And now for our little neck of the woods. Welcome to Lee’s Summit, Missouri–a suburb of Kansas City. I thought it would be fun to take you on a walking tour, so each photo you see below is within walking distance of our house. One of the reasons I love living here is that you get the best of everything–a quick drive to the countryside OR the city, and a nice quaint town to live in.
Donde jugamos // Where We Play
Playing is something we do best. Here are two of our favorite parks. The first we call the “Ship Park,” as it has a fun pirate ship to play on. We also love this one because it has a nice walking trail that goes aroundt the entire park, and it is always filled with lots of kids and people.
|There is Missouri!|
|The city streets near our house.|
In the suburbs, it is hard to survive without a car. But there are other modes of transport that we love and use. Here is a picture of my dad with my boys. Biking is a favorite sport in the area, and we see many people biking to get places in the downtown area we live. In fact, when the weather permits, my brother bikes to work everyday.
|Waving to the train never gets old.|
Another popular mode of transportation is the school bus. Here is a typical school bus you will see taking children to and from school–from Kindergarten all the way through highschool.
Here is a view of the train right from our front yard! I found it difficult to capture a picture of a “typical” house in our city. Houses vary from apartments and duplexes, to restored historical houses in the downtown area, to large four-bedroom houses in the neighborhoods, to expansive houses situated on large plots of land.
Las calles // The Streets
We walk to the downtown area of our city a lot–to visit our favorite ice cream shop, to go to the bookstore, to shop at the farmer’s market, or to go to fairs and festivals.
|A local barber shop.|
|The local farmer’s market. It runs April-October.|
|There are a few restaurants in the downtown|
area, and every Friday and Saturday you can
grab a hot dog or Italian sausage from a food cart.
Donde aprendemos // Where We Learn
The three main forms of education families in our area can choose from are public school, private school, and homeschooling. Many homeschooling families form coops where everyone gathers together one day a week to get instruction from differnt teachers for each subject. I teach Spanish at a local coop, and we also participate in a preschool coop for our boys. Usually coops meet in classrooms that local churches open up for use. Here you can see pictures of the two coops I am involved in.