The Fry Game

So.  I was gone for a long time.  I’m sure you all gathered that.  We had an amazing trip with a whole lot of travel.  All told, we spent six days driving and my children got to see 15 states!  We ate like kings and queens aboard the cruise ship and I’m never going to complain about the home-cooked comfort food my mother-in-law served up for our Indiana suppers.  On the road?  Well, that was a different story.


I admit it.  We relied on fast food for our lunches.  I have mixed feelings about this, but it is what it is.  I’m not really here to get into a debate about the merits (and lack thereof) of eating fast food.


What I want to tell you about is The Fry Game.


If there is one thing that I absolutely adore about the rare times we snag fast food, it is The Fry Game.  Whenever I compile the list of what we’ll be getting (am I the only mom responsible for figuring out every single person except Daddy’s meals???), I include a small fries on there.


Here’s why.


Once we’ve all eaten our sandwiches, some fruit (yeah, I insist on fruit in there), and drink some water (again– I’m a scrooge-y mom in that I don’t do soda for kids), The Fry Game commences.


I tuck the fry package in a cup holder near my husband and he begins tossing them over his shoulder.


Yep, that’s right.  He throws french fries at our kids.  He’s remarkably accurate and they absolutely adore it.  Cries of “I got it!” ring out from our backseats and giggles erupt when the two-year-old deftly snags the one intended for the six-year-old.  One small bag of fries spread between three children easily lasts a half hour.  I love that my kiddos are so easily entertained and it engages the whole family.  It’s obviously frugal and it means no one gorges him- or herself on what amounts to junk food.


So fun.


Do I end up with some fries on my minivan floor?  Of course.  But, really, I’m quite certain I would even if I just handed them the little sacks and let them feed themselves.


The Fry Game is a total blast.  Truly.  You should try it sometime. :)


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