This morning I awoke far too early yet again after another night of tossing and turning amid a cacophony of coughing. I tend to be one of those the-glass-is-half-full-when-life-gives-you-lemons-make-lemonade-have-a-sense-of-humor-look-on-the-bright-side kind of people but this morning I realized that no matter which way you look at it:
This winter is kicking our collective ass.
It’s Seuss’ first year of school and he is catching every germ in the building. I cringe to think about what we’ve paid in tuition per day because he’s hardly ever there! He will show up once a week or every-other-week for his cameo appearance, lick something, and then fall ill once more. The kid doesn’t just spread joy, he also spreads germs. Oodles and oodles of them. In our house, it’s usually the boys who get sick. T and I have hardy immune systems and we rarely go down. Well, this week I’m the last man standing in this house-that-sounds-like-a-TB-ward. And this morning I realized that we’re losing the battle that winter has waged on our family and it’s only the beginning of January. Folks, this glass-is-half-full girl got a tad bummed about the whole thing. As I lay there, not sleeping, I was trying to think of what I could do to snap us out of our winter funk. How could I make yet another sick day more bearable?
Anyone who knows me will not be surprised by my resolution: board games. I love board games and I have a closet full! We are making our own game this year while homeschooling. Plus, Santa and a dear friend who I’ll refer to as Santa Kate, gave us a bunch more this year. I present to you my winter survival strategy:
Once everyone else was awake, I presented my plan. The kids thought it was awesome while Schizz said, “Eight weeks is a long time. You should do a 30-day challenge.” Whatever, Schizz. This girl loves games and, besides, eight-weeks gets us through February. Every New Englander knows February can be brutal.
So, starting tomorrow we will play a game a day for eight weeks and we’ll provide a little review for you guys. Leo has been dying to blog about all the games we love and this is a perfect opportunity to do so. I have to tell you guys, having more time together to play board games has been a definite homeschoolin’ perk!
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If you want to follow along with what we’re playing over here during the challenge, click here.
What about you guys? What are your family’s favorite games? Could you play a game every day for eight weeks? What games would you like us to review? If you want to join in our challenge, the more the merrier!
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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