Does anyone else find it harder to carve out some game time now that you have a child? It’s ok, I’m right there with you!
It is challenging to balance providing all the love, support and attention our little ones need with mommy time and/or daddy time, but both are important. So here is my hot take: We all need a time to do what makes us happy to ensure our perpetual happiness around our children. If we are happy and treat them as such, then they will grow in the sunshine of our happiness rather than the cloudiness of our grump. Caring for our children is important, self-care is important.
Playing video games brings me joy and eventually I would love to share that joy with my daughter. Currently she shows some interest, but she’s not quite there yet, so I mostly carve out time to play while she’s sleeping. I wake up early, I utilize her nap time and/or I stay up after her bedtime. There are other things I need to get done too, but If I have the time I will play. I finish games at a much slower pace now, but that’s alright! It all sparks joy!
What brings you joy? When do you find the time to do what you love?
I am a positive gamer and this is a safe space for us all to express our love for games without negativity!
I play games to enjoy and relax. I lose myself in whatever a particular game has to offer, whether that be the plot, the characters, the creativity, the graphics; I appreciate all video games and their creators. If a game does not pique my own personal interests, I don’t attack it, I move on to one that does.
If it’s necessary to review a game, I provide constructive feedback and information, supported by specific examples to help improvement. This feedback should always be offered in a friendly manner with good intentions and that’s exactly what I do!
Welcome to the spooky month of October my friends!
My family and I have created a playlist of family friendly Halloween music for you and yours! Halloween may be celebrated a little differently this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t kindle a little Halloween spirit!
This year we’ve decided to focus more on jazzy halloween inspired music with a few other songs sprinkled in that fit the mood. The Disney and Danny Elfman presence in this list is strong and I found myself wishing I could find more jazz covers of the Disney Villains songs.
Please let us know if we missed or left out any of your family friendly halloween favorites you feel should be included! We’d love to hear from you!
Family Friendly Halloween Playlist 2020
Linus and Lucy | Vince Guaraldi Trio
Monsters, Inc. | Randy Newman
Charlie Brown Theme | Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Scare Floor | Randy Newman
Great Pumpkin Waltz | Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Piano Duet (The Corpse Bride) | Danny Elfman
Overture (The Nightmare Before Christmas) | Danny Elfman
This is Halloween | The Citizens of Halloweentown
Grim, Grinning Ghosts | The Haunted Mansion Happy Haunts
Sally’s Song | Catherine O’hara
Jack and Sally Montage | Danny Elfman
Jack’s Lament | Danny Elfman
Ball & Socket Lounge Music #1 | Danny Elfman
Remains of the Day | Danny Elfman
They Don’t Scare Me | Mickey Mouse
Monster Mash | Bobby “Boris” Pickett
The Munsters | Jack Marshall
Trust in Me | Scarlett Johansson
Snuff Out the Light | Eartha Kitt
Witchy Woman | The Eagles
I Put a Spell On You | Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Friends on the Other Side | Keith David
Man with the Hex | The Atomic Fireballs
The Headless Horseman | Thurl Ravenscroft
Superstition | Stevie Wonder
Remains of the Day (Combo Lounge Version) | Danny Elfman
Cruella De Vil | Dr. John
Ball & Socket Lounge Music #2 | Danny Elfman
Little Birdie (Instrumental) | Vince Guaraldi Trio
Every year, Cameron and I always find it hard to believe we have been married for five years, six years, seven years! This year we’ve been married 8 years and it’s still hard to believe! It’s not that we’re in total shock or disbelief that we lasted this long, it’s more that we can’t believe how fast the time has flown by.
Cameron and I are just right for one another and I am grateful every day that we found each other instead of settling for less. We love one another, we have fun together, we give each other space for our friends and hobbies, and we never fight. Oh sure we get a little irritable from time to time, more-so when we’re hungry or tired, but we’ve never had a fight and for that I am thankful.
Last August, we welcomed our first baby, Zoey. I have heard horror stories of how babies can be a real strain on a couple’s relationship, but we’ve squashed that stigma too. We support one another in raising her; we trade off feeding her, changing her diapers, we comfort her together, we’re united.
The moral of my story is that being with someone doesn’t have to be hard; if it’s right, it’s right. It should come naturally being in your person’s presence and you shouldn’t settle for anything less.