Last week, Mathew and I went on the silliest date we’ve ever had. At least…we FELT silly. Heck, we felt STUPID. But- it was SO. MUCH. FUN. We dressed up for Cow Appreciation Day and totally loved it. If you’re not familiar with it, Cow Appreciation Day is held every year by Chick-Fil-A, and you can dress up for a free meal that day!

There are some rules to Cow Appreciation Day- you have to be “fully dressed [like a cow]” to get a whole meal free, and if you’re only “partially dressed [like a cow]” then you just get a free entree. I’ve actually eaten at Chick-Fil-A previous years on Cow Appreciation Day, but had no idea what was going on. Of course, I laughed at the people all dressed up for free food, but I’m sure they were laughing at me because I actually had to PAY for my food. Touche people…touche.

I’d felt absolutely awful all day because I hadn’t slept the night before due to crazy itchy palms and feet. Turns out, I have yet ANOTHER issue with my pregnancy called Cholestasis. I was running on very little sleep and had been to the lab earlier in the day to get blood work done. While I was waiting at the lab I saw a couple Facebook friends of mine get dressed up this year for Cow Appreciation Day. For some reason I thought that Mathew and I should do it. He’d had a stressful week at work, I’d had an incredibly stressful/tiring day, and we love making each other laugh, so why not?

I went home after the lab and found some construction paper for black and white spots, and printed out an “Eat Mor Chikin” sign for Mathew to wear. I was already wearing a black maxi dress that day, so I figured I could throw on some white spots, and Mathew has white shorts and a white shirt, so I figured he could have black spots. I texted him and told him that we needed an easy and silly date night dressed up like cows to take away our stress, and he acted like I was crazy, but agreed anyway. (Can you see the sheer EXHAUSTION in my face? Oy.)

Ever heard of Cow Appreciation Day? The Vintage Modern Wife talks about the silliest date she and her husband have ever had!

Once Mathew got home and we put our spots on, we couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous this all was. My paranoid husband kept asking, “Are you SURE it’s today and not yesterday?” I assured him that I was right, but even he had me doubting myself. We cracked up worrying about whether our spots were sticking on or not, or if they were evenly spaced out. You know- those are important things. I worried about whether we would be considered as “fully dressed” because we didn’t have tails, ears, or cow noses, especially after walking into Chick-Fil-A and seeing some CRAZY legit costumes. People with pink gloves as udders, REAL cow costumes from the party store, HUGE poster boards with “Eat Mor Chikin” on them…and as we waited in line, I got nervous. Yeah, nervous if my meal would be free or not. Don’t ask me why I even cared- we brought our wallets!

Ever heard of Cow Appreciation Day? The Vintage Modern Wife talks about the silliest date she and her husband have ever had!Again, don’t mind my exhaustion, but we ended up getting our free meals for dinner, ate to our hearts’ content, and had the BEST time laughing at all the silly costumes everyone was wearing. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right?! I asked some guy in a CRAZY cow get-up to take our picture for the night, and we happily headed home with full bellies. On the way home, we talked about doing this again next year, and even dressing up little Addison in a cow-painted onesie for the event.

It’s funny how our mindset changed from it being a stupid, ridiculous idea, to one of the silliest dates we’ve ever had. Cow Appreciation day ended up being one of the best ideas for a laid back date, and was the perfect way to relieve our stress from the day.

Have YOU ever participated in Cow Appreciation Day?

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