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It’s Cow Day!!

July 14, 2015

As my husband says, “This is my favorite day of the summer!” It is true. We all look forward to our little mid-summer southern tradition. Atlanta being the home of the famous cows, it’s only right that we participate. I saw a hashtag today that sums it up perfectly; #eatallthreemeals. Love it.

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So my husband, getting ready this morning, was almost giddy with excitement. It makes me happy that he loves to do these fun things every year. Actually, he so loves his CFA chicken breakfast burrito that the thought of having them for free, make it almost as great as Christmas morning. I love the thought of him in costume in the drive-thru. Hilarious. One of these years I’m going to stalk him just for a picture of it.

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So…how do I pull off these costumes with our busy life? One costume at a time. Last year, I did a more major overhaul and painted several new shirts. My mom taught me (when I was a kid and she was painting shirts) that you can purchase cheap acrylic paint and mix the fabric additive to the paint, and it becomes a washable fabric paint. It is cheaper than buying fabric paint and you can get it in much bigger quantities also. Making these shirts was easy. Print the image onto regular computer paper using your computer, lay the paper under the shirt, and paint what you see. It’s the no fuss way to “trace” an image.

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I also keep a box in the attic with all our Chick-fil-a paraphenalia and add to it every year. In fact, we add to it throughout the year as we find cow things that might come in handy in July. The only stipulation….any addition has to be free or pennies so as to still make our food “free”. This year we added Nate & I’s cow hats…a purchase off Amazon.

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My shirt was a new addition last year. I had a large pregnant belly and no “maternity” shirt. I resorted to buying an over-sized shirt. Wanting to be different and highlight the baby fever, I added my little calves to the back of the shirt. It makes me happy; my little calf crew.

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Admittedly, I was going to “phone in” Max’s costume this year and just dress him in his white onesie and give him the cow toy to hold. However, Grana came to the rescue this morning while I was tutoring (an hour before we were leaving for breakfast) and sewed spots onto his onesie. It was complete with a little cow tail even. She got him bathed and dressed, and even accessorized with mismatching black & white socks. What a great surprise for me and a precious little baby too. Gotta love our little man. Thanks momma!

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Yep. All seven of us will be in costume today. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner together, but this morning, it’s breakfast with Grana and Papa. I guess they haven’t been southerners long enough to dress in full costume. In fact, dad had his hat folded and trying to hide it in his large papa hands so as to be inconspicuous I guess. However, their accessory gained them a free entree and a few memories with the grandkids.

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Breakfast was never so much fun.

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Our little blonde-haired girl enjoying her Chicken Minis.

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We got Reilly to agree to join us, but only if he didn’t have to dress up. He was quite happy to tell me he’d gladly buy his own breakfast.

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Lunch was at Chick-fil-a with friends. I love to see the girls together. The big kids had enough of the noise and crazy in the playplace so they opted to read and play on their tablet at a table just outside the door. I can’t believe they are old enough to do such things. I love it though that their worlds still cross and yet they clearly have their “big kid” moments too.

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EAT MOR CHICKIN!!!! (You know it’s what’s for dinner too. Hmm. How do I say that sentence correctly?)

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  1. Auntie Sherry Ruth permalink
    July 14, 2015 8:23 pm

    so creative Sara Lin…we must start looking for cow things too so that we can add to your growing collection!!!! LOVE all the 🙂 faces & that Lissy & Shermy got to join you as well! So sad that we didn’t get to enjoy it like we did last year with sweet Katie girl but maybe next year we will plan a trip to ATL for COW DAY!!! love you all!

    • July 14, 2015 9:29 pm

      Oh a trip to Atlanta for core day sounds fantastic. Yes. Start gathering things now!! 🙂 Katie kept telling mom and dad, “uncle Bart dressed up!!” Sadly, they didn’t buy it as enough of a reason to dress themselves. Mom suggested new dresses for the girls next year and a mommy one to match. Guess I better get my skinny self on for the occasion. See you next summer!!

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