Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympics.. O'ville style

My kids are all into the Olympics.  This is the first time they are all old enough to really appreciate all the hoop-la. Jon Kent is definitely more into it than his younger siblings.  On the first day of the games we were watching the USA's men archery and they were playing against Italy.  They lost by 1 point.  I was in the middle of folding and putting away laundry and didn't really think much else of it. A few minutes later Jon Kent comes up to me with tears in his eyes and says, "I'm kind of embarrassed and sad that the USA didn't win.  We are supposed to win everything."  I explained to him that we can't win at everything, but the USA still won a silver medal and that's a lot to be proud of.  He still seems to get nervous for the athletes when they are competing but he has a better understanding that they aren't going to win every time.

So in the spirit of the London games we decided to hold our own Olympics here at home.  I told the kids we would do a few different games every day and tally up the score at the end of each day. *Yes we do keep score.  The whole point is to have fun, but I am also not the type of parent who thinks everyone is a winner. Sorry, just not. It teaches them good sportsmanship and how to handle a loss.*

Today we did 5 games (planned on only doing 2, but the kids were having so much fun.. must find more games to use for tomorrow.).  We played hurdles, discus, soccer shoot out, one foot stand (left side and right side), and swimming.  All the kids had a good time and can't wait for the games tomorrow!

"Show me your muscles!"



"Soccer shoot out"

"One Foot Stand"

1 comment:

Brandi said...

that is a great idea. awesome pics. can't wait to see what you all do tomorrow :)