Thursday, January 31, 2013

Playing Games with Two

My husband.  Golly gee, I just love him.  I've been mooning over this guy, and lucky enough to hold his hand, for over 10 years now.  FOR-EV-ER.  He's pretty much my favorite, bar none.  Even when he says atrocious things like "No, that's not too much cleavage.  There's more coming out of the arm holes than there is in the front, anyhow." 

Bless him.

Anyhow, my biggest concern with the arrival of this new baby is that I'm going to have to share.  Him.  My favorite person ever.  For the past 5 years, as long as we were at home, it was just the two of us and I had his undivided attention (assuming I could hide all of the electronic gaming devices, but that's a story for a different time...).  And now, when we're home, I'll have to split his attention with a tiny human.  Horror of horrors, I tell you what.

However, what's done is done, and I'm sure it won't be as big of a sacrifice as I'm building it up to be.  Or if it is, we won't mind because we'll be so head-over-heels in love with this mini "us".  But as I've mentioned, life will change.  The number of spontaneous trips will dwindle.  Nights "out" will become memories.  We don't have family around, and although there are several lovely people who have offered to watch our progeny for us, I just know that we probably will not take them up on their offers as much as we could/should.

In preparation for such an event, we've made a short list of spur-of-the-moment things we can still do with a baby.  
  • Easy hikes to local waterfalls
  • Visits to the lake
  • (paved) Bike trails with a pull-behind cart
  • Picnics
  • Backyard bonfires
  • 22 pistol practice Walks in the forest
But for nights when we need to stay in, we need ideas too.  I found this list on pinterest, but I wanted some other options, too.  That's where the games come in.  I love board games.  I do.  And so does Handsome.  You wouldn't know it by our extensive collection (Two.) but we do enjoy them.  Problem is, I always forget what games are fun with only two players.  Of course, we could invite people over, but then I have to share my darling husband's attention, and we all know how I feel about that. (see above)  So I've compiled a compilation of two-person board games.  

Boggle .  Jenga .  Scrabble .  Yahtzee .  Battleship .
I know he'll cheat at all of them, but that's part of the fun.
I'd love it if you have any other suggestions.  Y'all have been so helpful with the "What I'll Miss" question that I thought I'd throw another one your way.  But before you mention it, let me tell you just how much of not-a-chance there is that D & I will play Chess.  Zero.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.  Not Happening.  I'm not a chess fan.  Really, I don't like games that require intense strategy or thinking.  Makes me go crazy.  Please bear that in mind ;)
<3 M.

18 comments:

  1. Mancala. Checkers. We had a jigsaw puzzle on the table before Kara was mobile. That was fun to put together during her naps and such.

    And don't worry. You'll love your man all the more watching him love your little one. And when the little one starts responding, the warm fuzzies will ramp up all the more.

    But this: "We don't have family around, and although there are several lovely people who have offered to watch our progeny for us, I just know that we probably will not take them up on their offers as much as we could/should."
    So, so true.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions! We've never really done puzzles, but that might be fun to get into!

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  2. Bannagrams. I love that game!

    Cards?

    Sorry I'm not more of a help, but Bannagrams is a good one. I promise.
    ~FringeGirl

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    1. I've never tried Bananagrams! I'll check it out, thank you darling!

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    2. I'll vouch for Bananagrams. It's definitely a great one.

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    3. Well, with two such stellar recommendations, now I have to try it!

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  3. Pass the Pigs! And I second the Mancala suggestion. I can bring mine down when we come; it doesn't get much use here. Guess Who? ok, I'm done.

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    1. I do love Pass The Pigs. Oh, and Guess Who! If we get bored with it as is, we could always put new people's pictures in... Loving this idea!

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  4. There is this fun little game for two people called "lost cities." We found it at my moms and it looks kinda weird but we ended up playing it every night for like a week straight! I'm loving this post though because I was just talking to my husband a few nights ago about how we REALLY need more 2 player games so that we do more than watch t.v. ha.. So I will for sure be checking back on this.

    Oh and I just thought I would mention - You will LOVE sharing your attention. It probably won't make sense till you feel it, but it's pretty incredible how much more you love your man when you see him loving on your baby. And when my husband is on the floor wrestling around with our little girl, there is NOTHING I would ever want more than to sit and watch. Even if it means he's not talking to me. That shiz is the best. :) Good luck with everything!

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    1. I figured that'd be the way it goes, what with the whole falling-in-love-with-the-baby thing. No one ever says they regret/resent these little ones, so I know it will be alright. I'll look for Lost Cities! I'm thinking Guess Who could get a lot of mileage if you change out the pictures and stuff! Let me know if you come up with anything else, for sure!

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  5. I love playing Scene It, but Jarrod hates it because I always beat him.

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    1. Oh, I would be so lousy at Scene it! That's a good suggestion, though, thanks!

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  6. I don't have any suggestions because you are gonna be plenty busy. But I will say, nights out may be less often, or hardly at all, but they will be more special, and that is pretty cool.

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    1. We did wonder about that, if it would make things more special just because they happened more rarely :)

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  7. We're big board game people. As far as two player games... besides the ones you mentioned above (I must buy Boggle!) I'm a big fan of classic games like Life and Clue, they're classics for a reason. We also really love big puzzles. We even have set up Joel's iPhone to take pictures every minute or so and then we have a time lapse of the whole thing. Really fun.

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    1. That sounds like a blast! Life is a good one, you're right! Guess I'm going to have to do some shopping!

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  8. My husband's mom found a card game called Monopoly (based on the board game), but it only takes 15 minutes to play and is actually quite fun and not as painful as a full game of monopoly! I highly recommend it.

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    1. I'll have to look for that! I can not even begin to get excited about a 4-day monopoly marathon, but a 15 minute game is right up my alley! Thanks for the tip!

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