Happy Mother’s Day 2016 at Mommy’s Happy Place

Happy Mommy, May 7, 2016, 10:09 a.m.

Happy Mommy, May 7, 2016, 10:09 a.m.

From Daddy: Mommy’s “Happy Place” (and mine as well) is Gilroy Gardens, and we celebrated Mother’s Day a day early there.

Gold ribbon for Beanie's school!, May 6, 2016, 3:10 p.m.

Gold ribbon for Beanie’s school!, May 6, 2016, 3:10 p.m.

Shortly after school (which celebrated its Gold Ribbon that day in the above photo taken by Mommy), we drove down to Gilroy, spent the night, and arrived third in the parking lot at Gilroy Gardens!

Third car in the Gilroy Gardens parking lot, May 6, 2016, 9:45 a.m.

Third car in the Gilroy Gardens parking lot. Mommy was happy and took this photo, May 6, 2016, 9:45 a.m.

As soon as we entered, by custom the boy and I dashed to the Paddle Boats where typically long lines form.

A supervisor had to retrieve a runaway paddle boat. She first tried to push it with a paddle boat of her own, but no luck. She returned with a motor boat, May 6, 2016, 10:23 a.m.

A supervisor had to retrieve a runaway paddle boat. She first tried to push it with a paddle boat of her own, but no luck. She returned with a motor boat, May 6, 2016, 10:23 a.m.

After a delay, we were the first off the dock!

Near the end of our paddle boat ride, I steered us right toward Mommy and she took this photo, May 7, 2016, 10:26 a.m.

Near the end of our paddle boat ride, I steered us right toward Mommy and she took this photo, May 7, 2016, 10:26 a.m.


(click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGkmQplmMjQ to hear Mommy’s happiness!)

The next rides on our list with the South County Backroads, the Round Boats, and then Balloon Flight, all of which tend to build up lines.

South County Backroads, courtesy of the Gilroy Gardens web site. Oddly, he didn't feel like driving this time.

South County Backroads, courtesy of the Gilroy Gardens web site. Oddly, he didn’t feel like driving this time.

Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride, courtesy of the Gilroy Gardens web site

Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride, courtesy of the Gilroy Gardens web site


(click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy7GY80UQGI to watch him fly in the balloon by himself for the first time)

Then a snack.

Snacking at Gilroy Gardens, May 7, 2016, 11:22 a.m.

Snacking at Gilroy Gardens, May 7, 2016, 11:22 a.m.

By then, rain was threatening. That explains the short lines. We spent an hour in the Green Barn doing art.

https://www.gilroygardens.org/events/things-to-do/upcoming-events/Green-Barn-Education-Programs

The Green Barn, courtesy of the Gilroy Gardens web site

He drew a spitting face. Mommy asked his why a place dedicated to nature like the Green Barn would care about a spitting face...

He drew a spitting face. Mommy asked his why a place dedicated to nature like the Green Barn would care about a spitting face…

...so then he drew a pooping duck.

…so then he drew a pooping duck.

Later we saw a show with singing produce. It wasn't very good. May 7, 2016, 1:41 p.m.

After lunch, we saw a show with singing produce. It wasn’t very good. May 7, 2016, 1:41 p.m.


Later we ran through Bonafonte Falls. Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFnd7CxZ_Vw to watch.

It was a happy day!

Happy Mother's Day! The boy told Grandma that he wanted to get a Princess Peach crown for Mommy. It arrived after a delay, May 9, 2016, 3:03 p.m.

Happy Mother’s Day! The boy told Grandma that he wanted to get a Princess Peach crown for Mommy. It arrived after a delay, May 9, 2016, 3:03 p.m.

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