Monday, November 15, 2010

Do You Have a Fish?

Friducha, I call her. Mi Flor.

She is still having whooping fits. Of course very little ever actually slows her down. She still wants to sing and dance, color, cook, be a good farmer to her chicas and garden. She still gets incredibly silly. And even more incredibly affectionate. She speaks in endearments.

Yesterday I saw game cards at the market. I brought home "Go Fish!" I remember "Go Fish" and "Old Maid." The cards my mom bought me and my brothers were jumbo size, and I loved the comical illustrations on them.

Both Max and Maria were very curious and enthused to learn this new game.

A nice thing about Max: He likes games. Another nice thing about Max: He likes playing anything from chess, which he is very good at, to Go Fish. He is a patient, diplomatic, and intelligent game player... he reasons every angle, and readily offers critical analysis, concise descriptions of rules, and probable outcomes. This is especially true when we play poker. Max loves poker.

My flower girl caught on quickly. We've all played many rounds since yesterday.

The screen... (insert laughter here) That's the screen we built last spring and tried to enjoy all summer, but the mosquitoes sent our outdoorscreen indoors. It dominates an entire wall of our living room, but it is so super awesome we cannot bear to pack it away! In fact, I could be persuaded to host another movie night soon... very soon.

Maybe a poker night too. Or an autumn potluck. It's just that time of year when playing inside is extra enjoyable.


Rois said...

Has your family ever played Apples to Apples? There is a Junior edition and a more "grown" up edition as well.
We love Apples to Apples here at our house.It is esp. fun with big groups of people who know each other well.
Good to hear Maria is Whooping it up.( I could not send that pun.The dog made me do it.)

Amanda at 32˙North said...

Ah, Go Fish, such a much-loved staple of childhood. And Maria's blouse... so gorgeous!

Miriam said...

This has absolutely nothing to do with games...but it's gray and rainy here now and will be until about March. I look outside at the dreariness and then I look at your photos of Maria and all her colourful flowers and I wish I was where she is. Sigh...

mtnchild said...

I love families where the kids get along like these two! I know, I know - all the kids get along... and Mom and Dad too. LOL

Maria looks so cute in her blouse and with flowers in her hair!

ArtyZen said...

Beautiful pics, beautiful children, beautiful blog! Love it all, Natalie. Ax

Tracy said...

How sweet are they! Your Marie looks like a mini Frida Kahlo with her flowers and bright clothes--so beautiful! Hope she feels better & better! :o) Happy Days to you all ((HUGS))

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Apples to Apples?! Yes! What a fun game. Rois~ your dog is hilarious. Give him a pat from us, will you? (

Hello Amanda. I love seeing Maria come downstairs, when she's dressed herself!

Miriam... all gray, and rainy? Oh dear. You need a flower infusion for sure.

Yvette... they do... they all get along really well. *pinching myself*

Thank you Annie.

Happy Days Tracy! Are you all packed and ready to go? I am so happy thinking of you enjoying a stateside Thanksgiving! (((hugs)))