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:

2009 2010 2011

 

family pictures by cameron ingalls

our friend (& neighbor) cameron took our family pictures recently, and i just had to share them with you!  fortunately, they are all really good.  unfortunately i am really bad at choosing only a few to share, so you get a ton to look at!

 

 thanks so much cameron!  i am so thrilled with these!