Sunday, November 05, 2006
Do You UNO?
I had the best weekend that I've had in a while. Relaxing, not rushed, and I actually enjoyed it! I wasn't too exhausted or sick to do so. (The fact that I finished my synopsis didn't hurt either!)
The highlight of my weekend was time spent with Drama Queen last night. I taught her to play UNO. For those of you who don't remember or have never played, UNO is a card game with a huge deck of specialty cards. She's only six, so we played several open-handed rounds before she was ready to go it alone.
It's been a long time since I've been with my daughter while she's learning something new. Seeing her eyes sparkle with fun... the aha moments when she grasps a new concept... actually doing something together that doesn't require me to reprimand or threaten... her snaggle-tooth grin (she's lost 2 front teeth)... Wonderful warm fuzzy feelings that we haven't shared in a while during the rush of school, work, homework, and would you please behave!!! episodes.
I guess moving into the month of November has me thinking about family. I can remember playing a lot of games with my family growing up. My father worked a lot. We lived in the middle of nowhere on a farm, so my sister, mother, and I filled in a lot of time with board and card games. UNO was one of my favorite, along with Rummy. We played a lot of Yahtzee and Life too.
My husband and I have attempted to have game nights in the past, but that's hard to do with little ones. Someone is always too young to play, bored with being cast out of the limelight, and in constant need of... well, all kinds of things. Kind of hard to enjoy yourself when you are constantly getting up and down for juice, snacks, changing a video, etc. I'm really hoping this is one step in the direction of those nights returning. Of course, Little Man still isn't old enough to do anything more with the game pieces besides put them in his mouth, but one day...
What was your favorite board game/card game growing up? What special thing do you do to bond with your family?
We'll be announcing the winner of the weekend contest later on today. And don't forget that one lucky commenter will win a book from me!!!