so, the State competition for Odyssey of the Mind was in Kentwood — a Grand Rapids suburb about 20 minutes from here. that was nice. we spent the whole day at East Kentwood High School as the kids competed in the morning and in the afternoon. Things didn’t go very well during Ellie’s long term problem (see video below) and they had some equipment malfunctions and other surprises that popped up. while the kids worked through things their final score in that particular event was considerably lower than their score at regionals so that was disappointing to the kids. they ended up tying the 3rd place team in the Spontaneous event, but they also had something go wrong during that event that caused them some grief as they were competing. so, at the end of the day they finished 10th in the State and the core group of 3rd graders have 2 more years of competing at this level. plus, in 2 years JD can be on the team with Ellie and that will be great. on the positive side, we were able to view other team presentations and even some of the high school presentations . . . this gave the kids a lot of ideas for next year as the creativity of some of the high school kids was just spectacular.
Saturday was also Ellie’s 9th birthday. we all took her out for dinner on Friday night and we went to Graydon’s Crossing — Derby Station. it‘s an English pub here in East Grand Rapids. mmmm. the weater was our first day being over 70 this spring so she had a great birthday.