We made an executive decision to close down over the weekend and run away.
We tried to get reservations for a factory tour of Mrs. Grossman’s Stickers, but the only openings were for noon and there was no way we could have been in Petaluma before 1. So we headed down the highway to Fairfield, where we toured the Jelly Belly Factory. It was very fun and informative and we all enjoyed it (and ate way too many jelly beans!)
We spent the night in Fairfield and the next day walked around some stores that we’ve been missing since we left the city and then went to the Fairfield Solano Mall. We had just one reason for hitting the mall, something I’ve been missing SO much since leaving Georgia.
I didn’t know there was a location in Fairfield until I was doing online research before our trip. I was so excited, as Chick-Fil-A is nearly impossible to find out West! As I sat down to enjoy my sandwich and waffle cut fries, I couldn’t help but get teary thinking about the southeast and our longings to return. Alyssa opted to bypass the chicken and have Hot Dog On A Stick. Seeing as the hot dogs there are 100% turkey, I’m sure the “Eat Mor Chikin” cows from Chick-Fil-A did not object.
After perusing the mall, getting a couple of pieces of chocolate from See’s Candy, and letting Alyssa ride on the carousel with Daddy, we didn’t feel much like driving home. So we headed to Vacaville and walked around the outlet mall. I got a deal on a pair of New Balance tennis shoes (the very worn out shoes I was wearing were KILLING my feet!) We decided to stay the night in Vacaville and enjoyed an awesome dinner at Tahoe Joe’s.
The following day we grabbed lunch at In-N-Out Burger and spent the next couple of hours visiting farms in Suisun Valley. It was “Fun Family Farm Day“, so there were lots of kid friendly activities. At a kiwi farm, Alyssa had her hand painted (she wasn’t going for face painting!) and made a pinecone bird feeder with peanutbutter and birdseed. At another farm, she planted a bean in a little clay pot that she decorated, picked tomatoes and zinnias, and petted a llama. At another farm, we learned “Where Dried Fruits Come From”, sampled lots of goodies, and made our own trail mix. YUM! We also got to briefly visit a fourth farm that had beautiful gardens and a little produce stand, along with a watercolor artist painting and selling previous works. It was brief because it was right about that time that Alyssa decided it was time to have a fit, so we loaded up and headed home. I forgot the card to my digital camera, so I had to use my film camera and the photos won’t be back until tomorrow. I’ll try to post some if any turned out good.
We have a busy weekend with the Labor Day holiday and have two showings on Wednesday. Please keep us in your prayers!