Pulling all these photos together for this post this month has helped me see just what a full, fun month we had. No wonder I’ve barely done any creative work! Now I can see that I wasn’t just lazy. I was doing stuff!
This month we went to our first Springfield Cardinals game of the season. I’m more of a Royals fan so it’s mostly about the food for us. ;)
Clara (3rd grade) had a photography unit at school. All the kids got little Canon Powershot cameras to take home for a couple weeks and a professional photographer came in to speak with them. These were a couple of my favorites that she took.
The kids chose one photo to exhibit at fine arts night and there was a silent auction on those photos. I had no idea they were also judging and so we were all SUPER surprised to arrive and find that she won Best of Show!
She took this photo at Crystal Bridges last month. I’m so super proud of her… not only is it a great photo but she carried that camera around the whole day looking for photos to take and I know how much effort she put into getting “good” ones.
We wrapped up the spring soccer season and somehow managed to have the coldest/wettest and the hottest game of the season in back-to-back weeks. Hello spring in Missouri, goodbye soccer.
We traveled to see my mom and Thad’s grandma for Mother’s Day. Great Grandma caught me taking this photo of her but it was worth it. :)
The last day of 7th and 3rd grades. Wow. (EarPods at 7 am are totally normal; he and I prefer not to talk at that hour!)
He goes to school about an hour earlier than her so she came outside in her pjs to tell him goodbye.
And her last day, what a year!
We started summer off right (the very next day!) with a trip to North Carolina. We had to leave SO early in the morning that we pretty much just hung out at the hotel on our first day there.
But the next day we found the Duke Lemur Center. I wish we’d have gotten to do the tour of the forest and seen the lemurs running wild but that wasn’t available without a reservation. Instead we saw them in cages and learned a little bit about each kind. They are so cute.
And then we went to the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. I can’t believe this place is free (donations encouraged.) There was so much to see and do. We left exhausted.
The next day we began at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. It was perfect. We got there before it got too hot and it was such a nice to place to walk around.
And then we walked around the Duke campus and checked out the Chapel.
And finally the reason we went… the Duke TIP grand recognition ceremony. This guy (as a 7th grader) scored in the top 5% of high school students on the ACT (English section). I only took this one photo because they had professional photographers there so hopefully I get those photos of the ceremony soon. :(
And then we came home. This photo was taken before we missed our connecting flight; we were not in the mood for photos after that! :)
A few days after getting home we went to Duke’s state recognition ceremony. This was for 7th graders scoring in the top 35% of high school students.
Oh and hey look! All four of us! I’m in a photo this month! :) Super proud mama of two really great kids.