Family Time Matters
These last few weeks have been a humbling reminder that family time is SO important. I have always been a big “family girl”. I love spending quality time with family more than most people but had gotten in a bit of a rut with turning my focus on more nonsense stuff. These last few weeks have been a much-needed eye-opener.
Realizing How Quick Life Can Change
My husband and I were in NYC for the 2019 NYC Toy Fair as well as enjoying a get-away for our 18th wedding anniversary. We woke up to the phone ringing a little before 5 am on that Tuesday morning. My father in law had been at our home babysitting our children. He had called my mother in law telling her something was wrong, very wrong. He was in the middle of battling a bad upper GI bleed. We were able to get in touch with our 16-year-old son who called 911 and stayed with his Papa while EMS were on their way. Needless to say, within 40 minutes, my husband and I were packed up, checked out of the hotel, and riding an Uber back to where we had parked our vehicle. The trip back to NC seemed to take forever.
For the last 3 weeks, we had many highs and lows of watching my father-in-law fight for his life. We spent almost every day for three weeks by his side at the hospital. (If you would like to donate to help with his medical expenses, you can go HERE.) We put most everything else aside and focused on what really mattered…. family. Life can change in the blink of an eye. With that harsh reminder, I am making it a bigger priority to spend time with my family on a much more intimate level.
We used to do family game nights almost every week but let other “stuff” get in the way. I am determined to make it a priority once again. The best talks, memories, and some big moments of laughter happen right around our table during game nights. It is NOT a coincidence that the reason we were at the Toy Fair is that we had been sponsored by Goliath Games and Pressman Toys to be there. Little did we know that it was all working out to remind us that our family time needs to be protected! A big thanks to Goliath Games and Pressman Toys for constantly providing new games for our family to keep our family game nights new and exciting.
Let me give you a sneak peek into some of the NEW games that will be out this fall!
Ages 3 and up (2-4 Players)
Gator Golf is bringing the game of mini-golf right to your own living room. No need to worry about paying to go to a putt-putt location to enjoy a game of mini-golf. Gator Golf is a child (or adult) powered toy… no batteries required (YES!!). All you have to do is grab your putter and aim to feed this hungry little gator!
Ages 4 and up (2-5 Players)
Master your child’s hand-eye coordination while having fun playing Banana Blast. Every kid loves a great surprise. With Banana Blast, your little one will be on the edge of their seat anticipating the monkey jumping as they pull their bananas from the tree. Will it jump with “this” banana or “that” banana?! You won’t know until you try! Aside from the excitement, players have to be ready to catch the monkey. Whoever catches it, wins!
Ages 4 and up (2 + Players)
You better be careful or Mad Dog might get mad for you taking his food! Children will increase their fine motor skills while trying to sneak a bone from Mad Dog’s bowl without him noticing. If you wake him up, you better watch out because he will jump at you. I see many giggles in the future with this game!
Ages 4 and up (2-4 Players)
Are you looking for a way to help increase your child’s memory? Dragon Snacks may just be the perfect game. Inside of the dragon, you will find some different colored treasures. First, you have to get his belly to light up to give you a quick sneak peek of how the treasures are positioned inside. The light will then go out. Don’t forget how the pieces are positioned! Rub his nose to find out which color treasure you will need to find inside the dragon. Then, lift the dragon’s head and be prepared to remember where that particular treasure was located. It is MUCH harder than you think! This is a hands-on version of a memory match style game.
Wheels on the Bus
Ages 3 and up (2-4 players)
I think everyone knows the Wheels on the Bus song. Now, combine the classic childhood song with a board game. It is a combination of a sing-along, memory game, and play-acting. As you collect pieces of the Wheels on the Bus song, the yellow bus will take you on a tour of the town!
Ages 4 and up (3-6 Players)
It is a game of hot potato with a twist! The baby gets tossed from person to person as it giggles and has fun. Just don’t be the one who is holding the baby when he decides to stop laughing. If you get caught holding him when he “poops”, you have to pull a “poop” out of his diaper. You are not automatically out just because you were holding him, the poop you pull out will tell you if you are in or out!
We are looking forward to playing these games with our daughter but stay tuned for some games that will be great for our older kids! All these games will be available in the fall of 2019. Make sure you check out all the current games from Goliath Games and Pressman Toys.