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Grandchild’s paradise

Children of all ages love to play at Highland Springs

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June 25th, 2013

When Dee Saunders youngest daughter started having children of her own, Dee was on hand to help. I moved in with my daughter and son-in-law to help when my grandchildren William and Christina were born, says Dee, a retired teacher. We shared a house in Frisco. That was nine years ago. Today, Dee is as involved as ever in her grandchildren s lives, but the living arrangements have changed. When William and Christina were toddlers, I felt like I was ready to make a move, says Dee. I drove past the land where Highland Springs sits many times while I was working. I thought it was one of the prettiest sites in North Dallas.

New apartment, added fun

Once Highland Springs opened, Dee visited the sales office to inquire about the Erickson Living community. When she learned that a new residence building was opening up with views of the pond, Dee was quick to reserve an apartment. I was one of the first residents to move to the Springdale Vista residence building in June 2007, says Dee. I just love it. It wasn t long before Dee s grandchildren were regular visitors at the community, often spending the night with her. My grandchildren have been coming to Highland Springs for the past six years, says Dee. They love the pond as much as I do. They spend hours out there under the willow trees building bunny houses for the many rabbits that live here. Dee says any visit to the community isn t complete without a plunge in the on-site swimming pool. We have the best of both worlds since I moved to Highland Springs, says Dee. All those years of getting up for school has turned me into an early riser. I work out in the fitness center and swim laps in the morning. When my grandchildren are here, I take them to the pool in the late afternoon. It works out very well. When William and Christina spend the night with Dee, the trio visits the Cotton Belt Caf for breakfast. Many of the residents and staff have watched my grandchildren grow up, says Dee. The dining staff spoils them. They make chocolate chip pancakes topped with a whipped cream smiley face.

No shortage of activities

Grandchildren are welcome at Highland Springs, says Community Resources Coordinator Barbara Blachly. To entertain them, we have the swimming pool, the Wii gaming console, the putting green, and the horseshoes pit. We also plan several events a year designed specifically for residents and their grandchildren. Dee says her grandchildren got to throw cream pies at staff members during one such carnival-themed event. They loved it, she says. They also enjoy coming to Highland Springs at Halloween and trick-or-treating in the residence buildings.

Beyond Highland Springs

It s not just the on-site amenities that provide a backdrop for quality time. Dee and her grandchildren enjoy all that the greater Dallas area has to offer. We go to the library and museums, says Dee. I take them shopping. It s important to make these memories while they re young. It builds a connection that will last through the years.

Kid-friendly Dallas

If a visit from grandchildren is included in your summer plans, try these kid-friendly attractions in the Dallas area. Dallas Zoo dallaszoo.com 469-554-7500 Dallas Arboretum dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6500 Dallas World Aquarium dwazoo.com 214-720-2224 Dallas Children s ' Theater dct.org 214-978-0110

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