We went to Gatlinburg this Spring Break, and we had a great time. It had been about 20 years since we had visited, but it wasn’t much different than what we remembered.
Here’s where we went and some of our observations about how to have fun in Gatlinburg with kids.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about what I saw at Starbucks, and I’ve been intentionally looking for ways to spend more time with my kids.
Now, you’ve got to know that I hate the toys that come in the Kids’ Meals at fast food restaurants. They are generally low quality junk that should (and often do) get thrown away within 2 hours of making it home.
I thought that until we recently got a pack of UNO cards from Arby’s (not an endorsement; just a fact). The pack is really like an eight of a pack of regular cards (they’ve gotta save money somehow), and they’re also about half the physical size of regular UNO cards (comes in handy after a few Draw Fours).
I came to Starbucks this afternoon to finish up some work before the weekend descends upon us and we bask in the calm, relaxing time…who am I kidding? There’s no relaxing on the weekend. It’s just a different kind of crazy.
Anyway, I’m sitting in Starbucks and I see a guy with a boy that’s about six or seven years old. They obviously just came from school because the boy has his backpack and school uniform on.
They’ve both got a drink, and the guy takes a phone call. He says to the person on the other end of the line, “Well, I better go because I’m doing the usual Friday thing with _____.” Honestly, I wasn’t eavesdropping. I just overheard.
Then they pull out a deck of UNO cards and start playing. I went back to my work. Usually, I spend a good deal of time at Starbucks when I work. So did they. And they just played and talked and hung out.
I was impressed. Maybe humbled. I try to spend time with my kids. I even consider myself a good dad. But I’ve never spent hours at Starbucks just playing cards with any of them. Maybe I should.
I’ve been thinking about doing date days or nights with my kids, but I haven’t had a chance to actually act on it in a systematic way. Hopefully, I can execute the ideas I have. That would be awesome.
What about you? What do you to purposefully spend time with your kids?
I’d sincerely love to hear in the comments.
y dad is a huge Star Trek fan. I don’t remember the story too well, but my mom reminds us that he was watching the TV series when either my sister or I were born. She had to pry him away from the show to get to the hospital in time.
This is the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi series, and Facebook is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek by giving us new like buttons (for a limited time).
The new buttons include Spock’s Vulcan salute (love), Kirk (Haha), Spock (Wow), Geordi (Sad), and a Klingon (Angry).
Be sure you head over to Facebook and give a Vulcan salute while you can.
We’ve been waiting for this for a long time! Here’s how the conversation that went down between me and my 11 year old yesterday:
He’s grown up on Mario. Since he was about three we’ve played almost every iteration of Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart, Mario Party, etc.
When he was little, he would dress up as Luigi (he liked green) at home and wear the hat everywhere we went. When his brother came along, there were days when the two of them would do nothing but be Mario and Luigi in real life and on the Wii.
Now…he’s in middle school with his own iPad (for schoolwork, of course)…and we’re getting a Mario game for iOs! I just hope it isn’t terrible. It can’t be, can it?
I mean…look at this description from the app store:
At long last, Mario jumps into a new adventure on iPhone and iPad, this time playable using only one hand.
Even if this is your first Mario game, you won’t be able to put it down!
In this game, you constantly move forward through the courses while using a variety of jumps to navigate. Your character will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal.
Super Mario Run offers three different game modes:
- The first mode features challenging courses for you to complete.
- In the second mode, you challenge the play data of other people’s completed courses. You compete to see who can finish the course with the most style!
- In the third mode, you can create your own Mushroom Kingdom using coins collected by playing the first two game modes.
We’re looking forward to challenging each other in this game. I’m sure my boy will play it more than I will, but I bet I’ll be able to hold my own with him.
I’m sure this game will be one of our favorite iOs games.
What’s your favorite game on iOs?