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homeschool poker night goes to vegas


I’m sure somewhere out there is a homeschool poker night. Most of the homeschooling families I know are probably not part of it though. Are the two oxymorons? Well, not in our family. Not that we bet for any more than Smarties on a good night, or poker chips on a regular night. Smarties are motivators…


When playing a lone game with our four year old son, he asked to play 31. What I didn’t know is that 31 is similar to poker. I also didn’t know that it required three cards. I told him we needed five. He insisted three. I didn’t squabble when he didn’t; he merely suggested that we change the game to Fish. Okey doke, I know THAT one. And I’m pretty good at it too. But that is where my brilliant game strategizing ends.

Zach and Rachel have been playing for years…yes, I said years. And yes, they are only eight and four. It’s pretty darn cute, but humiliating when your toddler explains, I can teach you what a pawn does mom–pwease pway. Okay, I don’t want to say I’m not vaguely familiar with the rules. The hubby has been teaching them this game for eight years, since our oldest was four. I’ll fess up now and just say, I don’t want to play.

My children don’t agree with me…except for this one, who is often found also doing this while we play games…


Don’t know where she got that competitive streak, but it’s pretty clear THIS one likes to play the games…


And likely doesn’t understand the idea of poker face when she does play poker…


So we decided we needed to take this show on the road. We’re heading to Vegas. Okay, it’s a conference we’re attending, one chosen by my husband, for no good reason than his continuing medical credits and a little exposure to handheld ultrasonography, and the conference is hard to come by. No worries that we’re trying to pay down the mortgage at the slots machine. The kids will come back unscathed, untouched by anything more than a visit to Celine Dion or Cirque du Soleil. I’m sure there’s no place for me to play the games with kids anyway. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

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