Family Game Night 1

Here’s a fun little card game we’ve been enjoying recently; it’s called COUP. Full of lying and deception as each player tries to outwit their opponent. Fun and fast paced. Each player gets two cards and each card has certain abilities and can cancel out others. Gather enough coins for a coup and take out other player’s cards, steal other player’s coins or flat out assassinate your opponent. Each game lasts about 15 minutes so you’re not stuck in a game all night. Once you lose both cards, you are out the game. 2 to 6 players. Box says 13 and above but we have no problem with younger players. (say 8) I give it 5 stars out of 5.


Card characters and abilities. 

Geocaching

Perhaps the biggest kept secret for a free family fun time is Geocaching. If you have not heard of this by now, Google or YouTube it for more information. It is filled with videos to get you started and gives tutorials and strategies. Basically it’s a big scavenger hunt using GPS coordinates to find caches hidden all over the place (and by all over the place, I mean all over the world) and pretty much all you need is a smartphone. See the website geocaching.com to sign up for free and get started. It has map applications and you can get a good idea of where the caches are located in your area. Also, go to your app center and find a good app for your smartphone. There are a few rules. You have to register and download the coordinates (caches) Many handheld gps units have a geocache feature. Also, upon finding a cache, you have to sign (if they have a sign sheet) and take an item from the find, as well as, leave an item for the next seeker. At the end of the day, you should log back in (geocaching.com) and record all your finds. It can even get advanced where an item from a cache has to make its way to a final destination by way of “cache hopping” or a cache can just be a clue to finding the final treasure. My kids really love it, whether it’s an ammo box out in the woods, or a micro cache with a magnet stuck under a park bench. Great outdoor fun. Reminds me a bit of Pokemon Go. 

Mike the Tiger 2005-2016

This is Mike VI, the mascot of the LSU Tigers. He was euthanized today because of inoperable brain cancer. I didn’t intend to write this today, but as I was driving home from work I heard the news. This picture of Mike is one my daughter took with my phone while he was sleeping. Like many fans of LSU, we often take our children to see Mike on the LSU campus hoping to instill a sense of pride and devotion to higher learning and education. Many may not know but Mike was a rescue animal when he found his home in Baton Rouge.  I spent many a hour just being a dad with my kids in front of his den trying to get a good look. He had one of the whitest faces of any tiger I have ever seen. My kids and I will miss him.