19 July 2015

Family Olympics 2015

Angel's 31st birthday was celebrated this past weekend, in a particularly unique manner.

Some months ago, Angel brought up an idea during a Skype conversation that we should have a Family Olympics tournament this summer while everyone is together. It should be noted that, as a whole, my family is not really famous for their athletic prowess.

Because getting up early in the morning and running and jumping around is not our idea of a good time, it took a little convincing for all of us to decide that a friendly competition would be a fun way to spend a free Saturday morning. In the end, the fact that we are very competitive won over the fact that we are not very athletic, and the Family Olympics were held for the first time on July 18, 2015. The entire event, including rest breaks where we lay on the ground and complained that we could not move our muscles any more, took about 3 hours.

Family Olympics

We held eight different events:

Yoga Ball Throwing
Long Jump
Planking (longest)
Push-ups (most in 1 min.)
Sit-ups (most in 1 min.)
Jump-roping (longest)

Prizes make everything more interesting, so the day before the Olympics, we went to the local 'dollar store' to buy prizes for each event. Someone with a quirky sense of humor may have been in charge of shopping for prizes...we ended up having quite a range of prizes, from toothbrushes to scrubbing sponges (a pack of 12!) to bobby pins, socks, and temporary tattoos in the shape of scorpions.

As we all predicted, Angel won the majority of the events held, with a total of five events. He won the race by a lead of 6 seconds, the long jump by a lead of over 50 yeah. We had already planned to throw out all of Angel's scores, knowing that he competes on a different level than the rest of us. So, in the five events that he won, prizes were awarded to the 2nd place winners.

Notable other winners include ME! I won the jumproping competition with a grand total of 120 skips--barely beating Anna's 117 skip record--before falling to the ground in an agony of exhaustion. Sarah, having a significant size advantage over the rest of us, performed fantastically in the limbo, finally winning by managing to pass under the mop when it was held a mere 26 inches from the ground.

Even Mom gained athletic acclaim through sheer stubbornness. The planking competition involving everyone planking at the same time, with individuals calling themselves out when they couldn't bear to do it any longer. It was down to Mom and I, and while I knew I had more planking experience, I knew I could never beat Mom in a battle of sheer stubbornness, so I crumpled to the floor to spare myself the excess pain.

We enjoyed our morning of competition very much, and I thought it was awesome that we were able to include events that everyone, from age 47 to age 8, could compete in in their own way.

We celebrated the end of the Olympics with the award ceremony, where prizes were given out to 1st or 2nd place winners, and we ate mint surprise cookies and Angel opened his birthday presents. After lying around for an hour recovering from our morning's exertion, we worked up the energy to make Angel's quesadilla birthday lunch.

'Twas a day for the record books.

And I'm still sore, two days later.
Angela @ Setting My Intention said...

Sounds like a really fun event! I love the idea because it's active and creates special memories!

Shybiker said...

What a great idea! Fitness is important for everyone and you made it fun. The pictures show how happy everyone was.

Anonymous said...

You all do the most fun stuff!

Farrah said...

hahaha, awww...your family seems like such a fun bunch, and it looks like everyone had a great time! :] I wonder if I could ever rope my parents into doing this! :] Long jumps are difficult. :x

Congrats to Angel for winning so many (haha on preemptively deciding to throw out his scores :P + happy belated birthday to him!) and to you for the jumproping! :]

Unknown said...

Haha this is so fun!! You guys never get bored. Happy belated birthday to him :)

Inge Jane said...

This sounds like the most fun ever! Maybe if there were prizes I would work out like this more often haha.

Inge Jane said...

This sounds like the most fun ever! Maybe if there were prizes I would work out like this more often haha.

Unknown said...

What a cool idea! I want to join your family! ha!

Ali Hval said...

This is seriously such a good post. What! I love that all this got put together. That bit about the planking competition with your mom has me grinning... Winning out of sheer stubbornness. Guess you know her well! ;)

Also, hope you love those jelly shoes! If they have cut outs they're actually very breathable haha, so I got lucky. Cowboy boots... How adorable! My mom mentioned me having a pair of red ones when I was about four but I don't remember them as I remember jelly. It's so funny how things overlap like that. :)

Have a great Monday, love!

Maureen @ Organically Mo said...

What a FUN idea! Love it!

Treasures from a shoebox said...

Oh my this looks like such fun! I think our family would enjoy something like this. Thanks for the idea! Visiting you today from Modest Mom.

Susannah said...

Haha. Looks like so much fun!!! <3

Bethany Carson said...

Happy birthday to Angel! Looks like a fun event! Congrats on winning the jump-rope competition. All my (younger) siblings are taller and faster than me now, but I think I sure would have enjoyed an event like that when I we were all younger, and I could still beat them. I still might enjoy it, but I have a feeling it might not be as much fun now ;)

chelsea @ the new wifestyle said...

oh my goodness you have the most fun family!!! i love this idea and love that everyone got on board with it! sounds like a birthday to remember indeed. i could see the competitiveness come out for my family too :)

Patty said...

Happy birthday Angel!!! Wow this looks like a blast...minus the being sore part;-)

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea!!!!! Love the quesadilla lunch idea too ;) (May have to repeat that myself now, as it's nearly lunch time and I'm decidedly hungry!!!)

Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oh my gosh this looks like so much fun! What a great idea!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

Mrs.AOK said...

I love this idea! We have little competitions all the time with the kids, which makes me think.. perhaps that's why my kids are so darn competitive. Next time I go to Texas, I'll have to see if my family wants in on this competitiveness :)

Tayler Morrell said...

What a fun idea! I'm sure Angel loved it!

Unknown said...

THAT is one great advantage of a large family! Looks like so much fun :)

Jenny Evans said...

What? No Spam-eating contest?