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Grandkids welcome

Highland Springs a bigger, better version of the family home

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July 24th, 2012

Janet and Jack Daniels family tree is a study in prime factorization. Each of the Daniels three children has three children, bringing their grandkid count up to nine. By the time my mom turned 60, she was lamenting the fact that she didn t have any grandchildren, says Jennifer Pulliam, the Daniels middle child. It wasn t long before she got her wish nine grandchildren in seven years. Now Janet and Jack spend as much time as possible with their five grandsons and four granddaughters, ranging in age from two to nine. We love to have them spend the night, says Janet. I keep a stash of toys and puzzles for them to play with. We make Mickey Mouse pancakes for breakfast. It s a special time for all of us.

New place to play

Three years ago, when Janet and Jack began to look at retirement communities, they were drawn toHighland Springsfor its full complement of activities, the on-site medical center, and the built-in social network. But their top priority was making sure their children and grandchildren approved of their choice. I was a little hesitant to leave the backyard in our Frisco home, says Janet, a retired college professor. The grandkids loved to go out there and kick the soccer ball around. As it turns out, any concerns were unfounded. We hadn t been here very long when my then six-year-old grandson wanted to know when he could come back to Grandma s hotel, she says. The couple opted for a first-floor, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment home with a patio. It was important to have the extra bedroom and bathroom for our grandkids, she says. And we wanted to be on the first floor so we could open the patio doors and let them play outside. Now, the family is making new memories at Highland Springs. There s so much to do here, says Janet. Our grandkids love to swim in the pool, play the Wii, throw horseshoes outside. We didn t have a pool at our old house, so it s a new treat for them. We ve also taken all nine of them trick-or-treating here and had an Easter egg hunt on the lawn outside our apartment.

Right fit for the entire family

The Daniels three children and their spouses are equally thrilled with their parents new home. Highland Springs is like a cruise ship with all the activities and food, says Joan Daniels, the couple s daughter-in-law. My kids love coming to visit. On special holidays like Mother s Day and Father s Day, the whole family gathers at the North Dallas community to celebrate. They serve a fabulous brunch here, says Joan. It takes the pressure off someone having to cook. Instead, we enjoy being together. Families are always welcome at Highland Springs, says Executive Director Chris Emmett. We want them to feel at home. I ve heard children and grandchildren ask if they can live here, too.

Jumped right in

Jack has jumped into life at the community now that he s free from the chores of house maintenance. A retired buyer for JCPenney, Jack serves as the vice president of the resident advisory council. He also plays poker on Wednesdays, hand and foot on Thursdays, and bridge on Fridays. Weekends are taken up with grandchildren. Sometimes we have as many as seven soccer games on a Saturday, he says. It just goes to show that you can have a very full life at Highland Springs and still be involved with your family.