It was a great time to chill out with the girls after sharing them with Matt’s family for the past month; when you become a Mom and a stay-at-home one for that matter, its odd when your kids aren’t around you 24/7 don’t get me wrong it’s a fantastic break, but it is definitely weird. So it was nice to have them to myself for a few days!
We weren’t sure how long we would be staying in California but when it became apparent it was going to be at least a couple of days I immediately did a little research to see what we could get up to.
The first thing that caught my eye was the Jelly Belly Factory and only a 15 minute drive away from where we were staying.
I arranged transportation and we headed there for the morning. The girls were both SO EXCITED.
Clio is a huge fan of beans, any sort of bean; jelly bean, baked bean, green beans, edamame…you get the picture so for her this was probably the best place EVER.
Of course she didn’t want to wear the compolsary hat as we toured the factory which was so odd to me since she is very addicted to hats; her santa hat for example is a common accessory even 8 months after Christmas.
Eden of course loved the new accessory!
The tours are held daily between 9am – 4pm every 10-15 minutes, are free and last approximately 40 minutes and as a bonus you get quite a few opportunities to taste test the beans and we all got a pack of jelly belly beans at the end of the tour!
One downside to the tour, you can not take pictures but we got to see the whole production side of the factory and they explain the entire bean making process which was pretty interesting. I was quite surprised to find out that licorice is one of the most popular jelly bean flavors…so not a favorite in our household!
After the tour we naturally stocked up on a few weird and wonderful flavored beans before heading to the restaurant to get some bean shaped lunch; pizza & burgers both in the shape of a jelly bean.
The next day we simply strolled around Travis Air Force Base preparing for our flight home but we did make it to the Travis Heritage Centre.
We started by walking around all the gazillion air crafts on the outside where Eden asked way to many questions which I did not know the answers too whatsoever!
Then a volunteer asked if we wanted to go inside one of the planes, naturally we jumped at the chance and it was really neat. The outside of it (I wish I could remember what model it was) was really run down so when we hopped inside I was amazed by the condition of it; it was a lot nicer than a lot of commercial carriers I had been on!
Afterwards we ventured inside the heritage centre; the whole place is huge and contains a wealth of paraphernalia and loads of exhibitions. Eden could have spent hours here, asking more questions which I lacked the answers too. In the end she said “we will just have to return with Papa” I’d be interested to know how many answers he has!
This is a great place to visit and the volunteers do a fantastic job of keeping the place running and are more than willing to chat and answer a few questions. I would definitely recommend visiting this place if you are ever in the area!
The next day it was finally time to go home to Japan and we were all ready! The girls and I walked to the terminal at 4am to make roll-call, once selected waited 5 hours before boarding the 10 hour flight back! Needless to say it was a long day and once we were in Japan we simply ordered pizza and called it a day/night (who knows we were all jet lagged) knowing that it was only 1 more sleep, 1 more shuttle and 1 more flight until we were reunited with Matt.