life through my lens 05

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. ;)

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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.

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crystal moody | life through my lens

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!

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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.

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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.

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crystal moody | life through my lens

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. :)

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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!)

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He goes to school about an hour earlier than her so she came outside in her pjs to tell him goodbye.

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And her last day, what a year!

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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.

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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.

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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.

crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens

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.

crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens

And then we walked around the Duke campus and checked out the Chapel.

crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens
crystal moody | life through my lens

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. :(

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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! :)

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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.

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Oh and hey look! All four of us! I’m in a photo this month! :) Super proud mama of two really great kids.

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