Friday, September 10, 2010

The Golden state (day 3)

Our third and final day in Calfornia was the warmest. That morning we made our way to the Jelly Belly Candy Company visitors center which was just minutes away from our hotel.

Ronald Reagan especially loved Jelly Belly beans. In fact, he once said "You can tell a lot about a fella's character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a hand full", explaining why he liked to have a jar full of jelly beans on hand at important meetings. The portrait below is made out of approximately 14K jelly beans.

The tour was very informative and enjoyable. Each person was required to wear a silly hat and no photography was allowed in the factory. We saw where and how JBs are made. Did you know that the three most popular flavors are very cherry, buttered pop corn and licorice? Also, did you know that the Jelly Belly company makes over 100+ types of candies - not just jelly beans? I sampled their rocky road fudge and it was amazing!! The best part was that each person received a free bag of jelly beans at the conclusion of the tour.

That evening we enjoyed the wedding festivities. It was Emma's second time to be a flower girl and she did a wonderful job! About half way down the aisle the ring bearer asked if she was going to throw her rose petals. She then dumped the whole basket full on the ground. Everyone laughed :)

My cousin Sara was a beautiful bride and her groom (Dave) is such a great guy and we are so happy to welcome him into the family! I hope that they are enjoying their 18 day honeymoon to Europe :)

Owen and his new little friend sweet Siena :)

At the reception Dave & Sara had a photo booth set up. We were able to take one home and to include another copy in a message book to the new Mr and Mrs. What a neat idea!!

After just 3 1/2 hours of sleep we packed up and headed to the airport (at 4am Cali time) to catch our early bird flight to the lone star state. I'm sure glad I had my parents to help transport my babies and their equipment :) What a crew!

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