Wednesday, August 19, 2015

TableTop Fun: The Front Nine

Designer: Nick Case
Publisher: Self-Published
From BoardGameGeek:
The Royal Golf Association are running their annual competition to judge the best new nine hole course of the year. Will you finish all nine holes before the judges carry out their inspection? If not will stunning scenery and design excellence be enough to beat off the opposition?
We first saw this game on Rahdo Runs Through and loved the idea of it. Right before I got pregnant with Emma, Ian and I got a little into golf. The golf course construction concept was interesting. I was lucky enough to catch a 2nd print run of the game. You are able to build your different par holes through the buying and selling of resources. The object is to build a 36 par course and make sure it loops back to your clubhouse. I'm a big of tile placement games and this hits the spot for its spatial aspect. After we got the rules down, games last about an hour. Since it is a self-published game, it is a little "rough" - pun intended. The rulebook needs a complete overhaul. It's very hard to learn the game correctly with its current state. While on maternity leave, I had some extra time and was able to trick out the game a little bit. I created a resource tracker card and mini golf ball markers. Cute! 

Emma was surprisingly calm for this photo shoot back in January. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Spaghetti Petty Family Style

I was going through some pictures from January and found Emma's first time eating spaghetti. It was done Petty Family Style - shirts off. :) Look at those chubs! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Swing Incident

Last Saturday, we stopped at the park outside the pool since we were a little early. Emma pointed to the swings so Ian put her in one and started pushing her. It's hard to describe the look on her face... sheer terror? I've never seen her look that way and I never want to again! She turned bright red as Drew and I told Ian to stop. Emma then let out a very slow long breath. So sad! She's been on swings before. I'm not sure what the issue was - maybe it was just too fast? Ian slowly pushed her after that and she was fine. So strange! Here's Em after we told Ian to stop.

She relaxed though and was smiling at the end.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Point Farms Trip

It's been 2 years in a row that we've been disappointed in our beach trip. Last year it was too early in the summer and the water was cold... this year it might have been too late. It was overcast and the water was chilly once again. Booooo. It's hard to convince Emma to stay in the water and have fun when we are freezing our buns off! Maybe we will time it right next year... :|