Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Food Freebies (7-11 and Cow Appreciation Day)

Monday and Tuesday provided back to back opportunities to seize free food. Monday was July 11, aka 7-11 day. Personally, I'm not a fan of slushies. Jesse was very excited and dragged us all out in the pouring rain after dinner to take advantage of the free slushies. There was a crowd behind us so we rushed, filling cups with random flavors. Jesse, the slushy lover, ended up with the sugar free mango that everyone else rejected. That's a true father right there!

Tuesday was a day I look forward to every year--Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A. I've tested a few different options for DIY cow costumes over the years. My favorite is black duct tape spots on white t-shirts. I spent $7 on a roll of duct tape and a 3-pack of white tank tops. I purposefully sized-up so the kids will easily be able to wear the same shirts next year. I also covered one of Jesse's old t-shirts for him to wear, and I had my spotted apron from last year. While the end result looks simple and easy, cutting duct tape is significantly harder that one might think!

My ideal plan was to take the kids for breakfast around 10 a.m., play for an hour or two, then grab lunch at a different Chick-Fil-A on the way home. We drove to our first CFA and ate breakfast as planned.

The deal this year was choose any kids meals for kids and entrees for adults. We filled up with chicken biscuits and hasbrowns. Jesse and I equally love bargains. We become thrill-seekers on the hunt for free food. Here we are mooing to show our cow appreciation.

It's been approximate 1,000 degrees outside so we opted to play inside the kids area for as long as possible. It was a surprisingly relaxed morning with very little crowds. We even met up with friends spontaneously.

All was going well, until we looked up and saw Maddie screaming and covering her face. This was one of our first public outings since potty training, so I was preparing myself to clean up pee. It turns out, her reaction was caused by the giant cow. Jackson loved it and requested a picture with the cow.

Maddie, on the other hand, had to be carried out crying.

We met up with several friends for lunch, but not before stopping at two more Chick-Fil-A's along the way. Jesse took it to an extreme level.

All three meals were from CFA, though they consisted of fried chicken, grilled chicken, salad, fruit, and waffle fries. We have a small library from the kids' meal books we accrued. After spending $7 on costume supplies, we ate over $60 worth of food. The kids enjoyed their meals, eating out, and dressing up. It was a win for everyone! .

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