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!
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).
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:
basketball free throws
swing long jump
balance beam/”log roll”
soccer penalty kicks
most lacrosse passes in 2 minutes
flying a quad copter & landing it closest to the mark
gift card shoot-out (not necessarily part of the olympics, but something the adult children do in lieu of a gift exchange)
name that tune
fast track shoot out
vaseline on the nose, picking up pompoms
tictac shake – can only shake side to side, first to empty both cartons wins. you MUST see this video!
tossing cheetos onto shaving cream covered shower cap – most cheetos wins!
narrowed down to sean & i – i won!
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!