Today for our history lesson we studied the beginnings and history of the Olympics. The girls were really excited about this because what little Olympics we watched this winter, they were really into. (I know that’s really bad grammar but too much in a hurry to fix it!) I won’t even go into how frustrating it was to close on a house the day the Olympics started and the fact that once we were pseudo settled, we didn’t have a converter box to pick up any channels. Okay, so I sort of went into it, but you gotta feel some of my pain. And, I realize I sound like a complete whiner, but it’s the Olympics, people!
So something I didn’t know that was surprising: The last Greek Olympics were in A.D. 395 because Olympia was destroyed by an earthquake. They weren’t reinstated until the late 1800s. Am I the only one who missed this is my history classes? I just assumed they’d been going on since the Greek time. Maybe I shouldn’t publicly admit that…
We went back to the “roots” of the games and had five competitions: a foot race, arm wrestling (The Greeks just wrestled, but I figured this was safer.), jumping, discus (plastic lid throwing) and throwing the javelin (or a really big stick). I captured some of competitions and just love the very competitive looks on my girls’ faces. If you know them, this won’t surprise you a bit. They are very tenacious girls. Very feminine, but very determined.
Notice Aubrie lost in Aubrie-land.
Here’s some of that determination in action!
The Winner’s Circle