4 Benefits of Family Game Night

 

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You can find serenity in establishing family game night and using that time for bonding with your family. Saturday night is family game night at our house. Normally we run around during the day, with ballet lessons, sports, shopping, movies and the like. Once we all meet up back home, my husband always turns on the computer with the big screen and starts playing music videos from the old days. The children and I sing, dance and request more and more. After dinner, we gather at the dining room table and the games begin. We play all kinds of games – board games, paper games, computer games and card games. The games themselves do not matter. What matters is the benefits we get from having family game night. There are four benefits to family game night. These benefits include:

  • fun
  • education
  • conversation
  • connection

Playing games is a fun activity, there can be no doubt about that.

Stick to the Plan, But Be Like Water

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This post was inspired by Trapped Under the Sea by Neil Swidey. In Boston, five men were sent into a dark, airless, miles-long tunnel below the ocean to do a nearly impossible job that would help clean the once dirtiest harbor in America. Join From Left to Write on February 19th as we discuss Trapped Under the Sea As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

In life we make plans, grand, beautiful and wonderful plans. Sometimes our plans  knock the socks of those who hear our plans or who watch us as we are carrying out those plans. Then, all of a sudden, something goes wrong, our plans get messed up and we are left lost and wondering what to do. This book reminded me of marriage and the ups and downs of married life. When my husband and I decided to marry about 25 years ago, I told him what I wanted. 
 
Janeane:     We are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after.
 
Darren:        What if we don’t?
 
Janeane:     There is no what if, we are getting married and we are going to live happily ever after. That is it.
 
 
Over the course of our married life, we have had ups and downs. The church girl in me, says that we have had peaks and valley experiences. We married when I was 23 (for one whole month) and he was 28 (for one whole day). We built a life together. We purchased a home, graduated from college, law school and grad school. We had children, and saw one of those children go from kindergarten to her freshman year at one of the most prestigious colleges in the country. We had grand plans and looking from the beginning of the marriage to this very day, by all measures, we have succeeded. 

Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus Xtreme at the Wells Fargo Center

 

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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus Xtreme has come to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and all I can say is WOW!!!! Have you ever taken your children some place that kept them on the edge of their seats with their mouths hanging open for 2 hours? Last night my children and I went to the circus and it was an incredible thing. This was our second time going to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus and believe me, the second time was even better than the first.
We rode to the show on the circus and saw another family on the way as well. I didn’t know the family and was not close enough to see them talk, but you could tell by the way the two children were jumping up and down in their seats that they were definitely going to the circus. Before I give you all the details about how incredible the show was, let me assure you that there are still tickets available for the upcoming shows.

Friday February 13, 2015 7:00pm Friday February 13, 2015 7:00pm

Saturday February 14, 2015 11:00am Saturday February 14, 2015 11:00am

Saturday February 14, 2015 7:00pm Saturday February 14, 2015 7:00pm

Sunday February 14, 2015 11:00am Sunday February 14, 2015 11:00am

Sunday February 14, 2015 3:00pm Sunday February 14, 2015 3:00pm

Sunday February 15, 2015 7:00pm Sunday February 15, 2015 7:00pm

Monday February 16, 2015 7:00pm Monday February 16, 2015 7:00pm


The name of this year’s performance is Circus Xtreme. There really needs to be a name that says, “Oh my goodness this really is the greatest show on earth!” But, puts it in one word. It was incredible, breath-taking and at several points made my heart literally jump inside my chest.
The excitement starts when you walk in and see the iconic Ringling Brothers sign at the edge of the stadium. You know that great and wonderful things are going to come from that hallway! The excitement starts when you walk in and see the iconic Ringling Brothers sign at the edge of the stadium. You know that great and wonderful things are going to come from that hallway!

The high wire walkers did some stunts all those feet in the air that I would not attempt on the ground. It was scary to think about doing but so beautiful to watch.