New Year’s Eve Gaming

Our good friends the Rudes joined us for our second annual New Year’s Eve game
night. Last year was mostly CCGs – in fact, I held a sealed deck Magic
tournament for all the boys (including Ken and me). This year was mostly
lighter fare. Julie, Jacob, Matthew, and I started by playing a few games of
Liar’s Dice while we waited for the
Rudes to arrive.

Ken then brought the Bucket King
while we waited for Tracey to arrive. This was a fun, light, family card game
and I wish we had played more than one hand. I look forward to trying it
again.

One of our favorite games to play at Keuka Lake when we travel there in the
summer is Hand & Foot, a Canasta
variant. Everyone we’ve met plays this a bit differently, and one of these
days I’ll post our rules for reference. Ken and Tracey have played their own
version as well, so we decided to play some four-hand team Hand and Foot. The
men got off to a great start, catching both Julie and Tracey in their footsies
in the first hand. It was all downhill from there though, and we ended up
losing by about 1000 points.

While we played this game, Jacob taught Brandon and Chelsea how to play
Acquire, a new game (for us) that I was
given for my birthday. This game has already seen 3 plays in just a few days,
and it has quickly become a family favorite. We’ll see if it sticks.

Jacob and Brandon playing Acquire.

The adults then played Target, an
interesting card game that is a mix of poker and rummy. I wasn’t wild about
this game – most of it was spent drawing and discarding while chasing elusive
goals that would disappear just as I drew the wrong card. Maybe I just didn’t
play it well…

The last game played by the adults was Texas Hold’em
with our cool new casino-quality poker chips. This was played a lot during
our vacation in Vegas, and I’m enjoying some research into strategy for this
game. Chris ended up the victor, winning an all-in showdown with Ken.

More Snow in Sherwood

We had a healthy dose of snow on New Year’s day – woke up to about 4 inches
another 2-3 fell during the day. The bad (good?) weather here has had great
timing – I’ve been off work both days, so I haven’t had to make the difficult
decision of trying to get into the office.

The view from our front porch about 10am.

While I took care of the driveway and sidewalks, Julie and the boys walked up
the street to the biggest hill in the area to join our friends for some
sledding. It was very cool – at least 20 families out there sledding, riding
their snowmobiles and four-wheel ATVs, and even a few cross-country skiers.
Sherwood is a great place to live.

After returning to the house, the boys took advantage of the huge pile of snow
I made shoveling to build a snow fort.

Jacob and Matthew work on the snow fort / igloo.

Matthew digging out the inside of the fort.

Unfortunately it warmed up quite a bit last night and today, so the fort
collapsed. Forecast calls for more snow tonight and tomorrow though – could be
as much snow coming as we got yesterday.