Monopoly Mad (The Ordinary Moments)

Monopoly Mad (The Ordinary Moments)

Monopoly Mad - The dice and tokens on 'Go'

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.

Monopoly Mad - Shivam rolls the dice

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.

Monopoly Mad - Shalini moves her car token

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.

Monopoly Mad - Shalini negotiates with Shivam

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.

Monopoly Mad - Shivam moves his token

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!

Monopoly Mad - Shalini hands cash reluctantly over to Shivam

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.



  1. August 4, 2018 / 10:47 am

    I used to love playing Monopoly with my family but my brother was always cheating LOL #livingarrows

    • Rosie
      August 14, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      That used to happen in our house too but my kids watch everyone like hawks! x

  2. August 4, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I loved playing monopoly as a child. My children have begun to play it which is fab. I’m sure they’d love cluedo too πŸ™‚ Thank you for linking up and sharing with us #fabfridaypost

    • Rosie
      August 5, 2018 / 11:11 am

      Thank you xx

  3. August 4, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    We have only played Monopoly Junior with the children but this has inspired me to try proper Monopoly at some point – it looks like a real family game in your house x

    • Rosie
      August 14, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      The kids are boring me of it really quickly this summer!

  4. August 4, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    You can’t beat a game of monolopy whatever your age #fabfridaypost

    • Rosie
      August 5, 2018 / 11:10 am

      Absolutely! x

  5. August 5, 2018 / 1:57 am

    I love boardgames, and lately, so do the kids. We play Mancala, which is fun and strategic, and now Sequence. I love that game. Monopoly always seems to cause fights…And, it is a little to real — it’s bad enough owing money in real life!:) xo #fabfridaypost

    • Rosie
      August 5, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Yes we have many an argument during Monopoly lol. I’ve heard a lot about Sequence. Will give it a go πŸ™‚

  6. diynige
    August 5, 2018 / 7:38 am

    I love moments like this great family time Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • Rosie
      August 5, 2018 / 11:09 am

      Thank you – I sure will x

  7. August 5, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    I really enjoy playing Monopoly with my family too. I hadn’t thought of playing Cluedo though, I used to love that game! Thanks for linking up with #Blogstravaganza πŸ™‚

    • Rosie
      August 14, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      I’ve loved re-discovering our old board games. Cluedo is my favourite x

  8. August 6, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Board games can be a lot of fun, it sounds like you’re having a great time competing against each other! We’ve just bought The Monopoly card game which is also fun. Each game only takes around 15 to 20 minutes and it’s small enough to take on holidays or days out :o)


    • Rosie
      August 7, 2018 / 12:32 pm

      Oh that sounds fun. I might look into that. Thank you x

  9. August 9, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    This is such a lovely post. A night in with board games is always great. My two are not big enough yet to play Monopoly but I’m looking forward to when they are. At the moment, they like Battleship. It’s easy to play and lots of fun to be had.

    Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • Rosie
      August 9, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you. Yes they will definitely enjoy Monopoly when they’re old enough to play it x

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