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Daily Archives: 24 August 2008

…And the Flame Goes Out

**Photos from Yahoo!**

Tonight was the Closing Ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.  They were some of the best games there has ever been.  That’s just my humble opinion, but the stats pretty much agree with it.  The XXIX  Olympiad started and ended with a bang.  The Chinese put on an awesome show. 

In the final events, the U.S. brought home more gold.  The men’s volleyball and basketball bothwon their gold medal round.  Belgium ended up with 1 gold and 1 silver.  I also found out some other interesting medal facts about the 2008 Olympics.  (Source is Yahool! News)  China’s 51 gold medals is the most since the Soviet’s won 55 in 1988 at Seoul and this is the first time since 1936 when Germany had the most golds, that a country other than the U.S. or Soviet Union topped the list.  Of course, this is also a country that grooms their athletes from a very early age and aren’t given much choice in the decision. 

“China has been systematically targeting every single available medal, and we’re going to have to do that in the future,” said U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth.

China, of course, has the largest population pool—1.3 billion people— from which to recruit athletes.

The Britain’s came in 4th in medal count, their best in a century.  A record number of countries, 87, won medals.  At least 12 nations won their first ever gold medal or medal of any color.  Even the countries of Ethiopia and Kenya won medals despite unrest in their native lands.  Overall, Africa won 40 medals, which is their most ever.  First time medal countries include Sudan, Togo, Tajikistan, Bahrain, Mauritius and Afghanistan.  Other countries like Mongolia, Panama, South Korea, Brazil and Tunisia either brought home their first ever gold medal or gold medal in a particular sport.

One last note before I close out my Olympic update and wrap-up.  I know many of you had no interest in the Olympics.  Others of you had great interest in it.  I thank all of you for either bearing with me in my commentary and I appreciate all of you that supported me and used me for your source of Olympic updates.  I tried to be fair in my “reporting” and tried to include other countries as much as I could.  Alas, I am proud American!!  I’m sure at times, it was boring or maybe the last thing you wanted to see.  However, I had  so much fun with it and I truly enjoyed myself.  In fact, we enjoyed these Olympics as a family.  I hope that each of you brought something away from these Olympics, whether through watching them or my updates.

Now, for one last time, tonight’s overall FINAL medal count is:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 36 38 36 110
China 51 21 28 100
Russia 23 21 28 72
Britain 19 13 15 47
Australia 14 15 17 46
Germany 16 10 15 41
France 7 16 17 40
South Korea 13 10 8 31
Italy 8 10 10 28
Ukraine 7 5 15 27
Japan 9 6 10 25
Cuba 2 11 11 24
Belarus 4 5 10 19
Spain 5 10 3 18
Canada 3 9 6 18
Netherlands 7 5 4 16
Brazil 3 4 8 15
Kenya 5 5 4 14
Kazakhstan 2 4 7 13
Jamaica 6 3 2 11
Poland 3 6 1 10
Hungary 3 5 2 10
Norway 3 5 2 10
New Zealand 3 1 5 9
Romania 4 1 3 8
Turkey 1 4 3 8
Ethiopia 4 1 2 7
Denmark 2 2 3 7
Azerbaijan 1 2 4 7
Czech Republic 3 3 0 6
Slovakia 3 2 1 6
Georgia 3 0 3 6
North Korea 2 1 3 6
Argentina 2 0 4 6
Switzerland 2 0 4 6
Uzbekistan 1 2 3 6
Armenia 0 0 6 6
Slovenia 1 2 2 5
Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
Indonesia 1 1 3 5
Sweden 0 4 1 5
Croatia 0 2 3 5
Lithuania 0 2 3 5
Mongolia 2 2 0 4
Thailand 2 2 0 4
Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Finland 1 1 2 4
Greece 0 2 2 4
Nigeria 0 1 3 4
Taiwan 0 0 4 4
Mexico 2 0 1 3
Latvia 1 1 1 3
India 1 0 2 3
Austria 0 1 2 3
Ireland 0 1 2 3
Serbia 0 1 2 3
Belgium 1 1 0 2
Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
Estonia 1 1 0 2
Portugal 1 1 0 2
I.R.Iran 1 0 1 2
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 0 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Bahamas 0 1 1 2
Colombia 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Morocco 0 1 1 2
Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
Bahrain 1 0 0 1
Cameroon 1 0 0 1
Panama 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 1 0 0 1
Chile 0 1 0 1
Ecuador 0 1 0 1
Iceland 0 1 0 1
Malaysia 0 1 0 1
Netherlands Antilles 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
Sudan 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
Israel 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1 1
Moldova 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1
Venezuela 0 0 1 1

 

On to London for 2010!! 

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I Will Survive….Homeschool

Our first week of homeschool was just amazing.  There’s no other way to describe it.  We were done everyday between noon and 1 pm.  Miss K likes the math so much, we’ve moved up to 2 lessons a day now.  Granted, some of it’s review, but she’s got a grasp on it to enable us to do this.  In fact, she learned something new on Friday and was so excited, she brought her dad to the Schoolhouse to show him on the white board how to do it.  Miss K was excited!!  I haven’t seen her like that in a long time.  She got an A on her spelling test and has started her religion notebook.  Next week, K will have 3 tests.  Tuesday, there’s a test on classification and Wednesday, there’s a test on chapters 1-12 of Little House on the Prairie.  That’ll be comprehension for the first half of the book.  Then on Thursday, she’ll have her first math test.  I told her there is no good or bad, but I can’t wait to see how she does.  That will tell me how well I’m teaching it and how well she’s understanding it.  I just have to believe that even with rough times, this is setting the tone for the rest of the year.

Since all’s going so well, I wanted to share a “song” and a video clip of that song.  This has been passed around many of the homeschool groups.  It’s quite funny, but it “sings” true!!  Push play and listen to the song as you follow along with the lyrics.

I Will Survive (the first year of homeschooling)

Originally written and produced by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
Originally performed by Gloria Gaynor
Mercilessly altered with apologies by Natalie Criss

First I was afraid
I was petrified.
Kept thinking I could never teach
’Cause I’m not certified.
But we spent so many nights
Reteaching homework that was wrong.
I grew strong,
so now I teach my kids at home!
We study math
and outer space.
I just kept on despite the fear
with a big smile across my face.
I bought a set of Base Ten blocks.
I bought books with answer keys.
My parents think we’re nuts,
but they don’t even bother me

Come on, let’s go walk out the door.
We’re on the road now,
’cause we’re not home much anymore
My friends would frown and say we’d be unsocialized.
I heard one grumble
that I’d give up by July.
Oh no, not I!
I will survive!
As long as I know how to read
I know we’ll be alright.
I’ve got all my life to learn.
I’ve got energy to burn.
and I’ll survive.
I will survive.

It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart.
Decided to attend
a play date at the local park,
and I met oh so many moms
who offered eagerly to help.
They used to cry.
Now they hold their heads up high,
and so do we!
My kids are cool!
They’re not those chained up little people
stuck inside at school.
So if you feel like dropping by
don’t you expect us to be free
I’m spending my time learning
with my loving family!

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