Today, Sunday, we went for a little Sunday drive and ended up at the Google headquarters, close to Silicon valley her in San Jose. We were able to take some pictures and there is one of me standing in front of one of the Google signs. If you have never been to Google headquarters it is huge- they have probably 3-4 blocks of buildings.
On Thursday we drove from Oceanside up to Monterey Bay, Ca. If you have never visit Monterey Bay it is one of the places that should be on your top 10 list of places to go and see. Especially if you are going to take a trip with your husband for your anniversary or honeymoon. It is a very cute, romantic spot with lots of different things to do.
We arrived there Thursday night and we checked into the Holiday Inn Express right there on the beach. Its 5 minutes to the beach, we could walk over there if we wanted. The next morning, we went over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where we got tickets. They have a special there- it was going to cost us about $95 for our whole family but we could get a membership package for only $120 that includes 2 adults and all your children. And we can go back as much as we want for the next year. So we became members and are planning to go back there a few more times while we are in the area.
It is a very beautiful aquarium. It is very modern, very well designed. You can see all different kinds of things. It’s really interesting for the kids.
They got to see all the jellyfish, sharks and sea otters. They also have a new area called the Splash Zone, where the kids can actually touch some starfish and other animals, kelp and different things. They really enjoyed that- it was a fun day.
They even have a really nice restaurant, with some good food- a little expensive, $9.95 for a plate of food. But the food was very good. I highly recommend if you have a chance to go see the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it is very nice.
After that we headed over to Cannery Row. We looked at the different shops there. They are currently remodeling to make it more beautiful. After that we headed over to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory right there on Cannery Row and the kids got some chocolate covered Oreo cookies. They really enjoyed those and I got some English Toffee. Really good. We had a really fun day. Then we went down to the beach and the kids got to go stick their feet in the water. Clear views of the ocean, very nice. I highly recommend a day trip to Monterey Bay if you get the chance.
A little while ago I was walking through Barnes & noble with my kids as part of my overall parenting strategy; to acquire a life long love of reading for my kids. Occasionally, I take them to Barnes & Noble and let them all pick out their own books. After they got done picking out their books they started to walk through Barnes & Noble and I began to think, wow, how much my life has changed over the years.
I remember when I was a teenager; I liked to visit the teenage section. As I got a little older I liked to visit the religion section. After I got married I remember my stop would always bee to the cooking section or how-to-decorate your home section. Then when the babies started coming I started to go to the baby section and parenting section. A little bit later after that, when I started to have more time on my hands, I liked to enjoy the fiction section of the book store and read alot of fiction books.
Now my favorite section would be the e-commerce, management and sales section and of course to go full circle, as I take my kids to the kid section all over again. Its amazing how a simple thing like a bookstore can remind you of little things in life that we should appreciate.
For the next three months our family will be travelling the lower 48 states and visiting friends and family as well as a couple side trips to amusment parks. Our journey begins from Puebla, Mexico where we are live. On Wednesday March 26, 2008 we loaded up our minivan with 5 kids, a few suitcases, and of course our laptop and digital camera. Our kids are: Japheth – 7 years old, Rachel – 5, Sarah – 4, David and Hannah – Twin 1 year olds. Wednesday we drove to Tampico. On the way we stopped for some paletas in a zocolo of a little pueblito. (Frozen juice bars in a park of a little village.) Our second stop was a seaside little town that served up some excellent tasting shrimp and carne asadas. Thursday we made it to the border and without any complications we crosssed into Brownsville, Texas where a friend of my husband’s met us and took us to eat and to a hotel to rest.