Posts tagged ‘games’

September 10, 2013

Dare to Be!

Image“I dare you.” Your 11-year old self still cringes at the sound of those three words. Or is it just me? It was definitely popular around South-Central Texas in the late 1980s to taunt friends and enemies alike with challenges, most of which I took, and from which I endured bruises, scrapes, and two rounds of stitches (that I can recall.) Then, as a teenager, the game “Truth or Dare” made its rounds at the parties I attended, and within my social circles. Oh, don’t gasp with innocence, you know you participated that one time. I digress… 

By the time I was in college, I got really good at being a dare-devil. I started the dancing on the dance floor. I wore yellow when everyone else was in black. I ran long-distances when everyone else slept in. Once I applied for a scholarship that marketed only to a specific race, of which I was not, simply to take a stand for equality–true equality. Basically, if you told me I couldn’t do something, I wanted to do it even more. And I did. Thankfully, I survived. 
 
As an adult, I recall taking less risks. The older I got, the less I challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone. When did I lose my edge? Sure, maturity took care of some of it (e.g.; no more shot games of any kind. Period. Oh, and racing across a football field in your PJs (shorts and tank top) with your girlfriends on a snowy day isn’t cool anymore either), but a friendly challenge between you and your spouse, coworkers, friends, or even just challenging yourself every so often, reminds you that you’re alive. As long as you’re not harming yourself or others, get after it! For additional fun, grab a dare-devil buddy to dive in with you. 
 
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My niece decided on her own that the time was right (and she was tough enough) to get her ears pierced. She faced her fear, and now she sparkles even brighter than before with added confidence (and bling.) 
 
Folks, I think it’s time to bring back the “I dare you.” Perhaps, we can bring back the “I double-dog dare you.” (Who’s subconscious just recalled the movie, The Christmas Story?) What’s on your bucket list? What project are you going to finish before the end of the year? What race will you enter this fall? What karaoke song are you signing up for? Take the plunge! You weren’t born to sit on the sidelines and observe your life away. Get in the game! Face your fears! Challenge yourself to be comfortably uncomfortable! Go ahead… I dare ya! –Lacey Pruett 
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January 14, 2013

Family Game Night

Its so hard to stay connected in a world where we are so digitally connected. So not only is dinnertime a big deal at our house, so is family game night. And no, I don’t mean where we get on the Xbox or the Ipad and play video games, I mean where we bust out some classic board games turn off the tv and just enjoy each others company. My family loves Trouble, Monopoly (we just got the new debit card edition for Christmas), Catch Phrase, Sorry, Jenga, and Yahtzee. We sit around the table and pick on each other, trash talk, but most importantly , have fun. We teach our kids how to not be sore losers, how to play fair, how to play by the rules, how to wait for your turn, how to count spaces, dice, money, etc. There is such great value in playing games even deeper than the bonding time spent in an age where its so easy to get sucked into the digital vortex. 

 

So what else do we really enjoy? DANCE time…yep, you guessed it, turn off the tv, turn up the tunes and just go for it. Dance like no one is watching. We clap, and hoot and holler, and pretend like its a club in our house. Everyone gets exercise, laughs, smiles, and again, enjoys time together as a family. 

Can you make a commitment to me and to your family to unplug once a week and enjoy some good, wholesome, clean cut , family fun together than involves nothing with an i in front of it! No iphones, no ipads, no ipods, nothing but family!!! I promise you, that those will be the times your kids remember the most fondly of their childhood when they reflect back. ImageImage

January 5, 2013

A Fresh Start With a Little Help From My Friends

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Hello! It’s Brooke. So, the holidays are winding down and life is returning to its normal, non-sparkly self (sigh). Now what? New Year’s resolutions, perhaps? Hmmm—I’ll pass, thanks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for aspiring to be a better, more loving, dependable, and successful person. And not just at the start of the year, but every day! My problem with resolutions is following through with them. I love to dream up ideas and plan clever things, but implementing them is another thing entirely. I have many theories about my personal shortcomings, which include my difficulty with follow through, but I will spare you the bulk of this list. I tend to make my goals too general, without breaking them down into manageable steps. Also, I have a very hard time completing a goal that is not personally meaningful for me. So, my trick for dealing with myself is creating small, easily achievable action steps that either make me happy or bring me closer to something that is really important to me. As you can see, this annual plan of vaguely listing “things I’d like to do this next year” is not a helpful exercise for me. But in planning our NYE party, which turned out to fulfill a past resolution of ours to host more parties, I discovered a fun little game that did not go as planned but proved helpful all the same.

New Year’s Resolutions Lite

This party game, which I found on Real Simple.com (http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/more-holidays/throw-easiest-new-years-eve-party-ever-10000001693331/index.html), is a variation on making New Year’s resolutions and look—small, easily identified and personal goals. Eureka! We printed the four “cards” out for everyone, and as people arrived, they finished each sentence on their cards anonymously. Then we shuffled the cards, and, had this game gone according to plan, we would have had one person read out each card and its answer, and we would have tried to guess whose answer it was, gaining thoughtful insight into everyone’s character. But lots of gaiety and alcohol ensued, and as midnight swiftly approached, we got distracted and forgot to read the cards. So, I’m going to share the NY resolutions of my dear friends with you now. Maybe they’ll provide you with some inspiration (or giggles). Enjoy!

Lisa, me, Sondra

My good friends Lisa and Sondra with me (center)

Card #1: The skill I want to learn this year is:

  • play banjo
  • sew
  • learn HTML coding and website design
  • how to make a tamale
  • play piano
  • how to make $1 million and not tell my girlfriends
  • statistics and accounting
  • rap
  • surviving in the wild
  • DJ-ing
  • distilling
  • French, Spanish, and yoga

Card #2: The good deed I want to do this year is:

  • serve others, do good, and do no harm (even to Sooner fans)
  • give homemade blankets to homeless people
  • none—I don’t do good deeds (!)
  • pick up someone who needs a ride
  • fill more needs as they present themselves
  • volunteer with a charitable organization
  • be more neighborly
  • talk with my mother more
  • eat veggies
  • share more of God’s blessings with others
  • charity work at an animal shelter
Ok, so the photographer had some champagne too! (me and Marzia)

Ok, so the photographer had some champagne too! (me and Marzia)

Card #3: The person I want to be more like this year is:

  • Jesus (x2)
  • King David
  • Lisa M.
  • Martha Beck
  • my grandpa
  • my friend Jessica, who knows how to not worry and to take one day at a time
  • the guy from the Dos Equis commercials
  • Brooke (thank you, sweet friend, whoever you are)
  • Thomas Paine
  • James Bond meets Walter White, but in a good way
  • Warren Buffett
  • John Wesley

Card #4: The bad habit I want to kick this year is:

  • picking eyebrows
  • tequila
  • slouching
  • drinking too much
  • road rage
  • staying up soooo late that I’m dead and tired the next day
  • waiting until next year to kick my bad habits
  • using the “F” word
  • messiness and lateness
  • procrastination
  • my messy room

Card #4 (write-in revision): The good habit I want to form this year is positivity and belief that I CAN!

What a great way to end! Isn’t that what resolutions are all about anyway, whether we make them officially at the beginning of the year or constantly, incessantly every day? Good luck to you in your dreams and aspirations in this new year, and may you find blessings and joy around every corner.

My sweet husband, John, and me

My sweet husband, John, and me

XO,

Brooke