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Everyone who knows me, knows this… I love the Angels and Angel Stadium is my happy place!
(Check out my Mickey Scavenger Hunt posts from the 2010 MLB All Star Game)
Last night, we went to our last Angels game before the girls arrive!
Before this game, the Angels have definitely been struggling, scoring only one run over their last 30 innings, on their 1-6 road trip. It was time for the Angels to turn things around. I asked, and thankfully, they answered!
We were so lucky to have received awesome tickets from Smile Generation! Smile Generation is a referral service for best-in-class dentists, I’m the first person to tell you that finding a dentist is not easy, (since I am so picky) because I went through 4 dentists before finding the perfect one in So Cal!
Back on their home turf, and the first inter-league game of the season, for both teams, the Angels dominated! Ervin Santana pitched a four-hitter for his sixth career shutout! Mark Trumbo hit a 3-run homer and Alberto Callapso had 3 R.B.I’s.
Everyone had an extraordinary game and the Angels finally got out of their losing funk. It was an awesome “last live game” to attend for the season! (Don’t worry… when possible, I never miss a game from my couch!)
As if “Lighting up the Halo” isn’t the perfect ending to a perfect night, Fridays are also Big Bang Fridays at the Big A! Angels Stadium definitely has one of the best fireworks displays I’ve seen, and if you have not seen it, you need to buy tickets to a Friday night game!
With a big victory last night, we finally got our mojo back. The Angels will take on the Braves again tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Let’s Light Up the Halo!!
Remember those special days in elementary school that happened once or twice a year that you dreamed about? Field Trip Days!! Everyone had to remember to get their permission slip signed by their parents so they could attend. Your mom would pack you a little lunch and send you off on your excursion. The bus was so much cooler because it was taking you on an adventure and away from the school. I think once or twice a year, adults still NEED those field trips. Today, was that day for me!
Recently, I took the course through the Anaheim Visitor & Convention Bureau, to become nationally recognized as a Certified Tourism AmbassadorTM(CTA).
“The Certified Tourism AmbassadorTM(CTA) Program is a ground-breaking, nationwide certification program that serves to increase tourism by training and inspiring front-line hospitality employees and volunteers to work together to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. The CTA Program goes well beyond basic customer service training; it gives participants the opportunity to build upon their knowledge of the local region, enhance their skills in serving customers, increase their awareness of information resources and discover the power of tourism!” (www.CTANetwork.com)
Today, a group of 30 CTA’s from all over Orange County, went on a FAM trip to learn more about the amazing county we live in! At 8:30 this morning, we loaded up on a double decker bus, hosted by Southern California Gray Line, to visit some areas that I have never been to before. I actually learned SO much about this bus service. Did you know they offer FREE shuttle service to Sea World AND Knotts Berry Farm? I definitely encourage you to check out some of the great deals on their website, especially if you’re like me and not a fan of driving in traffic. (Unless it is for BASEBALL reasons)
Around 10AM, we arrived at Balboa Fun Zone to set sail on a Harbor Cruise! We took a relaxing 45 minute cruise on the “Showboat,” along lower Newport Bay. This cruise was awesome! It seemed like every other home or yacht we saw belonged to a celebrity! I saw the home that Shirley Temple purchased when she was 12 years old. TWELVE. Apparently, I must be totally slacking in life! Some other homes of the stars included, John Wayne, Buddy Ebsen, “Mrs. Fields,” William Wrigley (gum), and Dean Koontz just to name a few.
I also learned that in the early 1900′s, you could order your home out of a Sears Catalog, which would be delivered by box car and then assembled when it arrived. There are not many of these homes still standing, but you will see one on this cruise! The house was purchased for about $12,000 and now the lot itself would sell for millions! Are you a fan of Gilligan’s Island? Take this cruise to see where the first taping of the shipwreck was filmed.
The Harbor Cruise we took today was $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $7 for kids. If you’re looking for a different way to “see the stars,” I highly recommend it. To learn more about this cruise and others, visit them on the web at Balboa Fun Zone!
Next stop of the day, South Coast Plaza! This is without a doubt, the classiest shopping destination I have ever been too! Vacations Magazine said SCP is 1 of the 5 best in North America! If you want to experience a luxury shopping experience with extraordinary designers and personal service, you’ve come to the right place! There are 280 boutiques and luxury retailers including Chanel, Gucci, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, and more! It is the Orange County version of Rodeo Drive and collectively, the employees here speak over 40 different languages.
You may have walked through South Coast Plaza and not even noticed the VIP Hospitality Suite called, Access. Walking in this suite, literally blew me away! Access provides guests a place to relax during their shopping experience. (If anyone needs a place to relax here – it is your Credit Card!!) Access is located on Level 2, adjacent to Saks Fifth Avenue. The room is elegantly decorated and features a Sports Lounge and Zen Room. A concierge staff welcomes guests with complimentary champagne, beer, tea, coffee, snacks, and refreshments and attends to personal requests like restaurant and theater reservations. You need a VIP card to get in, but I think if you check with concierge upon arrival, you may get lucky!
Okay, by this point, I was starving! We hopped on our Bus – AWESOME – and headed to The District at Tustin Legacy, where we were invited to enjoy lunch at the Bluewater Grill. I’m not sure if I was more impressed by the food, atmosphere, or staff, but overall, it was a great experience! This would be a great choice for banquets or catering because they can easily accommodate groups of over 100 and the pricing is very reasonable. I will also forever remember the general manager’s name, Chris Rock!
- Hors D’oeuvres
- Pacific Prawns
- Maryland Style Crabcakes
- Ponzu Sashimi Sea Scallops (OMG.. MUST TRY)
- Maine Lobster Bisque
- Simply Grilled Atlantic Salmon
All fueled up and ready for the next stop, Anaheim Farmer’s Market. I have never been before but it was really cool! It is located in Downtown Anaheim at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street. The market is open every Thursday from 12PM-8PM.
You can shop for items such as farm-fresh produce, bakeries, crafts, or international food. Me… I bought three pairs of shoes at $8 a piece.
Definitely check their website for entertainment schedules because I know they will be having Reggae Festivals every Thursday in July!
Last stop of the day, MUZEO! The MUZEO is also located in Downtown Anaheim and is open daily from 10am-5pm. Every year they host 3 traveling exhibitors and now through September you can see “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” exhibit.
This exhibit includes over 100 live frogs from around the world! Learn about their evolution, biological importance, various ecosystems and threats they face. It was really fascinating to see so many colorful species!
Admission fees to enter Muzeo are $13 for adults and $9 for children, but it is a totally unique experience!
Whether you are 7, 37, or 92, everyone deserves to go on one or two field trips a year! There is SO much more to do in Orange County then “Disneyland.” This is your backyard… so get out and explore it!
3 TANKS OF GAS
CHANCE OF WINNING ALL STAR GAME TICKETS = PRICELESS
Today, I completed my mission and found the last of the Mickey Mouse statues that have been placed around Southern California for the 2010 All Star Game, which is coming to Anaheim in July.
I have explored Southern California and have seen so many great areas that I may have never seen before. As you know, my husband has been out of town on business from Friday, June 4th and he will be back tomorrow. I have never really ventured to far on my own. I have not been in California very long and I don’t even take a highway to go to work. This experience was amazing. I have learned so much about the area and I actually know geographically where surrounding cities are located.
I accomplished my goal today and words cannot describe how amazing I feel right now! All on my own, I did it.
I grew up watching baseball and I played softball for many years. I could sit and watch baseball all day, every day. There is just something about this sport that I love everything about.
When I saw on the City of Anaheim Facebook page that there was going to be a contest for a chance at All Star Game tickets, I knew I was in. This Saturday is me and Trent’s first wedding anniversary and he will finally be home tomorrow. I cannot think of a better gift to give him than tickets to the All Star Game. I’ve heard so many times, people say, It’s the thought that counts…and over the last 6 days, I’ve had a lot of time to think!
Today, I found my last four Mickey Mouse Statues, Tampa Bay, Toronto, San Francisco, and Baltimore. The feeling of accomplishment and joy was overwhelming. I’m sure the cars next to me at traffic lights thought I was crazy because I was singing Dancing Queen from my Mama Mia soundtrack at the top of my lungs the whole way home!
I will always be inspired by Walt Disney who said,
“If you can dream it, you can do it!”
My List is Complete…
- All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim City Hall
- All-Star Game Mickey- Anaheim Convention Center
- American League Mickey – Hilton Anaheim
- National League Mickey – Anaheim Marriott
- Minnesota Twins Mickey- Anaheim GardenWalk
- Anaheim Angels Mickey- Angel Stadium
- Atlanta Braves Mickey- Disney Esplanade
- Florida Marlins Mickey- Downtown Disney – ESPN Zone
- Oakland Athletics Mickey – Muzeo
- San Diego Padres Mickey – South Coast Plaza
- Detroit Tigers Mickey – Crown Plaza Anaheim
- New York Mets Mickey – Irvine Spectrum Center
- Colorado Rockies Mickey – The Market Place
- Boston Red Sox Mickey – Discovery Science Center
- Arizona Diamondbacks Mickey – The District at Tustin Legacy
- Chicago Cubs Mickey – Orange County Zoo
- Milwaukee Brewers Mickey – The Strand in HB
- Houston Astros Mickey – Long Beach Towne Center
- New York Yankees Mickey – ESPN Zone at L.A. Live
- Los Angeles Dodgers Mickey – The Music Center
- Chicago White Sox Mickey – Holiday Inn – Santa Monica
- Kansas City Royals Mickey – El Capitan Theatre
- Cincinnati Reds Mickey – Holiday Inn Express – Walk of Fame
- Cleveland Indians Mickey – Industry Rag
- Seattle Mariners Mickey – Kodak Theatre
- Philadelphia Phillies Mickey – Hollywood & Highland Center
- Pittsburgh Pirates Mickey – Union Station
- All Star Game Mickey – The Grove of Anaheim
- St. Louis Cardinals Mickey – Downtown Disney
- All Star Game Mickey – Disney Esplanade
- Washington Nationals Mickey – Victoria Gardens
- Texas Rangers Mickey – The Village at Orange
- Tampa Bay Devil Rays Mickey – Laguna Art Museum
- San Francisco Giants Mickey – Fashion Island
- Baltimore Orioles Mickey – Newport Sports Museum
- Toronto Blue Jays – OC Performing Arts Center