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5 Rules For Impossible Pictionary

When your team mate does not understand what you are drawing:
1. Circle it numerous times because the circling motion your hand is going through triggers a certain part of the other person’s brain called the orbitex. This oddly enough allows them to immediately come up with a response. However, this response is not proven to always be right.
2.  Draw arrows pointing to it in order to make sure the person is looking at the specific thing you are showing. Even though there is only one thing drawn, and there is no other possible object they could be looking at because you are using a black marker on white paper, make sure there are plenty of arrows pointing at the object to make SURE they see the gigantic drawing you have made.
3.  Bold things in. As mentioned above, even though there is only one thing drawn, and there is no other possible object they could be looking at because you are using a black marker on white paper, make sure you trace everything over to make it bold and be POSITIVE that they have seen it. But do not forget to accompany bolding with circling and arrow drawing to get the full effect.
4.  Wild gesticulations are recommended to aide the other participant in guessing what the hell it is you are talking about. You have to nod madly and point with your index finger at your drawing. It might help to jump up and down like a lunatic to emphasize that you would like attention, but that is not necessary as long as you point correctly and nod frantically enough.
5.  Draw pictures that no one in their right minds would ever understand. This will demonstrate your superiority at the game. For every word, draw at least ten pictures. This will make it easier for you to win, since the other person will just give up in utter frustration.

Ten Reasons I am Thankful

We all love the holidays for the parties, the food, and the general sense of festivities. But during the holiday season I also like to take some time to reflect on the things I am grateful for, and realize how lucky I am. It is hard to narrow it down to just ten, but I did my best.
1.       My husband
He is always there for me. His patience abounds (being married to me requires a lot of patience). He loves me deeply. He takes care of me, and is altogether a wonderful husband. He is also an amazing father.
2.        My daughter
She has changed the person I am and how I live my life.
3.       My Son
Just when I thought I knew what I was doing, he reminds me I have still a lot to learn. And his giggle is absolutely contagious.
4.       My family
I have a great family. We have our ups and downs, and sometimes sideway moments, but I am still glad to have all of you in my life.
5.       My friends
They are there for me in good times, and in bad. They cheer me up. Keep me going. Make me happy. And the really special ones go out for frozen yogurt and coffee.
6.       My co-workers
Both the ones in my office, and the ones online. You guys are great, supportive, and you motivate me more than you think.
7.       My house
I love my house, my home. My husband and I worked hard for it, and we treasure it. It is where I go for comfort, warmth, and to be with my favorite people.
8.       The many opportunities I have been given this year
I cannot even count how many great opportunities I have encountered this year. I have taken my writing to heights it has never been (please do not take this post as an example. I am extremely emotional while writing this, so it does not count). I have given birth to an amazing little boy. I have found passions I did not know I have. I have found yet another piece of the puzzle of me. I have found a little piece of happiness.
9.       My job
I am very grateful to have a job. In this economy, it truly can be a blessing.
10.   Everyone who I have encountered in real life and online
So many different people have touched and affected me this year. I saved this one for last, because I cannot fully express how happy I am to have gotten to know everyone, even if just a little. You are amazing and thank you for existing.
What are you thankful for?

Ten Fun Winter Activities

Last weekend it rained. Hard. Which meant all outdoor activities were nixed off the list. Now, try explaining that to a hyper two year old who wants nothing but to run around outside. She spent most of the day in front of the patio door, pointing and making sad (albeit cute) pouty faces. This was Saturday. By Sunday, I had a plan. While you debate letting your little one splash in the puddles outside, and contemplate the giant mess you will have to clean up, here are ten fun tips for keeping her active, entertained, and most importantly, warm and dry.

1. Go to the toy store

I know this sounds completely counterintuitive to your sanity, and probably your check book too, but it can actually be quite productive and fun. I am not suggesting buying anything. Spend several hours letting your child experience the toys. Get an idea of which items she likes more than others. See how she interacts with the toys, and gage how much use and benefit she would get from them. This helps you solidify your Christmas list. When it is time to go, explain to her she will receive something special at Christmas time.

2. Play hide and seek

But remember to keep it simple so your wee one doesn’t get too frustrated, or worse, scared. She may not yet understand the concept of hiding, but she can definitely seek.

3. Dance

Put on some music and let loose. If you don’t know how to dance, don’t worry, your kid doesn’t either, so just bounce around have fun.

4. Put on a fashion show

At this age kids grow an inch a second. They will outgrow their clothes before you can finish doing the week’s laundry. Use this opportunity to have some fun with your kid (toddlers love trying to learn how to dress and undress themselves) while also figuring out what items in their wardrobe are no longer viable options.

5. Build a fort

Use your couch, some sheets and throw pillows. Throw in a few dining room chairs. You now have the perfect castle, fort, tent, etc. Let your imagination guide you.

6. Go to the park

If it is not raining or snowing, but it is still cold outside don’t rule out going to the park. Bundle up and you can still have a blast. Just think of the yummy hot cocoa you both can enjoy when you get back. Don’t forget the marshmallows.

7. Move

Put a bunch of toys in a pile, and then the both of you pick some up and move them across the house. Go back for more, until the entire pile is moved over. Repeat as many times as your kid has energy. Feel free to skip the gym tonight.

8. Go for a walk

Don’t set a destination. Don’t plan. Just take a stroll through your neighborhood. But don’t walk until you are both completely tired or your little one won’t be able to make it home. You will be surprised at how many things you have never seen before.

9. Decorate

Christmas is less than two months away, and you don’t want to get caught up doing everything last minute. Buy a large bag of popcorn, cereal, etc. and some string. Make giant garlands to string up for the holidays. Have her hand you the kernels as you string them through the needle. Enjoy a few bites along the way.

10. Make your own wrapping paper

While you are in the holiday spirit, create your own wrapping paper. All you need are some giant sheets of drawing paper, crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, stamps, or whatever you want to use to decorate, and have at it! Grandma will love her custom wrapped gifts.

What are some of your favorite winter activities?