On our second morning, we all slept in...mainly due to the fact that the people in the room above us were awake and packing up their room at 5 in the morning. For about 45 minutes, it sounded like elephants were tap dancing on the ceiling!! We all fell back asleep when the flurry of activity was over, and it took a while before all of us were ready to crawl out of our beds. :}
But today was our last day, and there were places to go and things to do. Kailani, Janie and I all got ready and then checked our reflections in the mirror.
We had to check out of the hotel this morning, so we knew that when we walked out that door, it would be the last time we'd see the room. The three of us all turned and waved goodbye to the room, feeling a bit nostalgic. I know, we're weird! ;)
Mama realized as we were leaving that she'd never snapped a pic of the outside of the hotel, so she took this one right before we drove away.
This was how the three of us spent most of this day, which confirmed that we had definitely made the right decision staying in the hotel the day before. :} I think Mama, Mimi and Grandmama were on a mission to find every Goodwill in Vacaville and Sacramento!!
Thankfully, just as we were starting to starve, they decided it was time for a lunch stop. We shared this delicious Subway sandwich.
Here I am outside of Thrift Town, a large thrift store that Mama had heard about. It was nice, but she didn't really find any unexpected treasures here.
We were super excited to visit a Hobby Lobby for the first time (Mama and I had never been to one before), but right after Mama took this picture, Mimi noticed that they were closed on Sundays. :( I guess we'll have to save Hobby Lobby for our next trip. ;)
This was one of the numerous Goodwills we hit on this day. Any of you who read Mama's blog know that she loves shopping at thrift stores, and Goodwill is one of her favorites. This one was pretty cool, but the one they shopped at right before our failed Hobby Lobby attempt was the best one. They all found a ton of stuff there!
The last stop was at another Disney Store. Now, I love Disney Stores almost as much as Mama, but I was exhausted by the time we got to this mall, so I decided to stay in the car. Big mistake. Mama told me later that this was the ultimate Disney Store!!
It had this really cool castle playhouse thing that also displayed the merchandise, more selection than the other store, and a ton of cool features. Oh well...now I'll know for next time!
Mama came out with another big bag. Hmm...I wonder what she bought this time? (You'll have to read Mama's blog to find out!) ;)
By the time Mama, Mimi, and Grandmama got out of the mall, we had to book it so that we could get home in time for Mama to see her daughters before bedtime. The humans had decided that In-N-Out sounded good for dinner.
It sounded good to us, too! ;)
What was even more exciting was that there just happened to be a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in the same parking lot. I've never been to a Krispy Kreme before. In fact, I'd never even heard of one before. I'll never forget them now, though!
For one thing, they have a big window so that you can watch the doughnuts being made. First they cook in this nifty oven.
Once they're all cooked, they go on a conveyor belt that (supposedly) drains the grease. ;)
Then, after the grease has been drained, they make their way to a wall of glaze.
Here they go...
...and out they come, freshly glazed and ready to eat!
I had fun looking at all of the fancy doughnuts they had on display, but Mama assured me that the best ones would be the simple glazed doughnuts, hot and fresh off the conveyor belt.
Janie and Kailani were really excited. Apparently, they've eaten here before. :)
And here, Mama captured my moment of pure bliss. If you've never had a fresh, warm Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut right off the rack when the hot light is on, you've never really had a doughnut before! It.was.amazing!!!
Once we'd enjoyed our treats, it was time to head home. We amused ourselves by listening to Michael Buble CDs. I'd never heard of him before, but he's one of Mimi and Kailani's favorite singers. I love the unique, warm tone to his voice. I might just have to look up some of his music! ;)
The sun began to set as we made our way home. The sky looked like rainbow sherbet. :)
At last, we were home. I said goodbye to my new friends, hoping I'd see them again soon. I knew the memories of this special trip would always bond us together in a special way. :)
Charlie and Hayden were waiting for me when I got inside.
I gave them both a big hug. As much as I'd enjoyed my trip, I had to admit that it was great to see them again, and it was great to be home.
They started asking me all sorts of questions...they wanted to know everything about my weekend!!
But I didn't even hear their questions. The bed had been too inviting. An explanation of my trip would have to wait for another day. ;)
I hope you all enjoyed hearing about my weekend. I had so much fun, and it was great to be able to share it with all of you. What's the best trip you've ever had?