Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Tradition Continues

Last night, we made our annual trip to Vala's Pumpkin Patch. This was Jaimie and Miah's fifth or sixth year going, and my second. When explaining Vala's to friends and family members, I have a hard time coming up with the exact way to describe it. Other than sending you to their website, I would have to say Vala's is a very quaint, countrified, simplistic version of DisneyWorld! lol

They have some shows, the Pig Races being my favorite (omg, those piggies are too cute!) ... they have walk thru attractions, like the Haunted House and the Pumpkin Mine ... there is tons of good food to eat ... and they have a Hayrack Ride that takes you out to their pumpkin fields where you can pick your pumpkin right off the vine. These are only a few of the attractions they have, and tho they are no where near the technologically advanced Disney rides and attractions, it is truly a wonderful experience for the whole family and I have looked forward to going every October!!! =D

This year, Jaimie, Miah, and I were able to see and do a lot more. For one, we went a little earlier, so we had more time. Also, it was just the three of us ...whereas last year we went with our friends, Pam, Tom & Erryn and their little girl Akyna. As any "park aficianado" can attest ...the larger the group you have, the less you get done!

Last year we were not able to take the hayrack ride out to pick out pumpkins because it got too late this was the first year I got to experience this. Jaimie and Miah also had not been in a few years because something always seemed to come up (time constraints, mishaps with falling in water, weather conditions). So it was almost "brand new" for them too. The ride out to the pumpkin fields is fairly dark and it has a little bit of a "creepiness" factor ...especially riding past the fields of corn! All I could think of were the movies "Children of the Corn" and "Signs." lol

We wandered off to the part of the field were not many people were looking ... most people stayed near the "football" light because they were not as prepared as we were ... Jaimie brought a flashlight! lol We searched the pumpkins for the ones that "spoke" to us. Jaimie found his right away ... Miah found his next ... and I kept wandering around saying, "Oh, but that one's so cute ... wait, no, that one over there is great too!" I swear, I would have taken about five pumpkins home with me if I could have!! Finally, I approached a pumpkin that looked promising. As I walked up next to it, I got my foot caught in the vines around it. It seemed to me that my pumpkin had found me first and wasn't letting me leave without him! =D

As we loaded ourselves back on the hayrack ride, Jaimie leaned down and grabbed a small pumpkin. "This one is Jaiden's," he said. So *all* of us came home with a pumpkin that night. =D We're going to be carving them tomorrow ... so look for my next update for pictures!!

We upheld "old traditions" ...having chili bread bowls and going in the haunted house ...and started new ones, like getting hot cocoa while we walked around. And let me tell you cocoa on a cold night is D-I-V-I-N-E. ^.^ I look forward to next year when all of us return ... this time with Jaiden getting to experience his first pumpkin patch. I can't wait to see his reaction to all of it!

Lastly, I put together a slide show of all the pictures I took. Thankfully, this year I brought back-up batteries ... but it still got dark rather quickly, and my camera doesn't like nighttime shots! lol But I have the wonderful memories of last night stored in my head, so the limited amount of pictures isn't too bothersome. =D
Until next year, Vala's...

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