Of course, it was all at the same time ;o))
After a good nights sleep, Julie had planned a nice day trip to one of the children’s museums in Raleigh. We loaded up the Dodge Caravan with all of us (except Steve, he had to work) and headed to the museum.
Emily and Samantha were showing off their sparkling sneakers
to Grandmom during the ride.
I think Grandmom needs a NEW pair of sneakers!!
When we were paying to park in the public lot next to the museum,
But just in case, we walked over to check.
Emily showing us the way!!
We had already paid to park.
Julie came up with a great Plan B.
Just a couple blocks away was the Raleigh Science Museum.
It was within walking distance.
What made the walk even better was that we walked by the capitol building and viewed all the monuments and statues on the grounds.
What a great plan B.
We ended up spending a couple of hours in the Science Museum.
Our oldest grandson (Andrew) and I even watched a 3D movie about tornadoes.
Andrew in the Shark’s Jaws!!
Emily and Samantha, just like their Big Brother…
It was SO life-like!!
Nancy here: Not sure what Grandpop and the girls were listening to,
but it got them all dancing ;o))
While Andrew and Grandpop went to the Tornado movie, the rest of us did story time. The story teller has a really cool hat and lots of live animals for all of us to touch!!
We had a great couple of hours.
As we were leaving, Daniel (who has always feared escalators)
decided he was ready to tackle this one without assistance.
Way to go, Daniel :o)))
We drove back to their house for a quick lunch and then off we went to Durant Nature Park, only a few miles from their home. We hiked through the woods, along a stream on a marked trail which led us to a playground with swings, jungle gyms, sandboxes, etc. It was neat to spend time with the grandchildren and watch them run and play on all the playground equipment. We all got plenty of fresh air and exercise!
Across the plank…
Stop for kids photo…
Add a couple Grandparents…
Go past the lake…
There it is….
A Swinging Duo ;o))
It was a great way to spend a beautiful day!!
We capped off the day with a spaghetti dinner
Can’t tell, but I bet you can guess what I wished for ;o))
Nancy and I left early Tuesday morning for home. Before leaving Raleigh, we stopped at the Whole Foods Store for some groceries. After that, we went to REI where we bought a kayak cart our Sea Eagle Kayak.
The visit was short, but filled with fun. We’re looking forward to the next family gathering – I guess that will be Thanksgiving with our son, DIL and her family.
Nancy here: Had to share these photos taken on our trip back to Murrells Inlet. This red Mini Cooper, towing a mini Air Boat, passed us as we headed south on I-95.
Never saw a combination like this before.