Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Summer Olympics, we'll miss you... but we really need you to go

so, our family had a little too much fun watching the olympics this year... it really is just so enjoyable though. the big events to watch in our house this summer olympics were swimming, women's gymnastics, women's beach volleyball and a few of the shorter meter races (100m, 200m, etc.). if jack is in the house he is having an imaginary race (lucy won't race against him anymore because he always beats her...) and we cannot go swimming without all having to announce and watch either "micheal phelps" or "jason lezak" swim for gold in our very own pool... and the celebration that follows the win (they of course always win) is always full blown with lots of shouting, flexing of muscles, pumping of fists and occasional waves to the imaginary crowd. then there is lucy who is always skipping around the house (which i guess she kind of already always did) now pretending to be either shawn johnson or nastia liukin. and a couple times she has requested a braid "like kerry walsh." also, i just need to add that watching tv with lucy is always funny because she is at the "why" stage of life. "why are those chinese guys all playing drums? why do the light up? why are they dancing? why? but why?" also, it didn't help that all the american gymnasts were cute little blondies with ponytails, so anytime any one of them was competing lucy would have to ask, "is that shawn johnson? is that shawn johnson?" we heard this question so many times, it has become a joke. however, as soon as nastia showed up for the individual competition in a pink leotard instead of red, white and blue, lucy's favorite suddenly changed... ah, the ever fickle mind of a pink-loving three year old... moving on, finn even loved the olympics (please don't judge us as terrible parents...). whenever someone would say, "do you want to watch michael phelps in the pool?" he would book it to the tv room and jump up on the couch, pointing to the tv. finn still occasionally picks up the remote and points to the tv, saying "poo? poo?" (meaning he wants the "pool" on tv, of course), which is funny because jack was also obsessed with the swimming in the 2004 summer olympics and would point to the tv asking for the "poo" to be on... how has time passed so quickly... anyway, finn has also added the word "ba-ee-ba" to his vocabulary. for anyone who doesn't speak finn that would be "volleyball". he also loves to pretend he is racing against jack by squatting down in his "ready" position and then attempting to run across the room.
a couple funny stories during our olympic watching:
- one night we turned the olympics on to see if anything good was on and it was synchronized diving, which we had not been watching and lucy became fascinated with the fact that the divers were swimming in their underwear. i explained that those were their swimsuits, which she wasn't buying because, "that doesn't look like jackie's swimsuit." so, after a long explanation of how it is easier for them to dive and so on wearing that type of swimsuit, she dropped it. a little while later jack mentioned that he wanted to swim in races like michael phelps. lucy announced she wanted to swim like the divers... in her underwear. i guess she just wasn't going to concede that it wasn't underwear...
- while watching men's synchronized springboard, the chinese team was up and jack said, "hey, that guy looks just like dad," which made me laugh initially because of course it didn't look like pete, but then laugh even harder because it actually kind of did. erin and i couldn't stop laughing about it for some reason. i don't expect you to see the similarity in the picture i have attached ("pete" is the one on the right), but it was the only one i could find. i guess it's just not the same without the speedo...


- so jack was talking to me (as seriously as a five year old can) about how he wanted to be in the olympics someday and what did he need to do to get there. so i started telling him how those people had to pick one sport and one sport only, to practice just that sport all the time and still it is really hard to get to the olympics and there are lots of people who want to go to the olympics and still don't make it... he quickly decided he would rather play lots of different sports and have time to do other things. maybe that's why i've never been asked to be the poster-mom for the "follow your dreams"/"you can be whatever you want" speech... maybe i should work on that...
- finally, to wrap it all up, we were all just sitting around last week one afternoon and i set my sunglasses down on the couch. jack grabbed them and ran out of the room. he came back a few minutes later with a white sweat band on his head, my sunglasses and a volleyball and said, "guess who i am?" pete and i burst out laughing because he obviously was supposed to be misty may treanor, one of the GIRL beach volleyball players. then lucy wanted to dress up like her partner kerry walsh, and jack wanted to be michael phelps, so lucy wanted me to be misty may treanor and then lucy wanted to be shawn johnson (on balance beam) and needless to say it all got a little out of hand, but we were laughing hysterically and had a little too much fun with it... as you can see... and finn ended up being some sort of crazy synchronized swimmer in his underwear...










p.s. i just wanted to add that the olympics was also a very educational experience for our kids. we had jack's globe out looking for all the different countries... some i did not even recall myself, so i guess it was a good brush-up for me as well. a couple interesting facts we learned... (1) 6 countries won their first ever olympic medals: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Mauritius, Sudan, Tajikistan, and Togo. (2) From 1980 to 2008, Jamaica won three Olympic golds. In a span of six days in Beijing, Usain Bolt won three. (3) Panama and Mongolia won the first gold medals in their respective histories. (4) Pakistan was the most populous country not to win an Olympic medal (164 million residents, the sixth largest nation in the world). (5) Iceland was the least populous country to win an Olympic medal. (6) In all, 958 medals were handed out to athletes from 87 countries, the most medals and medal receipients in Olympic history. And to end with a kind of humorous fact, (7) If Michael Phelps were a country he would have tied for ninth in the gold medal count, ahead of countries including France, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil and Mexico.

2 comments:

Sara said...

So funny... as I'm reading your post, Therese is downstairs in a red swimming suit and ponytail playing "Shawn Johnson". She also just did a whole report on China. I have to say though, that it was funnier when they put the red suit on Sam and HE was Shawn Johnson

mamamchale said...

i am in tears, cant stop laughing about how that dude looks like pete but doesnt but really does. why was that so funny?
wow jack did a good misty may impersonation!