Sunday, January 3, 2010

First "Game Night" of 2010 - New Year's Night

We are a game-loving family! We try to schedule several "game nights" throughout the year, especially when Brennan & Breezy are in town. They're always soooo much fun. My sister, Marcia and her hubby, David were hosting this one, which we planned several weeks ago. Tom was still feeling bad so he stayed home, but he insisted that I go. I reluctantly agreed.

You've seen photos of my sister's kids before...there are 5 of them. The two oldest are in high school, the 3 youngest are in elementary and middle school. They are such great kids! The 3 youngest each had a friend over that night, so that they could have their own "game night." When I arrived, this was on the front door...I felt as though I was on the VIP list for a movie premiere! Even their dog (Riley) on the list!

There was soooo much food...hankie pankies, taco dip, chili dip, pecan squares, cheesecake, salami, etc...let's just say there was no New Year's dieting that night! After snacking on appetizers, we were ready for the games...we started with several rounds of an old-time favorite, Catch Phrase. We played girls against the guys and had a blast. Then we played Apples to Apples, another fun game (that I am apparently NO good at...LOL) Finally, we played a new game, Guesstures...very much like charades, it was a lot of fun.

My nephew Blake and his girlfriend, Lydia

You know these two...

David, my brother-in-law...the man is crazy-competitive!

My sister, Marcia. She was on my team and can I just say, she rocks! We still lost, only by one point!

I tried without success to get a photo of my niece, Brooke. I did record a video clip of her that is hilarious, but it won't load! = ( (Sorry Brookie!) She is so much fun!

Here are the rest of the kids...we were downstairs, they were upstairs. Funny how at this moment, they look much calmer and mature than us grown-ups...LOL. (In reality, I'm not sure who laughed harder or had more fun.) = )

By this time, I was really missing my hubby, so I headed home. Brennan & Breezy stayed awhile longer and played what I understand was quite a wild game of Spoons. No doubt the laughter was abounding as it had been all night. It was definitely a fun way to kick-off the new year!


Renee @ AddMoreChocolate said...

Hi Tracy,
Thanks for stopping by! I am a coffee lover (as you can see by my pic) and I think your "latte art heart" is adorable :-)
We're a game playing family as well. Just got together with friends last night for a rousing tournament of "Farkle."

Edie said...

That sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I'm a game kinda girl, just wish I had other game people around to play with! I have played Guesstures before. It was very fun!

Abundant blessings to you and yours for the new year!

Melanie said...

Sounds like great fun, Tracy! We love games, too.

Happy New Year!

Kristin said...

I love Apples to Apples! lol Such a fun game. Game nights sound like a blast. People don't play games enough these days!

Thanks for the comment and prayers! I appreciate it. :)

Diana said...

Love to play games!!! We had some canasta, 42, and a board game going through the holidays.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Loved the welcome sign on the door. How special that was! I have many fun memories of the game Gestures. I smiled as I saw your pictures of everyone knowing exactly what was going on. Game nights are a great way to spend time together. What a special way to start the new year.

Hope your husband is feeling better today.

Becky said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast. The welcome sign was adorable.

Happy@Home said...

What a cute sign and a sweet way to make all feel welcome to game night. I learned about Apples To Apples through blogging and now it has become a family favorite for us. In fact that is what my 10 year old niece requested as her gift from us.

I hope your hubby is feeling better now.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like fun....I just have to ask - what is a hankie pankie???

Tricia said...

Happy New Year Tracy! May God bless you and yours abundantly this year!
I have missed stopping by, hopefully I can get by more often this year!


Tracy said...

Jennifer, Hankie Pankies are a wonderful, simple delicious little appetizer made from ground chuck, sausage, velveeta cheese, a little garlic powder and party rye or wheat bread. They are perfect because you can make ahead and freeze and pop in the oven for just a few minutes as you need them. Here's the recipe I use...,171,144182-254197,00.html