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Games Make The World Go Round

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Or is it Love?  Either way, something makes my world go round, and it’s definitely my family.  I love spending time with them.  One of our weekly traditions is to play a game as part of “family night.”  Family night is a night where we spend time together singing, talking, learning, eating, and playing games.  We look forward to it every week, and we always usually have a lot of fun.  Of course there are the occasional squabbles, but, in general, it is a good experience.  It centers us and brings us together.  With how crazy life gets, we need at least one day a week to slow down and just be together.  Without electronics.

 

Some of my current favorites.  This can change at any moment, but I especially love the games that I win!

Some of my current favorites. This can change at any moment, but I especially love the games that I win!

 

Don’t get me wrong.  I love my electronic devices.  They make so many things so much easier.  However, it’s really easy to get caught up in my electronic devices (phone, iPod, computer, DVD player, etc.) and not actually TALK to my family.  Some days, I’ve found that I was so busy with “important” things that I didn’t really connect with my kids.  My bad.  Family night helps with that.  We turn off our phones, tvs, computers, etc. and spend time together.  Real time.  My favorite part is playing a game.

 

 

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I really, REALLY like to win when I play a game.  So much so that I’ve made my children cry when I beat them in Monopoly.  I try to keep this crazy obsession under control, but it can be a challenge.  It wasn’t so difficult when it was Candy Land, and they were little.  Now that they’re older, I have to remember that it is still not okay to crush them with my amazingly, winning game playing ability.  I need to be nice and sometimes forgo opportunities to beat them so thoroughly that their spirits are crushed.  My husband is good about gently reminding me that I may be going just a tad bit overboard.

 

We love games!

We love games!

 

Anyway…  Games.  Why am I talking about games when this is a Food Storage blog?  Well, there are a few reasons.  They are cheap, electricity-free, and fun.  Let me expound on that.

 

First, games provide cheap entertainment. Card and board games vary greatly in price, but it’s rare for me to see a board game for more than $40, and that’s the high end of the spectrum with most games falling right around $20.  If you consider movies, even if I buy discount tickets at Costco, it’s $34 for 4 tickets.  One game is less than one discount trip to the movies, and I can use it over and over and over again.

 

Second, games don’t require electricity.   Most card and board games are played without the use of electricity (other than the lighting in the room, but you can use candles or oil lamps).  It’s nice to take a break from all the technology which surrounds us.  Also, if there’s a power outage, we have ready-made entertainment.

 

We have invested quite a bit in games, but I consider it bargain, especially compared to movies.

We have invested quite a bit in games, but I consider it bargain, especially compared to movies.

 

Third, games are a fun way to pass the time!  We love games.  That’s why we have so many!  Since the early, lean days of our marriage, we’ve played board and card games.  John and I loved playing them when it was just the two of us, and it became more fun when the kids got old enough to play with us.  Scheming to win aside, playing games really helps build our relationship with each other and our relationships with our kids.  There’s nothing like laughing and having fun together to smooth over the rough patches and to soften hurt feelings.  Games don’t fix serious problems in relationships, but they can help with the pettiness that sometimes accompanies living in the same house with others.  Especially when one doesn’t worry so much about winning as they do about having fun with their family and friends.

 

Some of my favorite games.

Some of my favorite games.

 

Long story short, games are part of my emergency preparedness plan.  If there’s an earthquake, we’ll be covered to live without electricity for days and not get crazy bored or so overworked without a release.

 

What is your favorite board or card game?

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Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, http://forayintofoodstorage.com. Have a question about Food Storage? Email me: forayintofoodstorage@gmail.com.

49 thoughts on “Games Make The World Go Round

  1. Hi! I wanted to ask you about long term food packaging. I did it yesterday with oxygen absorbers but a lot didn’t take, the Mylar bags I put the grains in are loose & just a few are air tight the way it should. I accumulated as much information as possible before starting with the project and the material is not cheap but I thought that if food could be kept fresh for ten to twenty years it’s worth it…
    I’m disappointed but I thought you might have an idea how to correct my mistake, is there a way to do so?

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    • As far as I understand, it doesn’t have to be “air tight.” There may be gas in the bag, but the oxygen absorbers will absorb the oxygen which will keep your food fresh (if you store it at the appropriate temperature.

      If you’re concerned, you can cut open the bag, put in new oxygen absorbers, and seal it again, but you may have to remove a little bit of the grain so there’s enough room. One thing that’s nice about mylar bags is that they can be sealed again.

      Did you make sure to use the right size oxygen absorber for the size bag you’re using? If so, you should be fine, even if there’s still gas inside the bag.

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      • Thanks for this detailed answer! Now you taught me something new I didn’t know we could re-use those bags so, that’s good news & yes, I did buy the right size according to the info I got on Amazon but do I have to put the sealed Mylar bag in a air tight plastic box or is it enough on its own?
        All the YouTube videos show people closing them in white plastic boxes but that might be quite expensive when you have a lot of bags & it takes up a load of space!
        Sorry to bother you, I do appreciate your support in my new adventure 🙂

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        • The plastic container is not necessary to keep the food fresh, but rodents can eat through the bags. They can tear (although that’s difficult with the thicker bags), or they can be poked through, so a plastic container is a good idea.

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          • Thanks! My bags are 1 gallon which I thought is more practical as families are reduced to just a couple after 10-20 yrs (children having grown up)
            If you have bigger bags you have a too big quantity opened up…

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    • Also, I’ve read that it can take a little time for the bag to “tighten up.” Depending on what you’re storing, it can last for 30 years in a mylar bag. What did you package?

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  2. We play a lot of memory games with the munchkin- his favorite is Thomas the Train. But when it’s just Brian and me, we’re all about uno!

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  3. Like you I am a keen games player but unlike you my family hates it! With a passion. Every Christmas they groan when I bring out a new game, I’ve tried Scattegories, Pictionary, Monopoly, Clue, card games, even twister (which was ill advised quite frankly!) and many others. They hate them all and at least one person will retire to their bedroom in a grump or tears. I’ve given up with the games now (too many have been donated to Goodwill for me to find it funny anymore) I just play patience or solitaire and we’re all happy!

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  4. Great post! I love Trivial Pursuit, and I’d like to know more about the Lord of the Rings version that you have pictured. I imagine it has questions about the movies – or does it include the books as well? 🙂

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  5. I like you game / family night without using gizmos. Sounds like your house is f.u.n. 😀

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  6. Games are a great way to spend family time. One of our favorites for all ages is Mexican Train, simple to learn and fun to play.

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  7. Because my granddaughters are almost 8 and almost 4, we play a lot of Candyland and Mousetrap at our house. What’s fun is watching the oldest one and her granddad play Candyland, with him trying to cheat so that she will win and the game will be over, and her trying not to win so that they can keep playing! The little one likes “concentration” type games where you match up flash cards. Of course, the rest of the time we are playing computer games! – Fawn

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  8. My mister, stepkids and I regularly play board games. Over the years we have become collecting games addicts! Our particular favourites are Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne. Both have some great expansions that are easy for older kids to pick up (they are 9 and 12) 🙂

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  9. We love playing games as a family here too! Our favorites are Ticket to Ride, Catan and Carcassonne as well…

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  10. We like Carcassone, Guillotine, and Monopoly card game. Caracassonne has tiles that you place to make roads, cities, and fields. You get different points depending on how big it is and if it is finished or not.

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  11. I love board games! We’re also big fans of Ticket to Ride. Some of my other favourites include Saboteur, Bohnanza, Settlers of Catan, Stone Age, Clue and Joker Rummy. You have a great game collection!

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  12. So Games you say. Your a serious winner you say? Well do I have a story for you. When my parents first started dating they played this game called Pepper. I haven’t been able to find it due to it being no longer made and it was an electronic game, but that is besides the point. So my mom hands out the controllers to my dad and they start to play. Mind you it’s my dad’s game. Well my mom keeps beating him. He gets seriously made and throws her out of the house for, “undermining his manhood.” Luckily, my grandmother talked some sense into him before my mom got into her car and pulled out of their drive way. But to this day he swears she gave him the broken controller. Now they don’t play games together. In fact, none of my family does because we are sore losers. I might be the acception to that but they really hate to lose.

    One time me, my nana, and my sister where playing monopoly at the beach. My sister wouldn’t sell my nana her properties and so nana swore to never play monopoly with my sister due to her not being nice. To this day, I don’t think we have ever played monopoly together but my favorite game is Clue. I don’t know why. I am kind of obessed with the movie as well. The one with Tim Curry. When Scott, my boyfriend, isn’t around to fall asleep with me it is the one movie I play to get myself to bed. I also like Skip-bo. Me and family play it sometimes though they get nasty and even told me my boyfriend was cheating when he beat them all at it. I just wanted to share some stories with you 😀

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  13. Any board game suggestions my husband and I can play with our 8 year old? 🙂

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  14. I would say both love and games….have fun!!!

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  15. I grew up playing a lot of Trouble and Chess with my father, memories I cherish to this day, nothing special, just time with my father.

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