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Valentine BUNCO!

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I had BUNCO Tuesday night… the game you play with dice…

all family except one that seems like family…

and all women

8 of us all talking at once… Can you picture it!

you need a “girl” time every once in a while…

I like a little theme when I have it…

and Valentine’s Day being next week…

made it fun!…

I have a few decorations anyway…

that just make me happy…

On my front door…

and always a few kitchen towels…

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My windows over my kitchen sink… WINDOW CLINGS…

Easy to brighten an area… and “Cheap!”…

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Back Door…

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Couldn’t resist the Valentine Plates, Cups and Napkins…

and just a few decorations for kitchen table…

BIG red, white and pink M& M’s for munchies…

I decided on a TACO BAR…

Taco Seasoned Meat

Soft Shell Boats

Crunchy Tortilla Chips

Shredded Lettuce

Shredded Cheese

Diced Fresh Tomatoes

Thin Sliced Green Onions

Black Olives(sliced)

Black Beans

Sour Cream

Salsa

Also Mexican Corn crnswssn15_25oz_mffta52541108156u_cwebto complete the meal…

YES!… we do supper!…

Dessert was…

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Cherry Cordial Ice Cream Sundaes

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with…

Hot Fudge Sauce

Valentine Sprinkles

Whipped cream

Cherries to top them off…

All was enjoyed with enough leftovers for my guys…

We buy prizes… 1st=$20, 2nd=$10, 3rd=$8 and two $1… (Floater and Bo0by)…(BUNCO terms)…

It’s a time for some of us (all related) to get together…

Have fun…

and Catch Up on what’s going on in our lives…

I had also made a heart-shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie… but, was not eaten…

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so the next day I took it to the Oncology Staff where Bobby gets his Chemo at VA…

They seemed delighted!… and they are Special!

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BUNCO FOODS… and More “Pumpkin”

I don’t just eat Pumpkin… I also smell like a pumpkin!…

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A favorite of mineBath/Body Cinnamon Pumpkin Lotion and Pumpkin Cranberry Foaming Hand Soap!…

( I have other Pumpkin Scents too… of the hand soaps to last through the fall Season )…

and my new “Fall” Little Debbie’s and “Pumpkin Spice”… cream filled cookies…

ALL GOOD!

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You know I had to have something Pumpkin Flavored for my BUNCO PARTY…

A go-to for sure…

Everything included but, the Cream Cheese and butter……

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Includes: Small can of Pumpkin… Graham Cracker Crumbs… and Cheese Cake (Pumpkin Flavored) mix…

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I made small pies and added whipped cream when cooled…

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These ham/swiss cheese pin wheel sandwiches were so good…

 

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Pizza dough in rectangular form…

Add thin sliced ham…

add thin sliced Swiss Cheese…

Roll from long side…

Cut into Pin Wheels (12)

Pour a glaze made of Dijon Mustard- Brown Sugar- Poppy Seeds- Worcestershire Sauce..

that has been heated in pan…

over the rolls… Bake about 20 minutes in hot oven…

YUMMY!…

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I also made Hash Brown Casserole… and if I had known it was so easy I would have been making it a long time ago!…

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Mix Hash Brown (Frozen) Potatoes with sour cream, chopped onion, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheddar cheese…

and Bake!…

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This is the Best “Corn Salad”… and using fresh white corn on the cob makes it DELICIOUS!

Parboil corn till tender…

Let cool…

cut off cob…

I used 3 ears for about 8 servings…

Grape Tomatoes cut in half…

Green Onions sliced thin…

a little chopped green pepper… and Mayonnaise /salt/pepper… to mix it with…

YOU will love it!

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In case I had a few who DID NOT ??? like Pumpkin…

I made Chocolate Cupcakes…

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I had picked up this kit at end of season…

So… with Cup Cake Papers, “BIG EYE” picks and Candy teeth (included)…

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My Monsters were made…

 

Baking- Crafting- and Staying Healthy!

I have finished making my other Jack-o-lantern light…

They sit at the bottom of the steps outside greeting all visitors…

They were so easy to make and have been a hit with all who have seen them…

Cost about $7.00 to make… not bad!

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My guys were wanting something sweet to eat“NO KIDDING!”…

I have been stashing my cookie supplies for Christmas Baking…

I always bake cookies for gifts… k4771979

I looked through my supplies and retrieved the Reese’s Peanut Butter/Chocolate Chunk mix…

I had also just bought “Recipe Mix-Ins” that was on sale…

which has M&M’s-Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips- Peanut Butter Chips and Dried Coconut…

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Added about 1/3 of package of “Mix-Ins”…

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This HAD to be GOOD!…

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A BIG HIT!… will have to do again!

Didn’t make it through the day… ALL GONE!

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Another HIT!…My Taco Salad…

taco shells – Hard and Soft…

taco seasoning…

ground beef…

chopped lettuce…

chopped tomatoes…

chopped green onions…

(Sometimes black olives)…but, didn’t have…

shredded cheese…

and sour cream…

Layer it up…

with Taco Sauce poured over it…

It has been requested again… for Saturday!

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I had to have the dreaded colonoscopy… this week…but, “ALL came out fine”…

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A little humor there!…

Actually I am in great shape…

The nurses were impressed with my health actually…

I guess they think if you have passed 60…(67)…

that you should be falling apart…

Thank goodness…

I am pretty good health-wise…

So thankful!…

and I bet you are wondering why I had the photo of the chocolates???

well… they are actually Coconut Cream Bob-Bonsk0211425  …

made by the sisters (nuns) and volunteers at the hospital I went to…

They make the most delicious candies… and sell it in the gift shop…

Always have to purchase a box or two…

and at Christmas… It makes great gifts!… u10823800

I am having BUNCO at my house next week…

Check out my menu and gifts in a later blog…

Have a great day!

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A Week of BUSY!

I don’t think of my life as adventurous… k5700782   

but, it can be busy…

Monday:

I gave a program at my TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Group   on Monday night…

I love giving programs… TOPS_logo

whereas when I was young I dreaded it and was a nervous wreck!…

Probably working with my Special Kids k0662770 in a public school setting changed me…

The program was received very well!… I think only one little old lady fell asleep!… k7793920

Tuesday:

I actually forget…

Probably trip to thrift store… due to them changing it to a 30% OFF Day for seniors… and YES!… that’s me!

Wednesday:

BUNCO Night at my sisters… 1005703_308901719244975_1049417750_n

My niece said, “It was the most chaotic BUNCO she had been to”… laughing as she said it!…

We had the new baby in our family with Momma and her other little girl…

We had our sweet niece that had just gotten back from her honeymoon drop by for a visit…

Loved hearing her tales of snorkeling and beach…

My niece that was the Hostess… had her kids there…

and, I have to say, “They were perfect”!”…

We finally did play a few rounds of BUNCO…

and I was the proud winner of a new Beach Towel… which will come in handy on our vacation in August…

Thursday:

Bobby’s Birthday!… HIS day!… u20692860

Off to the casino we went over in Indiana…

We played Penny Slots together… k15507396

and was able to play on our allotted $$$$$ all day…

and eat too!…

He said, “I enjoyed “our” day immensely!”…

Came home to enjoy the Coconut Cake made by our sweet nephew…

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The kids and younger son/wife will be over Sunday to cookout and celebrate Birthday with him…

Friday:

Rain, rain, rain…

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Our water table should be sufficient for the drought we’ll probably have in August…

always extremes in weather it seems…

Bobby finished bird feeder…(actually “mine”!)…

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Got some shrubs pulled out in front… need to redo some landscaping!

Sister came by… ate lunch and visited…

Sat outside… talked to neighbors…

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It will be cute when finished… with both sides being a different design…

to paint for my daughter-in-law…

Hopefully will have finished when they come over Sunday…

Looking forward to a sunnier day… and maybe get grass cut…

although my Grandson would cut it when he comes over…

Maybe will let him… at least part of it!… k12227632

I finally made my “G”…

the letter of our last name…

Have seen them in so many homes… and I wanted one…

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and a really nice surprise came in the mail…

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I placed it in my photo holders to get a good picture!

and the nicest message to me and my husband from a fellow blogger…

all of the way from the United Kingdom…

just lovely!

https://mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com/

you should definitely check out her beautiful posts!

 

 

 

 

 

BUNCO Halloween???

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would be the thing…  ATT00001111

only she searched and searched and no butt to be found…

Now where could it have gone…

Well, I joined in the search but, no butt!

She has put it away far too well… hiding it from herself!

She didn’t give up though… She was going to our BUNCO group party dressed as something!     diceladies

She bought a very scary mask… used her black cape coat and her Psych T-Shirt… that says she has escaped and entered the room with a slight limping and dragging

effect NO ONE knew who she was! k5928195

They looked at me and asked,  “Where’s your sister?”…

I just shrugged… thinking they should have known…

we had walked in together…

After a few minutes the word was out … They loved it!

There were a few ladies “dressed up” in their fancy Halloween shirts…

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and jewelery… but, most just said, “I forgot… I wish I had worn mine!”…

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We didn’t have any Frankensteins, Witches, Mummies, Ghosts….

I was not in the mood to really go all out like my sis… but, did manage to create a…

” Fascinator” Halloween Hat”…

It’s just a headband with photos, feathers and ribbons… but, turned out quite cute…

Using hot glue gun… stapler…and arranging the photos…

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The Skeleton said, “Play BUNCO!… You Booby!”… (Booby being the lowest prize given out!)

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 Other creatures adorned the hat as well… with Trick or Treat being prominent… for anyone wanting to give me a treat!

BUNCO GOODIES!

BUNCO night has arrived…diceladies

We are to bring the food and drink My sister and myself…

We have a little lady in our group… but, at 90 years… she has asked us to let her pay our monthly dues of $5.00 each x19961008 … and just let us do the food preparation

That is fine with us!

My sister and I can come up with a menu easily … and decide what each is going to bring

We have to feed 28 ladies

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Chicken Salad ( sister)

Rolls / Crackers / Butter (sister) k5884298

Spinach Casserole (sister) 697096

Cranberry / Raspberry Jello Salad (sister) unnamed

Pumpkin / Cream Cheese Bars (me)

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Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Autumn Sprinkles (me)

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Chocolate Covered Mints – candy (me) 719_jpg_1

Iced Tea / Coffee / Soft Drinks (me) u19202437

Also Paper products of Plates / Forks / Cups / Napkins (me) mfr0039

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If we make a list it goes much easier… k14763986

Everyone raved over the food… Sure makes us feel good!

As you can tell by list… sister is the better cook

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Our little lady who paid our dues…  said…

“I sure did a good job cooking and baking didn’t I?”… as she grinned her sweet smile!

“It tasted so good!”

RECIPE:

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Angel Food Cake

This recipe calls for very few ingredients: angel food cake, a can of pumpkin, cream cheese, and some cinnamon.

Directions:

*Beat the cream cheese with 3 tablespoons water until the consistency has thinned.

*In a separate bowl, mix the cake mix, pumpkin, and 1 tsp cinnamon with 3/4 cup water.

*Add half the cake mixture to a 9×13 pan, layer with dollops of the cream cheese, add the remaining cake mixture, and top with remaining cream cheese.

*Take a knife and swirl the cream cheese and cake together. Be sure not to over mix, you want the ingredients to remain separate.

Bake the cake at 375 degrees for 34 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).

Roll Those Dice!

It’s time to roll those dice!…

As in BUNCO!…

There are eight of us… all related in this little group…

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Hasn’t always been that way… but, it has come down to all of us being connected by family

As related to me… 1-Sister… 1-Sister-in-law… 5-Nieces… and myself…

We truly love it!… A time for us to get-together once a month and talk, talk, talk…

It was my turn to have our little party…

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We fix some sort of dinner… which includes snack of some kind on tables… dinner… drinks… dessert…

Not a time for watching your diet… Just save those calories for this night!….

My menu consisted of a variety of candies on the two tables we play at…

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Quesadilla Casserole…

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Flour tortillas…ground beef…onion…tomato sauce… black beans…corn…shredded cheese and spices…

Spanish Rice… I kinda cheated on that one… used the Rice-a-Roni

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Rotel Cheese Dip/Scoops Nacho Chips…

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Soft Drinks/ Coffee/ Tea

Applesauce Spice Cake with Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream

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As I said… come hungry… we like to cook… all of us!

After we eat… we play for about an hour… sometimes more talking than playing…

dessert is served after we quit playing… and prizes are given out…

1st…was a cute purse/scarf ( got a great after Christmas buy on them)…

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2nd… was two large jar candles…( another deal) and a windchime of glass that looked like a funky bird… too cute…

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3rd… was another windchime of a Ceramic white teapot… with teacups and small metal spoons…

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Chocolate Long Stem Roses were given to our BOOBY winner (last place) and to our FLOATER… the last person to have a real BUNCO!…31rtysnecyl__sl500_aa300_pibundle-600_aa300_sh20_

We hug and kiss and decide who’s house it will be at next month and if the day suits everyone…We’re pretty flexible…Us older ones retired and the younger ones still working…

Some take doggy bags… which is always offered…

We are family!…

A mixture… that keeps us in touch and close… A good thing!

“I Can’t Remember!”

Memory…

I had to push myself a little today… to  go to my water aerobics class at the YMCA

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YES!… I know all of the reasons I should… and I really do like it… but, getting back in the groove is a little hard…

Hours had been changed…k10754075 and the holidays had cut into my exercise time

I do know routine is good for me… probably for everyone… if we would admit it!…

So I went… Aren’t you proud of me???… I’m proud of myself…k10169074

Then, when I got home my son and I hit the Thrift Store… He buys to collect and sell on Ebay3625v1-max-150x150and I just love to browse… If I find something I need or can use… I feel fortunate

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Next stop… Target… target-bullseyeMy kids kiddingly call it Target‘ to this day .. and they’re grown!

I’m having BUNCO at my house next week… and needed to buy the prizes… A $20.00 , $10.00, $8.00, and 2-$1.00 gifts…

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I found first ($20.00)… Actually it was on sale for $14.98… marked half off from $29.99GOOD DEAL!… I’ll have to add something for $5.00 or just put a $5.00 bill in it… A very cute purse!… I also had several other things that I just needed…

I paid for the purse separately… so if the person who wins it… doesn’t like it or need it… they can return it with no problem!…

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Navy suede-like material with brown leather trim… short or long strap…

Well, that’s when my problem started… k9543487

I went to use my debit card k10013491and I went blank!… I mean… I couldn’t remember my PIN # for anything!… The more I tried the worse it got evidently… So, I charged the purse instead of running it as a debit.. .and it went through fine

I tried again to remember my PIN # k3094876when the clerk ran up my other purchases… and still no success… and this time… since I had tried so many times… my credit union wouldn’t even let me charge it… I know this is for my safety…but, do you know how frustrated I was!… I leave with only the BUNCO prize… apologizing to the clerk and feeling about as small as a mousek2642463

I got home and just flopped down and told my husband my predicamentk3145675 He was no help… Hadn’t a clue what my # was either!… So… I will try again tomorrow and see if the # comes to me… or go get a new PIN # at the credit union…k2489558

I feel so utterly “stupid”!… Have any of you ever had this happen???… k1247409I hope I hear YES!

The BUNCO Ladies!

Gift…

I’ve joined another BUNCO group

…My sister lives in a condo complex…and they have a ladies Bunco group… also a swimming pool… they have card night … Thursday is supper night at the clubhouse… and all that attend bring something to go with the meal…”Pot Luck

I’ve been fortunate to enjoy her pool… and now I am joining her Bunco group… with some very nice ladies

Our little family Bunco consist of eight of us sitting at two tables… and we are all related… This group has 32 members sitting at eight tables… If you’ve played Bunco… you know you rotate from table to table if you win… or stay at the same table if you lose… It can be quite comical  with just the eight of us… switching back and forth… but, with 32 ladies it sometimes is quite funny… watching all the expressions and listening to the comments is so humorous…

So many different personalities… so many backgrounds…so many moods… I assure you a man would not like this atmosphere at times…

Generally all goes quite smoothly… One lady is in charge… and she does an excellent job of keeping track of all of the details… Who has paid their $5.00  monthly dues… Who owes money if they were absent… Because the money collected goes for numerous monetary prizes after scores are tallied … and who is to provide the food for the month… You see… we play only one time a month…

Oh!… Did  I not tell you???… We eat supper a little before we start to play… and we can nibble  in between and drink   ONLYif we pay close attention to what is happening while playing and rolling those dice… This is quite important!…

It’s a good thing these condo ladies don’t see our little group at our homes… They would be wide-eyed and going hysterical!… Because we talk constantly… ask what we are rolling all of the time… saying, “What number are we on?”  … eatdrink… sometimes just laughing

… and forgetting to roll all together… pass the score keeping sheet to anyone willing to do it… instead of taking turns… sometimes punch a card by mistake with the hole punchers and have to draw a little circle around it where it won’t be counted… Oh, my!… These ladies would probably be pulling their hair out watching us…

My sister… another lady… and I are fixing the food this month… My sister and I really like making  party food … so no problem there!… but, the little older lady just seemed so frustrated with the thought and really overwhelmed … so she is just giving us a little money to go toward the food… and is so relieved!..

My sis and I planned a menu … Who would do what… Who would purchase what … Probably took about 20 minutes… and we did this while swimming… We work well together… Can’t you tell…

Our menu is:

Homemade Chicken Salad … and Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

Cranberry/Raspberry/Sour Cream Jello Salad

Chocolate Chunk Cookies… 

Ham Swiss Double  Pinwheels…

Homemade Pasta Salad

Chocolate Fudge Brownies…

Tea- Sweet-Unsweet/ Regular -Diet Soft Drinks/ Water to drink…

Sounds pretty good I think… It’s our first time doing the food … so we want to make a good impression… and…

We promise to pay attention to rolling the dice … even if we are eating another brownie

Let’s Play “BUNCO”!

Tonight is BUNCO night  …My sister-in-law is having it at her house  …as I’ve mentioned before I have been playing BUNCO for all my married life…42 years…I’ve played with friends  , my Mom, sisters, daughter-in-law, neighbors , my nieces  …even great nieces…I must enjoy it to have played for so long… for those who have never played it is a game of dice…you must have a minimum of 8 people…we have always played with all women, but some couples play too…I think that would be fun!…maybe I’ll get one together sometime…I’ll put out some “feelers” as they say…and see who might be interested…Since women like to shop we buy prizes…a $20.00 , a $10.00, an $8.00 and two $1.00 prizes…these are bought with the $5.00 we collect from every one that plays each month…for couples and big groups they usually give money for the prizes…you switch partners every time a session ends…so you basically are on your own…as far as getting points and who wins or loses…We always eat…usually a dinner of some kind…but, it can be sandwiches, dip/chips…but, always dessert! Of course we talk a lot…some people are very gung-ho about playing ( starting on time, playing constantly, keeping score correctly, and stopping on time)…I guess, that’s the way it should be, but a lot of us get to talking, forget to roll, get the score messed up…so I guess we would be called more laid back    …but, we all get along and either way we laugh   through whatever happens… it is just a game isn’t it??? …We get together for fun, relaxation, family time, catch up on news and of course enjoy the wonderful food prepared by our “Hostess of the Month”  …gee, now I know why “I love BUNCO!!!

 

“MY KIDS”…

I had talked about BUNCO and how much fun we had…so we decided to arrange a “BUNCO Party”  with our students and some peers that were connected to the team we were on at school…We practiced rolling the dice ( 3 )   …looking for what  #’s were on the dice when they were rolled and stopped on the table…counting the points, if any…keeping score with paper and pencil  …ringing the bell   when a team wins…rotating between tables if you won or lost…sounds pretty complicated when you start going through all the steps to play…even I admit that!…if you take any type of function and break it down into steps you’d be surprised as to how many there are…so it’s easier sometimes to just learn as you go…Some of our student’s couldn’t even hold the dice  …some of our students didn’t know their numbers to read     them…some of our students couldn’t write…and if they could,  maybe they didn’t know how to make certain letters and numbers…This was an experiment   on our part as well as them!…so this is why we paired one of our Special Students to one of the Regular Ed Students  …We sent out invitations  , bought snacks and drinks  , set up tables…since our group was the “Hostess of the Month”We were bombarded with many returns accepting our invite…so we began to pair up our “little teams” to play…some of the Regular Ed kids had of course played before and some, like our kids…were just learning…what fun they had!…as they played, some were “gung-ho”…wanted everything just right…some were “laid back”…messed up a lot on keeping score, talked a lot…but, most of all they all laughed   a lot…enjoyed the snacks  and drinks prepared by the “hostess”, enjoyed the small prizes we had purchased for the winners and at the end they knew…”Why they loved BUNCO!

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