Moxie Mona Visits Sacramento!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 21, 2009

Moxie Mona is an everyday superhero who is swooping in to see all of her friends in the blogosphere this week. Among others, she visited us here in California, and then was off to see the rest of her pals…

Will she be in a city near you?

Moxie Mona was waiting for us, bright and early, at the Sacramento Train Station. She looked a little haggard, like she’d had a long journey. We felt sorry for her and offered her warm hospitality at our home. Granted, we have six kids and you can’t get much in the way of peace and quiet, but we do have lots of love to give.

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Mona couldn’t wait to see the twins and Julia play soccer… She had a great time cheering the kids; her way to give back all the love they’d given her in her time of need, I suppose.

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After the games, we figured a tour of Sacramento would help keep her mind off her troubles. So, we visited Sutter’s Fort, the original European outpost in the interior of Northern California. Dating from 1839, the fort built by Swiss immigrant John Sutter – who worked the land around the fork of the American and Sacramento Rivers and even owned the land where gold was discovered a few miles from here in 1848, the one that led to the Gold Rush of 1849 – has stood the test of time.

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Shortly after intimidating the fort’s period costumed staff (who’d never met anyone who displayed such moxie), we took Mona to see the state capitol building, where the state capital was moved from Vallejo to Sacramento after California became a state in 1850. Mona liked the building’s architecture, and especially enjoyed the beautiful rose garden out front.

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Leaving the Governator behind, we went to the western most outpost of the Pony Express. Running from St. Josephs, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, the last stop is right here in Old Sacramento. Mona was surprised to find out that the service was only operational for a little more than a year from 1860-61. Those brave young riders and their fast ponies were put out of business, not by hostile Indians as one would imagine, but by a modern technology called the telegraph.

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And right across the street, is one of the original Wells Fargo buildings where their famed stagecoaches would bring deposits, visitors, and fortune seekers from the East.

Mona was thrilled to see all that Old Sacramento has to offer as she strolled down cobblestone streets and wooden sidewalks that abut restaurants and candy stores. We couldn’t hardly keep her out of them. Funny thing about superheroes, they have very little restraint when it comes to sugary snacks.

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Once she and the kids had their sugar high, we decided to let them work it off along West Sacramento’s River Walk. For several miles opposite Old Sacramento, you can walk and enjoy the river, ending up at the iconic Sacramento Bridge that leads to Raley Field where the AAA team for the Oakland A’s – The Rivercats – plays.

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I do have to mention that Mona’s favorite building was the Pyramid Building that used to house the now defunct Money Store. Back in the day, the Money Store helped normalize securitized mortgages that led to the mortgage and financial crises that we’re now experiencing. How cool is that? Mona didn’t think it was, so I let it drop.

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Mona wanted to see Arco Arena, where the Sacramento Kings play, but she didn’t have time – the busy little superhero that she is. So, we put her on the first train out of Sacramento, on her way to another part of the blogosphere.

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Thanks for visiting us, Mona!

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

kristin September 21, 2009 at 12:55 am

How fun is this!

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megryansmom September 21, 2009 at 2:55 am

Mona sure does know how to have a good time. Thanks for sharing!

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Casey September 21, 2009 at 5:31 am

Hey there~How funny….bloghopping today to see where Mona has been. Looks like you all showed her the sights of Sactown:)

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hillbilly duhn September 21, 2009 at 6:04 am

This is fun! I adore your blog title, how cute!

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angie September 21, 2009 at 6:40 am

How did I have no idea that all of that was in Sacramento? Mona is one lucky gal to be able to tag along with your family. I really, really enjoyed seeing how she spent her time with your family. :)

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KathyB! September 21, 2009 at 6:47 am

What a fun time Monda must have had! Love all the pictures :)

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Emmy September 21, 2009 at 7:13 am

What a great post! Coming by from Mama Kat’s. I have never been to Sacramento so thanks for the tour.

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Scary Mommy September 21, 2009 at 7:16 am

Wow! Sacramento looks like a blast. Mona looks like she had quite a trip. Lucky girl!

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Erica September 21, 2009 at 7:24 am

Looks like Mona had fun!

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Heather of the EO September 21, 2009 at 7:51 am

Mona is learning so much around the blogosphere! :)

Love the pics.

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Pooba September 21, 2009 at 7:53 am

Looks like Mona became just like a party of your family! And seriously, I need to come visit Sacramento too! You have a spare bedroom right?

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mamajoss September 21, 2009 at 7:57 am

Gosh, that Mona sure gets around – hehe…nice job with the post. I loved reading about a place I wish I lived — so awesome out there – thanks for sharing…your family is adorable :)

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Jen E @ mommablogsalot September 21, 2009 at 8:24 am

Wow you did a great job showing Mona around Sacramento – I learned a LOT and it had me thinking about all the things I’d want to show Mona if she ever visited me – great job!

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heidi September 21, 2009 at 8:24 am

Looks like Mona got quite the education in Sacramento! Good times. :-)

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Jen @ buried with children September 21, 2009 at 9:23 am

What an awesome visit. Mona sure did see the sights around your parts.

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Tranquility September 21, 2009 at 11:11 am

LUCKY MONA – what a great tour of the city! And it looks like she got to spend her time with a fun and friendly family!

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Chief September 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I don’t know why I started with the giggles on this one. Maybe it was the look on your child’s face as he was forced to hold the doll. It was all snorts from then on.

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carissa September 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Ohhh the river walk looks fabulous! Now I know what I want to see the next time I come to visit ya’ll!! (And it won’t be a hotel on the outskirts of town this time!!!) :)

Love your Soccer time of course! I think Mona got a lot of kid sports action huh?? :)

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Texasholly September 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Looks like she had a really good time! What fun.

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Life with Kaishon September 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

You guys definitely know how to show Mona a good time : )I love it! I bet she never wanted to leave you!

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LaVonne September 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Just visting from Mama’s Losing It (Around the Blogosphere with Mona). Had fun looking at all the pics of Mona and Sacramento. (I am just 45 minutes up the 80 in the foothills.) I will have to check out more of your posts. :)

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Lindsay September 21, 2009 at 6:48 pm

You are the nicest hostess. Mona got to see all the fabulous sites of Sacramento. Lucky Mona.

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Lolli @ Better in Bulk September 21, 2009 at 7:36 pm

It looks like Mona had a lot of fun with you! I am a little jealous of Mona and her life-sized bag of candy. Yum!

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Jenna September 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I want Mona’s life. That looked way fun! :)

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Francesca September 22, 2009 at 6:05 am

What an absolutely fun time Mona had in Sacramento, Christine! I adored this post. It was great seeing so many different sites from Sacramento. As a girl who grew up in Dixon, it brought back many memories. I even remember going back to school shopping at the K Street Mall.

Hope you and your family are managing to stay cool. Many thanks for playing along.

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