My brother had been planning a family trip to Walt Disney World since his son was born. Last year my nephew turned seven and my family met up in Orlando to see all of the Disney parks and Universal Studios. So we knew way ahead of time that this trip was coming.
I grew up in San Diego and so had taken many trips to Disneyland and I knew how long the lines could be. Some trips you feel more like you spent the day in line rather than riding rides and seeing shows. My boys, Derek and Jack, and I talked about what the visit to Walt Disney World might be like. We were concerned that the lines could make the visit more tedious than fun. We started talking about how we could pass the time.
Games have always been a big part of our lives. We love playing board games, card games, and word games. It had become a tradition for us to go out to eat on Friday night to a casual family restaurant. While we waited for our seats or our food, we would play games. Mostly just the usual, I Spy, Twenty Questions, I’m going on a picnic, etc.. Some games we made up ourselves like Patterns and Where in the World. We looked forward to the games as much as we did eating out.
As we talked about our upcoming visit to Walt Disney World, we realized that we already had a variety of games we could play while waiting in line. We also challenged ourselves to think of new games. Just thinking of new games was fun. The summer before we went to Orlando, I remember walking to the lighthouse by my father-in-law’s home with Derek and Jack and we started talking about games to play. I decided it would be fun to write down our ideas and share them in a book. That is where it all started.
As I started writing the book, I began to realize how useful it could be in a variety of settings. Some of the games were inspired by games I played with my own family growing up during family game nights. Other games were inspired by games I played as a student when we had to stay in for recess. A few of the games were meant to be educational when the boys were younger.
As the boys have gotten older and the temptation to play video games on the Nintendo DS, the iPad, or the cellphone has gotten much stronger, I feel more than ever that these games and amusements are needed to encourage us to interact and build pleasant, lasting memories. I don’t want the boys to look back at their youth and remember only screens. I want them to remember our time together and moments of fun and laughter.
I have organized Waiting Games and Amusements for Families into several themed chapters. The games are divided into Word Games, Guessing Games, Math Games, and Pencil Games. There is also a chapter, Amusements, for fun but less competitive activities. Some games you will recognize and I have included variations on the standard. Others we created together as a family.
My hope is that the games in Waiting Games and Amusements for Families will bring your family enjoyment and wonderful memories.
I intend to continue to use this blog to share some of my family’s experiences. I am an ordinary mom doing the best I can. I am blessed to have a wonderful family. I hope some of our stories will amuse you, distract you, remind you of your own life, and even make you laugh.
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