Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 Visit to Vala's Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday was a fabulous day. It was a Sunday, Chris and I were both at home (either he is gone or I am working on weekends, it seems) and I had a Living Social Pass to Vala's Pumpkin Patch!

We arrived about 9:45 in the morning. A fair amount of people were there already (they open at 9), but we were able to park pretty close to the front. We checked in and the fun began!

Vala's is such a wonderful fall tradition. We no longer visit the other pumpkin patches in the area as none of them really compare (and they are all expensive!). Last year we made several trips to Vala's, but this year we plan on only going this once.

After the annual, "How tall this fall?" picture, the kids led the way to their favorite attractions. At first, it was cold, then it warmed up. At one point, the kids and I were stripping off our clothes. I ended the day with a sunburn on my forehead (my sunscreen clearly did not make it through the day). It was a perfect day for the pumpkin patch.

Kids' Favorites:
Asher: Jumping Pillows, big slides, pig races, and playing in the corn.
Addison: Jumping pillows, trikes, big slides, playing in the giant corn box (like a sand box but with corn) and the school house.
Alivia: Jumping pillows, kettle corn, pedal car ride with Mommy (Where we ate Daddy's dust! That was harder than it looked!).
Chris: Kettle Corn
Me: I love it all, but I liked the dog show and the jumping pillow best. Fun time!

Grandma Bet and Grandpa Bill made their very first visit to Vala's meeting up with us in the afternoon. We have wanted them to join us for years, so we were glad they were able to make it. Going to Vala's is definitely a fall experience you will never forget. Vala's has so much to do and see, from seeing the goats and the big ox, riding slides coming out of barns, pig races, watching a dragon eat pumpkins, tractor wagon rides, storybook village, the jumping pillows, playing in the corn box and then there is the endless supply of expensive food! Hotdogs are almost $7 each!! That is completely nuts! The only thing I wished is that we brought more to drink. I brought the kids each their own drink cups that they refilled with water. But, I only brought one tea for me and I forgot to bring Chris ANYTHING (oops! I really felt bad! But, he survived with the help of $2.50 soda). There food is seriously overpriced. Their entry fee is enough as it is that they should not be pricing their food at the level of Disney. It is not Disney afterall.

Anyway, we had a fabulous time and made memories to last a lifetime. We see how the kids grow up more from our annual visits to the pumpkin patch. Alivia was about 18 months old when we first started visiting Vala's. Crazy how time flies.

Going to Vala's?
*water bottle filled, but can be refilled
* wet wipes
* lunch at least
* snacks
* dress in layers of clothes
* comfortable shoes that you do not mind getting dirty. It is a farm after all.
* socks, so that you can jump on the jumping pillows with socks on.
* Your camera, to capture all the fun and memories
* Money. Believe me, you will need a lot to buy anything.
Have fun!

Until next year...we will enjoy the pictures and the memories...

 Jumping on the jumping pillows! These things are awesome!

Duck races

Gangnam Style!

Tic Tac Toe with Toilet seats as O's anyone? Asher won, he was toilet seats. :)
Vala's ROCKS!

Such a sweet little face!

Lens Envy? This one is for Courtney! :)

White and Black Dogs can Jump! This dog show was amazing!

Dog Kisses


Courtney F said...

Ha! How fun! We have never been to Valla's and didn't understand the prices, but after seeing ALL that you did and that you spent the day there, I can see it now. Glad you had fun! (PS I am totally envious of that guy's set up!) Great pics, Krista!

The Austin Life said...

You so have to go! Watch for savings on living social or groupon to take advantage of reduced prices. Week nights are definitely quieter. However, Calas is so big that the crowds are only bad at the hot attractions. They have haunted houses, a cole mine, hay rack ride where u can buy pumpkins, pumpkin canon, plasma car area, playgrounds is just crazy and a child's dream. Definitely need to go once. You will not regret it!