Thanksgiving Gingerbread Houses

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family. The Bergers came through Grandma’s house in waves bringing laughter, hugs, and the joyful plunking of Christmas carols on the piano. It’s amazing how full the Maumee house feels when a few families are visiting and Grandma’s smile was beaming with love to see the extended family […]

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Wicked

“Okay, let’s get this over with, No, I’m not seasick, Yes, I’ve always been green, and No, I didn’t eat grass as a child.”  -Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West, from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked. Everyone knows the tale of the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, the farm girl from Kansas, is displaced by a tornado […]

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This is Halloween!

Halloween was a big deal in my family growing up. My Aunt Lisa used to tell me that it was her favorite holiday because it’s the one day a year when you can be anyone you want to be! She sent care packages to me during my college years around Halloween with popcorn and candy […]

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It’s Not October Until We’ve Carved a Pumpkin

Raindrops on Roses, and Whiskers on Kittens. Football, Fall Colors, and Apples with Pumpkins. Flocks of Sandhill Cranes with the wind in their wings. These are a few of my favorite things! ♫ It’s a month into the school year, and the temperatures are finally beginning to cool off just enough for my ideal running […]

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SUPER MARIO! WAHOO!

The legends of LEGO continue with another trip down memory lane to Derek’s childhood days of playing Mario and building legos. After completing the LEGO Groot in a manner of hours, Derek had an itch to keep challenging his building skills. We took a day trip to Chicagoland for some shopping and made a stop […]

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I AM [LEGO] GROOT

It seemed as if the tracking updates couldn’t disclose enough timely information for Derek as he anxiously awaited his package from Lego to arrive. When we returned home from running a few errands, the unassuming brown box with his name on it was a delightful surprise. He dashed up the stairs and ripped open the […]

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A Rookie’s Recap from Gen Con

The Gen Con magic was winding down and we had one last day to delight in. If Saturday had been the busiest day of the weekend, then Sunday was the slowest one. We slept in a little later before checking out of our hotel and stopping for our favorite bagels from Einstein Brothers before arriving […]

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BIG Game Night

It was the event we had all been waiting for…Big Game Night had finally arrived. On Friday night of Gen Con weekend, hundreds of board gamers would unite for a sold-out evening from 8:00 pm to midnight of group tabletop gaming by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG). A couple days in, we could start to feel […]

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A Library of Board Games

The Games Library Pass was the best value of play at Gen Con. More than 4,700 games were available to check out over an 8 hour period for only $8.00. Housed in the Indianapolis Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium, we checked in bright and early on Day 2 at 8:00 am for our pre-registered day passes […]

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Gen Con Indy 2022

Welcome to Gen Con: the largest tabletop game convention in North America by both attendance and the number of events. At Gen Con 2019, over 70,000 people attended with a similarly impressive crowd of 50,000 in 2022. Derek and I are still relatively new to the scene as we met fellow board gamers who have […]

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