We celebrated the unofficial end to summer the best way we know how, with family. My older brother, Bryan, and his family came to visit from Chicago. We don’t get to see them as often as we would like to due to the distance, but we always enjoy our time together. We wanted to see Anna’s family as well over the long weekend, too, but road trips are tough on the kids these days. Here’s a snapshot of our weekend.
Playing Nintendo Classic
Who needs virtual reality, Xbox One, or PlayStation®4 when you have a Nintendo Classic sitting at your parents’ house? Out of all the different video gaming systems we had growing up, the only one that we play to this day is the Nintendo Classic.
Our favorite game is Tecmo Super Bowl which was released in 1991. The graphics are horrible, and we love it.
The game is played in five-minute quarters, so no one is stuck waiting to play for too long. With only 8 plays to choose from, it makes for a fun mind game trying to think about what play your opponent is picking. No matter what the score is, you are never out of the game. When a quarterback is capable of throwing the football from endzone to endzone, you always have a shot.
Jude was curious about the Nintendo, and his uncles were more than willing to show him the ropes and let him play. Super Mario Bros 2 was his game of choice.
Nintendo came out with a mini version (The NES Classic Edition system) that comes pre-installed with 30 classic games like Super Mario Bros 1, 2, and 3, Punch-Out!!, The Legend of Zelda, and Tecmo Bowl (Sorry, no Tecmo Super Bowl). While I don’t have one, I might have to add this to my Christmas list this year, you know, for Jude to play with.
What’s a weekend without mowing?
No weekend is complete without mowing the yard. Thankfully, the rain stopped for a couple hours on Sunday that allowed me and my mowing assistant, Jude, to get some much needed mowing done. I think his new favorite task is blowing the grass off the sidewalk even though I know he loves to mow with me. As Jude says, “Daddy, you’re my best mower.”
. . . and laundry
What can I say, we work hard, and the kids play harder. By Friday, we had our usual mound of clothes going. By staying home this weekend, we were able to catch up on laundry and get ready for another week. Here’s a look at the pile of clean laundry that I was procrastinating on folding.
It’s a miracle.
Spoiler alert: if you receive a Christmas card from my parents, read no further.
My parents wanted a family photo taken this weekend for their 2018 Christmas card. Taking pictures with kids is
sometimes always a production. We had our family photo taken by my parents’ neighbor, and it only took 3 photos and 5 minutes to get one that everyone liked, which is no small feat. If you’re on their Christmas card list, act surprised come December.
How did you spend your Labor Day weekend? I’d love to hear your highlights from the weekend in the comments below.