Reindeer Games Party

First of all, Happy New Year’s Eve!!!

Don’t forget…this starts tomorrow!!!

Tuesday morning I woke up, drank my coffee, watched Kelly and Michael (it was a commercial), and witnessed the kids wrecking my parents living room!!  hahaha!  They were happy, so I totally let it happen.  Don’t worry.  We cleaned it up!

Then family started arriving for the Reindeer Games…(Family…that is what I’m calling it.)
My cousin’s wife, Morgan…isn’t she pretty?

Ebby Lee did a little piano recital for everyone.  Music people, I’m sure that’s not the best way to teach them, but we just had a couple days.  She got a keyboard for Christmas and will start lessons soon!

Bowen just woke up and my funny cousin, Ty, was trying to make the exact same face.  Think he nailed it!

Sometimes I wonder why Nixon’s so rough??  hahaha!  He was eating up all the attention!
My parents made a DELICIOUS meal and after eating WAY too much it was time for the games to begin!

 These games were SO much fun!!  They’d be great for a New Year’s Eve party or any party for that matter.  We had 15 people playing, so we split into three teams.  For the first game, we only had one softball so we timed each group and the fastest team won.  We all lined up and passed the softball from person to person without using hands.  It was hysterical!!!  It was also fun to get to see everyone play (instead of us all going at once).

 The next game was just as fun to watch.  We did it again one team at a time and just used a stopwatch on a cell phone.  Each person put Vaseline on their nose and we had to move five cotton balls from one bowl to another without using hands.  

Last game was balancing a popsicle stick in your mouth and at the same time stacking four dice, then passing everything to the next person in line.  First team through won.  I don’t want to rub it in or anything, but guess whose team won???  🙂

If you have any questions about those games, e-mail me.  ( They were a blast and I’d highly recommend giving them a try at your next party!  

Then the kiddos got “giraffe” rides from Ty.  He’s way too tall to call them horseback rides.  🙂

I helped the kiddos come up with a little Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus play.  They were adorable!

Bowen was playing “Baby Jesus”.  Nixon was trying to get his attention to run over and lay down.  He knew his part well. 🙂

Play #2 Nixon wanted to be a donkey instead of Joseph.

We ended the night with Uncle Tim playing Christmas carols.  The kiddos got comfy cozy and loved it!

Photobombed by a Giraffe…hahahaha!

Looks like the boys were behaving themselves…doesn’t it??

Tab and I stole a selfie with sweet Emory.  I would have brought this girly back with me if her parents would have allowed it.  Sweet sweet girl!

I looked over and at the EXACT same moment this was happening.  Bowen was taking a selfie with Ty and Morgan.  hahahahaha!!

This little dinner/party with family was so much fun!!  It’s so nice to go to Missouri for Christmas and be surrounded by people we don’t get to see much during the year.

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  1. 12.31.14
    Anonymous said:

    This was such a fun post with great ideas!! I had two questions. One is about the game with the dice and popsicle sticks. After you stack your dice, do you only pass the dice to the next person?
    With cotton all fame how do you get the cotton ball off your nose? Thanks!

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you 🙂 the dice game…yes, we just passed the dice to the next person. To get the cotton ball off your nose you had to shake your head pretty violently (that was the fun part to watch).

  2. 12.31.14
    Kimm said:

    What absolute fun. Thanks for sharing

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!!

  3. 12.31.14
    Anonymous said:

    As an elementary music teacher, you're totally fine letting Ebby Lee start out that way on the piano! Any way to get her to love practicing and playing is an awesome first step :). HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Oh good!!! Thanks for your help!

  4. 12.31.14
    Unknown said:

    My family just talks and drinks wine. We may need to add in some games.

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes!! Give these a try next time. 🙂

  5. 12.31.14
    Jenny said:

    Those games look hysterical! Haha! Looks like you all had a great time! Happy New Year! 🙂

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!!! Happy New Year!

  6. 12.31.14
    Unknown said:

    Love the pictures! My fave, however, is of the one with Ty and your little guy. Altho it is funny(the expression is dead on!), the dearest part of that pic is how the older gentleman is holding and kissing your baby's hand. Such tenderness and affection! ADORE it!!

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yes, that my grandpa showing Bowen some love. :). Thank you!

  7. 12.31.14
    Darcy said:

    Oh my gosh – your Christmas looks so fun!!! We always host a game night during NYE at our house, so I'll have to break some of these games out tonight! 🙂

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!!! Let me know if you use any. Happy New Year!

  8. 12.31.14
    Anonymous said:

    These games are great! Every year our family does The Amazing Christmas Race and we are always looking for new ideas and challenges.

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      We kind of threw these together at the last minute but the Amazing Race sounds great!! We need to step it up next year!

  9. 12.31.14
    Katie {The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said:

    Oh my gosh…So much fun! And they look pretty hard too! HA!! Thanks for sharing…have a Happy New Year! Can't wait to start the photo challenge again tomorrow! Oh and I LOVE your shirt!!

    • 12.31.14
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Yay!!! So glad you're joining us!!

  10. 12.31.14
    Deena @Shoes to Shiraz said:

    Happy New YEar! I'm happy that you guys are back at the instachallenge!

  11. 1.1.15
    CaitCoak said:

    Happy New Year!!! I read your blog every morning!!! Love keeping up with your family!!!

  12. 1.1.15
    Anonymous said:

    So super fun!! What a great night with family! Then picture of Bowen taking a selfie with your uncle is so cute!!