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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Playing games

Have you guys ever played Jenga? Last night, we busted it out before dinner...
Each person pulls out one wooden plank at a time, while trying to keep the tower from falling.
Things got intense! Holla!
It was down to a skeleton structure...until I made a shaky move...
....and Alex won. :) Hope you guys had a nice night, too. xoxo P.S. These photos somehow hide my giant belly, but I swear, it's there! :)

130 comments:

Lisa said...

Hehe looks like fun! I haven't played that game in forever.

Princess Caitlin said...

I absolutely love this game!
I have the cheap version in which the pieces aren't sanded well, so it's even trickier. :D

Caroline, No. said...

I love your dude's glasses! They really suit him. You're brave, playing jenga with a glass of red wine nearby!

Joanna Goddard said...

oooh, caitlin, i want to try it!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, caroline, i didn't even think of that! haha, and his glasses are from Selima. xoxo

Dionne said...

Hahaha, I love Jenga. SO MUCH FUN!

passport in my pocket said...

jenga is awesome!!!

We've been really into scrabble recently. Oh and we bust out the stemless wine glasses nightly as well ;)

337 Greenwich said...

i love jenga!!! we play it all the time. The anticipation of the whole thing to tumbling over still scares me a bit!

Kiera said...

i lve jenga! we played scrabble the other night w a bottle of wine

Laura said...

i love Jenga! I've even went to a party where there was GIANT JENGA! The tower came up to my chin and the pieces were about a foot long... SO MUCH FUN on a summer day!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, so funny, maybe jenga is having a resurgence.

medine amory. said...

I get all nostalgic looking at your pictures! I loved to play jenga when I was a child...

I need to buy this game! Definitely.

wallflower said...

I love that game. Thanks for making me feel like playing!

Caroline Royce said...

Why, you don't look pregnant at all in these pictures!

And I agree, Jenga is fun. It use to consist of me trying to get my sister to laugh while it was her turn.

Cathi said...

I used to play that with my kids....fun game!!

Liz said...

Why don't you look preggers?!

Jenga is tons of fun! Haven't played in ages though! Have you every played bananagrams? It's super fun-- especially for writers :)

Jocy said...

I LOVE Jenga. I played it often with friends, until they figured out that I like to cheat by distracting them and making them glance away. It was fun while it lasted.

Anonymous said...

omg i have the same rug! how do you vaccume it? i cant vaccume it because it pulls out too much of the "fur" or whatever it is.. lol how funny. i love your blog. congrats on your new baby boy.

valeria

marigold said...

Re: Not looking pregnant.
I agree - I had to check and make sure I was at a recent post because I thought something was amiss...

Either way, you're looking healthy!

Jaime

Gali said...

Oh yes, one of the best games out there along with Memory, Carcassonne and Risk!

Hope Chella said...

I love Jenga! Always a good time even when stressful! haha :)

http://hopechella.blogspot.com/

Joanna Goddard said...

i know! these photos weirdly don't show my belly, i guess because i was hunched over. i'll post a belly shot soon -- i swear, it's GIANT! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

valeria, i know, it's SO furry!!! we always vacuum like five times in a row and just keep clearing out the bags of fluff from the vacuum cleaner.

Sadie at heyMamas said...

That looks fun but for me probably best as a spectator sport. I tend to have anxiety over things like that...!

Sadie at heyMamas

Ellen said...

The last time I played Jenga was at a bar in NYC called 675. It was awesome! Beer isn't conducive to a winning performance, but it made it that much more fun :)

http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

thecolorplaid said...

yes, have played it and seriously it gets so nerve-racking!!!! and its only a game. ha. too funny.

and i agree with everyone. you look so tiny!! at least you look healthy :)

Kate said...

My husband and I just went on a game-buying trip and we definitely got jenga! We haven't busted it out just yet but I think we're going to have to do it soon now! Love it!

http://bemerrykate.blogspot.com

Melanie's Randomness said...

I love Jenga!! My and ex and I used to play Monopoly together! It was fun!! Adorable pictures!!!

Amanda Blair said...

You guys are too cute! I can see why you fell in love with Alex, he has the sweetest face. It's crazy how un-pregnant you look here. Can we get another belly shot?!

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, definitely, a belly shot coming up :)

Annie said...

I love Jenga. My friend has a truth or dare version of Jenga and there are little dares and questions on each piece. It's so cheesy but still fun.

Logan said...

Whoooo Alex is such a dreamboat! My man has a beard too..so hot. I love playing games with your SO..so innocent and romantic.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I play scrabble and he always wins. And I love Catch Phrase! You guys look so cute.

Melissa Blake said...

oooh, jenga always get me so tense!

Another one that gets me on the edge of my seat is perfection. Have you played that in awhile?

Naurnie said...

where is your baby belly!? you don't even look 'with child' in these pics. cutest preggers lady ev!

maggie said...

cute cute cute!

Kayla Poole said...

ah you guys are so cute, I can't handle it. Your living room is also super adorable and cozy looking. Where is your coffee table from? I love it!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

SO fun! Love the play-by-play, too! You'll get him next time!!

laura said...

agreed, i want to know more about your living room! so cozy and cute! love that cabinet bookshelf storage thing..

michelle @ blissful musings said...

Jenga is awesome. We love game nights.

allison said...

JENGA!! love it! in college we wrote on all the pieces to make it into Drinking Jenga! haha! so fun!

Joanna said...

Your hubby is so cute, as are you, I might add. Looks like a cozy night in (which is one of my favorite past times ever).

P.S. I have those wine glasses!

Anonymous said...

yes bags of fur is right! thank you! have a great day! enjoy your belly. i missed mine after i had my baby boy. i nursed for 2 yrs....its the best.
valeria

Joanna Goddard said...

kayla, our coffee table is from a vintage shop in san francisco. (i wrapped it up and carried it home on the plane, crazily enough:) we'll do a home tour soon! xo

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these cute comments :)

Laly said...

You look beautiful! BTW, do you bite your nails? they're sooo short!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

this is TOO cute!!

Kseniya said...

I love just one glace of wine...

Amanda Nicole said...

Haha, looks like a lot of fun! My guy and I used to play a lot of board games. I think it's time to break them out again :)

bekapirwitz said...

i was wondering where it went. haha.
i love jenga!
:)

Joanna Goddard said...

laly, busted.

Bexpress yourself said...

Cute photos! I love jenga. So old school.

Anika said...

when my brother and i were kids, we played jenga :) but instead of taking each piece out of the game, we put it on top again..makes it more difficult.. :)
love your blog and greets from germany

anika

Elisa, Croatia said...

If you hadn't brought it up (about your belly)I would have totally forgotten you were pregnant! You look healthy.

My nephew loves playing Jenga,,(maybe because he always wins!)

Saludos,
A Mexican mommy living in Europe

Blue Is Bleu said...

I haven't played Jenga in the longest time! It's such fun... always a lot of screaming to accompany it hehe And I was wondering where your baby belly went lol

Hip Hip Gin Gin said...

Love Jenga!!! This reminds me we need to pick one up at Target next time. It is probably the only game that doesn't make me crazy if I lose. Well okay, doesn't make me nearly as crazy as other games, which is a huge improvement!

Fruehlingbitte-Naturseifen said...

Hehe its good fung, I haven't it for a long tine.
All the best from Germany, I love your blog,
Take care
Silke

Whimsy Being said...

Jenga is awesome! It always leads to lots of laughter and sometimes screaming =)

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

We wanna see more belly photos! :))) You guys look so sweet! xxx

victoria said...

i love jenga! i forgot we even had it, it's hiding away in the closet. thanks for the reminder. ;P

Holly said...

oh this makes me so happy! i can't believe my eyes - we played at my family's house over the holidays and my husband and i went out and bought a set when we got home! we are obsessed! have fun :)

brlracincwgrl said...

I love Jenga! So much fun!! Lovely photos! :)

Anonymous said...

Finally, I saw via the comments that someone else plays Jenga the way we do, where remove a piece and then stack it back on top to make it more challenging - and more unpredictable!

Another game my hubby/I love to play is Pass the Pigs. Those little pigs rolling/bouncing all over is hilarious!

Thanks for sharing your evening with us.

made by matchgirl said...

i love jenga! it's a child-hood favorite. I had forgotten about it!

mentalhesitation said...

Love this kind of games...so funny and exciting at same.
kisses from Spain.
Muak

Erin said...

Oh yeah! You take a block from the bottom and you put it on top,
You take a block from the middle and you put it on top...

Love that game.

PS: You look adorable.

Deanna said...

My husband and I play Bananagrams almost every night after the kiddos go to bed. Definitely a must-have game for any Scrabble/Crossword lovers out there!

Kristin said...

We love Jenga around here, and have you ever tried the giant kind (like 4 ft tall)? So much fun! It's not jenga brand but it's the same idea and kids love it

http://www.amazon.com/Jaques-of-London-20470-Tumble/dp/B001KNH8VU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1268249896&sr=8-3

Taylor K said...

jenga is very fun. I also love playing catch phrase. one of my faves!

tinypaperheart said...

i love the warm lighting of your photos. :)

kajola said...

I love this game! I play it with my friend's son and we do the thing where you take a piece out and put it on the top. When it all topples over we yell "JENGA!"

Kayla said...

So cute! I love this game.

I'm glad you mentioned the belly, I was thinking the same thing! haha

sarah said...

i love jenga! last time i played it my 6 yr old nephew beat me big time! another game that's similar to this in terms of de-construction/tensity is kerplunk. ;)

Gina said...

love jenga! in fact, that was my sister's nickname for me!

L E A H said...

i don't have jenga, but i have a fantastic handmade wooden chinese checkers set (i think the company is melissa & doug).. i just leave it out on the coffee table to play anytime.. so fun!

laura @ so alaurable said...

There's a bar we go to a lot called Barcadia that in addition to rad games like Pac-Man and my skee ball, has tables out on the patio to play Giant Jenga! It's so fun. Love your cozy game night!

mon ami said...

when I lived in London the pub on the corner had life sized jenga...when those pieces fell (and they did) you had to move out of the way quickly!

Dawn and Amanda (cousins). said...

I love playing games. One of my new favorites in bananagrams. It is similar to scrabble.

Nancy said...

oh my god. i can't remember the last time i played jenga!! I need to dig is back up from under my bed!

J. said...

We completely turned Jenga into a drinking game back in my college (ok, high school) days. We would write things on the blocks (drink demands, dares, etc) and you had to do whatever your block once you pulled it free. And if you caused the stack to fall over, your liver was in serious trouble!!
Oh, the memories!

Real Life Reslers said...

I love that game! I think I'm now inspired to go play it!

n said...

aw, super cute! Steven and I played battleship over the phone while we were long distance

Sara said...

The BF and I LOVE a good game of Yatzee. The best is "trash talking" because you love eachother too much to really say anything mean so it just comes out silly!

Jaeve + Things said...

the bf and i play jenga all the time, in fact we have the exact same orange tube! with wine, the merrier! :) u guys are so cute!

maddy said...

they have a new version called bones. it is the same game, just instead of blocks, the pieces look like bones. just as fun plus all the jokes, its on amazon.

raya said...

Jenga is a ridiculously fun game. We played that on our honeymoon - I think there were also some tequila shots involved. Even without that, it's the best. Cute photos : )

mary said...

If you like Jenga, you need to play JUMBO Jenga. It's a huge version of Jenga where the blocks are stacked on the floor. It's our summer-evening-on-the-patio-with-friends go-to game.

Pretty Lovely said...

The best thing is to write truths and dares on the blocks, so when you pull one out you have to do something!

xx,
Samantha

Anna/Quilted Giraffe said...

I love seeing little peeks into your apartment. You should do a full tour!

Sara Lynn said...

lol wow i have not played in ages! great post :)

Kara said...

So super cute! Nothing sounds better to me right now than wine & Jenga. Thanks for the great suggestion :)

Jody said...

You two are adorable!

Ms. Wife of the Year said...

My husband hates games. It's a travesty.

Taylor said...

Very cute. I say the word "holla!" everytime something awesome happens and I always wonder if it will translate well onto my blog so I enjoyed seeing you use it!

Aura said...

My husband and I play Jenga, I'm glad we're not the only nerds. We also really love Scrabble, Scattergories, Pictionary, and Life. We're about 85 years old, sitting at home on the weekends and playing board games!

simplesong said...

so fun. love jenga.

amynicole said...

You are so TINY! Jenga is so fun! Have you ever played the crazy jenga where the blocks are all zigzag? Well, if not, that's a tough one! And way fun with laughs!

KidUgly said...

I absolutely love Jenga! There is also UNO Jenga that combines the two games and is a ton of good times.

the southern hostess said...

I love Jenga, although I was much better at it when I was a kid. Must have been those tiny hands.

Amelia said...

Oh, I love the wine glasses!! So classy!!

Anne Marie said...

being that I can sew with linen, I didn't want to comment on the previous post.....but how much fun your blog is for me........

thanks!

livin wide said...

haha, i was JUST thinkin your belly was hid very well!

pennyrounds said...

So adorable! I love going to the poconos and playing games on end! I'm the Jenga champion and all the boys in the family hate it!

Nanette said...

Joanna, my husband and I had this exact same evening last night! I won both rounds. : )

battlingthedinosaurs said...

I LOVED JENGA!
I used to play it all the time in elementary school

Colleen said...

The lighting in your photos is so pretty! You're glowing. :) And good call on the wine with Jenga - so you decided to have wine during pregnancy? I hear so many different opinions I don't know what's what anymore!

MyLittlePhotographs said...

Looks like so much fun

Destination Inspiration said...

haha Jo, that's so funny, I was going to say 'where's the belly?!' I've never played Jenga, it looks intense though :D

Sammi said...

Looks fun,
And my my it is odd how hidden your belly is in that photo!

Jen said...

We play an awful lot of 'dishes jenga' in our household rather than real jenga - it's all in the stacking of as many dishes as possible on the draining rack without drying any and then removing that bowl you need for breakfast the next morning from the bottom of the pile. Not quite as much fun though!

The Cottage Cheese said...

I was just thinking how tiny you look in these pictures! Game night is so fun. My husband and I go through phases in which we go game-crazy (like 15 scrabble games in a month, working puzzles for 2 weeks straight, or playing fast paced card games for 5 hours). I think it's time for another game night with my sweetie!

Joanna Goddard said...

oh no, colleen, the one glass of red wine was alex's. xoxo

Jill Turner said...

I was just about to comment "you are so tiny!" I don't even believe that you're pregnant, Joanna. :)

emma said...

That looks like so much fun! We don't have TV. so we like to pass our time with games and such. I think Jenga definitely needs to make its way onto our list. Your baby is going to be one lucky kid with such awsome-jenga-lovin' parents!

Inabl said...

Joanna, you must be the cutest ever. Deffinitly one of my favorit blogs.

BARGAIN BEX said...

jenga was a game night staple in our home for years ... in fact, i'm thinkin' it's high time to get out once again ... hmm ...

Catherine said...

You are both an insanely cute couple, it kills me!

I'm now very tempted to get Jenga. I adore board games etc, and have been enjoying Hungry Hippos and Operation with Lucy. Though I so could 'bust' them out with the adults too, with that compulsory bottle of wine....

AnastasiaC said...

oh we play this often! my boys, 7 and 5yrs of age love trying to beat mum or dad!! its such a simple but fun game!

Sequoia said...

Commenting for the first time. I've been following this blog and also your blog on Glamour for quite some time.

Just wanted to say how adorable the two of you are and also how much I like your stemless wine glasses (well Alex's stemless glass):)

It's been fun to follow you and I look forward to seeing what will be beautiful baby.

Mayya Cherepova said...

Super-cool! Really enjoyed it on the warm nights in the summer house last year... :)

Slim Paley said...

We love playing Jenga with our two boys, who are now teenagers, but a few years ago we played in the deepest darkest wilds of Africa with Samburu warriors beneath a colourful tent with rain pouring down outside and it was a lifetime experience we'll never forget.
This christmas I tried to fashion a Jenga game of sorts out of the hundreds of catalogues we received through the season, but the pile just got to high, and then I'd pull one out and end up shopping instead of concentrating on the task at hand!

Klejs said...

I love to playing games, but my boyfriend don't like it sooo much. But he thinks Jenga is okay. The danish name is "Klodsmajor" and I can't translate it correct to english. But it means like "fumble fingers".

louise and nivaldo de lima said...

Love Jenga!

hopeyt said...

I totally agree with Deanna, above. My husband and I borrowed Bananagrams from a friend, and when we had to return her game, we went out to get our own!

We played last night, tucked into bed, with books on our laps as tables, and played games until far too late! I love nights like that...

Hope

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