Saturday, August 16, 2008

A few of my favorite things...about Evanston

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.



He's pointing at the train.



This is the where the passengers used be buy tickets and get on the train. There is a walkway around back of the building where Jack likes to watch the trains close up.



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.

13 comments:

Kimbo said...

Oh that is so fun! I'm glad you are enjoying Evanston and who knew there were so many fun things going on there. I've been to that train station once too. I can see why little Jack likes it. Hope Eric is calming down with work and you're feeling ok. Can't wait for the newest addition to the clan!

Shelley said...

I am still so jealous of that train depot...I am sure if that were close to our house we would have to go there at LEAST once a day!

Shelley said...

By the way Stephen is in love with the music on your blog...he is singing away right now.

Brad and Carrie Willits said...

maybe me and the boys should come visit and go see the trains with you. that sounds like fun!!

Kristi & Nathan said...

What a fun little town! I wish we could walk places here but as you know that isn't possible! At least not in Mesquite!

Tastes Kinda Minty said...

Sarah, I am glad that you like it in Evanston! I loved growing up there, and still love to come home to see mom. It is fun to see you doing things with Jack that we did with our kids when they were little! You will have to flatten a penny on the train track for Jack!
We hope to be there for the parade this year! We will have to see if we can all make it to the pancake breakfast!
Becky

diana said...

I'm so jealous of your weather right now...sometimes I can't even breathe because it's so hot.

Kathy said...

Wow I found yalls blog through other people from our old stake. I am sorry to say I did not even know you guys married each other. Congrats! Your little boy is so cute. Come check out my blog www.digitalfowlers.blogspot.com
Good to see yall are doing well!
Also one of my mission companions is from Evanston, WY. her name is Hailey Voss, but she is married now.

Brady and Taryn said...

It looks like it will harder than you thought to leave Evanston when the time comes. It sounds like the perfect place for little Jackers to be a toddler in!

caroline said...

Seriously 60 degrees!? If only we could trade one day of WY weather for TX weather. Jack is so cute with Grandma's dog!

Ryan & Danielle said...

awww i miss grandma and molly! i bet he is sooo cute with molly! we will have to go see the train station when we come in october! we CANNOT wait!!!

The Jeppsen 5 said...

aww...how fun for you guys! I love that he loves trains and gets to go see some any time he wants :) Yea for Evanston!! :)

Mae said...

Good words.