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Water Balloon Tossing 202

  It looks harmless. Because ten years ago it was harmless. It was simply what you see. One team squatting low with a water balloon in their blanket… Then doing their darndest to fling the thing across the net… To these guys who are trying to ease the water balloon into their blanket without busting it. Simple. Fling. And try […]

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We’re talking TRASH

I credit my friend, Jenn, for intuitively knowing I’d reached my quota on GO FISH and UNO. Because she posted about TRASH. At which time I grabbed two decks of cards and the nearest kid and ‘learned’ ourselves how to play. After which we carried those two decks in a brown pony tail holder we […]

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Spot It!

I’d always suspected the floor of our van had carpet.  And I was right.  Buried beneath Sunday school papers folded into fans, lost library books, colored pencils, snack wrappers, four pairs of flip flops, one skirt, three sweatshirts, eighty-four cents in change, and six inches of crumbs, there it was.  The floor. But way in […]

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Making a Memory

If you’ve bought or been given a game of Memory in the last ten years, then you know there’s something lacking. It’s called ‘fun.’ Last year we pulled out Dora Memory and tried to match Dora wearing her backpack and smiling behind her with another Dora wearing her backpack and smiling behind her.  Which wasn’t […]

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Hello, H-A-N-G-M-A-N

Three weeks ago we started winding down the evening with a family game.  Like UNO.  Or Candyland.  Or Kid Charades. Only by the third night our kids had sprung into their pajamas in fourteen seconds and were waiting with Blokus dumped out on the living room floor.  Game time was suddenly a habit. Last night […]

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Hug Tag

They called it “HUG” tag. Which I’d never heard of. Or witnessed. Or played. Or realized was so much harder than regular tag. Until my daughter tore through the house after her brother who was high-tailing it to the backyard but got swooped up instead and squeezed by a pair of arms.  Hers. “You’re it!” she hollered. […]

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Tagged

I was hovering somewhere between the dishwasher and the fridge when my son slapped my behind giddily and shouted,  “You’re it!” With a reflexed left hand, I swiped his shoulder and countered, ” nope, bud.   You’re it.”   My son crept in closer, circling the kitchen with his pointer finger, ready to poke and run.  I washed my hands […]

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The Business of Bowling

It was just the three of us–minus the cashier–and the guy eating onion rings at a back table. In the whole place. Right there on lane 19. Gearing up to get two of the all-time lowest scores in bowling.  And claim we had fun doing it. If you’re worried about bowling finesse…well, you should be. They certainly didn’t […]

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Operation Chainsaw

I understand something now. I understand why there are four games of Operation on the shelves of the Goodwill.  On any given day. A whole bunch of somebodies couldn’t take it anymore.  The buzzing, that is.  And it was either get rid of the game or hit themselves with a hammer. Which is what I […]

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Gym Date

Sometimes, more often than it happens, we  just need to get away. Anywhere. Like to a gym with nets. Without the little people. So we can smack a volleyball around… and reminisce about having body parts that ran faster, hit harder,  jumped higher or heavens, jumped at all.   And we can high-five people our own age.  And […]

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