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By Tara Zandra | June 17, 2008

Chris made plans to go to Vegas with his dad and brother and I wasn’t comfortable staying alone. Originally I had thought we’d simply stay at the Disneyland Hotel, but when I found out there as an Egyptian Museum in San Jose, I decided that would be the perfect field trip for us girls.

We left Saturday morning at 6:15am and did okay time-wise and arrived at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Musuem a little after 12:30pm. There were many things in the museum that Tabitha and I had studied through Story of the World so it was neat to see them up close. Some items, such as large statues, were casts of originals, but they were still impressive. Daisy’s favorite room was, of course, the room dealing with the Afterlife. She went from mummy to mummy and enjoyed them all. There was a large replica of a tomb that we walked through that was especially fun for the girls. It is a small museum though, so really it only took us an hour and a half.


I had been told there was a Municipal Rose Garden a block away and that the roses were in bloom so that seemed the ideal place to go eat our lunch. My kids love flowers as much as mummies so it was worth the walk in the heat.





After that we went to check into our hotel and relax for awhile and then I made dinner as it had a full kitchen. I know some people don’t want to cook on vacation, but to me, it’s much easier to not have to worry about finding somewhere to eat and dealing with perhaps bad service and/or food. Plus, the girls usually prefer I cook than go out. After dinner we went out to a local mall since I knew it had a Naartjie and I had a coupon I had been wanting to use. We found it to be a higher-end mall and it had a huge Pottery Barn Kids that I could not get the girls to leave and it had a two story Gap Kids/ Baby Gap/ Gap/ Gap Body that I’ve only ever seen at The Grove in LA. It also had a Hanna Andersson so this was a fabulous mall for us. We stayed around 3 hours before heading out to stop at a grocery store at which point Daisy fell asleep on me in the store.

We had a leisurely Sunday morning and then headed out to the Children’s Discovery Museum. I had high-hopes since we didn’t get to do all of the Children’s Museum in Chicago, but I was a tad disappointed. I think my expectations were too high. We were basically done in less than 2 hours. They did have a really neat bubble area and, like Chicago, a water exhibit where the girls got a bit wet despite their slickers. The gift shop was wonderful and I enjoyed poking around in there. I bought a magnetic free-form toy for Daisy and an origami kit for Tabitha.



Daisy once again fell asleep on me while we walked to the car, so we went back to the hotel so she could nap. Tabi and I had lunch and some relaxing time and once Daisy woke up we all went out to another mall. This one was an outlet type mall, one of the Mills Malls. I got Tabitha a couple shorts at Gap Outlet, but other than that there wasn’t anything we wanted to go in right then so we went back to our room for game playing, dinner, and bed time.

Monday morning we went to a small zoo and amusement park called Happy Hollow. It’s going to completely close in a couple weeks for a full renovation and won’t re-open until Fall 2009 so I’m glad we were able to go now. It had dinky rides, metal playgrounds like when I was a kid, and some animals. But it was a large park area, and we enjoyed ourselves. Again, we only stayed about 2 hours, but since we had a long drive ahead of us, that was perfectly fine.





All in all, we had a great weekend :)

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2 Responses to “our trip”

  1. Mel Says:
    June 17th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Nice photos! Sounds like a nice weekend overall. We didn’t go to the Children’s Discovery Museum, I looked at it but then figured it couldn’t compare to the Exploratorium and sounds like I was right. LOL I remember looking at the Happy Hollow or whatever that was too and we didn’t end up having time to go there. But, we’ll most likely end up out there sometime again sooner than later.

  2. Mandi Says:
    June 18th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Looks like an awesome weekend! How cool that you could do that with your girls. BTW, I love Tabitha’s blue/green dress that she wore to the museum. It’s so pretty!