Jelly Belly Factory

Now this is a tour! The kids really enjoyed this. They line you up put you in silly hats and take you on a full tour of the factory, all the while stuffing your face with different types of jelly beans. At the end of the tour we bought a two pound bag of Belly Flops. These are the beans that didn’t make the cut. Maybe they were shaped funny, colored funny, or stuck together. the only thing was is that you really didn’t know what you were getting. These beans lasted halfway to Arkansas and every once in a while some one would scream “roll it down!” as they proceeded to stick their head out the window and spit what they could of a puke flavored Belly Flop on the highway.

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Budweiser Tour, or not

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California Budweiser Tour. Okay, so we thought why not?Maybe the kids will learn something.  I’ll tell you why not. It’s boring. Even for free. You sit in a room watch a short video, get a beer, that we don’t drink, then a lady leads you down a flight of stairs, past a bucket of beechwood, and into a cooler. She proceeds to tell the group this is where the beer ferments. End of tour. Brewing, no. Bottling, no. End of tour.

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

This is by far the mother of all six flags! We really came all this way to see the Golden Gate Bridge but we already have season passes so we thought why not? Remember if you buy a season pass at six flags it is good for all the six flags parks. I wish I had known what a great park this was. One day was not nearly enough. They have a Marine World built into the park and the girls had never seen a dolphin much less a killer whale. They have now realized that you can swim with the dolphins and have informed me that we will be doing that next summer. I think my motto is quickly becoming “Why Not”. The shows were just as good as those I have seen at Sea World and the girls were thrilled, and wet! Me, I was just cold. Then I was hot, then I was cold. California weather uggh.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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We drove all this way to see this? I wanted to choke them when they said that but I must admit I felt the same way. I guess after all the thrilling things we have done looking at bridge in the rain after sitting three hours in traffic was not exactly the thrill of a lifetime. I just know now that our family is not the kind that enjoys looking at structures. I did however love the atmosphere of San Fransisco.Lesson learned and I will try not to make that mistake again.

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We’re going to DISNEYLAND!

It’s beginning to seem a little like the kids are getting spoiled but I can’t help it. All there lives it’s been

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,and a lot more work. It’s nice to just have some fun for a change. We bought season passes because we knew we couldn’t see it all in one day. It has a lot of black out dates but was only $40 more per person then a daily pass so we figured it was a bargain.

   We took Lexus to the Disney store because she was just dying to be a princess for the day. She chose Cinderella and it was perfect. She just glowed every time other little girls in the park would tell her how pretty she looked. I am glad we did it. She’ll never forget it.

   The fireworks were incredible. Just when you thought they were over they would start back up again. The kids had their fill of caramel apples and sticky buns. Except James, he’s never full! The characters were pretty hard to get to. We waited in line 30 minutes to see Cinderella nad almost that long for the other characters. It was terrible they had to have escorts because people would mob them!

   The absolute family favorite was the Aladdin show. We couldn’t get in the first time so we made a special trip just to do that. It was worth every $5 a gallon of diesel it cost us to get there. It was spectacular. The characters came into the audience and we had perfect end seats so they interacted with the kids a lot throughout the show. Nobody does entertainment like Disney.

    For the most part the experience was more about shows and sightseeing then it was for the rides as the kids are now into the big thrill rides and Disney is not. I did feel pretty bad that the kids did not recognize most of the characters. I guess they were more Nickelodeon kids.

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Apple Valley California

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 2011 June  Do you know what happens when I work? I don’t blog. Shame on me! I am going to play catch up this week. As of Jube we have been staying at Jess Lake RV Resort. It is a wonderful place with a great yard. It has a little casita that James took over so he got his first taste of freedom. He also turned seventeen while we here and went on a date to the movies with a sweet little girl from the next site named Stephanie.

The girls made some new friends too. Brittany and Brandy kept them very occupied. They went swimming, to gymnastics, to a slumber party, and just hung out and did things little girls do.

I loved the girls I worked with but the pace was a little more than I cared for. Travis loved the little city. He and the kids could ride their bikes anywhere they wanted to go.

Well that is a horrible account of all the fun we have had in the past 13 weeks. It’s a good thing that a picture is worth a thousand words! But, all good things must come to an end so we are off to Arkansas. We think we must first finish sight seeing so it will take us at least two weeks to get there.

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Anaheim

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April 2011

The nice thing about being on the road is you start off with plans of doing one thing, see somthing else interesting that decide to do that too. It’s possible because you are not in a big rush. No place to go. Nothing to particular you have to do. We started out going to look at a new house . Wait don’t panic. It’s a house on wheels. Right now we wouldn’t have it any other way. Finding the perfect rv is about as difficult as finding the perfect stick house except you don’t have to worry about the neighborhood!

 Anyway, we saw the Anaheim Angels stadium and decided to stop and look at the building because the kids have never seen a baseball stadium. Then we saw how cheap tickets are, $11 gets you a ticket, a hot dog, a coke, and on that night a free beanie. Okay why not? So off we go to the ball game. Turns out we like baseball! We screamed untik we were hoarse and they we screamed some more. We thought it would be okay if we kept screaming because we knew the game lasted 9 innings and we were in the bottom on the 8th. We were wrong. Turns out this game had fourteen innings, and we loved every second of it.

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Temecula

We went into hiding in April at a great resort that I almost forgot to tell you about. It was tucked into the high desert of southern California. Ranco Rv Resort is an owners resort who rent out their lots when they are not there. Our neighbor was a rocket scientist for NASA, no really I am not joking. We are a little out of our league but where else do you get to live with the wealthy for $500 a month?

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Our time in Temecula was great, the trip leaving was scary. For some reason Betty the Beast decided to take the scenic route, right through the middle of San Bernadino National Forest. The view was spectacular so we stopped to take it in. As you can see from the screen on the navigation system it was not exactly a good route for people townig a 40 foot fifth wheel.

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Santa Clarita

It’s hard to find an rv park close to LA. Okay, almost impossible. We looked for days. Finally we found one. Then they said they only take vacationing families or single people working in the area. Not people who are working and have children. I admit I was shameless in my begging but after I shared my story of SWAT and promised I would keep my kids as so quiet they wouldn’t know we were there they agreed to let us stay. So what do you do with kids that are supposed to be kept quiet? Have fashion makeovers and photo shoots! How do you make over guys? See for yourself!

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SWAT

MARCH

We were having a great day. We decided to cook out on the grill and had just fired it up. The girls had all the Littlest Pet Shops set up on the patio rug. James was playing with the dog. Sounds great. Until a dark sedan pulls up in your driveway. Four men dressed in black jump out of the car and without saying a word run around to the trunk pop it open and start pulling out assault rifles. I guess there is a delay before you can process this. After you pick your jaw up you grab the kids by the arm and stuff them in the fifth wheel door. I was stuffing the last of them in when I realized one of the men had a badge. This was some relief but not much as you hope there is not a shootout and for the first time do not feel protected by you fiberglass walls. Thankfully they apprehended the neighbor with no problems and took several with him charged with distribution. When complaining to management I was told they can’t make them move unless they are convicted. That’s okay, we’ll move.

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