multiple times. It seemed to “pick on” one person per round and I got to be that person the first round. Peanut got hit every single time the second round, and T was the man of honor for round 3. We even made it into more of a game by trying to position our faces in the cut out so that we caught the whipped cream in our mouths instead of getting hit on the bridge of our noses (which is what was happening when we placed our chins on the chin rest).

The desired outcome was achieved. There was laughter in our home. We all had so much fun. Even our dog enjoyed the game because we let him lick the whipped cream off of our faces each time we got hit. It was so much fun just being carefree and laughing and having fun together. And it was long overdue.

Because of that, I think we’re going to implement a family game night. No, this is not a new concept. It’s not even a new concept for us. But it’s something we’re going to definitively set time aside for. It’s too easy to all sit on the couch watching TV and count that as family time. Or to sit together for dinner, then go our separate ways and say, Well, at least we spent some time together today. Last Wednesday was good for our family in every possible way and I would like to keep that going for as long as possible.

Luckily, Peanut got a bunch of games for Christmas, in addition to the games she already has. This will keep Game Night new and exciting for a while, even after we start recycling old games into the mix again. I’m just excited for us all to be spending quality time at home together, not staring at a screen of any kind, and laughing. I could care less what we do to make that happen.

Does your family do Game Night? Did you ever? What are your thoughts on starting one in your own home?

Have a great night and I will write more later. I still have 2 more articles to write until I’m caught up.

-C

Author: Candice

I am a wife, mom of 1 1/2 (it'll officially be 2 in May), part time waitress, avid reader, and an unpaid comedian, chauffeur, cook, maid, therapist, and cuddler. I love my family more than anything and as scared as I am to start over on this whole mom gig, I'm so excited to do it again.

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