Our family of 6 (that still makes me gasp) has been trying to come up with fun things that we can do together. Something that the youngest can enjoy as much as the adults.
It isn’t always easy. Candyland got old a looooong time ago. The older kids have gotten to where they can play Uno with us, but that’s not something Seamus can play.
Yesterday, Sean was out and about and picked up a game for our Playstation:
Have mercy. We are addicted.
And I have NEVER laughed so hard in all of my life. You know the kind of laugh when your entire face hurts, including your teeth and ears?
The premise of the game is like karaoke. You use special microphones and then you can duel each other (or play alone. Not that I played it alone, singing 99 Red Balloons while Sean was out talking on the phone) to score points based on note accuracy, lyrical accuracy and something else that I can’t think of off the top of my head. There is also a party/team mode.
The kids don’t know the songs, but they will soon enough.
We let them stay up late while we all played. Much to my daughter’s horror, Sean and I stayed up playing it well past a reasonable hour.
And several times our daughter came in and asked us to turn it down.
When I went back in to give her another kiss, we had the following conversation:
Abbie: Are y’all really going to stay up through the night playing that game?
Me: Well, yeah! (laughing)
Abbie: That means you’ll be too tired in the morning to get up and take care of us.
It’s like she knew me in college or something! Actually, I asked her how that would be different from any other morning.
And when we could sing no longer, we heard “Finally” uttered from her bedroom.
But back to the game: Sean and I challenged each other on every song.
And Tina Turner KICKED MY TONE DEAF HINEY. Best of all, there is a playback option. I wore it out replaying us
mutilating singing “Simply The Best“. It was NOT simply the best. It was simply horrid.
(Tears for Fears)
And we laughed. The side-splitting, crying, teeth-and-ears-screaming-for-mercy kind of laugh.
And it felt fabulous. Like I haven’t felt in awhile.
Who says video games can’t bring a family together. (And make me feel like a rebel mom)