Our best family memories seem to be made when we spend some time outdoors together, and nothing makes the kids feel more accomplished than when they complete a hike. I always make sure to make a big deal of it and point out how proud they feel of themselves and how proud I am of them, building in those positive feelings around outdoor adventures.
The Day Out With Thomas finally arrived, and the kids were so excited! I squeezed James into his "conductor" overalls one last time before he outgrew them and grabbed their train engineer hat from the play clothes and we took off for Heritage Park (one of the kid's favorite places).
For the August long weekend, we were invited to join some friends at their cabin in Montana. I was beyond excited, I'd never been to a cabin and had wanted to go to one since I'd read about summer cabin adventures as a kid.