We joined our FUN friends at their home sweet home last night to watch the Opening Ceremonies that took place in the regal city of London! My favorite part was the firework show. Nothing tops the awesomeness of fireworks. Fireworks have been the super stars in the night skies for stacks of decades!
The Olympics leave me in awe for a long list of reasons. Yes, in recent years we continue to get entertained in epic proportions, yet the Olympics stand the test of time.
The games amaze me because...
1) our world unites
2) the entire world celebrates at one time
3) it is an ANCIENT event that still thrives TODAY.
4) the athletes practice patience, not giving in to instant gratification. Instead, the practice for years for their moment
5) the athletes possess great dedication and tenacity
6) greatness is showcased in every possible physical way
7) the beauty of the human body and what it's capable of is shown on magnified levels.
8) the games inspire each of us to be the best we can be and to finish what we set out to do
For our Opening Games festivities, we plated up lots of fun finger food and I made a Fruity Olympic Sugar Cookie Bar dessert.
Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pineapple, and kiwi circled on top of rich cream cheese frosted sugar cookie bars: YUM.
Just take your favorite sugar cookie recipe (mine has spritz of fresh lemon juice and freshly grated nutmeg!) and spread it in a 13x9 in greased pan. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes. Then top with your favorite frosting recipe. Homemade frosting tastes 1,000 times better than store bought and only takes about 10 minutes to make! Then use a biscuit cutter to make outlines for the ring shapes and outline with freshly cut fruit.
TA DA! Pretty little thing!
During commercial breaks the kids made Lifesaver Olympic Ring necklaces, chains, and bracelets.
All you need to make these Olympic Ring candy necklaces is a pair of scissors, packs of lifesavers, and baker's twine. To get the blue ring, you'll need to buy the special tropical flavored LifeSavers. You could also make these with the Gummy Lifesavers too.
I think they ate them 2 seconds after making them.
The kids also played Olympic Ring Hopscotch. We have rings in various sizes. Toss them in the grass and let the little people loose!
Moments caught in time, celebrating quality moments with quality people.
Frame those adorable faces!
Frame those adorable faces!
The kids waited patiently with anticipation for the USA procession during the Parade of Countries. That was a long wait for little people! I treasure the patriotism they keep tucked into their spirits. Possessing a love and loyalty for whatever country we dwell and believe in adds an extra layer of depth to our lives.
This last photo makes me happy-sad. It feels like yesterday I snapped this photo of the boys merry-go-rounding, singing Yankee Doodle, with their flags waving on Main St. during a patriotic parade. But it wasn't yesterday. It was a lot of yesterdays and they've grown SO much since then!
I'm storing up these memories and moments in my heart.
Because this mama wants these moments to live forever!
I love my boys.
And I love my country.
And I am continually inspired by ALL of the Olympic Athletes.
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