Ansa’s birthday adventure

Ansa' Birthday Adventure

Last Saturday was Ansa’s 7th birthday. Amazing. How can this happen? Our traditional celebration is to see how many restaurants we can go and get free food from on our birthdays. Lucia begins collecting coupons and birthday gift certificates a month or so in advance. The kids also belong to various birthday clubs.

Most restaurants do not require you to buy an additional meal or item. Some do. We began early Saturday morning and went late that evening. It was a simple plan. We hit the restaurant, got the food, and headed to the next restaurant. We didn’t dine inside any of them. We didn’t have time. It’s all about hit and run.

We began at Culver’s who offered something on her birthday. They were not open when we got there, so we went to the next place. We’ll go back to Culver’s later this week. We then went to Chick-fil-A and got a bagel, bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit. Lucia also went in with a coupon and got something else. I don’t remember what it was.

The kids are great about sharing, so they divided up the food. From there we went to Krispy Kreme and got two dozen donuts, which require us buying some of them with the coupon. It was a great way to energize the kids for the long day ahead. (As you can see in the pic, Ansa hit overload by the end of the day.)

We then hit the Dollar General and picked up my all-time favorite crème cracker things. Ansa picked the strawberry flavored ones since it was her birthday. The pack was one dollar. (BTW, Lucia and I did not eat any of the food because we have stopped eating junk, for the most part.)

Then we went to Zaxby’s and got a birthday meal, which I don’t remember what that was. We also loaded up on free ice because they have the best ice in town. We take our Tervis cups to get their free ice.

We incorporated this birthday adventure with a trip to the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. Saturday was the day of their annual bike sale. This year we bought Tristen and Hadyn their adult bikes–small size mountain bikes. We had to go and pick them up. This also gave us an opp to hit the Biltmore bike trails. We had our other bikes with us.

Once in Asheville we stopped at Starbucks to get a free drink. From there we went to Ingles to get some free popcorn and a free 2 liter Pepsi cola. From there we made our way to the Beacon Drive In in Spartanburg, SC, which did not offer anything free, but this was a favorite place for the family.

Ansa went to the Beacon on her second birthday to get a banana split. On Saturday she got her banana split and big tater (large order of fries.) It was dark by this time, so we did not go by Westgate Mall to get their free bread sticks. We’ll do that when we go back to Culver’s, but go to the Haywood Mall instead.

During the trip Ansa opened a present at each stop. We laughed a lot. They ate more sugar than what one would think is humanly possible. It was a fantastic, fun-filled day, with a lot of good memories which they will talk about for a while.

The next food birthday adventure will be mine. I can’t wait.