Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Break - Day 1 - Jelly Belly Factory

Today was our first official day of Spring Break. This year we decided instead of going on a family vacation we would have a new day trip adventure every day. We planned this even before we knew about the Little Bean but it makes me even more happy now. I don't know if I'd have the energy to go on a family trip right now and I'm really looking forward to spending the days with the girls but being able to sleep in my own bed each night.

The first adventure on the schedule was the Jelly Belly Factory. Jason, Emma and I have been there once before Grace was born. It is an hour and a half drive so we started out early. We dropped Cooper off at Daycare and stopped at Starbucks for some breakfast. Then it was straight to Fairfield. We got there right before 10am and the line for tours was only a couple of minutes long. We browsed the gift shop and then got in line. During our tour we learned that Very Cherry, Buttered Popcorn and Licorice are the most popular flavors of Jelly Bellys. We also learned that the factory goes through over 100,000 pounds of sugar in the average 8 hour shift. After the tour we hit the shop for some souvenirs and treats then headed back towards home.

We decided to stop in Napa at In-N-Out Burger for lunch. After circulating the parking lot we finally found a space right next to Grampa's truck! I figured he must be at In-N-Out since the other closest store was Target. Grampa had just ordered, so we were able to find a table and have lunch together.

Still on the schedule are trips to the Petrified Forest, Old Faithful Geyser, Bodega Bay, and the California Academy of Sciences. We might try to fit in swimming, manicures, a movie and a tour of Mrs. Grossman's sticker factory.

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