During our A Surrendered Marriage Series, I talked about having fun together as a couple and even gave you 42 date night ideas to enjoy together. It is so important for you and your man to continue having fun together long after the initial spark of honeymoon bliss wears off.
In her book, The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex, Shelia Wray Gregoire addresses an underlying cause of many marriage problems today:
We’ve stopped being able to talk and solve problems, and the reason is usually quite simple: we’ve stopped doing things together. Two people can’t solve problems if they don’t first have a foundation of liking each other and laughing together. Before we can attack our marriage problems, we need to remember why we enjoy each other in the first place. We need to spend time together (page 188).
The man of my prayers and I love spending time together. One thing we enjoy doing often is playing games! Rarely a week goes by that we don’t pull out a board game or a deck of cards to have a go at each others pride. Through the years, we have discovered five games that we go back to time and time again.
5 Games to Play Together as a Couple
Monopoly – It’s a classic. Generally, Mark beats me. However, there are those rare, but very fun occasions, when I hoard hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place leaving him broke as a joke. It’s glorious.
Blokus Duo - We keep this one by the bed. It’s a great strategy game that is very spatial. Interestingly, I’m not great at strategy or spatial activities, yet I almost always beat Mark’s socks off. We’ve even played this game into the wee hours of the morning at I-hop on one of our weekend getaways!
Sequence – Great mix of board game and cards. This game is addicting. We are pretty evenly matched on this one, so it’s always up for grabs who will win.
Yahtzee- Our first year of marriage, this is all we played. We called it Yatzee Wars. True story: We left a New Year’s Eve party early so we could go home and battle it out until midnight. We played as many Yahtzee games as we could until the ball dropped! It was INTENSE! In case you’re wondering, I won the 2008 Yahtzee Wars. Sadly, no one believed us when we said this was our reason for leaving early.
Jitters Word Game – I found this game buried under some children’s game at a local children’s consignment sale. It was a huge event, and the line to check out was about a mile long. I was sifting through the tables of stuff along the way and discovered this little jewel … for a dollar! One solitary buck! It’s the classic model in great condition. I didn’t even know what a steal it was until I searched it on Amazon for this post! It’s a very fun game. You roll the alphabet dice; and you get cards; and you make words; and you do it all really, really fast with this buzzer thing chiming as you try to make your words; and it’s just crazy fun. You have to try it. *breathe* It’s so fun! We have to make sure the baby is good and asleep before we begin. It gets kind of loud!
What are some of your favorite games to play as a couple to ensure that you’re having fun and building a lasting friendship?
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