Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Family Adventure

Last week on Thursday when Mr. Howard and I had the week off from work, we took the kids to the Jelly Belly Factory for a jelly bean making Tour!

The tour itself is about 40 minutes, but there's a lot to see in the factory, even if you don't go on the tour. The pictures behind Mr. Howard are all made from Jelly Beans.
Crazy, right? There's even a portrait of Ronald Reagan made out of jelly beans that hangs in the Reagan Library, because he was obsessed with them. He had them in the oval office and Air Force One (they even invented a special holder for Air Force One, so the jelly beans wouldn't spill). Ha!
There's obviously a giant jelly bean character on the ceiling of the storefront.
They made us wear these hats during the tour. =)
Oh my goodness, this photo below. Can I tell you the story behind it? Mr. Howard was trying to take a picture of me, but the camera chord was dangling in front of the lens. I tried for a few minutes to get his attention, but he was completely oblivious and kept snapping away. So, here's the best photo of me with my kids on the tour. Ha! Real life, I guess. 
Do you see Connor's face? I am pretty sure this sums up how he felt about the tour. He was not super thrilled, which was SO surprising. Of course, it may have had something to do with the fact that we told him we were going somewhere special as a surprise. When we got close, I asked him where he thought we were going and he said, "DISNEYLAND!" Ummm. No. That's about a 9 hour drive from us. Of course, any surprise I supplied him with after that, was going to be a letdown compared to Disneyland. Boo.
Here's hubby and Connor standing in the jelly bean art gallery room.
The factory tour was probably not the smartest idea we've ever had. It was crowded (we came in after two school busses) and the babies were too little to understand anything and thus had to be strapped into their stroller. It was certainly an adventure, but not one I'd recommend to anyone with kids under 4-5. We did however get to taste LOTS of jelly beans, fudge, and new flavors. So the kids LOVED that part. Heck...Mr. Howard LOVED that part!

Interested in our other Northern California Adventures, click HERE.


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