Family Night: 2018 Olympic Kick off & Easy Dinner Idea

Family Night: 2018 Olympic Kick off

The 2018 Olympics have officially kicked off!  We love watching and cheering on our U.S. Olympic team! Our house is full of Olympic fun.  I’m not sure if it is because the kids like the Olympics or if they just like the idea of staying up a little past bedtime each night! Friday night was the opening ceremonies and although it is taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea we enjoyed a night of Chinese food (That’s sort of close to Korean food, right?!!) and the next morning we had Olympic Ring Pancakes. You’ll see the Pancakes in the next post!

We sit around the couch eating yummy food and critiquing the coats each country wears while hoping the countries that only have a few Olympians represented will walk away with gold medals. When the US team starts their parade, we watch to see who we recognize, and know that we will be seeing all of their selfies pop up online!

Why celebrate the Olympics?
Really, when it comes down to it, why make a big deal out of the Olympics?  Here is my answer.  It is for the kids.  It gives them something to look forward to.  It gives them a sense of pride in our country.  It teaches them to cheer on other people.  It teaches them that hard work, dedication, and perseverance will help you reach your goals in any area of life.  It teaches them that if they get their homework and chores done and take a nap that they may stay up a little bit after bedtime! They learn about other countries: What they look like, foods they eat, the way people dress, languages they speak…the rich culture that is offered elsewhere in the world.  It teaches them that people, no matter the race and language, can all work together and succeed at the highest level if they put their minds to it. It brings our family together to have fun, laugh, snuggle, and enjoy time together.

What do we love to carryout from our local Chinese Restaurant?

  1. Crab Rangoons (Who needs anything else if you have these!)
  2. Fortune Cookies (…and yes we do try to learn Chinese from the back of the fortune!)
  3. General Tso’s Chicken
  4. Sweet and Sour Chicken
  5. Egg Rolls
  6. Rice, rice, and more rice (We will never understand why they give so much rice and red sauce!)
  7. Snap peas and vegetables
  8. Mongolian Beef

But when it comes down to it, since you can’t speak Chinese and the guy on the phone does, whatever you get is always good…or at least a surprise!

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