The week before Thanksgiving we went to California. I knew in the planning of this trip that we'd still be doing this blog and I was determined to stick to it. I spent a good portion of a day just packing food and running to the store because I knew once we were in vaca mode I wouldn't want to waste time finding local grocery stores.
I purposefully booked hotels that either had kitchenettes or at least a fridge/microwave and I packed more food than I ever thought we'd actually go through. I was wrong. Man, we go through a lot of food!! So the trip wasn't totally perfect (blog-wise) but it was pretty darn close - I thought I had us covered but there were a couple of times we had to grab some real food (even I can't survive on fishy crackers, turns out). We were away from home for a total of 16 meals and saved for the fund $135.00. BOOYAH. That combined with some other days makes this a pretty great post for us.
How I love my husband and children for not turning this into something I have to push alone. I guess I kind of assumed that eventually I would be the mom who had to give daily lectures about sticking to a plan but, no. Sawyer cries when he thinks we are going to use money that is meant for the fund and Neil hasn't complained once....even when I was handing out pb&j's on a Disneyland bench or offering an apple in the car....for the 10th time that week. It's not like it's SO hard all of the time or that I think this is a really huge sacrifice - I know it's little on those scales, but it sure is comforting to try something together and feel united in that alone. I've loved it. I think we are going to make this an annual tradition.....
I am still hoping for some guest appearances on this blog! Substitute one night in a restaurant with a home-cooked meal and donate the difference to charity. Send me a picture so I can spotlight you and your kids can see that they are part of something (even if only slightly) greater! We are ending our experiment soon but I will post guests all year long until we start up again next September, so step on up and Feed the Real Need!!