Back in 2004, we decided to host a Canada Day barbecue for our extended family. We had just moved to the suburbs and thought it would be a great way to get everyone out to our place for dinner. The boys were just two and a half and four at the time, and there were no other kids on either side of our family. My sister and mom drove out for the day, as did Rob's parents, his two brothers and their ladyloves, and a couple of single friends we've known for years.
We served up a typical Canadian backyard cookout with burgers, hot dogs, and an assortment of salads. I remember thinking it might be fun to play a game, and while no one else could match my enthusiasm for the activity, they participated in what would eventually become one of the most anticipated events of our Canada Day gatherings.
Today is the 10th anniversary of this annual patriotic party (we skipped 2008). The same people keep coming, only now they bring along the small people who live with them, which has added an additional 8 - almost 9 - people to our yearly bash. I always try to incorporate something fun for the kids, like water balloon fights, backyard Jenga, or marshmallow roasting, and we always, always play Canada Day trivia. We divide into two teams, boys against girls, and compete for the title of The Great Canadian Quiz Champions. The teams range in age from 2 - 76, and I'm proud to say that the girls have held the title for three years running.
I can't share this year's quiz questions as I don't want to tempt any family members to make use of the Google machine in search of answers - we take our championship title pretty seriously. But! I've created a link to last year's quiz should you be interested in a little friendly competition with your own family this Canada Day. I'll update this post on Wednesday with the answers - I don't want to tempt anyone to peek before they have the chance to play along.
Happy, happy Canada Day! Head here to complete the quiz!