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Technology is pretty amazing, isn’t it? I mean, think about it. We live in a time where if we miss someone, we can instantly contact them via text or social media or anything. That wasn’t the case even 10 years ago. Heck, I remember spending many of my teenage years warning people NOT to call me until after 9 (or else I’d go over my minutes and get in trouble!)
But I think a lot about my husband’s grandparents when I think about this topic. My husband’s grandfather was a game warden, and his grandmother has said there would sometimes be as long as a week at a time without word from him.
I mean, they’re an awesome example of a strong law enforcement couple, because he passed away a few nights before their 76th wedding anniversary. Talk about commitment. But I can imagine it wasn’t always easy.
Now that we have smart phones, we can keep in touch at all hours of the day (or night) via phone calls, texts, or even FaceTime sessions – which is amazing for law enforcement families!
I’m so happy we live in a time where staying connected is so much easier.
My favorite thing about smart phones is the games you can play with other people. I mean, I love board games. Game night is totally my jam. But between my husband’s schedule and little ones running around, it’s hard to coordinate.
I’m a regular Words With Friends player – but I realized, there have got to be more apps that function the same way.
So I hunted a few down for you and your husband to play together. You’re welcome 😉
10 Ways To Have A Game Night When You Can’t Be Together
Words With Friends
I’m listing this one on the offchance you’ve never played or heard of it… but I know you probably have 🙂 I love this game because I’m a big fan of Scrabble, and this takes away the big set up/take down involved. Plus, takes away the tiny tiles my 2-year-old would just love to knock off the table if he had the chance!
This is a cool variation on Words With Friends that looks like a lot of fun. Instead of the traditional square tiles used in Scrabble, it uses hexagonal tiles, so you can go in more directions. I hate to say my husband probably wouldn’t play it with me (he’s a reluctant Scrabble player as it is!) but if you’re both into word games, this would be awesome.
This is basically digital Pictionary, and I can’t believe I forgot about it. I used to play it a lot but it took way too much time so I stopped. But if I were to just play it with my husband, I think it’d be way fun (and not such a time waster!)
I remember it getting pretty hilarious because even if you’re a decent artist, drawing on a smart phone is a whole different ball game.
Fluxx is a fun card game in which the rules are always changing, depending on what card is played. While the actual card version of it is fun, this is a great way to play it with your spouse from afar.
Chess With Friends
Here’s one my husband would be super into. He loves chess – I’ve just never learned to play. So a digital version that helps me know what moves I can and can’t make would make it a lot easier.
Granted, it still won’t help be strategize – but I’ll get there one day.
Great Big War Game
My husband loves games like Clash of Clans, but I just can’t get into them. This one, on the other hand, looks really fun, mostly because I’ve heard it’s pretty funny. My husband would love the strategy aspect of it, and the reviews mean I’d totally give it a shot.
Hanging With Friends
If you don’t feel up to learning new rules or strategies for games, this one is great, because you’ve probably played it before. It’s basically digital Hangman – so it’s nice and simple, but still a fun way to stay connected.
Gems With Friends
This one is kind of like Bejeweled but as a multi-player game (then again, I haven’t played Bejeweled in so long I can’t actually remember if it had a multiplayer function?) In any case, this fun puzzle game is a great way to stay connected.
Pirate Battle – Battle By Ships
When I was a kid, Battleship was one of my favorite games, so I can’t wait to play this one. Plus, it’s with pirate ships, so it’s even better 🙂
I’ve never actually played this board game, but when I looked it up it looked like a lot of fun! I’ll have to give both the digital and board game versions a shot.
It can be hard to stay connected when you have no time together, but with technology, there are so many new options!