and that means it is time for Vala's Pumpkin Patch. We haven't been to Vala's since 2005. FIVE years! So, yesterday Danny, Riles and I spent the day together exploring all the attractions new and old. We had an amazing time. For once, I let them navigate where we were going and what activities to do. It was stress free and fun for all of us. We didn't have an agenda or time limit; however, after 4.5 hours we were done, physically and mentally. They were tired, the crowds were getting heavier, and they wanted to buy their pumpkins. I took pictures sporadically, mostly of Riles (for some reason, Danny has developed an aversion to the camera..wonder why?). The highlight of the day? Eating the huge turkey legs and mining for gemstones.
Soon, I hope to get our family pictures taken while the leaves are still ON the trees and beautiful in color. I love this time of year, the leaves changing, the crisp, cool mornings, watching the kiddos exhale heavily, just to see their breath in the cold. Most of all, I love the excitement of hot cocoa on the way to school, comfort foods baked in the oven, and the anticipation of family holidays and time spent with our loved ones. I love this time of year.
Here are some pictures of the fun we had. :)