By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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As summer quickly approaches, I can’t help but think about summer vacations spent at my grandparents’ cottage. My grandfather passed away this spring and many of my memories of him were from these trips. It was a long 5 hour drive up north, but it was so much fun to spend a week or two with my grandparents, aunt and uncle. We went swimming, canoeing, blueberry picking, camping, fishing and hiking. In the evenings we built fires to make s’mores or sat around the dining room table and played card games. Lots of card games.
As I kid I didn’t appreciate just how special these evenings playing games together were. But as a parent I am learning just how magical it is when you find games and activities that both you and your children enjoy doing together.
Last year our family started playing a card game called Sushi Go Party
. And it has been a huge hit! We’ve loved it so much that we’ve introduced it to many of our relatives. There are few games that are simple enough for a 5 year old to play (and win) against adults.
After seeing how much our kids enjoyed playing Sushi Go Party, I decided to teach our kids a favorite card game of mine from my summers at the cottage. Our family called it Tricks, but the game has other names including Blackout
It was emotional teaching our kids a card game that I played growing up. This game brings back so many happy memories of those evenings playing cards together.
I’m grateful that my son enjoys playing Tricks and that he is interested in learning more card games this summer. We may not have a typical summer this year, but I’m excited to make it one filled with memories both old and new.