While I still have trips to Belgium and Italy to share from May, our story more or less left off at the beginning of June.
It was a quiet month on the travel front. With only a failed attempt at a weekend hiking trip in southern Germany, we spent the entire month on the ground in London. The idea of staying put for four weeks in a row would usually make us shudder; however, with plenty of activity in May and more to come in July, we were thankful for the quiet time at home to enjoy our town. E and I explored and played with friends, spent leisurely afternoons laying in the sunshine, and even started running again for the first time in…far too long.
On the grown-up front, Troy and I actually made it out of the house for a few evenings alone! Not only we’re we refreshed by time in the adult world, but we also (hopefully) managed to become just a bit more refined and cultured by the experiences as well.
Here are our June Highlights:
- Downtime. From lazy days in the park to exciting zoo excursions and quiet mornings at home, E and I (and Troy) made the most of our summer days together. I loved watching her enjoy God’s creation in new ways and seeing her sweet heart manifest itself through more and more sharing and caring moments each day. We were both clearly in need of more “see where the wind takes us” days and a little less business for a time!
- Date Night – Breakfast at Tiffany’s style. Troy and I celebrated six years of marriage in June! We made the most of our night by enjoying a quick Lebanese dinner in Kensington before racing on to the Royal Albert Hall to enjoy a Live Music Performance to the old classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. While the original movie played on a big screen in the magnificent theater hall, a live orchestra and the late Henry Mancini’s own daughter provided the musical elements to the film. Even Henry Mancini’s wife was in the audience with us that night. They made quite a celebration of the evening!
- Sotheby’s Auction House – “Spotting Forgeries in the Market for Old Masters.” Our more “adult” (partially because it was held at such a world renowned institution, and partially because we were the youngest there. By oh, 30-50 years?! Come on kids, it was interesting!!) activity for the month was an event hosted through Troy’s grad school alumni association in London – a lecture on spotting forgeries in the art world at Sotheby’s. Covering the history, key players and wide range of techniques in creating, identifying and distributing imitation pieces, Troy and I were surprised by the many criteria a work of art must possess before it can truly be labeled a forgery.