Last week we packed up our stuff and headed to the tiny cabin in Vermont that we go to every summer. We don't need much there, the kids are usually in their bathing suits until it's time for pajamas, and most of the time is spent at the lake.
What I love about going back to the cabin is that the experience grows and changes as the kids grow and change. This year was Levy's first try at wakeboarding, it was the first year the older two jumped off the rock, it was the first year all four of the older ones could swim in the lake together and all fish together. And the past two years we have gone we have added a new child to the experience each year! The cabin is getting a little small for our big family, but I really wouldn't change it. The older kids play cards together and all sleep in the same room, we all crowd around the little table and eat together. Sure, little squabbles break out over lost goggles and missing shoes, but the smaller space forces us all to just hang out together and get along.
Like every year we spent a day at Shelburne Farm, one of our favorite spots, and had lunch from their farm lunch cart. Finn got to milk a cow, Talley wanted to climb into the goat pen and Levy almost smuggled a chicken home under her shirt. Their Children's Farmyard is always a hit with the kids, and there is always something new to see and explore each visit.
This year we got to celebrate Talley's 2nd birthday there with our family tradition, four layer sprinkle cake. She wore her birthday crown headband all weekend, our little barefoot lake princess.