Down Day



Today we took a break from being tourists to just rest.  (Rest is a relative term here.)  The boys rested.  Butterfly went to school.  Grandpa rested.

Nana and I went shopping.

Well, all of us went shopping first at IKEA.  Except for Butterfly who was in school and Juice who was working.  Man I love that store.  I would buy everything I could in that store if I had money.  As it is, I bought meatballs and a stool for the sink in the bathroom downstairs.  Big spender!

The boys took a nap and Nana and I went out to the mall.  We’re looking for Christmas outfits for the kids.  No such luck, though.  We are a little early for it.  But I start planning out my Christmas now.  I even have several presents bought.  Does anyone else do that?

After dinner, we took the kids to the park to get their picture taken.  And ice cream.

Pretty restful day if you ask me!


PS- Today’s giveaway is all about doing something with your kids while you are NOT going out to be a tourist.  Butterfly loves to play games.  And this game that Pressman Toys sent me, is just up her ally!

You see, it’s a code breaking game for young kids.  In this vertical version of MASTERMIND designed for kids, players secretly stack their animals into a tower. By asking yes or no questions, they try to find the order of the animals. The game can be played at three different levels. You can even mix up the difficulty levels.  Juice and Butterfly play this way:  Butterfly has 6 animals that Juice needs to find, and Juice has 4 animals that Butterfly needs to find.  Both are happy with the level of difficulty.  The  first player to break the code of his or her opponent wins!

Want to be a winner yourself?  Comment below!  Let me know what was your favorite game as a child.  I personally loved The Game of Life.

For an additional comment: vote for my picture here!  Then come back and tell me you did.  Thanks a million!

Happy Commenting!

PPS-  Just so you know, I was given this game by Pressman Toy for free to review and I get to keep the game at the end of my review period, which I’m really happy about because we play it ALL THE TIME.

14 Comments (+add yours!)

  1. Angela B
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 09:00:07

    My favorite game as a kid was Monopoly.


  2. Kelly
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 09:14:04

    We played a lot of card games as a kid. My grandma loved card games. But my favorite board game was Sorry. Glad you are having a good visit with your parents. And yes, I’m thinking about Christmas already too. You aren’t the only one. :)


  3. varunner7
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 10:06:32

    What a neat blog. Love the water barrel theme!

    My uncle got me this board game called Past Lives that I really used to love.


  4. Valinda
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 11:01:23

    We played a lot of imagination games outside. As for board games it would have to be the Babysitter’s Club game. I was great at that game! I already voted for your pic today without even being told to. :)


  5. Valinda
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 11:02:58

    And yes I am thinking about Christmas. The girls want American Girl dolls, it will be ALL they get and I have their outfits I’m going to make all planed out.


  6. Angela
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 15:54:38

    Chutes and Ladders! My poor grandmother was pretty immobile, so guess what we did all day long! Lot;’s of sweet memories!


  7. The Flower Maiden
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 17:20:46

    As a kid I loved Uno, still do. Sprout would love this game! :)


  8. Kirsten
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 21:27:04

    I always loved card games–especially nertz. As for board games, connect 4, or guess who were always fun.


  9. Erinn
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 17:20:53

    Life was one of my favorite games as a kid.


  10. Erinn
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 17:24:43

    Just voted!


  11. Jen
    Sep 19, 2010 @ 17:42:36

    I also loved the game of “Life” and always wanted a car full- now I literally drive a 12 person bus!!!


  12. Annette
    Sep 19, 2010 @ 23:32:11

    My favorite game was Life.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway!


  13. Momster
    Sep 25, 2010 @ 13:28:20

    I’ve started my shopping, but when you only give gifts from the $1 bin to most people you have to look sharp ;) . I think Ker-plunk was the favorite game for a long time followed by Yurtle the Turtle. Of course the rich neighbors up the street had, mousetrap, and don’t break the ice, and one I can’t remember the name of that used real ice and you poured salt and hot water etc on your piece and the person whose piece lasted the longest was the winner. (I hated Life and Sorry! and especially Trouble.) Still do!


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