Makeover Series {Family Game Night}

by The Queen Mommy

I know, I know!  This makeover series has been mostly about physical projects we’ve been working on or had work done on in the new house.  At this point, we have most of the MAJOR projects in place and they just need painting or a little bit of work.  Now, we have this big long list of a lot of little things to do and I’m a tad overwhelmed because it is a BIG list.

So, for this week, I’m going to talk about a different kind of makeover.  Family Game Night.  We have not really ever had a family game night.  Roy and I like to play cards, but have been pretty tired, so staying up after the kids go to bed hasn’t been as easy as it used to do.  And I’m sure it has NOTHING to do with getting older, right?

Since we’ve moved and started unpacking – AND we have a much larger kitchen with more area for our kitchen table – we have been eating almost all of our dinners together at said table.  This past week, we started playing some games and it has been REALLY great!

The first game we started, because it was the first one we could find amongst our still-packed-boxes, is Mancala.  Do you know about Mancala?  You can read more about it here as it is a “family” of board games, but the one we play is called “Kalah” technically.  It is a fun game for 2 players that includes pretty little marbles and reminds me a little of backgammon.  Because it only allows 2 players, it is not quite a family game, but it has been fun for Curly & I or Georgie & I to play.

Then we decided to teach Curly how to play Rummy.  Rummy is the game Roy & I play most often when it’s just the 2 of us.  He is very competitive and loves to win.  I love to win, too, but to a smaller degree.  We played several hands with Curly until she got it and that has been a LOT of fun to play this week!

Last night, we found Uno cards.  Uno was a game my family played when I was growing up, but it’s been so long since I played that I had to look up the rules online. Ha!  I taught the girls and then Roy joined us and we played several hands.  Georgie caught right on – and it’s good review for colors and matching numbers.  We played for about an hour last night and know that it’s something we will play again.

We have more games packed in boxes somewhere in The Cottage, but will have to find them and bring them in before the snow flies!  I love Boggle – I played that with my Grandma who was a fierce competitor!  We also have Yahtzee which we have played before, but it’s been awhile.

I saw this pin on Pinterest but only recognized 2 of the games, so it’s one I want to investigate to see if they are ones we can incorporate.  Roy & I agree that Saturday nights should be game nights for us – and I look forward to making this a regular habit for family time!  When I was growing up, we also enjoyed playing “Spoons”, Life, Monopoly, Sorry, Rack-O, Uno, Scrabble, and Battleship.

This is the kind of Makeover I can get on board with. (Get it?  Board.  As in board games…)

What are your favorite games for Family Game Night?  Do you have a regular family game night or save it for special occasions?


  • Marsha ‘Nana’ Baker

    AAAHHH YES! Family game time is certainly an awesome way to make memories with your kids. And we have lots of them when you were growing up huh? I LOVE knowing you are carrying on the tradition, and I know your kids are loving it too. Maybe we can pass some of our family games down to ya’ll? Rock on Sista! XO

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