The Week in Bentos: January 4-8, 2010

by Wendy Copley on January 8, 2010

Hi guys! I’m finally back with a lunch post! Wyatt was sick Monday and Tuesday with a terrible stomach bug (poor guy) so I don’t have anything to show for those days. I got some new toys over the holiday break though, so I’m hoping to make it up to you with some total cuteness.

Wednesday:

Kindergarten Bento #276: January 6, 2010

First up is the new bento box that I sent Wednesday’s lunch in. This one is a double decker box that’s long and skinny. I’ve never seen one this shape before, so it’s kind of fun. This lunch had a dinner roll, some chicken on skewers, two clementines and a half banana. I also put a message on the roll that was written with the best of intentions, but that, in retrospect, seems a little rude now.

Kindergarten Snack #55: January 6, 2010

The snack also went in a new box (we left a bag with 3 bento boxes in it on the plane so I had to replace them). The snack box had some dried cranberries, cheesy sandwich crackers, and the other half of the banana. This box broke when I was washing it Wednesday night and I had to get rid of it after only one use. Drat.

Thursday:

Kindergarten Bento #277: January 7, 2010

I broke out the big cute-ification guns on Thursday. I finally remembered to pick up some nori at the grocery store so I got to use the new face punches I ordered from JBox a few weeks ago on some rice balls. Are those insanely cute or what? I  also bought some little alphabet cutters at Ichiban Kan and I used those to cut Wyatt’s name out of baked tofu. The rest of the lunch was a clementine, sesame sticks, peaches with sprinkles and dried cranberries. I was sooooo proud of this lunch that I almost wanted to keep it for myself.

Kindergarten Bento #277: The Aftermath

This is what came home. Seriously. That kid sure wants to keep me from getting a big head.

The rice balls…they…um…what the hell did he do to them? None of them looked like they even had a nibble taken out of them. So what’s up with the faces? Did he just scrape random facial features off? Why would he do that? I’m baffled.

Anyway, this just goes to show that no matter what you do to a lunch, you can’t make a five-year-old eat anything he doesn’t want to eat.

Friday:

Kindergarten Snack #56: January 8, 2010

Friday’s snack was fairly simple — just a few clementines and some graham crackers. It was also packed in a new box. I’ll try to take some pictures of the whole thing (with lid) next week.

Until then, have a great weekend!

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  • fleagirl

    Mike, Shane and I just had a really GOOD giggle on Thursday's lunch come home. First we all said “JEEZE!” over what a cool lunch you'd made…then scrolled down and just burst out laughing.

    Thanks for the giggles!

  • The “you eat buns” made me literally laugh out loud. LOL!

    The laptop lunch is disheartening. But seriously? Everytime I go above and beyond with the bento box – unwaveringly, that's the day my dude comes home having not eaten it or having lost all the picks, or, most recently, the box totally full but jumbled all up because “I dropped it off the table and the food spilled all over the ground and got dirty with germs”. UGH.

    The “wyatt” tofu is WAY too cute. Maybe the little guy was overwhelmed with the cuteness. 🙂

  • jo

    i just had to tell you that i laughed out loud when i saw the little rice balls with parts of their faces eaten off, and then you were like, “What????” it was hilarious. and i love that you write little messages on his food, that's perfect!

  • Karolien

    Hi Wendy, some of your new posts don't show up when i go to your blog, right now it still has the 2010 goals-post as the first one…also the date for this post says: november 30th ?
    Do you what the problem could be ?

  • Oh thank you for telling me this, Karolien! The date on this post was set for a few months back, so even though it was on the site, it wasn't showing on the home page. I've fixed it, so it should be where it belongs now.

  • That fancy lunch is hilarious! I love the before and after shots. So funny!

  • Heather

    Wendy,
    I just love those rice balls! Can you show me how to do it? I recently bought a rice mold, but it didn't come out as awesome as your did.

  • ~M~

    Hi! Do you read Vegan Lunch Box?

    http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/

    I started reading the archives a couple yrs ago when she was packing her son's bento lunch every day. I was so inspired I bought a Laptop Lunch set for myself. I don't do the bento thing you do but I still felt very cute. I saved sooooo much money, using up random bits and pieces, eating leftovers, etc for lunch. And I also took pictures of my lunch when it was cute. I loved doing that for myself, saving money and having a good lunch and all my coworkers were always so jealous of my lunch too 🙂

  • Cassandra

    I stumbled across your website last week and I just think you are too cool! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bento lunches and I am dying to go out and purchase items to start. What a great way to show your little guys “Mommy loves you!” And, like everyone else, you make me “laugh out loud!” The dough ball–when you didn't realize you were suppose to bake the baguette–had my eyes watering! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • sarajmc

    love love love reading your blog and really love looking at the bento lunches. They are awesome!!!! I want to do this someday??? We don't have to pack a lunch but would just love to do this for supper ? I found you through my friend Brandy Seitz she is friends with Jen Renea
    love how you let us know where u can order things. I am going to order the pens. I live in a small town in KS so don't have access to this type of stuff.
    anyway really enjoy your blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks

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  • Clisty

    no no no, the You Eat Buns is perfect for a 5 year old boy!!
    I finally bought some bentos for the kids for Christmas and today was the first day taking them. The panda face with the elastic band and a (UM HUGE) black Goodbyn.
    The girls said the cafeteria lady had all the other adults come over to look. My 8 year olds teacher didnt believe a decent lunch could fit in the panda (had to use a quarter for milk). And the other kids were all excited to see what was inside. I guess I’ll be giving bentos for gifts from now on. Wait till they see the pancakes next week.
    Well, I have $65 to blow on bento supplies now so I’m going to go back thru your posts and hit the links for the products. Cant wait.

  • Jessica

    Thursday’s lunch warmed my heart. You’re a great mother!

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