Summer Olympics Here We Come!

The opening of the Summer Games in Rio are only a few days away.  I am one of those people who normally ignore sporting events and televised games during the regular season.  But there is something about the Olympics that keeps me riveted to the screen.  I think it has to do with the premise of peaceful International competition.  So many countries coming together to share their best athletes with the world.

Sure there is controversy, and rivalry.  But the “bloated egos” of professional sports is absent as athletes work as a team to support, encourage and cheer each other on.  It’s inspiring.

Sunday, 7-24-16 is PARENTS DAY. Why not make this day all about the family and enjoy some Olympic competitions of your own?  Got a pool?  Try some water polo or synchronized swimming.  Practice backstrokes or have raft races.  Who can get the wettest in a splashing contest?  Young children can enjoy water fun as well: Set up the sprinkler.  Or fill up buckets of water and have toddlers “paint” the driveway to their hearts content.  What is more fun than a water balloon throwing competition?

There are lots of ways to enjoy water-free Olympic events as well.  Sack races, three-legged races, wheelbarrow races, crab walk races and log rolling (using your body as the log) are guaranteed to bring on smiles and get everyone moving.  You can also set up games and events using balls, ropes, or other props.

Let you imagination go and enjoy exercising as a family by trying some “Backyard Olympics”.  For more fun ideas visit: http://www.familycircle.com/summervideo

What are some of your favorite outdoor family activities?

On Dad’s Shoulders: New PB by Oscar Hernandez

ON DAD’S SHOULDERS
By
Oscar Hernandez                         oscar pic

Picture twenty two strangers in a large room, none speaking the same language. After everyone shook hands and made an effort to communicate, the room would probably be eerily silent. There would be some staring, some smiles, some head scratching. With the room now motionless and quiet, a ball is rolled into that room. But not just any ball. This particular ball is a soccer ball. Suddenly everyone is standing and looking around again.

Everyone now has 2 things in common. The first thing being “language” or lack there of, and two, this magical ball. Before long there are two teams of eleven, two goals represented by trashcans or maybe even shoes. Now there is only one language being spoken “Soccer”- “Futbol”- “Football”- “Futebol”. The formation for pick up soccer is simple- One goalie, 2 defenders, 3 midfielders and 6 attacking players. Before long everyone is talking to each other. It may be hand gestures or head bobbing or some moving of the eyes. Within 2 minutes of starting the game these 22 strangers are no longer strangers. This game is being played on a global scale, from the Mojave dessert to Ithaca New York.

Everyone remembers their first live sporting event. Ray is about to get a big surprise for his 6th birthday party. After opening his presents he discovers two tickets to a professional soccer game. Come join Ray, as he experiences the sighs and sounds of the game. Take a walk through time as fellow soccer fans share their stories with Ray. Do you remember your first game? Relive your favorite soccer memories with friends and family as you read One Ball One Love. Start your own memory book and share your love of soccer.

For me this book was an amazing trip through memory lane. The idea for it came after my wife and I took out son to his first game. Still little, he watched the whole game, and he danced to the music being played by The Sons of Ben cheering section. After the game, I called my dad and asked him about all the games he took me to. After dinner, we went though all the pictures we had. Those pictures inspired me to interview people to get their perspective on their first memory of going to a live game. I met and talked with so many interesting people. I felt like I had enough material to start the book.

My illustrator Maria Yearicks is also a huge soccer fan so we were often on the same page. The whole process took about 2 years and it feels so good to finally let everyone see the results.

The book can be purchased through Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/One-Ball-Love-Childrens-Book/dp/1502765748/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416357122&sr=1-1&keywords=one+ball+one+love+book