Monday, 24 October 2011

deal dragon weekend. . .

this past weekend was glorious.
it was fall break for provo school district which meant
i got to enjoy a 4 day weekend:)

on friday night logan & i decided to take advantage of a "deal" that
he purchased a few weeks ago.
logan loves a good deal.
this guy came to the door selling these deal dragon coupon books for $20.
it has like 200+ deals on it for food, entertainment, etc.
if i had answered the door, i would have stopped the guy mid-sales pitch
and told him to take a hike.
i've never been a fan of buying things from door to door sales-people.
logan however is a lot nicer than i am and actually listened
to the guy's speil & bought the little booklet.
when he came inside and showed me his purchase
i couldn't help but stare at him with a look like "really?" on my face.
i feel like those coupon books are just an excuse for you to spend more money.
i gave him a hard time about buying the booklet for a few days, but i have
come to realize that our deal dragon coupon book has
been well worth the $20 spent:)

on friday night logan & i ventured up to mapelton to the model-a-cafe.
we had seen this place a few times while driving to my brother's
place in spanish fork.

we chose this place for our date night dinner because of the deal dragon.
with our little booklet in hand, we received a free order of cheese fries.
the best part was that we didn't even have to buy anything to get the fries.
they were %100 totally & completely free :)
of course we decided to order some other things because we were
starving, but the cheese fries were indeed delicious!
the deal dragon coupon book has a whole section of things
that you can get totally free!
it's pretty dang great.

i ordered a club sandwich which was ginormous & logan got
the chicken cordon bleu sandwich.
why i decided to get fries as my side dish is unbeknownst to me.
i think i chose them because the only other option for a side
dish was mashed potatoes and mashed potatoes and a
club sandwich is not a good combo.
needless to say, we left the model-a-cafe filled with fries and
ready for our next adventure.

logan used our deal dragon to buy some tickets to hee haw farms.
i had been bugging him about going to a haunted corn maze or something
halloween-ish for a while.
we decided to bring wilbert & nuvia along for the fun.
at hee haw farms they have a bunch of separate events.
they have a haunted corn maze, a haunted hay ride, & a haunted walk through.
typically each event is $10 a piece which is insane.
we decided to get tickets for the haunted hay ride, which would have
been $40 for all 4 of us.
enter the deal dragon.
logan bought tickets for all 4 of us for $20!
the kids were so excited on the drive there i thought they would burst.
as we were waiting in line to get our wrist bands, this nice lady walked out
and handed me some wrist bands for the haunted walk-through.
she said her family was leaving and didn't end up using them.
as if our deal dragon wasn't enough, this lady just made the night 10x
more exciting-for free!
the kids had fun running through the hay, going down a
huge slide, and looking at the live farm animals all before 8:00
when the hay-ride started.
unfortunately, it got dark a lot faster than i anticipated, therefore we only
got one semi-decent picture of the night:

nuvia looks like she wants to die in the pic for some reason, & it is also
very very very grainy.
i blame my phone.
so around 8 we got in line for the haunted hay-ride.
a big group of us piled into the back of a truck filled with hay which was pulled
by this random guy on a tractor.
the ride was surprisingly scary!
they had people running around the truck bed with chainsaws & even incorporated
live animals into the ride.
this one guy ran around in a butchers coat asking if we liked bacon.
he was holding a real baby piglet that wouldn't stop squealing!
after that was over we decided to use the wrist bands the lady gave
us to get into the haunted walk through.
we took a tractor ride about 5 minutes north of the farm.
when we got out there we could see that the walk through was partially
inside an old building & partially outside.
as we stood in line wilbert & nuvia were having the time of their
little adolescent lives.
they were giggling and jumping up and down and couldn't wait to get inside.
a lady who ran the walk-through made an announcement a couple minutes
before we entered the building.
she talked about some rules-no swearing, no running, etc.
then she said that if at any time the walk-through became too scary & anyone
couldn't handle it, they could simply tell the person "haunting" them to
stop immediately and let them out the emergency exit.
i scoffed at this.
i looked around in the line and saw parents standing there with kids that
couldn't have been older than 6.
nuvia is 10 and wilbert is 11-there was no way we weren't going to make it through.
as we made our way to the front of the line, the lady cut off our wrist bands &
let us enter the walk-through.

nuvia made it a grand total of 30 seconds inside and screamed to be let out
of the emergency exit.
i was in literal shock.
we walked into a big black room with people in clown masks.
they were scary looking-but nothing too terrifying.
as soon as one of the clowns ran over to nuvia she literally covered her whole head
in her arms and started sobbing louder i thought
was humanly possible.
she started screaming bloody murder and curled up into a ball on the floor.
the big clown kinda stopped "haunting" us asked if we wanted out.
i told him that was probably a good idea.
i helped nuvia up as the clown escorted us to the emergency exit.
as we were walking out nuvia repeatedly said "sorry" through her sobs.
my heart sunk.
i had NO idea she would be that scared!
i felt bad for subjecting her to such a traumatizing experience, & the other
half of me was wishing i could have finished the haunted walk through.
as we walked out i could hear logan & wilbert screaming.
i wanted to be there screaming with them!
there was seriously a little part of me that was mad that i had to take nuvia
out & that i couldn't have fun inside getting scared by clowns!
all i could think about was the fact that i'm going
to be the worst mom.
when wilbert & logan finished the walk through, i told logan how i wished
i could have been inside with them getting scared & having fun.
he laughed and felt bad that i had to leave.
he said i had just learned a lesson on parenting.
i decided right then & there i'm not ready to have kids yet.
just kidding-but seriously.
nuvia played with my phone on the tractor ride back to our car & was just
fine for the rest of the night.
she apologized again for not being able to make it through, & i quickly
forgot about all the drama.
all things considered, it was a fun night & we scored some pretty
sweet deals.
if you are looking for a night of fun, i would suggest hee haw farms.
if you end up doing the haunted walk-through, let me know how it is:)


  1. eric has his heart set on going to this haunted maze now....great, ha.
    and that food.....ummmm, i need some immediately!! looks so delicious!
    xo TJ

  2. We may have to go out and try the Model A Cafe, we drive by it all the time too. That club sandwich looked great!

  3. For the record it was $10.00