Saturday, November 13, 2004

Amazing Mom Feat 11/13/04

How to Survive a Theme Park Day on $20 Total:

- First, ensure you have on you a twenty dollar bill, some miscellaneous change in the bottom of your purse, and no plastic.

- Drop husband off for out-of-town work meeting in touristy town. Consider how to keep kids occupied for five hours.

- Check purse for annual passes to touristy town theme park, and find them present. Smile. Surprise kids by driving into theme park parking lot. Hear children squeal with delight.

- Pay $7 for parking (leaves $13).

- Wonder how the golly bob howdy you're going to make it through the next five hours on $13 for three people.

- Resist any and all requests for trinkets and momentos which come with a price tag. Instead, deftly steer children toward the lovely gardens and discuss colors, scents, names of plants. When they see yet another shop or cart of toys, engage them in the antics of the animals seen in the park and ask them to show you their best imitation of how they walk and how they sound. Focus their attention on the atmosphere music being piped throughout the grounds, and encourage them to dance to the music. (Earn one demerit for leaving movie camera at home while attempting to mentally capture their moment of joy in your heart forever.)

- When ordering lunch, ask the server whether foregoing the cutesy plastic container for the kids meal results in a lesser charge (answer: yes, by a dollar per meal. Why have I never thought to ask that question before?)

- For two little kids and one mom, order the following: two kids meals (per meal: 3 chicken strips plus fries; drink not included), side of watermelon chunks.

- When son asks if he can have "just one of those strawberries" lining the counter as display, go ahead and ask the service person if there is one (fresh) strawberry he may have. When she responds that they don't sell strawberries, ask whether they just might have one or two in the back, while advantageously showcasing adorable children, their hopeful, angelic faces beaming with anticipation. Receive plate of five juicy berries gratis.

- Pay bill, sit down in scenic locale, divide the strips (two per person) and distribute fries, melon and berries.

- Everyone sips off the Gatorade Mom brought in the stroller.

- Gather together last remaining sraps of funds to purchae one large bag of cotton candy for two extremely cooperative, non-whining, and obedient kids who more than deserve it.


At November 14, 2004 at 6:37 AM, Blogger Moogie said...

I loved this post! It sounds like you had a wonderful time...and you were able to make it on just $20. I would never have thought to ask about the meal containers.

You did a great job!

At November 14, 2004 at 8:52 AM, Blogger Sexy Soccamom said...

Good job! It sounds as if you all had a great time.


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