family olympics!

for the last 3 or 4 years, we have held a “cheney family olympics” either after thanksgiving or christmas, depending on the year (since we switch back and forth between families and holidays).

it is always so much fun!  we have some things that we are consistent with every year, and other things we change up.

we always have 2 teams, spouses are divided and the teams are made pretty even with boys and girls and also toddlers, teens, and adults – it is very competitive!

next year we are going to get t shirts for the teams or something so we can more easily identify who is on which team.

we always start in the park across the street from my in-laws’ with our opening ceremonies and the national anthem.

then uncle vito leads us in several very awkward stretching exercises.  the one above involved bouncing and arm circles i think…

penalty kicks at the soccer goal

pumpkin rolling contest


swing long jump.  he who has the longest legs always wins.

teeter totter log roll – this year we added in the doubles competition

the time game – a timer is set for 3 minutes and each team starts at a marker, walks around, and tries to end at the marker at exactly 3 minutes, by counting on their own

“nerd” shooting (how silas says nerf) – try to hit the target on your teammate’s head

sidewalk pictionary

musical chairs

water balloon toss

not pictured:

punkin’ chunkin’ (throwing a pumpkin as far as possible)

name that tune

guys playing tag/tackle football

hair braiding competition

ladder ball

washer toss

one of the highlights of our year!  its so wonderful being part of a fun family!


  1. 1

    What fun! Does the winning team get a prize? =)

  2. 2

    the best post of the year! LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea…and yup, I’m pinnin’ it! : )

    (pc brown on pinterest)

  3. 3

    My family does the same thing! And here I thought we were the only ones. We do almost everything individually, with a huge score sheet. It starts the night before Thanksgiving at Chuck E. Cheese, and continues into the weekend.

  4. 4

    What fun!! I remember your post last year on your Family Olympics. :)

  5. 5

    That’s awesome! Unfortunately our weather is suitable for that kind of outdoor thing at t-giving or christmas but want to do this when it’s warmer out! Great inspiration!

  6. 6

    This is possibly the greatest thing ever! How long does it last?

    I’m thinking my in-laws need to be exposed to this!

  7. 7

    Good old fashioned family fun. I love it:)

  8. 8

    This is fantastic! Love it :)

  9. 9

    What a great idea!!

    Did you see the punkin chunkin on Modern Family?! So funny.

    The awkward stretches look pretty hilarious :) xo

  10. 10

    that is such a GREAT idea. sounds like a blast as well!!

  11. 11

    What an awesome idea!!! I may have to steal some of them for birthday party ideas!

  12. 12

    Haha…punkin’ chunkin’…just watched that Modern Family last night. Looks like fun for all!

  13. 13

    Love it!
    Love the hairbraiding competition!

  14. 14

    Love this! Our family used to do something similar but stopped as the oldest generation began passing on. I think you just inspired me to get it started again.

  15. 15

    what a fantastic idea! I love love love it :) (and am storing it away for when I have kiddos.)

  16. 16

    I remember your post about this last year! You have an awesome family – what a great tradition!

  17. 17

    i love this idea! pretty sure i’m going to copy it someday! :)

  18. 18

    next year: scavenger hunt in my parents garage. going to be epic.

  19. 19

    What a fabulous idea! Wish I could talk my family into this!

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