After our awesome time at Roca Scary Farm last year, Aaron and I knew we wanted to take Shepherd back this year. We expected that, since he’d be older, he’d enjoy the farm even more than he did on his first trip. We were right, and the pictures prove it! Shepherd didn’t want to stop for photos at all; he was too busy exploring all of the areas of the farm as fast as his legs could take him there.
For comparison’s sake, here’s Shepherd with Plumpy last year and this year:
One thing that made this year’s trip extra special was who joined us: my mom and sister were visiting us (unfortunately, my dad can’t travel during football season), so they came, too! Growing up in East Texas didn’t lend itself to trips to the pumpkin patch, so being able to go with Mom and Jillian was almost as fun for me as it was for Shepherd.
The highlights of the day: the petting zoo, the pumpkins (of course!), the slides, Hillbilly Bowling, and the giant lollipops in Candyland. Shepherd ran up to each lollipop yelling “yum! yum!”… it was really cute. He also had his first caramel apple and shared a funnel cake with Aunt Jillian (our family calls her Aunt Pookie). Shepherd has the biggest appetite of any toddler I know, and having the chance to eat all of these treats made his day. His eyes were like saucers as he kept looking at us, as if to say, “can I really eat that!?” Luckily for him, Birdie was in town and was more than happy to provide the treats.
The only lowlight of the day was the weather—it was 80 degrees and humid, as it had stormed all morning. I told my mom and sister to bring warm clothes (the forecasted high was 50 degrees) and we all were pretty disappointed that it was so hot! We went on the first weekend in October this year, and the trees hadn’t quite turned yet, either. We’ll probably go a little later next year (like we did last year).
This year was just as fun but in a different way. Shepherd wanted to see and play with everything, so we could have spent all day there. We went on a Friday evening, which was the perfect time: there were hardly any other people around (probably because of the rain) and we didn’t have to wait in line for the hayrack ride to the pumpkin patches. Roca Berry Farm is an absolutely gorgeous property, and a visit out there really makes it feel like fall.
We came home with a big carving pumpkin, an heirloom pumpkin for baby brother, and an assortment of mini pumpkins for decoration. Here are a few of our favorite pictures from this year’s visit. (You can see the entire album here.)
Special thanks to Roca Berry Farm for providing us passes to the pumpkin patch in exchange for the use of our family photos on their social media pages. We love visiting Roca Scary Farm and pumpkin patch, and we can’t wait to go back next year!