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Game time!

I love games!  One of my favorite things to do when I go home to visit my family is play lots of games.  We’ve always been a game-playing family…all the way back to when I was little.  Taboo. Spoons. Trivia Pursuit. Sorry. Life. Scene It. Scategories. Apples to Apples. Uno. Rummy. Mouse Trap (remember that one?) It’s how we roll.

I haven’t really played that many games since I moved to Israel, but I’m hoping that will change soon.  One thing I want to include at the youth center is games.  I want to teach these kids all the games that I grew up playing.  I want them to experience the joy and laughter that come from getting together during game time.  I’m hoping it will help build relationships.

So here’s my challenge for anyone out there that loves games as much as I do:  If you have any games you don’t use anymore or have outgrown or just plain got sick of, please consider sending them my way.  They don’t have to be in perfect condition, or even brand new (though I would hope all the pieces would be there), just able to be enjoyed by others. I understand shipping can get expensive, so even anything small and light would be amazing. Something is better than nothing.

I will send my shipping address to anyone who is interesting in helping….just let me know.

Oh, and by the way….. what are some of your families favorite games???

(One Day After) Thanksgiving Day Bliss

What began as a Freak-Out Thanksgiving, ended up a Fantastic one!  While there were a couple moments of doubt, skepticism and “There’s a bubble!” the moments of eating delicious turkey, stuffing (from scratch) mashed taters, sweet potatoes, cranberries (we actually had some, and fresh ones at that), and both pumpkin pie and apple crisp for desert erased all else.

I honestly think that getting the turkey fresh from the market is the key, cuz it was the best turkey I’ve ever had!!! (and I’m not just saying that because I cooked it).

Turns out that Becca makes the most amazing, incredible, mouth savoring Apple Crisp IN THE WORLD! We taught our friends from Finland/Holland/Israel all about Thanksgiving Day Traditions (including American Football, Chia Pets, and Aluminum Trees w/rotating light discs….don’t ask!) We played a bit of Texas Hold-Um using 10 Cent Shekels, and all in all, it was a wonderful day!  You wanted to see some pics, so here you go….

The infamous “tweezing” of the quills and feathers left on the turkey (I finally got smart and starting using my tweezer instead of killing my fingers):

Our guy Before and After:

(To see the entire Thanksgiving collection, click here)

Hope Everyone had as wonderful a day as I did!!! Now….on to Christmas/Chanukah!

WII Testing

Thanks to everyone who donated money for the WII Fundraiser, the dream has become reality.  I picked up the WII when I was over on the east side of the state earlier this week, so we decided that we just HAD to test it out before I take it back over with me. Here are some pics of us playing ping-pong and bowling… I can’t wait for the kids to start playing!!!




DODGEBALL: Crossing Cultural Borders

This week I learned that no matter what culture you come from, we all have one thing in common: kids love dodgeball!  

This week during the Nazareth English Camp, one of the American games I taught the kids to play was Medic (an upscale version of dodgeball).  I wasn’t sure how it would go over in the Arab community, especially with the girls, but I soon got my answer.  

Each day when the groups would come to my station, all the kids would approach me saying, “doctor? doctor?” (Medic wasn’t exactly a word in their culture, so I used doctor instead, while explaining).  No matter what new game I attempted to teach, they always wanted to play “doctor” (dodgeball).  

The week was beyond draining for me, and I seriously haven’t run around and played in a long time.  Needless to say, I was exhausted at the end of each day and today I totally crashed!  Even though I was in the middle of the action most the time (my arms and legs can attest to that), I was able to snap a few photos…

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So, I’ve been tagged by my friend in Botswana, Andrea.  I have to now share 7 random and/or weird facts about myself…here I go.

1. I NEVER tell anyone my middle name for personal reasons, so if you know it consider yourself a really special person.

2. I have lived on 3 different continents…and will be 4 soon.

3. I actually prefer speaking in Portuguese over English.  I don’t have many chances to speak it now, but I would in a heartbeat. (Sometimes I talk in port. to myself)

4. I have recently started watching Lipstick Jungle on NBC.  I think this has now become my new guilty pleasure.

5. My secret job ambition is to be an undercover CIA agent (think Sydney Bristow).  

6. If I could afford really good wigs, I would totally shave my head and go bald. Changing my hairstyle and look would be way too fun.  Plus, not worrying about washing, conditioning, blow-drying, highlighting, etc. would be a dream come true.

7. My most favorite movie of all time is Star Wars (the original trilogy).  I have probably seen those films more than 200 times.  Yes, I’m a Star Wars Geek!

There you go…information about me that you never needed or wanted to know! Here are the 7 people I tag: Alece, Char, Angie, Katherine, Katie, Tim, and Reggie. Go get em!!!

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