5. OUTDOOR EVENTS
Most towns and cities host warm-weather events that are family-friendly. We try to take advantage of outdoor events in our area, from Shakespeare in the park to talented buskers on our city’s pedestrian mall. Last summer, when our son was less than a year old, he stayed on us while we took in the outdoor music and art that our city hosts, but now that he is running his sweet little self around, he is down in front, stomping and clapping along with every beat. And like so many other children his age, he loves to be part of the fun, but he still loves to be held close too. Our Boba carrier is perfect for using with our toddler who is exploring his independence, but who still naturally needs closeness.
Being prepared and looking for the opportunities inherent to our daily lives helps all of our families to enjoy what we have right in front of us. Our hikes may not be as long or rugged as they once were when it was just the two of us, but slowing down and sharing them with our son has made them just as sweet.
And sure, we are not hitting late-night concerts again quite yet, but watching our boy shake his cute little booty once he catches the beat is better than any act that I have ever seen on stage. Our lives change once we have children, as they should and as is natural, but we can still carry forward much of what we enjoyed before our babes came to us and make these outings into awesome family memories.