Family Game Night

8-9-2008-02On a recent weekly grocery jaunt to Wal-Mart, we found ourselves looking at board games.

“We should try to find Twister,” I told Dale.

“Just getting up from the chair is a game of Twister,” he said.

You remember the game of Twister, where you spread a plastic sheet out with different colored dots? When you spin the dial, it tells you which body part should be placed on what color and if you touch your knees or elbows to the mat, or fall, you lose.

Well, every night is family game night at our house.

We may not have the colored dots on the floor, but with four dogs in less than 500 square feet, floor space is at a premium. Moving around without stubbing a toe, stepping on a tail or falling down is a challenge and every time we can do it without harming each other, a dog, or ourselves is a winning night.

Usually, when I get up from the sofa, I have to place my first steps over Emma, our German Shepherd/Rot mix, who is usually sprawled out on her back right below the sofa. I balanced myself by reaching for Dale’s chair and then I step over Sade, our pit bull, to make my way into the kitchen.

Dogs aren’t the only obstacles in our path though, something as insignificant as a small floor fan or even a misplaced pair of shoes can cause us to “lose the game.” One night a couple of months ago, I got up in the middle of the night, put my foot between a metal stand and the fan and got the whole fan stuck on my foot. Dancing around, half asleep in the dark, I fell into the dresser, stepped on Emma’s tail and finally made it to the light switch.

Emma was fine, but my leg had a bruise the length of my shin and I had a bruise across my chest from falling into the dresser.

I would say I pretty much lost that night.

When the dogs are done eating, we slide their bowls under furniture out of the way. More than once, I’ve tripped on a dog bowl while cooking.

More times than not, we do remember to put things back in their place and even in the dark, we know where things should be.

I told my husband that we should decorate the floor with dots and make it a real game. We could play for doing chores such as washing dishes, feeding the dogs or taking out the trash and the recycling. Although in our game, it would have to be the winner who would have to do the chores, as the loser is usually too banged up to move.

It just goes to show that in The Little House, every move we make is an adventure. At least, for the most part, we even enjoy that and can laugh about it – that is, unless we’re holding our foot in pain.

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8 Responses

  1. Love the Twister analogy! Have you run into this (literally)? The dog as speed bump? Our greyhound stretches across the middle of the floor…you really have to slow down!

    • Kerri says:

      The dogs as speed bumps, now THAT is funny! However, our house is so small, our “road” is more like a twisting, curvy mountain road, we have to go pretty slow anyway! 🙂

  2. Shoot! I was going to ask you to guest post about living with dogs in a small space sometime soon. You beat me to it.

  3. Kathy Winn says:

    Kerri- I laughed out loud at the description of your mishap with your toe and a fan. Sorry- don’t mean to be unsympathetic, but that was funny! When our girls were little, we were always dealing with their toys being scattered about. Their bedrooms often became obstacle courses. I remember times when I needed to get to one of them quickly, whether due to a cough or cold or a nightmare that woke them up in the middle of the night. Have you ever stepped on a Barbie high heel in your bare feet? OUCH! Ha ha! Another great blog Kerri!

    • Kerri says:

      Thanks for laughing WITH me, Kathy! It’s funny now, but at the time, I just wanted to kill Dale (he was the one who moved it). Of course, the bruise in the middle of summer when I’m wearing my capri pants, was a conversation starter! 🙂

  4. Kerri says:

    At least they’re all the same color! 🙂 You would think we would learn after the first time of stepping in a dog bowl and having it flip up and hit us in the shin…I guess we’re slow learners!

  5. MarthaandMe says:

    We have two golden retrievers. When my parents travel, their two golden retrievers come to stay with us. I often feel as though my house is just a carpet of dog bodies. We do the same dance you’re doing – trying to move around them without stepping on them. Having two more dog bowls in the kitchen adds an extra challenge too.