Monday, June 9, 2014

Game night every night

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Pretty much every night Jon is not traveling, we have game night. No we don't have a bunch of people over (although we do love that!), we set up shop in our living room, deck, or in our bed haha, and duke it out with our favorite games. Jon and I have always loved games. Any kind of games really. Sure we like cuddling up to a movie or Modern Family re runs but playing games while jamming out to Pandora is one of our favorite things to do together. We have healthy competition between the two of us and it allows us to remove other distractions (tv, phone, baby) and catch up. I'd say 5 out 7 nights together, we play games. You may be wondering what games we play because most games require at least 3-4 players but we've found ways to make any game 2 player.

Jon prefers more strategic games (Risk, Monopoly) which I am not patient enough for whereas I prefer fast paced, category, fun games (charades, Scattegories, Taboo). We have games stowed upstairs, downstairs, and in our room... we can't wait until Ford can get in on the fun! Here are some of our favorite games to play.


The nurses laughed when we brought Yahtzee to the hospital for my induction...we may not have played it while I was laboring but we got in a good amount of games those first few weeks home. Banana Grams isn't pictured but it is the perfect game that balances our preferences....Jon can use his engineer brain to use all his tiles and I can come up with crazy/funny words. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen our all time favorite game, Marbles, make an appearance. Made by my almost 85 year old grandfather, it is basically like the game Sorry, but with cards and big marbles. We LOVE it. This is the game we play almost every night and our family hates it because we love analyzing the game, strategies, why a certain person won, etc. Because we play so often, my family doesn't like to play with us because we tend to smoke them :).



One of my favorite games lately is Tapple!! It's fast paced and good for 2 people or a crowd. You choose a category and go around and call out things in that category starting with certain letters of the ABC...while being timed. Last week our categories were: cars, baby things, Ford stuff.... the possibilities are endless! I love fighting the clock and it's hilarious to see what people come up with. 



People sometimes ask me why Ford goes to bed so early (most nights at 7pm, but sometimes 7:30pm) and it's easy for me to answer. I rarely feel disconnected from my husband. We get plenty of time together, alone, without Ford, having home date nights. It is so important that I nurture my marriage because if Jon and I aren't connecting then it overflows into my role as a mother. I am frustrated, quick to anger.... all things that are an easy fix for me. Time with my husband is so important and I don't mind being up at 6am with Ford because it's worth it! We had friends tell us last weekend that they started playing games together once their baby went down for bed after getting the idea from us. Game night is good for the soul!

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80 comments:

Kristin said...

I LOVE this. Jason and I are super competitive so we love to take each other on! He actually refuses to play Clue with me because it's the ONE game I can always beat him at! I'd love to take Jon on in Risk (it's my favorite too!)

Emily said...

I've never seen this game, looks fun!

Kaity said...

My husband and I are also a big fan of games, so most of the games we play are (obviously) 2 -player friendly. Scattegories, Phase 10. But I love playing Cards Against Humanity with a good group of friends :)

Bek said...

Quelf is one of my favorite games to play with a group. It is crazy and wild and if you're okay being laughed with/at, you're in for a good time!

Kristen said...

We LOVE Yahtzee. My parents, grandmother and myself used to take a week vacation every year and that was our night time ritual - playing Yahtzee. It was always so fun-competitive.

Have you heard of a game called "heads up"? It's SO fun. My cousins introduced it to us last year and we got hooked. It's along the lines of charades. You do have to use an Iphone/Ipad/Kindle because it's an app. It's more fun to play with a crowd but it's fun to just go back and forth too. We played it at Christmas with my mom's family and it was fun to have a variety of people (age wise). Some categories are harder to act, and some are harder to figure out if you are younger. We have a ball!

Lisa @ MMT said...

You guys are just the cutest!

Krystal R. said...

Love you guys relationship! Honestly Im like John I can play monopoly and strategy games for hourrrrsss and I get plenty competitive (in a fun way)... but Im an attorney so I just prefer those types. I do love the fun more lively games too though. Also Growing up my family played scrabble every Saturday and I think Ford would love the game tradition so keep it going!!

harperandwill said...

We love to play dominos!

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

Word games for us! I doesnt matter which one

Courtney Rose said...

We love playing any type of card games! Especially on holidays, my family always brings out the cards and chips to play Texas Hold'em. It never fails!

The Dauterives said...

We love marbles too!! It's my favorite. How have you figured to play 2 players? Our board is designed slightly different. We have 4 players in the center and a 6 player board on the outside. The point is to try to get yours and your partner's marbles all the way around. We play with 2 decks of cards. We were told by my husband's grandparents that you have to play men against women and I always hate that because my husband and I are both really good and I always get on teams with women who don't necessarily think about the 3 moves ahead. I'm definitely going to buy my husband some games for Father's Day and ask him to start playing me during the week. Thanks for the idea ;)

~Dawn~ said...

My husband and I love games, too! Our favorite is Scrabble!

LolaFL said...

Love this! My husband & I need to start doing this after we put our 6 month old to bed! And yes, she goes down between 7-730pm too!

Morgan said...

We love playing games too and I also love date night with my husband. He works nights 5-6 days a week so any time I have with him is precious.

Melinda McIntosh said...

I love playing games too!! I have never heard of Tapple! Sounds fun! I would love to win it.

Tracy said...

We love LIFE!

Tracy said...

We love LIFE!

Health, Love & Fire said...

This is awesome! I'm so glad you make time for you and Jon. My husband and I love playing games together in the evenings. Its so much more fun than sitting around watching tv and not talking to each other. Our favorites are usually card games like Gin or Rummy but we also love yahtzee

Laura said...

My husband and I like to play gin.

~Erin said...

Love the idea of game night. When we do play we like, Heads Up and we have a card game called Kings Corner. I think you and Jon would like that one.

Tracy W said...

Mexican Train is a fun one that doesn't require a lot of people

Brooke Hamilton said...

I looooove playing games so much! Too bad Scott's not into playing games as much as I am... My favorite kinds of games are card games. I also have a marbles board that my uncle made that I play with my grandma a lot! Another good two person game is blokus.

Sarah @ Life, Love & Dinner said...

Love this! We tend to play a lot of games when we get together with our college friends but not so much at home. We should change that! Also, I don't think 7 is early at all! He's a baby! We don't have a very good sleeper but bedtime is always between 7 and 8, usually only on the later end of the hour if Jeff coached baseball and came home late. I say, put the baby to bed and spend time with your hubby!

Katie Trojacek said...

I love Scategories and Apples to Apples!

Carolyn said...

Love this! :) When Jake and I first started dating, we would play chinese checkers all the time! We go through phases where we play games a lot... we should get started doing it again!

Life with Amberly said...

I love this! Joe and I have an entire closet full of games but we rarely play them. I should fix that ;)

Denise S. said...

My favorite game to play is Scrabble.

kara devoe said...
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kara d said...

scrabble or monopoly!

Rachel and John said...

how fun! I wish we played more games!

Leslie said...

We play Yahtzee the most when it's just us but we love Ticket to Ride for a group!

Chelsea said...

I LOVE game night! Our favorites are Scattergories, Tabboo, and Dominoes!

Chelsea said...

I LOVE game night! Our favorites are Scattergories, Tabboo, and Dominoes!

MKH said...

When Chris and I were dating we played Sequence a lot. Now that we have a baby we don't do a great job of making time for ourselves-thanks for the encouragement!

Tiffany said...

I've never heard of Tapple. We love to play Scrabble.

Maria said...

Our family loves to play Sequence and Uno because even our 3 year old can play it with us. :) I've never played Tapple.... looks like a good one. :)

Pamela said...

Love Monopoly & Uno!

Brianne Bracco said...

Love, love getting together for game nights! Our classic favorite is Catch Phrase. :)

Ashley Williams said...

Sadly, I couldn't tell you the last time my husband & I have played games. So this would be a great gift for us to enjoy!

Natalie said...

Would love to start game nights!

Courtney said...

We LOVE playing games together! We used to play cards all the time too while Abigail would just sit in her high chair and eat puffs. We thought it would be good for her to see Mama and daddy enjoying each other :)

We love Nertz, Casino, and Ticket To Ride for fast two player games.

Chelsea said...

Scattegories is our favorite game!

Nancy G said...

A card game called, pitch :)

Paige said...

I love games! Dutch Blitz is awesome!

abfantom said...

We like to play Trouble

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Mary Lytle said...

One of my favorite games to play with my grandchildren is the oldie, Go to the Head of the Class. See, I need a new game!!

Stacey B said...

Right now, we play a lot of Candy Land ;) We also like to play Taboo!!

Renee G said...

Our favorite is Monopoly, but Clue is also right up there.

Mary Allen said...

So when are we coming over to play? :) I'll bring dessert. Obviously.

Erica C. said...

I love Boggle.

Sarah Nicole said...

Would love to play this game with my hubs! It looks so fun!

Angie's Angle said...

Oh you got Tapple - I applied but didn't get it. It sounds like so much fun.
We love game nights too - I think one of our favorites is yahtzee though, we played it triple but we don't multiple the columns, so basically just playing three games at once ;)

AP said...

My husband and I love game nights once baby goes to sleep. We love Bonanza! So fun!

twinsontherun said...

We love Rummikub!

smilekisses said...

Right now, we are hooked on Uno Attack.
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Frugal Pals said...

It looks like a fun game. We like Dutch Blitz.

mfriend said...

Tapple looks like fun! For Christmas this year we go Headbandz. It's relatively east and fun to play! Thanks for the giveaway :)

ashlee said...

Never heard of that game. sounds fun! we like game nights too!

cmsusouthpaw said...

What great ideas of things to do with the hubs!

Evelina Fortuna said...

My husband and I are always struggling to find 2-player games. We usually just stick to cards or the Heads Up app. I hope I win Tapple so we can try it out!
I am loving reading other people's comments for more inspiration!

Paula Michele Hafner said...

I like to play Scrabble. As a family, we love Pass the Pigs.

nickieisis3 said...

I like the game trouble

nickieisis3 said...

I like the game trouble

Audrey Curlee said...

We recently got into Yahtzee..but my all time favorite with a group is Clue

Tamar said...

This looks great. My favorite game to play is Ticket to Ride or Rummikub.

Brandi Barrera said...

I would love to play this game!

Erin said...

We play a game that looks similar to your marbles game, but in our family it's called Aggrivation, and we use dice instead of cards. My game board looks very similar and was also made by my grandfather!

kimberly sills said...

To many to pick one! Battleship, Life, Scrabble, Clue, Trivial Pursuit :)

Mihaela Day said...

We love scrabble and monopoly

Bridget said...

Game night is a staple in our house also!! We even brought Yahtzee to the hospital too when Turner was being born...but never ended up busting it out since things didn't go as planned!!! Our fav game seems to always change, but we play a lot of rummy :)

SexyBrat said...

We love to play Monopoly Towers.

Brittany Hollis said...

What a great idea!

Grace Suzanne said...

I love board games! All of these sound so fun :)

Leslie S. said...

Scrabble is my all time favorite game to play.

tina reynolds said...

We enjoy playing uno

Melanie Comello said...

One of my favorite games is Scrabble. Followed real closely by Monopoly

Susan Smoaks said...

my husband and i love to play scrabble.

Candie L said...

I like to play Scrabble or Clue. Thank you


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Francine said...

Monopoly and clue

Maria Simon said...

we playing board games now..we like monopoly a lot :)

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