this is my youngest s.i.l., courtney. these photos pretty much sum up our family – hilarious!
a few years ago sean and i came up with the idea of family olympics for his side of the family. we do them either of thanksgiving or christmas, depending on what year we’re all together. this year we did it at christmas and it was so much fun again! be prepared for a ton of pictures…
first we divided up the teams by age and ability, separating spouses and significant others. then we chose team names. our team was the robot unicorns, and the other team was the pirate dragons, i think. we had a dance that went along with our team name. we’re super cool like that.
we always begin with the national anthem in the neighborhood park. we pretty much belt it out.
to avoid injury, of course, david (uncle vito) leads us in stretches, which include “the karate kid”,
the squatting side stretch,
and “this one”.
then we get the heart pumping with some jumping jacks.
dj was the first competitor in the free throw competition
and he went up against andrew. adn dj won, i think. its all a blur now. i’m getting old… what was i saying?
then came the bowling competition between the little guys – silas up first.
and then he destroyed the pins. because that’s what he does. to everything. speaking of getting old… ugh.
next was cutie patootie isaiah and his mad skills!
tanner competed for the older crowd
then grandma came swooping in with great form. i think there was mention of a bowling league in her history?
then we switched up last year’s log roll competition and made it a doubles event. mandy and i almost were able to take tyler and sean, but after 3 babies my bladder isn’t what it used to be and i was laughing so hard and… i had to jump off before i reeeeally embarrassed myself! and that’s the only reason we lost. for reals.
gracie had been practicing every chance she got for the swing long jump. she did awesome!
benny was very kind to not do as well ;)
next andrew competed for the older crowd
and totally beat amber. i’m guessing his extra foot+ in height had a little something to do with it.
after a week of no naps, playing hard all day, and staying up hours past bedtime every night, this little one was pretty attached to my side all day.
then the newly engaged couple played a little game of chubby bunny with marshmallows – shannon was pretty well stuffed, but ronn seemed like he was just chewing a piece of gum!
then tanner and benny competed in chubby bunny. funny thing: lily and gracie used to call benny “bunny”
then the festivities moved indoors and andrew was kind enough to let the littles color in his unfinished tattoos. at least they’re good for something!
amber and taylor competed in a “bop it off” – taylor smoked amber – sorry amber!
a few more events i didn’t photograph (i was falling asleep) were name that tune and the pie eating contest.
when we are all gathered, we have to take the time for a family pic (just minus one twin)
and for the real pic ;) wait. david – do you have courtney’s hair as a huge mustache?! funny.
so as you can see, we have an amazing family that loves to have fun. i am so blessed!