Hello dear ones! For the past three days my family participated in our first Family Olympics. It actually went along with our Disney Countdown but I want to share the pics here since it was a family event.
We had originally planned to do it all on July 4th for Independence Day but it rained all day. We were finally able to set off fireworks late that night in between a drizzle. Our Family Olympics had ten events.
Since our holiday was rained upon we took advantage of a coupon I had and went bowling, just me and my fellas. The bowling alley was full so we were put on a wait list. Michael and I played laser tag while we waited. He won. Who says Olympics have to be outdoors ;)?
Michael, with his patriotic headband. So Duck Dynasty-ish.
Chris in action :). He got the most points and won the gold medal.
Michael began the Olympics by parading around with this paper torch. We ended the night with a video game competition between Michael and I. He won the most times. Alas, no gold medal for me all day.
The second day it also rained so we played putt putt (mini golf). I was desperate for a gold medal but Chris beat me by 3 points. I got cocky and goofed off too much :(.
The third and final day, Mom and my stepdad Kim came over. We had a grill out. It still rained but Chris made a tarp shelter to grill under. I planned a couple indoor events and some outdoors if the rain slacked (or under the tarp). Chris was awesome helping me get set up and he did some mean grillin’. Thanks Babe!
Every player had to make their own flag to represent them. I hung them up and put scores above each. My flag is all the way to the right. You’ll have to click on the picture to see it. It got clipped off.
We have Michael (cross & stars), Mom aka Ann (teapot & cross), Chris (Zelda symbol), Kim (a sailboat & cross), and me ( my favorite season and colors, and a cross).
The first event of the day was javelin throwing. Thankfully the rain had let up. I forgot to take pictures but we basically threw these pool noodles and saw who threw the farthest. Kim won the gold.
Secondly, we had an archery competition. Chris and I strung up a tarp with holes cut into it. Each hole and subsequent area equaled a certain amount of points. We had a real bow and Chris made stick arrows.
Michael looks so natural…lil cutie. 🙂
This is precious. Kim helping Mom. She actually surprised us and was the first person to get an arrow through a hole and not just hit the tarp.
Love my face :P. I tied with Kim for the Gold. The only gold medal I got but hey I did get a lot of silver. I felt very Elvish.
We had planned on throwing darts at paint filled balloons but we all had a time. So we just threw them at the tarp and called it a balloon toss.
Next, we played indoor basketball. You can see it better in the next picture but we made a pool noodle into a circle and duct taped it. Then we taped it to Michael’s bed. It’s still up because he likes it so much.
Me throwing from the doorway. To make it fair, adults had to sit down to throw the ball and Michael could stand up. Kim won again. Different parts of the room equaled different points.
We had really neat balloon races by taping fishing line from one end of the living room to the other. Then I put the fishing line through a straw and we taped a balloon to it, blown up but not tied. We had two strings across. Then we let go and the balloons sailed across the room. I found the idea on Pinterest, along with several of these ideas.
Kim, Mom, and Chris
Michael, Mom, & Chris. Mom & Michael took the gold!
Lastly, everyone but me participated in a Paper Airplane Competition. I was the judge. We had three point areas (1, 3, & 5 pts). Michael won the gold.
Now, what do I mean by gold you ask? Well, you may know that the Olympic medals are Gold for first place, Silver for second, and Bronze for third. I had several medallions that are lovely collector’s pieces but have no real value. Unfortunately, my Dad bought them thinking they’d help with Michael’s college. He got ripped off. They’ve been collecting dust. So I broke out the medallions and “fake” coins for prizes. I threw in some candy for the Bronze.
Kim and Mom
Michael was happy to have something of his Papa’s (my Dad died in 2009) and they do have nifty pictures on them (presidents and historical stuff).
Me and Chris
So here are all the events:
- Laser Tag
- Video Game Competition
- Putt Putt (Mini golf)
- Javelin Throw
- Balloon Toss
- Indoor Basketball
- Balloon Races
- Paper Airplane Competition
It was a blast and I hope we can do it again next year. I’ll be thinking up events til then :). Just goes to show that you can still have fun on a rainy day ;).
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover
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