Hands Down the slaphappiest game ever
featuring the colorful exciting SLAM-O-MATIC!
Between the meetings and church gatherings of this past week, we have also had the great fun of connecting with dear friends in and around Toronto. During our evenings, we have been blessed by great times of sharing food, conversation, and laughter.
Our family loves to play all sorts of card and board games, but this week we've been treated to some classic competition with some vintage tabletop games. Our friends Donna and Dave Jervis have an eclectic collection of some real greats, from Hands Down to Ratrace.
Dave and Aaron after a high-rolling night
playing the 1974 boardgame, Ratrace.
Rat race: A madcap game of social climbing
Dave and Donna's collection really brought us back to some childhood favourites as we shared together memories of the games we all played growing up. In our neighbourhoods, every family had a closet with a deep stack of board games like Life, Risk, Stratego, Operation, Clue, Pay Day, Aggravation, Perfection, Stock Ticker, and the list goes on. Games were always a big part of our childhood holidays and get-togethers.
Ava was especially good at the quick reflex game of hands down. She had attended John English Elementary School earlier today with our friend Heather Smith in Mimico. It was a little scary to walk into a new classroom (the first class was completely in French) and meet so many new people, but Ava jumped in and had a great day. We talked a lot about the differences of being a student in Canada and in Kenya. Ava certainly misses her friends in Nairobi, but she is embracing homeschooling on the road with mom and dad. Every day there is something new to learn and experience. Beating the grown-ups in a card game is not a bad way to end a big day.
Donna and Erica at the 541 Exchange, Hamilton
Triominoes at the kitchen table
Pulling out classic games like Triominoes, brought us back to memories of summer vacations and playing games with our Maritime relatives where cards and crokinole were regular parts of our family gatherings. It is wonderful to hear how table games are on a resurgence in Canada. Even Tristan is a part of a board game group at Acadia where new friends are getting together each week to play.
Tristan and our resident Werewolf, Eli Gardner
We also love playing newer games. The spooky, One Night, was a blast with our friends Adrian, Nicole, Eli, and Grace.
Playing One Night Ultimate Werewolf with the Gardner family
Gary and Carla Nelson
Speaking of nostalgia, we also appreciate the opportunity to reminisce about our early days with CBM and great experiences with our friends the Craigs, Chaises, and Nelsons. We are grateful for being a part of the international work that Canadian Baptists have invested in for more than 140 years.
Our time in Toronto has flown by. We are looking forward to connecting with our friends Terry and Heather Smith tonight and then with the Church at the Centre in Fallingbrook this Sunday before we travel North for CBM strategic meetings with the other continental team leaders.
Thank you for your prayers.
Sam and Cindy Chaise
Checking out Donna's Halloween Store with Ava