Beatles Scrabble

Here in our house, we are a bit board-game-crazy. If there’s a special edition version of something we love of a game that we love (i.e. Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit) we are sure to play it. Caleab happened to get Beatles Scrabble as a Christmas gift and on a lazy afternoon while Rudy was napping and the boys were still away, we decided to give it a go. First of all, I never knew this existed. Second of all, I was perplexed; how can it be a “Beatles” edition? Scrabble is Scrabble, so I thought. Well there are a few differences, as a matter of fact. In general, if you play a “Beatles” word (predetermined by players) you get extra points. Then there are the “Help!” cards. Oh, those tricksy little “Help!” cards! You could use one per turn and they were for all different things that would basically completely bend the rules and get you more points: play a word backwards, make any other player give you a tile, get 10 extra points for playing a word horizontally on the bottom row, etc. It really was a lot of fun, and we had a jolly time playing. Caleab pretty much creamed me, but we won’t speak of that.

Beatles Scrabble

Just starting out.

Flying hands.

A "Help!" card.

Nearing the end.

Early Christmas

The boys go with their father’s family for Christmas every other year, so on those years we have to do our Christmas with the boys early, otherwise we wouldn’t be doing it until January. This year our Christmas fell on Sunday, December 16. All around it was incredibly delightful. The boys loved their presents and for the first time, I really felt like Rudy understood what was going on when it came to opening gifts.

What made this year a little extra special for us parents is that for the first time since 2008, Caleab and I bought each other gifts. We didn’t have a huge spending limit, but it was the thought and love put into each present that gave them each tremendous value (wow, am I corny). The five gifts that Caleab gave me proved to me all over again just how well he knows me. I absolutely loved them all, which included a handful of books (I count a boxed set of 5 books as one present plus one stand alone book), a record, a bag that I’ve had my eye on for some time and, for your viewing pleasure, the cutest little Bilbo Baggins I ever did see.

Shall we be best friends forever and ever, Bilbo? Good, I think we should, too.

Shall we be best friends forever and ever, Bilbo? Good, I think we should, too.

Two Loves Combined

There are a few things that I am notorious for, and I would surely say that one is being a board game lover and another one is being an all-things-Tolkien lover. I will have to show my board game collection some day; I own well over 100 board games (yikes). I also own quite a number of Tolkien’s books and related items. This being true, I can understand, and am incredibly grateful for, my sister-in-law Lynn snagging me a Trivial Pursuit: Lord of the Rings Edition when she saw it for sale. When she first gave it to me, Caleab, the boys, and I read a few of the cards for a sampling, but we were out of town and had a 3 hour drive ahead of us, so we decided “Later, later…” Then of course, life happened and we never play our board games as often as I wish we would, so we still, until this day, had never sat down and actually played it.

When Rudy Mae went down for her nap, I knew we had at least 2 hours, possibly 3, so I suggested giving it a whirl. The boys were busy with their own versions of games (one was on the computer, one was on the PS3) so it was just Caleab and I, but my word, we had such a wonderful time. When she awoke, we had to just call it a game without it officially ending, but Caleab was the winner with 5 pie pieces to my 4. I can guarantee you that we will be playing this one more often. Not only was it terribly fun, but being the one who introduced Caleab to Middle-Earth, I need my chance at redemption!

Caleab was Frodo and I was Gandalf.

Pie pieces just waiting to be won.

The game includes a Ringwraith playing piece for an advanced playing version that we opted not to use since we had minimal playing time.

Caleab won with 5 pie pieces, and I only managed 4. Good game, dear.