So, in trying to save money in this economy, it dawned on me that the kids were now old enough to learn how to play some vintage games I had stashed away.
After a few rounds, we took a break by making some home-made pizza, I had made the dough the night before so it was quick and easy. Think we went a little heavy on the cheese?
Thanks to my friend Ruth, I learned how to make a chocolate cake from scratch the night before. Having home-made pizza and cake totally complemented the vintage theme.
Next, it was time to teach the kids "Parchessi". This was one of my favorites growing up; but, I forgot how to play and needed to reread the directions. We tweaked the rules a bit so it wouldn't be as long.
Nic grew bored so it was Mary against Mommy. I have her blocked here!! In the long run it didn't matter. She beat me. The little shit.
After a couple hours, Mommy was pooped. Time for a movie with a big bowl of popcorn.
Three Fridays in a row, we've continued the tradition, changing it up each time. Last week, we went to a park for 2 hours and came home and played a couple games of Uno. The week before, Ted had a bonfire going outside. Simple, fun, and inexpensive. Necessity is the mother of invention!