So this year was Caelie’s third year and Kieran’s second year participating in Odyssey of the Mind. And as in the past both kids had a blast “thinking outside the box” and making new friends.
They had regionals this past Saturday and both kids teams did an outstanding job. Spectators get to watch teams’ long term problems/skits and they were so cute and funny.
It is a long day though of sitting around and waiting. By the time the awards ceremony rolls around at 6pm everyone is tired. Except of course Caelie’s language arts teacher who not only runs the gifted program at Caelie’s school but is also the Regional Odyssey of the Mind director. So not only was she there from the getgo before sunrise….but she is the major backbone of the program and had the energy of a 2 year old at the awards ceremony. She was up their announcing winners and dancing like she just woke up. She is something!
Kieran’s team didn’t place this year and luckily Kieran was more into getting out of there and going to a sleepover party then realizing they didn’t place and being sad because of it. Caelie’s team placed 4th and got ribbons.
I am very proud of both kids and their teams for working as hard as they did since last September.
How sad is it when it’s Friday and you long for Monday just because your weekend is going to be insane???
That’s how it’s been for us for a long time now. The past 3 weekends Caelie’s soccer team has been in tournaments…. weekends before that were filled with games on Saturdays and/or Sundays for soccer – we just haven’t had a break in a while and we need one!
This weekend the younger 2 and I have Odyssey of the Mind all day tomorrow (and when I say all day I mean alllllll day). Have to be there around 7:30 for check-in at 8. Then it’s all about sitting around and waiting for both kids teams to perform 2 different things – each only lasting about 10-15 minutes! Then the award ceremony starts at 6. And of course parking is INSANE! So even if you have a 2 hour time span where you can leave, you don’t want to just because of that!
Don’t get me wrong – it’s a GREAT thing for the kids to do – makes them think outside the box. And Caelie and Kieran’s team went to States last year. This year though they are at different schools so therefore on different teams.
While we are at OM, Sean is 30 minutes south with his girls soccer team for the Region C Round of 16 Tournament. Wishing them good luck!
Then Sunday, Tristan is reffing 4 games back to back (from 10:30-4:30) at a local soccer tournament. Also, my parents get back into town after being on a week long cruise…..and it’s Sean’s 44th Birthday that day so I’ll be cooking and making Shepherd’s Pie.
Just want a weekend where we have nothing planned!!!!!!
So they didn’t make it to Worlds and I think the one most crushed by it all was Kieran. He sobbed!!!! The whole team should be SO proud that they were 1 of 17 (SEVENTEEN) in the state of Florida to make it to States! That is awesome in and of itself. And I am SO proud of the 2 of them and their team for working together like they did so beautifully. It was such an amazing experience and I know they will now keep doing this every school year. Caelie is not only already talking about it for next year but is also determined to get one of the scholarships they give out.
I was so incredibly impressed and proud of her this weekend and her leadership qualities really came through. The night before, when we got to the hotel we found out someone had forgotten one of the structures back at the elementary school….back in Tampa and here was are at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. So the girls had to make a new structure. They started at 8pm and stayed up until after 1am getting it done. The one coach and eye were so tired by that time….and so were the girls.
I am so glad my kids participate in these types of things. And LOVE doing it!
This was Caelie and Kieran dressed up in their tshirts for their skit for the 2nd part of the day. They had so much fun!
My younger two both participated in Odyssey of the Mind this school year and when their team went to regionals they came in second which then brings them to States. Which is tomorrow at the University of Central Florida campus. We have to be there really early tomorrow so the 2 kids and I are heading on up tonight to stay in a hotel. They’re all excited to swim and hang in the pool. I know tomorrow is going to be a looonnnnggg day (from 8am until 11pm) and am tried already.
I am so proud of them for making it this far and the whole team is sure they’re going to make it to Worlds which is held Memorial Day weekend up at the University of Maryland (would make for a very expensive trip but how can you say no if they make it?).
Their problem they’ve had to work on all year (with NO help from any adults) was Problem 4: Unhinged Structure. The problem is to design and build a solution using only balsa wood and glue that folds into the team’s structure without coming apart. The team may use material other than balsa wood and glue to serve as a hinge. The team will test its “folded” structure by placing as much weight as possible on it during a performance that also includes three different objects that change appearance by being folded or unfolded.
Wishing them luck tomorrow!!!!
Our after school schedule just keeps getting more and more complicated. And I’m not sure we can keep this up all year. Here’s what it looks like:
Mondays: #1. Caelie has Odyssey of the Mind at school 4-5 (added on this week) #2. Tristan tennis 6-7 (added on last week)
Tuesdays: #1. Caelie soccer practice 5:30-6:30 #2. Kieran soccer practice 6-7:15/7:30 #3. Tristan soccer practice 7-9
Wednesdays: #1. Kieran flag football practice 6-7 (which will end the end of Oct. when FF is over) #2. Tristan goalkeeper practice 7:15-8:15 #3. Tristan soccer practice 7:15-9 (just added on this week and only to be every other Wed. Not sure how Tristan is supposed to be in 2 places at once)
Thursdays: #1. Caelie soccer practice 5:30-6:30 #2. Kieran soccer practice 6-7:15/7:30 #3. Tristan soccer practice 7-9
Fridays: #1. Kieran soccer practice 6-7:15/7:30 (something new and not set in stone just yet – and hopefully WON’T be – that’s too much for 7 and 8 year olds!)
Add all of this in, plus the fact the younger 2 don’t get home and off the bus until about 4:10. Then it’s homework and shoving dinner down their throats since we don’t get home until late. Then when we do all get home it’s shower time. I seriously don’t see how we can keep this up all year!