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If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. ~ Adlai Stevenson

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Whoops! Time Does Fly...

Lazing by a small river
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
 ~ John Lubbock

Summer is fully upon us, and so I've been too busy to post! Not necessarily busy with practical things, but with enjoying life right now.

Swimming hole

Puppy petting

Fishing

Canoeing

Beach play

More beach play

One of the best places to be

We've also...

Gone swimming at one of my former co-worker's pool

Watched fireworks

Enjoyed a few movies

Eaten popsicles and crazy amounts of watermelon

Listened to a lot of music

Spent time playing games at the park with friends

Talked about planning and ideas for next fall

Skipped math lessons/practice too often (need to get back on the wagon here!)

It's been very, very good so far! I hope your summers are going equally well!

Friday, June 17, 2016

We've Reached the End...


The end of Downton Abbey, that is. Yes, at long last, we are watching the final episode. We're actually about two-thirds of the way through, trying to savor the final moments. I will say, we have really enjoyed this series, and the kids picked up a lot about history—from world events, to fashion, cars, living styles, manners, and much, much more—fairly effortlessly. 

***SPOILER ALERT***
I am little disappointed that the last season seems somewhat hurried. We got to know Matthew, and watch his relationship with Mary slowly develop. But the relationship with Henry... well, it doesn't exist one moment, and the next, she is full of adoration for her new husband. And the other plot lines are moving in a similar, fast-paced manner. But I still love the show!
***SPOILER OVER***

Anyhow, now we have to move on, find something new (while waiting for The Gilded Age). Shows up for consideration are Mercy Street, War and Peace, Doctor Thorne, or ??? The problem is finding shows that are as visually and historically rich as Downton, without excessive sexual scenes. We're not uncomfortable with some nudity here or there, or suggestions of sexual stuff, but I'm not ready for them to watch anything like Rome, or The Tudors, you know? Maybe we'll watch Manor House! It might be interesting for the kids to see how modern people attempt to adapt to an Edwardian lifestyle. And then there are shows like Bleak House....

In the meantime, we're off to the park today to hang out with friends (if the rain stays away). And M's birthday is Monday, so we are gearing up for that! Have a great weekend!