Recently I had a good laugh reading this circulating blog about people at the beach either with kids versus without kids. Got me thinking there are many things that fall into this category... including eating at buffets!
We just got back from a trip out to Lancaster. Those of you who've been out there will know what a smorgasbord is. Well, we went to a huge smorgasbord for dinner the first night at Shady Maple. There is no way you can walk out of a all-you-can-eat place like this feeling hungry shortly after... unless you have little kids! Well, maybe if you have one or two and if they are older... different story. But I have four and my oldest is six years old... so no wonder I was still hungry looking for ramen noodles about two hours after we got back to our vacation rental and the kids were finally sleeping!
Seriously... the first ten minutes was just taking each kid to the bathroom to potty and wash hands. Then while one adult is watching the baby the other is getting the kids' food one or two plates at a time. Now once the kids are all sitting and eating... my turn to get food! However, after like two bites, this kid needs a drink... that kid wants more mac n cheese... the other one wants some soup. It is just non-stop back and forth to the HUGE buffet spread. Uh-oh... need more napkins... dropped a fork... need to potty again... ready for ice cream! I think I burned more calories just running back and forth from the table to the buffet spread than I actually ate that night. And if it weren't for eating dinner with other adults, I'd probably not get to eat at all. I get why some folks just prefer the sit down and just serve me places!