Dinner is over. Boys are in the kitchen
messing around doing dishes. Dad and I sneak out calmly walk out of the kitchen and down the hall. The boys’ voices escalate to fever pitch blend in cheerful unison to their blaring peppy playlist. We look at each other knowingly: it’s time.
We kick off our shoes and I toss off my hoodie.
Taking a deep breath, we rip open two bags of large marshmallows and load up. Armed with handfuls of sugary fluffballs, we are ready…
pad in our socks stealthily approach the boys unaware and we begin to bombard them with marshmallows. Shrieking erupts as boys duck behind counters and hide behind each other.
We fire off as many marshmallows as we can before they have time to retrieve them and return a barrage at us. Soon they are pelting each other with marshmallows, then ganging up on us. Giggles break out between shrieks of delight and whispers of strategy.
I get a brief reprieve as I corral our golden retriever to put her outside; she’s enthusiastically smacking her lips from the mouthful of marshmallows she’s already snagged.
White blobs blur by my head and soft splats echo as marshmallows find their wriggling targets.
Alliances form and my husband guards my back as I gather up more soft ammo, now sticky from all those sweaty hands. We emerge back-to-back and throw jet-puffed balls at whatever moving targets we can see. The tide turns quickly as our
conniving loving offspring smush the marshmallows into large balls and throw at us rapid-fire.
breathing heavily gazing at each other with laughter…and my husband eventually calls a truce the finale when he sees that more marshmallows are sticking to cabinets than bouncing off the floors.
arsenal reloading clean-up, the boys swap stories and exclaim excitedly as they find marshmallows in curious places.
cheap inexpensive family fun that allows parents to act silly crazy wild like kids and to bring a little outdoor experience inside when winter days are stretching long.
Marshmallow tag is a win-win!!
ambush surprise your kiddos with some spontaneous fun. If you’re feeling especially naughty brave, go for the jumbo-sized marshmallows snowballs!