Friday Wrap: Olympic Proportions

Can I just say…I’m incredibly pumped about the Summer Olympics officially kicking off tonight with the opening ceremonies!

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In all seriousness, I do know someone who is competing this year.

Be sure to cheer extra loud at your screens for U.S. Olympic Diver Kristian Ipsen. He’s not only an incredible diver, but the lucky boyfriend of my niece, Lilly. She’s an accomplished diver herself, and I’m super proud of her. <3

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This was at the 2012 Olympics in London where Krish landed the bronze in synchronized diving with Troy Dumais.

In addition to watching every flip and turn of diving, I’ll be glued to the tube watching swimming and gymnastics. Those are my absolute favorite sports to watch. (I still remember watching the Magnificent 7.)

In honor of this special occasion, here are some fun facts to know and things to do from now until the closing ceremonies on August 21st.

{ONE} The Meaning of the Rings

olympic rings

Okay, so I knew there were five Olympic rings, but I never really thought about ‘why five’ and ‘why those colors’. Have you? This helpful article explains it all for us. It turns out, it’s not as clear cut as you might expect. Here’s an excerpt…

Baron de Coubertin, a French aristocrat and intellectual, explained his design in 1931:

“A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red…represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.”

Because the rings were originally designed as a logo for the IOC’s 20th anniversary, it’s probable that Coubertin originally thought of the rings as symbols of the five Games already successfully staged.

Now there’s something interesting you can toss into the convo during commercial breaks. 😉

{TWO} Getting All Patriotic 

You know all of those cute 4th of July decorations? Well, thank goodness I didn’t put them away. They’ll be perfect for some USA-themed watch parties. (Three cheers for a little procrastination.) Did anyone else keep their decorations up, too?!

red, white and blue mason jars

These are painted Mason jars – handcrafted by my sweet twins!

Oh, and I’m sure I’ll be whipping up some of these lovelies below at some point, which didn’t quite happen on the 4th. Oops! Good thing we have another excuse to pull out the star-shaped cookie cutter.

star shaped hand pies

High Fives for the Berry Hand Pies!

{THREE} Sampling Some Brazilian Flavor

Speaking of food AND since the Olympics are in Rio this go around, I wanted to learn about Brazilian culture and try some authentic recipes. Here are a few that are both easy and delicious. That’s worth a gold medal in my recipe book!

The first one up is a Classic Caipirinha. It’s made with Brazilian rum, limes and sugar! (You had me at rum.) Get the full recipe here.

Brazilian-caipirinha

PS. The recipe calls for cachaca, which is a type of rum, but it’s not like your typical Bacardi. You’ll want to find the real deal if you can.

Now for some sweets!

This is little number below is called Creamy Brazilian Cornmeal Cake and it’s served at breakfast or even after a meal – like a dessert, I guess. You can find this recipe (and more) on this blog!

braziliancornmealcake

Bonus points if you serve up the cake (or anything for that matter) on a ‘gold medal’ plate like this >

Gold Medal Plate

This gold paper plate just has a ribbon glued to the back. How stinkin’ clever.

{FOUR} Dressing the Part

Once the decorations and food are covered, all that’s left is dressing up with some team spirit. Face painting optional.

I decided to make some shirts for my girls with USA-themed iron-ons and soft, white tees. I hope I can stick the landing on these. I’ve had some iron mishaps in my past. #stilltrying

USA iron-on applique

I found these at Hobby Lobby!

{FIVE} Cheering & Playing Along

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I think THE best part of the opening ceremonies is the Parade of Nations. I love seeing all of the athletes marching into the stadium with pride and honor. I get chills every time.

Flag bearer Mariel Zagunis of the U.S. holds the national flag as she leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

This shows US athlete Mariel Zagunis holding the national flag during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

If you get as excited as I do, and you want to follow along with each of the participating countries this year, check out this list. You can even see the name of each country’s flag bearer and what sport they’re competing in.

Then…during all of the commercial breaks, you can create your own version of the Games!

Here’s a great post with some funny ideas. I think Tennis Table Toppling might be my favorite idea. And for the medals >>

Olympic-Party-Games-Prizes

My kind of prizes for sure.

That’s it for now, my friends. How are you celebrating the Olympics this year? I hope it’s full of cheers. Go USA!!

Kate

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