Since we are trying to save money, we decided that we would not take a vacation away from home this year. The Summer has been filled with good, old fashioned fun. We have enjoyed days playing in the stream and hiking in the woods. Instead of traveling far, we have stayed near home playing in the wading pool, picnicking and visiting the local parks. It has been one of my favorite Summers because we have spent extra time together as a family enjoying the simple pleasures in life.