Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"How Times Have Changed"

Boy, I never, ever thought I would hear myself say those words. When I was growing up I'd hear my grandfather say them all the time. And they were always followed by "I remember when..." I remember thinking he was just being old fashion...

Well, yesterday as I watched my little nephew playing videos games I thought to myself... "Boy, how times have changed" followed by "I remember when..." Yikes!

Okay, okay, so I'm old fashion. But you know, although simpler and way, way, waaaaaay less expensive, the games I played with as a child were definitely as entertaining and fun as those videos games....If not more so.

Do you remember these?

Pin Jacks were my favorite! Is that what they're called? That's what I use to call them when I was little. They were so much fun...Love, love, love them.

I'm not sure if the aunt who gave me this necklace for my 10th birthday knew just how much I love jacks...but back then and still today it's one of my most favorite, special and treasured piece of jewelry.

Here's a closer look.

So what was your favorite game or toy growing up?


Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.

Blessings to all.

Hugs and Kisses,


Deb said...

loved twister...jump rope...The game of life...yahtzee....great post

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Ana, you are so right, my how times have changed! Kids today have missed out on so many wonderful things we did as little girls... my little sister and I would play hopscotch, jacks, jump rope, hide and seek, you name it, all so innocent and fun... xoxo Julie Marie

Gina said...

Times sure have changed. Everything was so simple back then. I loved to play jacks too. I remember playing outside alot. I feel as though kids hardly ever go outside to play anymore.

sunshine said...

Yep! Times have indeed changed. LOL
My best friend and I used to play "Charlie's Angels".
Oh yeah, we were ALL THAT and a bag of chips. :P


Natasha said...

I so agree with you Ana. I try to make sure my kids have a balance. We have a wii and they play on the computer but no-one in the family has facebook etc (I know, very old-fashioned!)and we all enjoy spending time in the great outdoors!

Great post!

Best wishes for a beautiful week,

elmundodetrapito said...


Kathy said...

Nothing like the good ol days!!!!
When we didn't know any better...lol!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Shirley said...

The good old days as we call them. We had board games that my mother made using big pieces of cardboard. Our game pieces were her buttons which we would have to put back when we got through playing. Of course we played jacks, baseball, all kinds of sports. Our first tv was when I was a senior in highschool. We would play marbles using yarn as the ring. Of course having as many brothers as I did you became somewhat of a tom boy. It made us spend more time as a family which I think is missing today. Sorry for the soap box. Have a wonderful day.

Kate said...

Hi sweet Anna
I love the necklace that is so sweet!!! Coloring books and crayons were my favorite and still are. Hope that you had a wonderful Mother's day. Did you know I got to see Irma and Ken at the Irvine Flea. Lots of fun. Miss you xoxoxo

Love you

jamjar said...

I loved jacks, adored jumping rope but you could play jacks alone or with a friend but 2 people had a more difficult time jumping rope! I loved Barbie Dating Game and playing house but my all time favorite was called "chasing boys on the playground"!!!

junkdreams said...

What a sweet post Ana...love your "almost vintage?" necklace--LOL--not saying your getting old or anything! I love jacks, but must admit I never really understood how one was supposed to play them!
Happy day!

Elyse said...

how cool, ana!

i'm sorry it's been so long between visits. spring has been busy!


Sandra said...

Oh my goodness! Playing jacks was one of my favorites. I also liked playing "hopscotch" Oh the memories. :)
Have a good night, my friend.

Stacey said...

I loved paper dolls, crayons and coloring books and playing four square. Great post!

Cindy said...

Hello my friend,
I loved playing with a hula-hupe and a skip roap. I still enjoy both of them. I also loved playing hopskotch, I often see them on the sidewalk and I skip through it, hoping that no one is looking;0)
Hugs, Cindy s

Tonia w/ Chic Modern Vintage said...

yes how times have changed, but I played jacks, hopscotch, and hide and go seek growing up. Children these days do not have an imagination at all...I kinda feel sorry for them, but I found you via My repurposed life and I'm glad that I did.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Sorry was my game of choice, oh and parchesi. :)
it's great you still have that necklace!
Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring your blog today on my "Featured Followers Friday"

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Ana, hope all is going well with all your remodeling and makeover work. Yes, playing jacks was definitely something we did. When I taught kindergarten, and "j" was our letter of the week, I would try to teach the students to play the game. I am thankful for technology but I do feel that kids are missing out on a lot these days. Why is it always that you give up one thing to have something else. New is not always better if you ask me. I'm definitely an old fashioned girl. I don't care anything about this Blackberry business that my 14 year old is attached to and I don't have any inkling to be a part of Facebook. Blogging is enough for me. For my 10th birthday, I went to the Astrodome with my family and a some friends to see Donny & Marie in concert. Now that was an amazing moment in my life. Love your little jacks necklace. So sweet! Have a beautiful weekend. :) Tammy

Willow said...

I know what you mean. I would here my Mom say "I remember when" Now I am telling my kids the same thing. I have to say that Jacks was my favorite. You could play it anywhere, with anyone, or just by yourself.


A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Oh gosh, those took me back. I am English and in England they were simply called Jacks and I was ace at them. Loved the game, flicking them onto the back of my hand and then back again and catching what I could. Those were the days, picking up one, then two, then three. A simple game but great when played with your group of friends. Thanks for the memories, Maureen.....

Cindy Geilmann said...

My comment didn't publish, my computer has had it. You are so cute, you've joined the "I remember when group". Jacks was my favorite game. I wish I would have gotten that neclace.

I love your boarder and the polka dots, the framed birds with the grown. This is so perfect for you.

come visit

Vicki said...

Hi, Ana,
I was just thinking about jacks the other day and reminiscing about how much fun we had playing with them. I will really date myself, but I remember when hula hoops first came out in the 1950's. Of course, I had to have one. I spent many a happy day hula hooping. I, too, long for the "good old days" when things were so much simpler. Enjoy your weekend, sweet friend~ Vicki

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Ana
What a great post. I loved playing jacks as a child... Thank you for refreshing my childhood memories.


Well... I remember dolls were a big deal for me. And board games too. I still love to sit down and play games.

Rebecca said...

Jacks and Hopscotch. I'm teaching Miss K to play them now. FUN!


Rebecca said...

PS: And Skip-Tape!

Lovey said...

Defintely Jacks and Atari! Yes, I said it...Atari was the best!! I saw an old atari console the other day..can't believe how big and clunky it was compared to "now a days..."
Funny how time flies...