September 19th was "Talk Like a Pirate" day, in honor of which Krispy Kreme was giving away 1 free doughnut to any customer who talked like a pirate, and 1 DOZEN free doughnuts to all who came dressed in full pirate gear.
I called our local branch to see if they were participating in this promo (they were), and also asked if there was a limit on how many free dozen doughnuts they were giving out per household. I was told we could have as many family members as we liked in pirate gear, and they would each get their own dozen; the record the previous year being 7 dozen for one family.
Practicing with wooden doughnuts
I love this little dude :)
Trying to look mean, in vain
You may wonder how we had so many pirate outfits ready to go. Much of it was stuff we already owned, because our kids love dressing up. The eye patches I sewed that morning. Other things were improvised. For example, Isaac's bandana is really the curtain from a puppet theater.
While I had not planned on dressing my whole crew in pirate outfits (a couple dozen are enough to feed us all more than enough), I did kind of feel challenged by that record of 7, which was just screaming out for me to break it. And so it happened that last Friday morning, our field trip for the week became a raid on Krispy Kreme for free doughnuts, family fun, and lots of cool pictures.
Across the street from Krispy Kreme, Isaac noticed that one of my favorite stores, Ultimate Consignment, was going out of business - waaah!!! They were clearancing their merchandise at 80% off, so we headed there after getting the doughnuts. While we snagged some awesome deals, I did not realize until we got to the line for the registers that the wait was about 2 hours. Having dozens of fresh, warm doughnuts in the van, I figured we would boost everyone's morale waiting in line by having the kids go around with boxes of doughnuts and giving them out for free. Everyone thought it was fun, and it really was.
One of our finds on clearance was this play kitchen, brand new and still in the box, for $14.
We gave the other extra doughnuts away to people at church that night, where we were hosting a screening of "Después de la Tribulación", which is "After the Tribulation" in the newly released Spanish version.
And if unlike us you are not sick of doughnuts yet, check out these cool instructions to make a set of doll-sized Krispy Kreme doughnuts.