When I moved to Fort Worth to go to college, I never imagined that I would still be living here 14 years later, but I can’t leave! I live closer to TCU now than when I attended. I love my little neighborhood that is filled with team spirit. I mean, doesn’t everyone have a purple flag, purple wicker chairs on the front porch, purple flowers planted, purple shirts, purple shoes, and purple underwear?! It’s in my blood now! These are my five favorite things about living in this area.
Texas Christian University
Clearly, I am a TCU Horned Frog fan. TCU offers many activities that aren’t just for current students. In the fall there’s football games with great family activities before the game outside the stadium. They have bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, and fun vendor booths. At Christmas, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a really neat experience. There’s hot chocolate, Santa, fireworks and even live reindeer. In the spring, there is the annual Easter Egg Hunt. It’s amazing to watch thousands of plastic eggs be gathered in under three minutes. It’s a sight to see. One of our favorites is going to the TCU baseball games. Sitting at Lupton Stadium cheering on the Frogs on a warm spring day is something we look forward to all winter. Add on Sunday family days and dollar hot dog days, and it’s a blast!
Fort Worth Zoo – Zoo School
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! We spend a lot of time walking around the Fort Worth Zoo. Of course, when family comes into town, this is one of the first stops. It’s amazing seeing these animals in our own backyard. This zoo is very clean and inviting. This fall we enrolled my son into zoo preschool. It’s one day a week for three hours. Each week they study a different animal in the zoo. They venture out to see the animal in its habitat. I love that he gets hands-on experience with animals, and enjoys every inch the zoo has to offer! Everyday when he wakes up he asks if it’s zoo school today. I think we have a future zoologist.
Who doesn’t love a good burger?! Dutch’s Burgers is one of our family traditions. When guests are in town, we head down to the Forrest Park Miniature Train and then go and have a late lunch at Dutch’s. It’s a fun, college burger joint atmosphere. It also helps that it is named after one of the greats at TCU — Dutch Myer. Myer was the football, baseball, and basketball coach for TCU in the 30’s. Dutch’s offers burgers, sandwiches, salads, and, of course, kids meals. My personal favorite is the Texana!
Who doesn’t love ice cream? And who doesn’t like when the ice cream is delivered to your house in a neat ice cream truck?! Every Monday night the Texas Ice Cream truck comes down our street. The kids and I look forward to this, although sometimes me more than they! They normally drive down our street between 5:30-6:00 p.m., so we have ice cream before dinner, and I’m okay with that. It’s such a neat tradition to have with the kids. We sit on the front porch and listen for the familiar music. The ice cream is some of the best soft serve I have ever had. Texas Ice Cream truck drives around the metroplex on different days. It is also available for catering to parties. I know what we will do for the next birthday party!
Jabo’s Ace Hardware
When I sat down to write my favorite places, I never thought that a hardware store would be on the list, but I do spend a good amount of time here. The employees at this store are so friendly and informative — even with my husband and me who would like to believe we have our own show on HGTV, but in reality we are on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Not only is it a great hardware store, they have a wonderful section of TCU memorabilia!! Recently, they built a post office in the back of the store. This is wonderful and there are no long lines like at the post office!
I really do love my local. I will forever be a TCU fan dressed head to toe in purple, GO FROGS!!!