Game Night Fun!

Finding it hard to entertain yourself during the winter? Yeah, I think we’ve all been there. If you’re an outdoor family like we are, the winter months can be boring and sometimes lead to expensive outings. One of our favorite things to do is GAME NIGHT!

Invite some friends over, make some fun finger food and enjoy these games.

Disclaimer: Games were chosen with adults in mind. 

Click the name of the game for a direct link to purchase the game.

8+ People

Taboo

(4+ Players)

It may sounds like a taboo game to play with lots of people, but this game gets your competitive nature flourishing and a some good laughs in. The object of the game is to get your teammate(s) to say the word without using 5 commonly used words to describe it. The team that has the most points at the end of the game wins!

Example:

Word: House

Cannot Say: Live, Residence, Address, Home, Family



Apples to Apples

(4-8 Players)

In our group you can follow the rules or make up your own. The object of the game is getting the judge to choose your card (we base it on what answer made us laugh the hardest). Whoever gets the most green cards wins! 



6 Players

Risk

(2-6 Players)

Yup. This game made the cut. I used to think it was a game for nerds but in reality it’s quite fun. You should have at least one experienced player at the table to explain the rules. I like to describe it as a mix between Monopoly, Catan, and Freeze Tag. Not a game for those looking for something quick but definitely something that will make you feel accomplished in the end.

The object of the game is to take have the strongest army and concur the most continents.

Deer in the Headlights

(2+ Players)

This game is a great game to play where you can chat with your comrades. Make sure you read the rules carefully and don’t roll more than 1 deer in the headlights! The object of the game is to get rid of your cards first. Those remaining with cards will have them count against you in points. The one with the lowest points wins.

Phase 10

(2-6 Players)

Bring out that card game from your childhood and give it life again. Race your competitors to completion of all 10 phases first. You’d be surprised just how much fun you can have playing this game with a good beer in hand.

4 Players

Catan

(2-4 Players [6 with the expansion pack])

Talk about obsession! Takes one game to get the hang of it, but once you do you’ll want to play it every time you and your friends are together. The object of the game is to get to 10 points first. Gaining resources and building the longest road is key – but watch out when the number 7 is rolled, you could lose more than you bargained for.

(Click here for the expansion pack)

 

I’d love to know what games you play for game night!

 

 

Stay-At-Home Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s day can be overrated and sometimes leave us wishing we had gotten the huge teddy bear like the picture we saw on social media. Valentine’s day isn’t meant to be public. Valentine’s day should be seen as a day to reignite your genuine love for each other and a reminder to care for the ones you love.

For Valentine’s day I like to slow down. Cook a meal with love, write a letter, and spend a night holding hands and talking. Flowers and chocolates are nice, but your time is more valuable.

Try these cheap and meaningful things for valentine’s day. 

  1. Make a homemade dinner. I love a good steak and potatoes! This is extra special if you aren’t the main cook in the family
  2. Write a letter to each person in your family, telling them how much they mean to you.
  3. Play a game with your spouse. Phase 10 or hand-and-foot are games we really get into.
  4. Run a bath with some delightful bath bombs and light some candles.
  5. Make a sheet fort in your family room and watch a movie

Greenhouse Progress!

 

This weekend was a big weekend for our little family. Friday afternoon, to my great pleasure, I landed safely in DC after a 12 hour flight from Switzerland (someone really needs to work on making economy seats more comfortable). 5 days away from Tim and Jack was entirely too long. I’m so grateful for a husband who can transition seamlessly into the “Mr. Mom” role. I am such a lucky lady.

Saturday, we were blessed with good weather and the real work began. Tim took off all of the old ripped plastic, making headway for the new plastic. He was able to do a lot of prep work like take out the old tracks and saving/cleaning the old hardware to be reused. To our surprise Tim found a ton of dead bees. Maybe some honey harvesting is in our future?

 


Sunday we were awakened by rain and wind. We spend part of the morning watching Hacksaw Ridge (great movie!). By noon the rain and wind stopped and Tim was able to work again. Now, this wasn’t a one man job. My dad and two brothers dedicated their afternoon to helping us.

They took the first layer of plastic and attached strong clamps. On each clamp rope was attached and thrown over the top of the greenhouse. Starting at  one end most of the man power was used to hoist the plastic off the ground. Careful not to rip through the plastic my dad pulled the rope, guiding the plastic over the top. Each layer of plastic took about and hour to complete.


Tow layers of plastic later, a few fans, and lots of adhesion we have the gorgeous beginnings of a new greenhouse! Despite a night with over 60 mile per hour winds the new plastic is still in place! Success! The sides and heaters are next. We’ll keep you posted.