Adding a dog to the family has changed the activities we participate in the weekends. In the past we just looked for something entertaining for our toddler but nowadays we look for something that suits the entire family, dog included. There are a lot of great places in and around Eindhoven to let your dog off the leash so they can run free and enjoy life outside of the bustling city center. One of which happens to be near the golf course my husband belongs to. We noticed the park we usually take the family walk in has been a little too busy lately so we headed the other direction. Sure we crossed paths with a few people, but for the most part it was quiet and we could take in nature as it was intended. Our toddler loved climbing up and down the small hills, shaking trees, and collecting pine cones. And our Wheaten Terrier was over the moon running about, playing in the mud, and sniffing out rabbit & fox holes. My husband claims to have seen deer, but the rest of us missed them somehow. Days like this remind me to be thankful for these moments together, watching our family grow and bond... for the fresh air and beauty of nature... for the smile on my tots face as Dad saves the soccer ball from the tree... for the smiles on our faces when our daughter giggles with excitement... for the pleasure our dog gets from exploring and leaping... and for the invention of cameras so that we can capture these times and cherish them for as long as we can.