Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is an Omaha fall must-do activity. It is fun whether or not you have kids, seriously. There is a hay rack ride, an apple shooter thing, singing animatronic animals, caramel apples, and of course a pumpkin patch. There is also a little story book village, pony rides, huge bouncy air pillows that kids can jump on, a train ride, and a corn maze which we got lost in last year (yes, I did have a meltdown when this happened). All of these glorious attractions do come with a price, it is very expensive and on the weekend the traffic is atrocious. However, there is just something I can’t resist about it…and usually we go on a weekday.

Here are some pictures!

Baby by a corn stalk teepee

Baby by a corn stalk teepee


Her first goat feeding. Pretty sure she got bit a time or two.

Her first goat feeding. Pretty sure she got bit a time or two.


A tree.

A tree.


There are a million of these cut outs for photo ops!

There are a million of these cut outs for photo ops!


I don't think this is SUPPOSED to be creepy.

I don’t think this is SUPPOSED to be creepy.


And of course this is not scary at all.

And of course this is not scary at all.


However, I really like this clock.

However, I really like this clock.


And the trip would not be complete without Darth Vader.

And the trip would not be complete without Darth Vader.

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Moving and Movies

We recently moved to a bigger house. I mentioned before that I lived in a tiny 720 square foot house and now that we are adding a second child to our brood we figured we should move up to a larger space. I loved my tiny home but it was becoming more and more difficult to navigate every day. We are now in a much larger house but one that needs a lot of work. When we decided to move we really wanted a house that we could stay in for a long time. I know that with much work and probably a great deal of heart ache, we will make this house our home.

As we began our search for a new house I started fantasizing again about moving away. I felt like this was one of those windows of opportunity for us to make a big leap and go somewhere else. I mentioned this a few times to my husband in passing. I don’t think he took me too seriously, I don’t know that I took myself too seriously. At times I did feel like Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road. The idea of just selling everything and moving to Paris (or in my case somewhere in the U.S. outside of the Nebraska) was appealing to me. Of course her story did not end well, and maybe the lesson is to just be content where you are instead of forcing adventure and romance.

I have also been thinking a lot about my childhood and how I hope Edith can have a similar one. I think our new neighborhood seems friendly in the same way mine did growing up. I grew up in the middle of the state in a quiet neighborhood with lots of kids. I walked and road my bike everywhere, without wearing a helmet and without the supervision of my parents. My friends and I would stay outside until dark every night, even in winter. We were living the dream. Even though it was the 1990’s our lives were like those in The Sandlot or Now and Then. We had an idyllic childhood. Even if things weren’t great at home, we had each other and we had our neighborhood. I feel so lucky that I had this and I wish every kid could have this kind of childhood.

Things with this move have been beyond stressful. We keep finding new and depressing things that need repaired at our home (despite the home inspection). I am pregnant and we are trying to raise a 2 year old. We have been rushing to get into this house and to get our old house ready to rent. It has been rough. I have cried. I have wanted many times to run away and leave this mess behind. Last night we finally got a little break. My mother-in-law babysat, and my husband and I went to dinner and saw a movie, Don Jon. You may not think this movie has a message when you first start watching it, but then you realize it’s about slowing down, loving someone, and not being selfish. I know my desires to run away are selfish. The movie reminded me that even though I get distracted sometimes, I have a great love and I know that in the end we will be content…wherever we are.

Ominous cloud in Omaha last night. I think it looks like an angry elephant.

Ominous cloud in Omaha last night. I think it looks like an angry elephant.