1) The program on our table said that dinner didn't actually start until 7.... ugh... I had my kids snacked and ready to eat by 6 (Did you see they had a prayer break on the program at 6:25.... my question... why not just start the dinner at 7 then?!?!)
2) They had the school blocked off so we couldn't even walk around to burn up some time
3) We can even buy an "adult" drink to sip on and entertain ourselves while we wait... so we cheers with the water on our table and entertain ourselves by pouring water and playing games with that
4) I had an hour to try to explain to Owen how the door prize would be won... he is SO competitive (wonder where he gets that from) that he wanted to know how to win. What game would we play? How was the name drawn? What did that mean? He kept coming back to the prize... it was really driving me crazy.... its a prize that someone picks a name for someone there to win and we probably wouldn't win because there are so many people buddy, so please....stop worrying about it!!!!
Brad walked up to the check-in table to confirm the program and the late start on dinner to which the lady replied, "Yes, dinner is at 7 BUT.... there is a door prize." Thanks... but how does a door prize given out at 8 help us now with starving kids?!?! Better yet, you sold 300 tickets... how many door prizes do you have to make it worth everyone's time to sit here for an hour???? We joked about as we hung out and tried to find ways to keep our minds off of being hungry! : ) It WAS a meet and greet... maybe we should be mingling.... for those of you that know me will be surprised to know that I consider myself "Shy"! It isn't easy to just walk up to people I don't know and start a conversation.... so we sat at our table... by ourselves... until finally 2 ladies from Brad's worked showed up and braved sitting at our crazy table with us!
At 6:50 a Brother from a local Mosque came and recited some of the Koran and then there were announcements.... again, we were cutting up about the announcement and getting antsy.... we knew our table was halfway to the "buffet line" and that we had to make a run for it as soon as it was announced that the line was open.... Brad got the great idea of sending our kids up there to "look"/ hold our place at the front of the line... and as soon as it was announced that the line was open (10 minutes after the end of the announcements as they buffet workers and the SAEA leaders decided who it was up to to announce the opening of the line) ... finally it was announced and we were first in line! Perfect! It was now Ethan's bed time and he was beyond hungry so I was glad Brad had sent the kids up... even though while it was happening I was SO embarrassed because I felt like everyone was looking at us... Those Crazy Americans (let me also say that we were in a HUGE minority)