So, it is 2007 and how did I spend January 1st? That day always seems to just mark time in view of the work day up ahead, all of the Christmas decorations had been taken down and packed away. As Cindy commented, it is always so nice to put the decorations away because you reclaim your house again. I think it is more like we are getting back to business. Even Homeschoolers recognize the end of vacation periods, so the children were wanting to make the most of their last day. So what did we do?
We played the Pirates Constructible Strategy Game. This game can be played with as little as one pack of cards, but we have several, and, thanks to Lorne from New York, we have a bunch of his "dubbles." For Christmas, Katie got a pack of the "Davey Jones" cards which included the Kraken Sea Monster. The game is simple, you choose your fleet, place down islands and distribute gold. The object is to retrieve at least 1/2 of the gold, or sink the enemy fleet. Katie fell behind on the gold collecting objective, but she sent two of my four ships to "Davey Jones' Locker" with that sea beastie of hers.
After this, we were pretty pumped up, shouting back and fourth Piratey Talk (Argh, Avast, etc) so I went and rented the Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest. Clearplay did a good job of cleaning up the language in the film and skipping most of the gore. My feelings about the movie are still the same from when I saw it this summer, but, I think more kindly about it on DVD. The Cursed Crew of Davey Jones is really cool (especially the Hammer Head Guy), and the Kraken was a big hit. Unfortunately, the kids were also disappointed that the film did not have an ending. Me too kids, me too.