Board Game Talk Tuesday

20140722_105736Great game of pirate ships, treasure, and a race to the finish. Being the first doesn’t mean you’ll win, but it will increase your chances.

 

 

 

Mfg. Age: 8+

Our Age: 6+

Length: 45 min

Players: 2-6

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Modification Monday

20140721_151708It’s modification Monday. Today I’m sharing my Stone Age foam core insert. I usually do some checking to see if someone’s already done an insert I want to copy, but I’m getting more comfortable making them and I didn’t even check. I’m pretty excited with what I came up with.

 

 

 

 

Here it is in the box.

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Flashback Friday

Along with Thoughtful Thursday, we’ll now have Flashback Friday where I’ll go back and look at the games reviewed a year ago and let you know if we’re still playing them today.

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Thoughtful Thursday

I haven’t spent a lot of time on my blog talking about who I am and what’s important to me. Obviously spending time with my family is important to me, and one way that we spend time together is through board games, but there’s so much more to who we are.

Every Thursday I plan to share something that I’ve been thinking about. It could be about struggles I’m having with my kids, super parenting moments, good or bad times between Ryan and I, or just something I’ve been thinking about. I’m starting with some super mom moments, because I don’t want to start off with my deep dark secrets.

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling inadequate as a mom, as my children sit in the living room watching TV. I had so many plans this summer to read, work on the house, take the kids places, and so much more. The summers already starting to wind down and I haven’t done much of what I had planned. I didn’t get down on myself for long though. Without sharing these feelings with anyone in just the last two days I’ve had two different people share some things with me that made me feel much better.

The first was at a presidency meeting. She shared a quote from President Monson. “Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.” I’m not perfect, and I never will be, but I only fail if I give up.

The second was a video shared on facebook. It’s only 3 minutes. Watch it if you have time.

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20140715_142624I feel like I’m playing king of the mountain, or something similar, when I play this game, only in board game version of course. We’ve had this game a long time, and it’s one of those constants. It may sit on the shelf for a few months, but sooner or later, it just keeps getting played. So I thought I’d share our experience with the game.

 

Mfg. Age: 8+

Our Age: 6+

Length: 30 min

Players: 2-6

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pic422822_tI have to start off by saying, I love love love this game (you should really sing that line, because I am).

I spent way too many hours playing Tetris as a kid, and now I get to enjoy it with others as a board game. I’ve been anxiously waiting to get my hands on this one, and it didn’t disappoint me. I love it. I think my family, mostly the kids, are tired of me asking them to play it.

Mfg. Age: 8+

Our Age: 8+

Length: 45 min

Players: 1-4

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pic1743451_tIt’s every child’s dream to ride a rickety old elevator far under the earth to mine for coal. Yeah, not so much. In fact, I had nightmares as a kid about being stuck under ground. No, this game doesn’t give me nightmares. As of right now, I’m undefeated at this game, not sure I can get anyone to play with me again.

 

Mfg. Age: 10+

Our Age: 10+

Length: 70 min

Players: 2-4

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A few years ago, back in 2008 to be exact, I decided to start doing a photobook for each year. I’m not super organized though so I’m not always on top of getting them done, but I love having them. It was just a few months ago that I finished the 2012 book, and I’m still enjoying it. I don’t have any specific place that I buy them. Over the years I’ve bought them at Picaboo, Shutterfly, My Publisher, Artscow, and probably some others that I can’t think of off the top of my head. I just wait till I see a good deal and go for it. I often find those deals on Groupon, which gives me a little time to get it done.

Most deals, other than the Groupon ones, come and go fast and putting together a photobook takes time. Well, last Friday morning I saw in my email that Picaboo was having a deal, 60% off 2 books or more. That’s a good deal for a photobook and it just so happened that I needed/wanted 2 books, one for 2013, and one just of our 2013 trip to Disneyland.

I don’t know if it was worth it, but that’s all I did all weekend. Well I obviously still had to eat, and be a mom, and go to church and all that, oh and sleep, but I probably spent about 30 hours on the two books. Crazy!

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pic1736895_tYo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me. That’s what I think of when we play this game. This is a deduction game where you’re trying to figure out where the other player’s treasure is.

 

 

Mfg. Age: 10+

Our Age: 10+

Length: 30-45 min

Players: 2-6

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51heFxbiPXL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I love reading books with the kids. I don’t always take the time to do it, but I always have such a good time when we do. We just finished Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

We love, love, loved it. I’ve read many books to the kids and this is the first one that no matter how long I’d been reading they kept asking me to read more.

It’s about an eccentric Mr. Lemoncello that fell in love with his library as a kid and builds this amazingly crazy library. I don’t want to give anything away so I’m going to explain it by saying it’s similar to Willy Wonka, but instead of candy, the kids have to play games and solve puzzles to get out.

We obviously love games at our house so this book was perfect for us. I think most kids, and kids at heart, would love it though. If you need something to do this summer, I think you should read this with your kids. Enjoy!

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