family olympics

several years ago sean & i came up with the idea of family olympics for his side of the family.  we alternate holidays with them so we always do it the day after thanksgiving or the day after christmas, depending on which holiday we’re all together.  really, it was our secret ploy to get his whole family to commit an entire day together, without the pull of other family or friends.  for the most part, our plan has worked… heeheehee ;)

each year the olympics change, but a few things stay the same.  we always start by dividing into 2 teams, trying to find an equal balance, and splitting up couples.  then we choose super wacky names.  this year we let the youngest team members choose the names and they came up with “team popsicles vs team starburstses”.  and team rivalry is big!

family olympics

we always start the same.  we gather in the park across the street from his parents house and begin by singing the national anthem.  its pretty loud & obnoxious!

then uncle vito leads us in extremely unconventional stretching (think finger stretches and breathing exercises).

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we all contribute ideas for games.  bring back favorites and introducing new games is so much fun!

here’s the round up of this year’s games:

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basketball free throws

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bowling

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swing long jump

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balance beam/”log roll”

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soccer penalty kicks

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most lacrosse passes in 2 minutes

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flying a quad copter & landing it closest to the mark

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gift card shoot-out (not necessarily part of the olympics, but something the adult children do in lieu of a gift exchange)

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name that tune

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fast track shoot out

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vaseline on the nose, picking up pompoms

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tictac shake – can only shake side to side, first to empty both cartons wins.  you MUST see this video!

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tossing cheetos onto shaving cream covered shower cap – most cheetos wins!

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musical chairs

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narrowed down to sean & i – i won!

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mini golf

we had a few other games i didn’t get pictures of – oops!

this is an ALL-DAY function for our family and its so fun!  we usually start late morning at the park, head back to the house for lunch, then do more games until dinner time.  we usually end with pizzas and once we even headed to the bowling alley after!

do you have any fun family rituals you do?  share!

christmas house tour

christmas house tour

welcome to my home!  i’m going to take you on a little tour of my house – more pictures than words – enjoy!

christmas house tour

 

christmas house tour

our entry way holds our piano and our fist nativity scene.  i completely cleared off our wall and started fresh, minus the nails and holes!  a wreath wrapped in a feather boa has been a christmas decor staple since we first got married.  hung by a simple striped ribbon on a gold frame – easy!

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we usually have the tree by our from windows, but we decided to put it in the center of the room this year.   the change has been fun!

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i made a fun pompom wreath to go above our mantle, keeping it simple.

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gold deer and a variety of trees collected over the years.

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our new nativity

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pillows collected from tj maxx, ikea, target, and made by me.

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i love all these colors and pattern together!  here’s a link to the moose silhouette pillow tutorial.

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gracie dressed caesar ;)

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i bought several of these fur stockings from kmart years ago before we even had kids!

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i love keeping the christmas cards we get each year!  our kids go through them every day, seeing how our friends and family have changed over the years.  i am still in shock that people send us cards because we haven’t sent one out since our oldest was 2!

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just a little rudolph to fix up our shelves.

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a little christmas shelfie ;)

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christmas house tour

thanks for visiting, merry christmas!