When I first took the #10in2 challenge, I knew it would be a worthwhile adventure. As I’ve talked about here in my previous post, having family meals together at the dinner table is something that I’ve always cherished about my childhood. And although nowadays, life seems to move quickly and everyone is always busy, I was very excited about participating in the Billion Family Dinners Challenge. I knew it would be something that I would enjoy… but I never realized originally just how amazing the whole process would be for me!
In case you missed my first post, the Dinner Call app lets you take pictures of your meals, log them in the app, and share them to your social media networks. Doing so makes you stay accountable, but it also does something else pretty spectacular. It creates this archive of memories- this collection of images that represent meals you’ve enjoyed over the past few weeks. I never originally realized just how powerful this archive of memories would be, but looking back at pictures of my meals brings back so many fun memories from these occasions! It’s really quite extraordinary. Let’s take a look at some of my most memorable meals logged with the DinnerCall app!
Reliving Beautiful Memories
Looking back at this picture brings me right back to the day my husband and I enjoyed a quiet lunch together at a fabulous Italian restaurant. Both kids were in school and we had a quiet, relaxing and enjoyable meal together. I remember the tasty Pasta Fagioli soup that I enjoyed that day, along with the lovely crunch of the salad and the sour spiciness of the banana peppers. I remember discussing with my husband upcoming plans for our family, including a fun trip we are planning in a few months to an amusement park. I remember splitting a chocolate dessert with my husband after the meal and also talking about how quickly time passes. I still cannot believe we’ve known each other for 15 years (we were high school sweethearts!)
Yogurt Parfaits with the Girls
I remember this meal well, too. My husband had left to work extra-early that day, and my girls happened to wake up earlier than usual, too. My daughters (aged 2 and 4 years old) and I enjoyed these quick yogurt parfaits that I made using vanilla Greek yogurt, sliced mangoes and raspberries. I don’t always sit at their kid-sized Sesame Street table (it’s not the most comfortable seat in the house), but I decided to do so that day. I pulled up one of their chairs and we all enjoyed the sweet & creamy yogurt, along with a conversation about what we would do that day. Neither of them had school that day, so we wound up planning a little trip to a local, indoor kiddie play place. The girls had a blast that day, and I remember they both fell asleep early that evening from a fun-filled adventurous day!
Breakfast in Bed
This picture of an egg omelette, along with some toast & jelly, brings me right back to the day I enjoyed this yummy breakfast. It was a weekend morning. My husband and girls were home for the day. My husband decided to wake up extra early that day and prepare a lovely breakfast for everyone in the house! He made these delicious egg omelettes, filled with tomatoes, feta cheese and red peppers, and served it alongside one of my fave jellies on some toast. The girls wound up climbing into our bed in the morning and the four of us wound up eating breakfast in bed! It was fun and my daughters really enjoyed this (rare) special treat!
Participating in this #10in2 movement has been a wonderful experience for me. I have made a concerted effort to make time for family meals together. I have made a concerted effort to be present (and unplug all electronics) so we can all enjoy some quality conversations. And I absolutely loved feeling more connected than ever to the people who mean everything in the world to me! Making time for family meals together hasn’t always been easy, but it has been worthwhile! And one of the best parts of participating in this campaign? Being able to look back at all pictures of my meals and reliving so many amazing moments! This has been a priceless experience.
Without the DinnerCall app, I would have never had the chance to relive all of these beautiful memories. If you haven’t started already, here is what you need to do:
- Download the FREE DinnerCall app (Android or iPhone)
- Sit down to 10 family meals in the next 2 weeks.
- Track them using the DinnerCall app. Make sure you tag me (@EngineerMomBlog) and @DinnerCall and use the hashtag #billiondinners so we can keep track of your shares!
Oh, and the folks behind the Billion Family Dinners Challenge are so passionate about this cause that they are offering five $100 grocery store gift cards to those who take the #10in2 challenge and complete it by November 15! Get started by clicking here and you might just win!
Let’s start tracking our meals and let’s get to a billion!