Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Balloon Battles

The last time Jay and I went to the pharmacy together, we stopped at the toy aisle and each picked out a toy. Jay chose a giant dinosaur egg that will hatch a dinosaur after being submerged in water for 24 hours, and I bought Frozen-themed punch balloons.

When life is mundane and grind-y and we grow tired of it and each other, we want to re-orient to our friendship — we want to remember the fun we discovered we had back in the beginning, when we first fell in love. And so, even though we are only a month into this whole marriage thing, we are establishing practices to  ensure drudgery does not have the last word in our day-to-day: we are building play into our marriage in simple ways. Buying a toy during semi-regular pharmacy trips is one of these practices.

We have especially loved my punch balloons. Do you remember these from childhood? They're extra big and round, with rubber band handles that let you bop your favorite person with 'em.

Jay and I have had some balloon battles of epic proportions with our Frozen balloons. The rules are simple: If you hit someone in the face with your balloon, you get -1 point (so you'll subtract a point from your total — this encourages caution in the facial region). However, if you make someone bop themselves in the face with their own balloon, you get 2 points. If you hit any other part of your partner's body with the balloon, you get 1 point; although bopping the derriere is worth 2 points (beacause: OBVIOUSLY).

With this system, there are two balloon battle goals: 1) to protect your body from bops; and 2) to try to bop your partner. The person with the most points at the end of the battle wins.

A few tips: It is especially fun to ambush your partner when they are rounding a corner and are unarmed. And also: go to the bathroom before you play. You will probably laugh so hard you will be glad you did.

Happy Tuesday, friends!


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  1. Love it!!! We also implement "surprises" of all kinds... For instance, I love to tickle Joe--BUT, only if he does not expect it. If he is looking cautious (as he lays with his arms above his head), I just ignore him until I KNOW he is feeling comfortable with his position... and then watch out cuz I am going to get him. Humor, fun, surprises! Marriage 101 at its best!

    1. Judy -- haha! We are tickling soul sisters! I do the same exact thing to Jay. I LOVE IT. Once, we had an armpit tickling contest that has gone down in our history. We each had to submit to the other for armpit tickling, and whoever lasted the longest, won. It was a riot. (Jay won). Thank you for sharing this! It made me chuckle with delight.