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).


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!

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

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musical chairs


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!


  1. 1

    That looks like so much fun! I’d love to do that with my family. It must to nice to be so warm at Christmas. With our 20* weather I’d freeze. After our below 0* temps. the other day I’m ready to go to California.

  2. 2

    Umm… This is seriously the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and totally want to try that with my family!! What great ideas. You guys must bond so much on that day!

  3. 3

    Because of you, we were going to try this with our friends last spring. It didn’t happen, but when I saw you guys doing it after Christmas this year, i reminded my husband. We are on this! We have a great group of friends (all family-less in this area due to our husbands’ jobs) and I can totally see this being a hit. Thanks for sharing this year’s games!

  4. 4

    This is fantastic. I can just hear all the laughter and everyone yelling for their team! Great family togetherness! :)

  5. 5

    Such a cute idea! I love that the kids get to equally participate. Thanks for sharing!

  6. 6

    This is the best post! How awesome are all of you?! What good, clean and sweet fun! I love the gift card shootout! Genius!


  7. 7

    Great fun. Especially love the gift card shootouts. How do you attaché the gift cards to the window? What do you use to shoot them down?

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