Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Just Ten More Days . . .

Until one of our favorite days of the year . . .

Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! :)

All you have to do is go to your favorite Chick-fil-A restaurant dressed like a cow -- and you get a free meal! (If you wear just one cow accessory, you get a free entree, and if you attempt to wear a full cow costume, you get a free combo!)

It's really not hard to put together a cow costume. Just start with some black pants or black skirts, cut out white "spots" from paper or fabric and pin on. (We've also used white baseball pants and pinned on black spots.) Then, take some plain white t-shirts, and decorate with black fabric paint or a black Sharpie. We have used both to add "cow spots" to our t-shirts and to write our favorite real or invented cow slogans on our shirts.

We had a LOT of fun coming up with our cow slogans!! We used things like "Georgia boys luv chikin!" "My cow is an honor student!" "Don't be a COWard, eat more chikin!" and "Real men eat chikin!" My shirt says "Chikin Mom" and I let my children make black handprint "spots" on the back. To finish off our costumes, we purchased white visors 2 for a $1.00 at Michaels and decorated them with black spots and slogans, and added some face paint!

Here are some pictures of our costumes from Cow Day '07.

It may sound like a lot of work and money to make the costumes, but it was really a lot of fun, and I was able to keep the cost to a minimum. Not only that, I store our cow costumes from year to year in a basket in the top of my closet, so we are always ready for the next Cow Appreciation Day!

Here is a picture of our herd on Cow Day '07!

And another picture from Cow Day '08!

Actually, our courage in going to our local Chick-fil-A dressed like cows may have paid off in an unexpected way. When we first moved to this city back in 2006, we made our debut as a "herd of crazy cows" at the Chick-fil-A in the mall. At that time, we were the first folks in our area to accept the challenge, and the owner/operator was shocked and excited and appreciative to see all of us come in dressed up like cows! He really made a big deal out of it, and seemed to genuinely enjoy meeting our family. He was looking for us again the next year, and told me, "If any of your kids ever need jobs . . . "

Fast forward to this spring. Our 15 year old son, Joseph, was looking for a summer job. When I took him to Chick-fil-A, he not only got the interview, he got the job -- beating out several older applicants. The owner mentioned that he always remembered our family coming in dressed up like cows!! :) So, I have a hunch it helped him have the winning edge!! ;)

Here is the owner/operator with our son, Chris.

As as interesting side note, the owner also mentioned that he liked to hire student athletes, because they are trained to be competitive, to give their best effort, and to always try to beat their own best times. He feels this makes for disciplined, efficient employees who are always trying to do a better job of serving customers quickly. Since my son plays football, basketball, and baseball, I was glad to see a real life benefit to all the time and energy expended in those pursuits!!

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your herd and start assembling your cow costumes for Cow Appreciation Day '09!!


Rebecca's Refining said...

Love the story!! Everyone looks "udderly" cute!! :) Great story about Joseph too. Too bad there isn't a chick-fil-a here in Ohio!!

Noel said...

Ah! That's terrific - looks like fun :)

kristilea said...

That is soooo funny! I bet that has to be just a huge highlight for the kids. Of course, I'm sure you get great enjoyment out of it as well. What fun!

Martha said...

Oh my goodness, looks like everyone had a moogical time!

((cricket chirping))

Okay that was lame, but Rebecca (from above) stole my "udderly" line. How rude! LOL

Amy Ellen said...

Hi! I just wanted you to know that I really appreciated all your comments on my blog last Sunday. I have kept your questions on balance and weight loss... and I have started to write out an answer to them. I hope to post the answer next week, but I wanted to apologize for the delay. We have been in and out of town and to the lake, etc. Busy summer days... but not the bad kind of busy, of course : )

Thank you so much for your kind words and for your patience in my answers,
Amy Ellen

PS I don't refrigerate natural PB because it gets too hard to spread on my homemade bread. I will just tear the bread... so we keep it soft.

L.H. said...

Cute. Just cute!!

MOMSWEB said...

LOL!! I JUST read about this on another blog earlier this morning. Hmmm...I'll think about it. Looks like you guys have a great time!

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