Monopoly Mad (The Ordinary Moments)
This is the second week taking part in Living Arrows. The project celebrates the ordinary moments – or the not so ordinary some weeks too.
I’ve really found my footing and am enjoying my blogging journey so far. I’m seven months in and I love documenting everything that affects us – the day-to-day things, the momentous occasions, holidays, family events, special days out and lots more in between. This project is a perfect way to add to my journey by allowing me to share the everyday, ordinary moments.
So each week I share a photo/photos from my week. Whether it’s the simple, the exciting or the imperfect. I want to celebrate and remember the little things that happen in the Doal household.
As it’s the summer holidays – and because we’ve had the recent heatwave – they’ve spent a lot of time in the garden. Read more about that in Living Arrows.
This week has been cooler and I for one have been feeling relieved. It’s easier to sleep at night, going out and about is a lot more bearable and I don’t feel so dehydrated. I’m actually enjoying these cooler temperatures and cloudy days.
As a family we love board games but we don’t play them enough. Sukh and I are busy with work during the day. Then the evenings are spent sorting dinner, homework and getting the kids ready for school the following day. It’s probably the same in most households and it’s only in the holidays we get to spend quality time as a family.
I have stacks and stacks of games – some of which I’ve had for years, and before the kids were born. But then we have all those games the kids were given for Christmases and birthdays. We have Trivial Pursuit, Charades, Family Fortunes, Countdown, Taboo and so many more. But the kids recently have fallen in love with Monopoly. Shivam’s always enjoyed playing it but I guess he wasn’t old enough before to understand it completely.
We’d always have to help him with his money and advise him on what to buy. For the last two weeks though, we’ve played it nearly every day. On some days I tell the kids to go and play outside or ride their bikes but they prefer to have a good game of Monopoly.
They remember who’s won the most and by how much and try to outdo the previous winner. It’s amusing to watch them when they play alone and when they play with Sukh and I, we show no mercy. It’s all or nothing.
A few days ago, Shivam owed me a huge debt when he landed on my Mayfair. I had built a few houses and tried to let him off until he could earn some more cash. He was adamant he would pay his debts. I felt really guilty but respected his decision. He was left with £27 in the game and was out soon after. The next day he got his sweet revenge and I was out for the count.
Shalini and Shivam get quite competitive with each other but the person they want to beat the most any time they play is their Daddy. He tends to win most of the time and I don’t know what it is because the property you land on is just luck of the draw. I’m usually out first in a family game and am counting the days until I can get my own back on Sukh!
Shalini swept the board yesterday and became a property mogul. Needless to say I was overtly happy about the outcome!
I can’t recommend Monopoly or a board game night enough. It’s cheap and cheerful – and the best thing about it is there are no gadgets anywhere in sight. I’ve just taught the kids how to play Cluedo and they’re looking forward to playing that this Sunday afternoon.
Read more Living Arrows.