When we first heard there was going to be a new Chick Fil A opening near us, we immediately began praying that they would have a playplace. And free WiFi. When we found out they would have both, we were way more excited than we should be. But then we found out there was going to be a campout, according to Chick Fil A company tradition. And that the first 100 guests through the door would get free Chick Fil A (Read: One #1 combo a week for the next 52 weeks)? Well, there aren’t enough words for all the feelings. Needless to say, we went.
So how did it go? Well, we slept a little, ate a little, and laughed til we snorted. And because we KNOW you’re dying to know, here’s a play by play of our overnight campout at Chick Fil A.
8:00am The first drive-by scope-out reveals about thirty people already in the Chick Fil A parking lot. In tents. Jaymi’s optimism declines.
12:00 The second scope-out reveals the same thirty-ish people. Hope returns!
5:15 Jaymi arrives to settle in for the night. She becomes #60 and stresses for the next 75 minutes, hoping Christine makes it in time. Gets her first free chicken and is NOT disappointed.
6:45 Christine arrives after a four mile trek, because CFA decided to open on street sweeping day, coming in at #80. On the plus side, she gets in all of her steps to meet her Fitbit goal for the day.
7:15 Jaymi gives Christine a tour of our luxurious parking spot. We set up our VERY MEAGER camp. We realize we are woefully unprepared for a night under the stars.
7:30 Our Chick Fil A host leads us in some games, not unlike what you’d play at a lock in as a kid. We try to move an Oreo from our forehead to our mouth. And we fail. so much failing.
8:45 Christine has DoorDash deliver Thai food to the CVS parking lot next door, and the lady who has to deliver it isn’t even angry, but thinks Christine is a genius.
9:15 #76 scolds kids to “keep it down, she’s trying to sleep.” Apparently she is okay with sleeping on concrete, but not the sound of four square at a completely reasonable time.
9:45 We line up for cookies, sing and dance to “cookie time” from Troop Beverly Hills, and befriend college students who we quickly realize are the same age as the fifth graders Jaymi taught ten years ago. So we defriend them.
9:47 We enjoy a warm, delicious chocolate chip cookie that does NOT HAVE raisins in it, which we don’t even believe you’re allergic to, #65.
watches heckles #103 and #104’s (alternates, none the less!) casual game of cornhole, turning a simple game into a high stakes nightmare for them. And me, but mostly #103.
10:30 We laugh until we snort, we go live on Facebook, and we enjoy the celebratory mood in camp before things start to quiet down as people try to get some sleep. Christine talks a lot about how she’s not going to be able to sleep.
11:15 Christine is fast asleep, sitting up in a chair, with a blanket over her head.
12:15 Jaymi falls asleep in a toddler beach tent.
1:50 A head on collision on the busy street nearby wakes up everyone in camp. Except Christine. Everyone is okay, but there’s a new sense of unity in camp. We’ve been through things together.
2:00-5:00 Jaymi and Christine both enjoy three hour stretches of sleep, which barely even happens at home, so we’re pretty stoked.
5:00 The CFA staff wakes us up and tells us to start packing up. We realize we slept in fitful stretches in uncomfortable positions, meaning it’s no different than any other night. We decide to call it a success.
5:30 They start lining us up to receive our tickets, and we joyfully discover that
our best friend alternate #103 has secured a spot to receive his free Chick Fil A, too! We cheer. Because obviously.
5:55 As if we didn’t feel ridiculous enough for having slept outside in exchange for chicken, we are asked to put on paper hats for a picture for the newspaper. Jaymi hides behind the tall gentleman standing in front of her.
6:00 Christine saves Jaymi’s ticket from blowing away in the wind. She receives hero status from our fellow campers, but mostly from Jaymi.
6:10 We enter the Chick Fil A to drumrolls, applause, and yes-our mayor. We are more embarrassed than we expected, but the owner is super nice and seems genuinely grateful that we attended. We like her already and decide that Mark will have to share status as our favorite-Chick-Fil-A person. Also, free chicken. WORTH IT.
6:15 We’re on our way home for a full day of momming, school drop-offs, and coffee. So much coffee. But we have a free trip to Chick Fil A on the horizon- no actually, MANY free trips to Chick Fil A on the horizon, so we’ll take our bleary-eyed selves home and call this day a win.