Recently Forbes Magazine came out with a list of America's Best Places to Raise a Family. You can read the entire article HERE.
Well, funny enough, the #1 place was Hamiltion County, Indiana. Jeff and I lived there for 2 years in Fishers, IN before moving back to Kansas!
But Forbes #3 place to live was Johnson County, Kansas! Our little slice of Heaven in the midwest!
According to the article "we ranked the remaining counties using 10 data points: cost of living, graduation rate, standardized scores, home price, property tax rate as a percentage of median home price, percentage of homes occupied by owner, per-capita income, air quality, crime rate and commute time."
Here is what they had to say about Johnson County: "3. Johnson County, Kan.
Home to Kansas City suburbs Overland Park and Olathe, Johnson County ranks third on our list because of its affordability and accessibility. Family-friendly perks include an average commute of 20 minutes, 5,000 acres of parkland and over 4,000 recreational programs annually. One drawback: Standardized test scores are on the lower end of our spectrum."
"100 rank: 11
One of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Olathe was reportedly named for the Shawnee word for "beautiful."
Once a prairie of wildflowers, Olathe has outgrown its sleepy roots with tremendous development: this Kansas City suburb is home to Honeywell, ALDI, Garmin and Farmers Insurance Group.
It also hosts the championship games of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including running, cycling, fishing, boating, and team sports. The area is also popular for hot-air ballooning and sailboarding, and it has two public lakes."
Kinda funny that the town of Fishers, IN, where we lived before moving back to Kansas was ranked number #10!!!
HERE is a link to the Money article.
Where do your cities rank on the lists????
And in case you are wondering how to pronounce our wonderful city of Olathe, it sounds like Oh - lay - the
Hope you all had FABULOUS weekends! Ours was quite nice!!!!
And this is just a little shot of Kennedy I caught on Friday. She loves her thumb still! I wonder how long it will last?????
And just for the record, it was likely NOT the same lizard. It can take weeks to months for a tail to grow back!
**ETA: Many people have commented on how large this lizard is. I think the photos are deceiving! It is only about 6-8 inches long!!!!!
Kennedy had a great time for the first few bushes! She said things like "This place makes me smile" and "We are having such a fun day." But after 10minutes she was done picking! She was fairly content to watch me pick though! Especially because she could just sit and eat berries then!
We haven't tasted them yet but I will let you all know what we think of them!!!! And yes, Iowa family - we will be bringing MORE yummy blueberry treats when we visit this weekend!!!!!
I hope you all have a happy and safe July 4th!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Blowing bubbles on the deck! We love to take bubble breaks!
Hitting the stores...lots of grocery shopping. I feel like we are always grocery shopping! But she is a great helper! (and driver!)
And this last set of photos are priceles! If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that Kennedy loves animals. ALL animals! And bugs are no exception! She loves to catch them, let them crawl on her, keep them in containers, watch them! This day we played with tons of worms for a long time! She wanted me to take her photo with EACH worm! Too funny!
Hope you all have a fun, fabulous and safe July 4th!!!!!!!
Kennedy: Where is Baby Sammy right now?
Me: Remember sweetie? He is in Heaven with Jesus.
K: What is he doing there?
M: He is probably playing with Jesus and Kayleen's baby.
K: Where is Heaven?
M: It is really far away.
K: Can you drive a car there?
M: Nope. It is too far to drive a car.
K: Can the airplane go there?
M: Not even an airplane will take us there. The only way we can get to Heaven is for God to bring us there.
K: But where is God right now?
M: He is in Heaven, too, with Baby Sammy and Jesus.
K: I want to look at pictures of me baby. When I was borned.
So we hop on the computer to look up photos of her when she was born. She is ooing and asking lots of questions like "Why am I crying? What is on my head? What is the doctor doing?" The photo of her below really got her thinking!!!!There is one photo of me sitting in the hospital bed holding her and this is our conversation.
K: I want you to do that again?
M: Do what? Have a baby again?
K: Yeah, in the hospital too.
M: You want mommy to have another baby?
K: Yeah. And I want to hold Baby Sammy like that.
M: Yeah. I want to hold Baby Sammy too.
And this is just another layout that I finally finished. I started it a crop a month ago and never got it all the way done until now! I enjoyed all the hand stitching and glitter!!