Monday, December 19, 2011

Gamers

I'm not sure how to explain it, except one moment, I'm vegging on the couch with People magazine in my lap and the next moment, I'm stringing penne onto a strand of hard spaghetti.

These things, they happen.

Especially when I'm with my in-laws.

Or as I like to call them, my out-laws, because they mean renegade business when it comes to games. They ain't even playin'.

(Except for they totally are playing. Five times a day, if possible.)

I'm not a natural-born gamer.

There was that brief period between the ages of five and nine when I went gangbusters for Life and Monopoly, but I confess, it was really only ever about the game pieces. My whole world hinged on having multiple sets of pink and blue tiny plastic peg twins and landing a high-paying job. And then there was the metal Scottie Dog. And the shoe. Who can resist?

In the end, I shucked the gaming impulse like a bad husk.

But then I married Cory. (fyi, that's not cory)

Confession #2: I sometimes think I might be getting my game groove back. At least on holidays.

I still refuse all card games, but only because they are against my religion.

Okay, that's a lie.

But I really have no patience for card games. They bore me to tears.

I prefer my games to involve timers or scrabble tiles or hard spaghetti.

(My SIL Jamie displaying the intensity of a neurosurgeon fighting a gladiator to the death in gale-force winds. With hard spaghetti.)

The truth is, games bring people together.

There's something about being pulled wary from the sidelines and thrust into a "Minute to Win it" challenge that brings unity.

For some, it might also bring harmony.

But not for me.

Because I kind of hate losing. I forget how competitive I am until I'm handed a strand of hard spaghetti. I will dominate that penne.

Lori? Harmony.
(I think she learned a few tricks over her Summer in Africa.)
(That would only be an unfair advantage if she hadn't been on my team.)


Don't let her fool you, this was harder than Linds makes it look.


The gamewashing of all minors is already in full-swing.

We don't stand a chance against them.

32 comments:

  1. I love that family! And I was hoping that was the Minute to Win It game because my daughter bought it for her little brother for Christmas. I know what we'll be doing Christmas day! Game on!!

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  2. holla for games!! and those pjs. melt my heart.

    xo

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  3. Minute to Win it games are awesome! We actually had an inter-departmental competition with them at work. I came in 3rd place for being able to move an oreo cookie from my forehead to my mouth. ;)

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  4. Half of me is thinking, who really does this?! Then the other half is wishing I was there!

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  5. This was the BEST! Just what I needed on a Monday at the office lunch break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. I'm planning Minute To Win It games for my house on Christmas. Didn't have any on the agenda that involved uncooked noodles, but I'm re-thinking that now.

    And that pj pic is the best, I adore the hand holding going on :)

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  7. you guys are crazy! Once when I was young, my dad made us race walnuts across the living room floor...with our tongues. so sanitary. We've backed off on the games because, well, peoples lives were in danger. maybe it's because we are scottish, but we try to kill people if we start to lose.

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  8. What a fun bunch! I like to do any activity that involves laughter, and it looks like you got a BAZINGA!

    xo
    CS

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  9. we played minute to win it games at my work party. i was in charge of the games. everyone has a great time. it was a lot of fun. i was going to do that dice game but it sounded so hard.

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  10. Are you kidding me? I need to know rules, instructions, point systems? I know nothing of these games of which you show pictures but do not explain. And googling hard spaghetti games?... is not recommended.
    Dana

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  11. Wow...this looks like something our family would LOVE!! I'll have to google Minute to Win It games and see what happens...though I'll be taking Dana's advice and will not be googling "hard spaghetti games!"

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  12. Now that looks like a fun time. Love the littles in their jammmies.
    xo

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  13. Those kiddos in matching jammies is killing me. So, so cute. I am as competitive as it gets during games. I throw down at Clue.

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  14. The last photo kills me! I'm a sucker for kids in matching Christmas pajamas! I make all 3 of mine wear 'em and I will until they leave my house!

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  15. Oh my goodness. The kids in their jammies? Cutest thing ever! : )

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  16. I also am not a card gamer. We are practically twins.

    I love the pajamalamas pic.

    You swoon me.

    xxoo

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  17. i knew we were soul sisters. i too, despise card games. avoid them like the plague. and i loved getting twin girls. and dream phone was the best.

    now? i like apples to apples-best game!

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  18. This makes me so very excited for my family week at the beach. Our theme this year is "Game On" and I am responsible for getting together the props for minute to win it! We are gamers at heart! I can't wait...especially b/c my sister, brother-in-law and 5 nephews are in from Africa! WHOOT!

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  19. YOUR games look hilarious! You need to do some video posts of how to play them. Also, a card game that would not bore you is Killer Bunnies, google it! you'll be glad!

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  20. Love it! The games look very creative. We play a lot of games, but we mostly stick to board games and card games! ;) Love the pic of all the kiddos in their matching pj's there at the end.

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  21. What a fun post! Absolutely adore the picture of the kids in matching jammies! Made me smile - big!

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  22. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. I'm just stopping by random blogs today and checking them out. Also wishing you folk's a healthy and happy new years. Richard from an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

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  23. I love the picture of all the cousins in pjs! My family loves games too, but we don't go the "Minute to Win It" route. We are board games, card games, dominoes, and the games we make up on our own involving paper, pen, and lots of clues and guessing. Looks like a fun Christmas!

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  24. is it silas holding the other little boy's hand...that is precious.

    and, check out the little blonde guy in the back right....the look on his face says, "you people have a few more years of making us all dress in our christmas pajamas for pictures and that's it!"

    love games.
    i have to admit that i love all games and i become someone else or is it that i become my true self :( when i play games.....it's been said that i don't act like a christian when i'm playing games. :)) i do, i promise. they don't know what they're talking about. they're just sore losers. {heehee}

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  25. how fun! my family loves games and this looks a lot more fun than what we usually play, did you find the ideas online? so fun!

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  26. I just found you through TLC, You are doing such a wonderful thing, we made a donation to your cause and I hope you get to the $10k before Christmas! I'm your newest follower, good luck and merry Christmas!

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  27. You guys all looked like,"Team Martin"!! What grace Lori had, she looked like a ballerina!! Yes, the organizers Jerry Ray and Sherry Faye can be proud of the gamers they have put together again this year.
    I only wish we could have been there to watch in person, and to squeeze each little in their new jams.

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  28. This looks like so much fun! I am going to copy, copy, copy these game ideas. This is my first visit to your blog (Thanks for the mention, Layla) and I know I will love it. I loved your post about our Savior. So true. So true.

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  29. I love love love games so I'm glad you're outlaws make you play. And.. I love Silas holding his cousin's hand.. Be still my heart!!

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  30. oh my, look at all those little BOYS! Such cute kiddos in thier matching pajamas!

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