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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Olympic Sand Goes into the Sand Pail

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My inspiration for summer was to fill my sand pail with inspiration sand... this was long before I realized the Summer Olympics would be taking place. I have to say.........YEA! I am enjoying scooping up this sand.

The Olympics just shouts out INSPIRATION:

  • determination
  • destiny
  • discipline
  • dedication
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We grabbed a new world map and gathered to enjoy the Opening Ceremony.  Benjamin excitedly took in all the events...we all did.  As the teams from each country entered into the arena, the countries challenged our knowledge of geography as we pointed them out on the map for Benjamin.  We hung the map on the wall to use as a reference throughout the games.  We laid down all our political views to enjoy the coming together of the world in this united event.

The Theme for the Olympics - "Inspire a Generation"
  • the joy of watching a six-year-old take in the competition with expressions of  "I want to do that one day".
  • explaining that we're rooting for the USA team and that Texas is NOT a country.
  • making an Olympic Flag and explaining the meaning of the rings, along with other crafts to learn  about the Olympics and the various countries around the world.
  • inspiration by all the Olympians who are also wives and mothers...the older Olympians just shout out "there is still life left for those not in their 20's"...expanding what can be done at all ages.
  • shouting for Michael Phelps...and still being excited at Ryan Lochte as he brought home the first gold medal in swimming (our son has been told he looks like Phelps so everyone facebooked him that he didn't swim fast enough.... we are enjoying the comparison!  (Go Phelps!!)
  • stories...oh, the inspirational stories!
  • YEA! for P&G commercials....a tribute to all Moms!  I love that the athletes' moms still see them as their little children.
  • the joy of just feeling that all these countries can come together in peace for this healthy competition.
  • the motivation of watching others achieve their dreams...pushing me to dream - BIG!!
I plan to continue to enjoy the Olympics...red, white and blue popcorn, different ethnic foods, reading and watching the world compete for medals.  We will enjoy the cool indoors....our temps will be over 100 all week!

Our family attended some events at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.  At that time they thought the Olympics would be in Dallas in the near future...it hasn't happened yet, however, back in 1996 we all promised that no matter where we all lived we would join up again if the Olympics came anywhere close. I hope that happens in my lifetime.

Joining Susan at My Place to Yours  (click to read her party),  she suggested putting three of our past posts under medals.

Silver Medal - Silver Boxes

How about you joining in posting medal winning  past posts in each of these categories?  For those Olympic watchers....catch you on the couch scooping in inspirational sand.

15 Joining in with more words:

Farm Girl said...

Gosh Janette, I haven't even turned them on one time. I know the kids have been watching them a bit. Not much though.
I am glad you are enjoying it so much. That makes it fun.
I will try to do better. :)

Angel said...

That map idea is great! I commented during the opening ceremony to my husband that I had never heard of some of those countries and wish they would have put up a map on the tv screen as each country entered to help out those of us who are geographically challenged.

Ellie Rae said...

I don't know why I haven't been watching them. My son has.

Christine said...

I too love the commercials about Moms. It's about time!
Is it me or do the athletes look younger and younger? They sure know how to concentrate. Love when the camera pans over to the parents, who are cheering and screaming. That really excites me.

Keep filling that pail!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Great idea to pull out the world map, but really... Texas ISN'T a country? :-)

So glad you joined the challenge and wrote a "medals" post. Please be sure to link it up at my blog so others can see it, too! Now, I'm off to see which ones you chose...

Brenda Lazzaro Yoder, said...

Janette, thanks for this connection to the Olympics! And your gold medal post was one of my favorites of yours! I remembered it before even revisiting it. Thanks for the idea!

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Oh I've so enjoyed what we've seen so far but currently not through the eyes of a child. Great geography lesson Janette!
Enjoy the games tonight, I sure enjoy the commercials on Mom's too.
Hugs, Noreen

Sonja said...

Thank you for sharing this chance to share once more! I loved reading yours, they are medal worthy!! :)

Debbie said...

Would you believe that with the Olympics right there in Atlanta, I never saw a single event in person? It's true... I'm not sure what consumed my time in '96, but I'm pretty sure it had something to do with little girls.

I laughed about "Texas is not a country." Are you SURE about that?

Wasn't the opening fun? My two favorite parts were the Queen and Mr. Bean.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

What, Texas isn't a country? LOL!! Just kidding! I'm scooping that sand, Janette!! Such incredible stories of the Olympians. Just gotta love it!! blessings ~ tanna

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

white and blue pop corn thanks for the idea -- synchronized swimming is my event..

Debbie Petras said...

I loved the opening ceremonies. And it is inspiring to see these young athletes. I love that you are using the Olympics as a way to teach Benjamin all about geography too. How wise you are Janette!

Sending you hugs,

Maryann said...

I have to admit, its been hit or miss with the olympics here, we watched some of the opening but never made it to the parade of nations, I think if one of the sons still lived home it would be a different story. I do catch a little bit each day, I enjoy the swimming, gymnastics and beach vollyball. Now are you sure Texas isn't a country?

Vee said...

I can see Benjamin being all excited about the Olympics. All the extra lessons done in this fun way are a perfect way to sneak in a little learning. Happy watching!

Sally said...

I'm sitting here tearing up through events we already know the results of. I love all the stories and the national pride and the mom pride for every kid. I'm a sucker for the Olympics.

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