New Year's Eve around here was pretty darn exciting I'll tell ya. I'm kidding. Although, a good time was had by all!
We ended up staying home (a last minute change) but it turned out well. I made homemade pizza which four out of the five us will eat. The fifth one (oldest ds) fends for himself. I know. It's pizza. He's a kid. I've tried. He makes a PB&J & he's happy.
Then we pulled out all the new (and one old) game & had a good round of "Family Game Night."
The second game we played was the new Scrabble, Jr. This was a gift to the boys from Miss H & her family. It was a lot of fun! The easy kid version has the words already spelled out on the board. Each round you have to place two letters. You can only place at the beginning of a word to start a word & then each letter has to be placed in order (if you can place there). It gets interesting near the end as you search for that all elusive 'q.' But surprisingly enough it WAS a lot of fun to play this way & even our almost five year old could participate (with a bit of help in pointing towards where to place).
We actually did not play Cranium Cadoo tonight (which is VERY fun & I highly recommend it - it's very similar to the adults version). Instead we played LCR & used M&M's instead of chips. The boys loved this. Hubby & I not so much when we saw the boys manhandling those M&M's constantly so if we won - we let the boys eat the pot. LOL
Wait - you haven't heard of LCR? Oh - it's SO much fun and the best part...it teaches "left," & "right." Here are the basics...you have three dice. Each one has a dot, a L, a R, and a C on them (well more than one as they are six-sided dice). Everyone gets three chips to start (or three M&M's or whatever candy we have laying around). You roll all three dice. Then follow the directions. A dot means you keep your chip. Then obviously L means pass one chip to the player on the left, R for the player on the right, and C for the middle or "pot." You win by being the last one with chips in front of them. You get the whole pot. I was actually introduced to this when I went to NH for my SIL's baby shower. My aunt & cousins were playing this using quarters. ;-)
One of my goals for the New Year is to focus more on family time. We are implementing a new "Family Game Night" which will most likely fall on Fridays which is also "pizza night" around here. I'm looking forward to the fun of it all.