if you ever want a good laugh & some pure entertainment, just put pharell’s “happy” song on youtube and it will make. your. night.


oh yeah, and you have to have kids to do the funny part.


here’s the deal:  my girlfriend told me how their family watches that music video and her son (same age as silas) loves to dance to it and try to imitate all the moves.   so cute, right?  well, silas and the girls did the same exact thing and it was awesome!  seriously some of the hardest laughing sean and i have done in a long time!


while first time was definitely the funniest, we’ve done it a few more times and it just makes me smile.  and who can’t use a good smile?  can i get an amen?


this time just the girls were getting their groove on.  as my online friend emily pointed out to me, our kids are just at the sweet spot – such great ages.  i so enjoy sitting back and watching them be silly and goofy and getting little glimpses of looking like big kids.


we’re kind of a dance party family.  we always have music playing, pretty much from once we wake up each day.  so when a good song hits we tend to make total goofs of ourselves and have a dance party with the kids.  its pretty awesome.  and they’re not too embarrassed of us.  yet.



the girls are sporting adorable new t-shirts ℅ the talking shirt, a company founded by a mommy tired of tees with rude/snarky/inappropriate sayings on them!  she also has two little girls and wanted them to spread a positive message wherever they went.  i love that idea!



the colors and prints of the shirts are super cute, but i also love the cut – not boxy, but not tight fitting either.


the talking shirt is giving away a prize pack of 3 tees of the winners choice!

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annual family olympics

every year we do a “cheney family olympics”.  we flip flop holidays with our families, so one year we do the olympics the day after thanksgiving, the next year is the day after christmas.  this years olympics were just after thanksgiving when we were down south with sean’s family.

we split our huge group into two teams, trying to keep them as even as possible, splitting up couples for better competition ;)  we also come up with super random team names.  this year’s teams were “team awesome” and “team xtreme purple cobra ponies”.  we had a lot of teenagers on that team ;)

family olympics

this is the first year we had rain, so we had to start with our opening ceremonies in the living room.  we always begin with the national anthem (its hilarious), and then warm up stretches, which involve moves like finger flexing and nose wiggling.

family olympics

all of our games are non-traditional, mostly made up or borrowed ideas.  this was the chair fling, where the contestants would fling folded pieces of paper onto a table top from a rubber band hooked on chair legs.

family olympics

classic hot potato

family olympics

the cheetos toss:  one team member sat in a chair with a shower cap topped with shaving cream.  the other team member tossed cheetos on top.  the team with the most cheetos wins.

family olympics

the kids wearing the shaving cream hats got into a shaving cream fight, so this naturally lead to the next event:  polar bearing in an icy pool!  whoever lasts the longest wins.

family olympics

free throw tossing

family olympics

penalty kicks

family olympics

log roll balancing

family olympics

and the swing long jump.

we also played “name that tune” and a few other games.

it is always so much fun!  it is the highlight of the holidays for my whole family.

here are some olympics from years past:

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