The Griswalds; I mean Pratels loaded up for a tour of North Carolina for Spring Break this year. When I say loaded up I mean that literally; Dennis, Julie, the girls, and our dog Oreo-Audi is going to have to make a Q9 so we can haul everything around (I think we even crammed cousin Sam in there for a part of the trip):
Susan and Robert: We started vacation at Julie’s sister Susan’s house. They live north of Durham in Bahama in a beautiful horse farm neighborhood. The weather was great; and the girls enjoyed being outside and playing together:
Aunt Julie got to go to Maddie’s soccer game:
We had an early Easter egg hunt both at the house and their church:
We celebrated Abby’s birthday at the Cheesecake factory; and the adults got to go out downtown to celebrate Dennis’.
We had a great time; and it went way too fast. Load up for the next stop!:
Grandpa Alan’s: We loaded up and headed for Winston Salem to see Grandpa and Grandmother. Dennis had a quick (?) business trip to Dallas but Julie, Alan, and the girls made the most of their time together. First stop was Uncle Darin’s store to have some fun shopping (mostly for candy) and to pick up cousin Sam:
After Darin’s, everyone headed to Great Grandmother Evelyn’s house for a visit:
The next day the girls decided they wanted to celebrate Dennis’ birthday (or more likely they really wanted to bake and eat a cake).
Even though it was a little early for Dennis’ birthday; it was a day to celebrate: Dennis and Julie’s 15h Anniversary! Grandpa and Grandmother babysat the 4 girls (Becca, Lucy, Sam and Oreo) while Den and Julie went out for dinner. Everyone had a great time; and I think Grandpa Alan fell in love with his newest Granddaughter-he was asking for the info on our Schnoodle’s breeder (old softee!)
Granny Lana and Grandpa Carless’: The final leg of the North Carolina tour brought us to Salisbury for a few days of fun and visiting. Dennis’ real birthday was Friday; which we celebrated with a trip to The Hannah Montana Movie (huh-OK it rained out his tee time that morning; so Hannah was 2nd choice). Of course another birthday meant another celebration:
That night Den and Julie went out with Aunt Jill and Uncle Kevin for a night in the ‘Berry; an oyster bar and a hip club-who would have guessed? Saturday started with a card tournament at Bruce’s (someone was a sore loser-no names!) and we tackled dying Easter eggs in the afternoon:
Saturday night Lana hosted a family party to get everyone together and hit all the family birthdays in April:
Sunday morning brought a ton of sunshine to dry up the yard. Although Dennis had to start loading up the Family Truckster for the trip home Carless opened his driving range before we left:
We hit the road around noon. It was great to spend time with everyone; thanks for a GREAT Spring Break week!!!!!