family fun night :: pinz

I had been itching for some time with the family.  Like in the olden days, when we actually interacted with each other instead of our devices.  There is a sort of a weird triangulation-thing that happens when a person is texting (Instagramming, FBing, Tweeting) that reminds me of having a conversation with someone while they look behind you for the next person to engage.

There is also something irreplaceable about living in the present moment, fulling embracing the people and experiences directly in front of you.

That was my intention for Saturday night.  And when I shared my expectations with the kids a whole lot of moaning and groaning ensued.  That is… until they saw our Family Fun Night destination.

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Pinz in Oakdale, Minnesota.  Granted there was a whole lotta arcade game playing:

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And perhaps even a certain amount of zoning out that took place.

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But when we asked our kids what their favorite part of the whole evening was, our 15 year old surprised us when he said “the dinner conversation.”

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Holy cow.  We have dinner almost every night together, what in the world made this different?

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I think for the first time in a long time, we were all there.  Fully.

The place was AWESOME.  The food at Harvey’s American Pub was DELICIOUS and service SPOT-ON.  And there was plenty to keep us busy with a laser maze, laser tag, bowling, and an arcade.  And the laser maze, by the way… coolest thing EVER!

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If you look carefully, you will see the boys moving across the floor in the image above.  Reminded us of this scene from Chuck:

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If you have a child with dreams of being a spy, you must check it out!!!

I even ran into someone from the 2013 Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat, making the most of an early birthday celebration (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CYNDI!!!!) – a run-in which was special in and of itself.  🙂 

The meaningful connections I went in search of that evening?  Totally got 100 times over.

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