Lucy's Party

Lucy's long-anticipated birthday party was last Friday. She has had her party planned ever since we went and tie-dyed capes at Audrey's house last August.

As the middle (and least difficult) child, Lucy sometimes gets the short end of the stick. But of all my kids, Lucy has had the very best birthday parties: Bike Parade at Beus Pond in 2008,Talent Show at Ogden Amphitheater in 2009, and Bounce House Surprise Party in 2010. This year's party was a winner too.

Kool-Aid packets.

Silk scarves from Dharma Trading Co.

Ten girls.

While the scarves were drying, Steve set up an obstacle course in the backyard.

It included running across the lawn with a tennis ball balanced on a racket, climbing through tunnels, and kicking a ball across the lawn and into a bucket.

Rolling up in a quilt and rolling down the lawn was part of the course, as well.

And then they each got to run through the "finish line".

Steve was also the official timer. Isn't he great?

Since I have officially given up on baking cupcakes, Lucy picked ice cream cones as her treat.

Then Lucy led all of her friends on a "parade" down the block. It was definitely the highlight of the party.

We sure love Lucy. And her fun parties.

(Thanks for the great pictures, Rebecca!)


Ogden Marathon 2011

The Ogden Marathon is absolutely beautiful. So glad Mother Nature cooperated and provided such a pleasant day last Saturday. These landscape photos were taken by photographer Steve Conlin. (Stolen off facebook.)

We spent the morning cheering on our favorite runners.


My cousin, Julie:

Lacrosse friends from Utah State. And Amanda. Oh wait. . . that's not Amanda.

Randy and Sandy:

Like last year, there was a lot of emotion at the finish line. This year, there was some suspense too. We were all nervously watching the clock as we waited for Kate to come down the road. She qualified for the Boston Marathon!

I learned that sitting behind the barricades is actually a good thing. Because then the people next to you don't inch closer and closer, blocking your view.

Rachel and Lucy ran the Kids K, along with a bunch of their friends from the neighborhood.

We were really proud of Derrick (formerly a non-runner) who decided he wanted to run, trained (sometimes down Washington Boulevard at midnight), and performed well. We are looking forward to cheering him on at more races this summer.


Yikes. . . Summer School Anyone?

I'm not one to put too much emphasis into picking a school based on test scores. (Just because other kids in the class aren't smart doesn't mean my kid can't be.)

But as far as a quick snapshot of how the students at these schools are doing. . . wow.

School rank was determined by the average percentage of students in each Utah public school who scored above proficient on language arts and math. (The data were broken out into schools with more than 250 students and schools with 250 students or less. This shows the school rankings for the larger schools.)

Local Schools of Interest:

Five of the ten schools in the state with the lowest test scores are in Ogden. There isn't a whole lot of difference between the scores of the middle 200 schools, but the scores of those last 40 schools drop quite drastically. I would like to see how St. Joseph's Catholic School compares to the others.

To find the rankings for your school, click here. You can even view the raw data and look up scores by grade.

P.S. My camera is broken.