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We got out for another hike this week at yet another new place for us. I’ve been trying to find places that might be less crowded as we’re still trying to navigate this whole social distancing thing, so we headed east and were pleasantly surprised. When I found the place on AllTrails, I assumed it would be flat and treeless as it was out on the plains. It was actually the exact opposite with lots of trees, a rock formation, and a nice incline. We are definitely returning to this one!
On to the links!
Embracing a New Way: From Public to Home Education Elle sums up some of my feelings about why we chose to home educate so well. I also love her mission statement!
We’re All Realizing Life Is Not Found in Material Possessions “When it comes to recognizing what activities contribute to quality of life, accumulating physical stuff pales in comparison to the actual life-giving pursuits we are being forced to go without. We’re all learning this aren’t we? That nobody is missing material things. We miss hugging our grandparents, sharing experiences with friends, social gatherings, intimate conversations, and meeting new people. That is where life is found.”
New Yorkers are posting elaborate recreations of famous book covers while stuck inside Also, People Recreate Works of Art With Objects Found at Home During Self-Quarantine. So many Kahlos! I also have a similar picture of my cat, Muse, posing as La Grande Odalisque as well. 🙂
So you want to read the classics I can vouch for Pride and Prejudice (though Persuasion is my favorite Austen story) and 100 Years of Solitude, which is one of the strangest but most absorbing books I’ve ever read.
The 2020 Minimalist Summer Reading Guide At least one of these is going on my to-be-read list!
From the blog…
Favorite Picture Books for Summer Reading Reading is obviously a huge part of our life during the school year, but that certainly doesn’t stop when we put our school books away for the summer. This week on the blog I shared some of our favorite books with warmer-weather themes. Or no themes….just good books. ☺️
(2018) Bent’s Old Fort Junior Ranger Adventures When the National Parks fully open again, this will be one of our first places to visit. B earned his first Junior Ranger badge here back in 2016.
(2016) Charlotte Mason’s Ourselves Quotes (Part 1) This was the first of a series of posts I did when I first joined my Charlotte Mason book group which was reading Ourselves at the time. I joined halfway through their reading year, but these are a few of my favorite quotes from that particular reading.
(2014) Peace “There are times these days when I have to really hold on to this idea of peace. Particularly when I’m in the middle of a long day with two kids, trying to get some cleaning done, trying to make sure B doesn’t go stir-crazy, trying to make sure C is getting what she needs, trying to figure out work things, trying to make sure I take care of myself to a certain extent as well, and suddenly something happens and B is screaming and then C is screaming and I’m trying to figure out what went wrong. The other day I was standing in the living room, attempting to get C into my wrap (her constant dwelling during the day lately) and B called from the bathroom that I needed to come and help him RIGHTNOW, which I couldn’t do. So he started screaming then C started crying and as I was sitting there listening to my two kids wailing at the top of their lungs, struggling to get the chubby little legs of one of them into various loops while calling to the other one that I’d come as soon as I could, I just entered this state of calm. My mind was quiet. I didn’t panic. I just finished what I was doing (getting C into the wrap) without overreacting and then moved on to the next task at hand (wiping B’s butt). One thing at a time. Just take one thing at a time.”
(2012) A Blogging History. I wrote my first blog post in 1999 and have been doing it off an on ever since. Here is my blogging journey….in case you’re interested. ☺️
Have a lovely weekend!