Thursday, December 5, 2013

Making a Memory Instead of a Wish List

This letter from my daughter-in-law started our family on a new chapter in our lives.

We set about thinking of ideas for the making of our memory and settled on a 

Team Competition Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Here's the plan --
Goal: To find and photograph the most “F”s you can on our memory making outing.

(See below for exact rules and scoring.)

We chose the letter "F" because it is the first letter of our last name. We also had a destination about an hour out of town where they make the Worlds Best Malts. We ended up there together and shared five different flavors of malts between us and then headed home to show our pictures on the "big screen" and keep points. We decided to do the teams girls against the boys.

We found a lot of "F"s on signs...

But it was more fun (and more points) to find them other ways like making them ourselves...

This photo is not placed wrong--we turned it sideways to form an "F"!

We made sure to include everyone...

And we even found some in nature...

Was the outing a success? Well, there's no scramble or stress now for gift giving. And we had a great time. Our granddaughter didn't have a clue what was going on, but she was a great sport and chattered the whole way. We laughed. Lots.

And the rest of Thanksgiving weekend we heard things like:
  • Next time we should look for every letter of the alphabet!
  • Next year we could make a list of things we have to do in photos!
  • We could do a treasure hunt!
  • Next year we should play "Bigger or Better"!
If they want to do it again, I'd say it was a success!

Oh, and the girls' team won!

  1. Every photo must have the face of at least one team member. 
  2. “F”s can be on signs, license plates, carved into buildings, occur in the design of a structure (for example bricks or a picket fence), or naturally occurring in nature (as in laying sticks on the ground to form an “F” does not count as natural). We will vote on dubious “F’s seen”
  3. You may make a human “F”, but each one must be different (as in you can’t photograph each team member holding out their arms to form an “F”. You can only do that pose once per team.)

1 point for every “F” on a sign or license plate
1 point for every human “F”
3 points for “F”s occurring in the design in structures
3 points for an “F” engraved in a building (or worked into a wrought iron fence, actually part of the of the building, not written on it)
5 points for “F”s naturally occurring in nature
+1 point for every face of team members in your photos (each photo with 2 or more team members gets extra points)

+5 for one most creative photo voted on by everyone 

Here are other ideas: 

  • Give each team $10, find the most unique items with that money that start with each letter of our last name!
  • Get "photo booth" props for family photos or to take around and use in the most creative ways.

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  1. First off, I love your daughter-in-law's letter - those postmarks make have a vintage feel (I go a little crazy over all things paper and letter writing as you can see from my blog Secondly, this is a fabulous idea! My family lives fairly scattered far and wide so this would be fun, fun. Visiting via 'FriendshipFriday' hop.

    1. I love writing by hand. I feel I can think my thoughts more fully. (Though I do like the editing I can do on a computer!)

  2. A great idea to remind people that Christmas is not about what you get, but about family, sharing, love and good times. Thanks for linking up to From The Farm Blog Hop!
    -Leona from My Healthy Green Family

    1. We've been moving toward this slowly over the last 5 years and I'm so glad we have gotten this far!

  3. Wonderful family activity! Thank-you for sharing your game and the photos!

  4. Thou shalt have Fun!! What a great memory.

  5. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. Janet

  6. Oh. My. Gosh. This is the most fun, creative thing I've seen in a long time. I adore the idea, and am totally going to adopt it for my family! SO much more meaningful than more STUFF! ♥

    So glad I saw this at the Grand Social! :)

    Love, Joy

  7. LOVELOVELOVE this idea. Thanks for the thought for the Christmas we'll spend apart.

  8. THIS is a fantastic idea! Thank you. Excellent photos of the fun. Cheers to your creative family!

  9. What a creative, fabulous idea! I do photo books for my grandchildren every year around some theme, and take photos of them throughout the year. I love your idea of finding or making a letter!

    1. I love your photo book ideas. Kind of a yearbook for kids! I have a friend whose daughter-in-laws do a photo book for her every year, too.

  10. What fun and so much less stressful than buying gifts - plus you really get to enjoy the time together! We have done different photograph scavenger hunts but this sounds fantastic -- and of course the girls won!

    1. Stress is gone! I can focus on being with others now.

  11. Very cute idea and I am all for no gifts anymore....what is left to buy?! Visiting from Wednesdays Adorned from Above...

    1. Gifts--get what you don't want, give away what you like!

  12. What a cute idea. We love this. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above



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