I've said it once, and I'll say it again...summer in Evanston is the best! The temperatures and wind make being pregnant in the summer bearable. Its supposed to be in the low 70s today, but last I checked, it hasn't made it out of the 60s yet.
Almost everything in Evanston is within walking distance of our house. This is something I love because Jack and I like to go on walks, and its nice to be able to walk to cool places rather than just around the neighborhood. We like to walk down to Historic Depot Square and watch the trains go by. I'm not sure where Jack's train obsession came from, but he does love trains! Also, they recently opened an ice cream parlor downtown called The Scoop. Its really fun. We went last Monday. You could tell that everyone was there for family home evening. There are at least 3 playgrounds within walking distance. There may be more, but I haven't needed to find out. 3 is plenty for us.
One of my favorite things about Evanston is coming soon...the Labor Day parade! My first taste of Evanston was 5 years ago when Eric brought me out here to meet Grandma Aanerud. We arrived just in time for the parade! I was surprised at how many people were there to take in the festivities, and even more surprised when I learned that they had a pancake breakfast before the parade started. The parade is always jam packed with rodeo royalty, clowns, and candy! Maybe this year we'll make it to the breakfast too!
And, of course, the best thing about Evanston is having Eric's Grandma Aanerud near by. Most of our (immediate) family lives in Texas, with a few exceptions in Utah (and 2 brothers on missions), so we love having someone close. Jack recognizes Grandma's house now and gets really excited whenever we pull into the driveway. He loves to chase Molly (Grandma's dog) and imitate her when she howls. He never leaves without his bowl of ice cream or giving Grandma goodbye kisses.