Linda Hicks (left) & the Parker family: Lauren & Joel (back), Charleigh & Owen (front)

After a spending a great weekend in Quechee, Lauren Parker called her mom – Linda Hicks, who was living in Chester, Connecticut – on the road back to the Parker’s home in North Andover, Massachusetts, and proposed the idea that they all just move to Quechee. It took a year to make the move a reality, but “we made it because life is short, the time was right, and we loved what the area had to offer for families in such a chaotic world,” says Lauren.  

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The second year into living in Quechee full time and Lauren says her family really enjoys meeting new people and spending active time with each other. “You will often see us at the pool, on the tennis courts or the ski hill.” 

What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
Lauren: I like to dip my chicken nuggets into my mashed potatoes.
Joel: As a child, I used to eat peanut butter and bologna sandwiches.
Owen: I like to dip my pretzels into applesauce. 
Charleigh: I like mashed potato pizza!
Linda:  I like to add an egg on my hamburger. 

What is your favorite way to spend a snowy day in Quechee?
Lauren: Sitting by the fire watching the kids ski by my mom’s house after a morning of skiing on the Quechee Ski Hill.
Joel: Skiing or fat biking 
Owen: Snowboarding on the Quechee Ski Hill
Charleigh: Skiing with my friends and sharing candy on the ski lift
Linda: Sitting by the fire watching the kids ski by and snowshoeing the golf course

If you could eat in only one local restaurant in the Quechee area, which one would it be?
Lauren: The new Ransome Tavern at the Kedron Valley Inn
Joel: Pizza Chef (paired with a craft beer on tap)
Owen: Pizza Chef
Charleigh: Worthy Kitchen
Linda: Simon Pearce

Who is your favorite singer/band?
Lauren: Mamas and the Papas, and Adele
Joel: Pearl Jam
Owen: Imagine Dragons
Charleigh: Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes
Linda:  Adele and Dave Matthews 

What is your biggest fear/phobia?
Lauren: Snakes and sharks!
Joel: Sinkholes
Owen: The apocalypse and chickens
Charleigh: Dying
Linda:  Falling on my face 

What do you wish there was more of in the world?
Lauren: Kindness, bipartisan politicians, and Dairy Queens
Joel: Quality bagels, common sense, and Whoopie pies
Owen: Cats
Charleigh: Miracles
Linda:  Acceptance

What movie or television show can you watch again and again?
Lauren: Gilmore Girls and Pretty in Pink
Joel: Matlock
Owen:  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 
Charleigh: The Hunger Games
Linda:  Rudy, Breakfast Club, and Footloose

What was the last book you read?
Lauren: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Joel: Draft Animals by Phil Gaimon
Owen: Rogue Knight (Five Kingdoms) by Brandon Mull
Charleigh: Family Game Night and other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
Linda: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What skill would you like to master?
Lauren: To learn to speak multiple languages fluently
Joel: I have always wanted to be able to juggle.
Owen: Mastering the halfpipe on my snowboard
Charleigh: Learning to play the violin
Linda: I wish I could play piano.

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go? 
Lauren: Machu Picchu
Joel: I would like to ride a stage of the Tour de France or go to the Caribbean.
Owen: A European river cruise
Charleigh: Paris, France
Linda:  Australia


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