The Week in Bentos: June 14-18, 2010

by Wendy Copley on June 18, 2010

Ahhhhh….the first week of summer vacation! We’re all adjusting to the new schedule still, but I think we’re starting to settle in. I’m definitely liking the more relaxed mornings. I was getting really sick of rushing around making lunches while the kids ate their breakfasts. It’s much nicer to sit down with them to eat and then make a quick snack for Wyatt while they play.


Summer Camp Snack #103: June 14, 2010

I got two of these onigiri boxes at Ichiban Kan last week knowing that I’d be needing a couple smaller boxes for snacks for Wyatt at camp. This one had some chunks of baked tofu and a couple of strawberries.


Toddler Bento #27: June 15, 2010

On Tuesday, the toddler’s lunch had leftover broccoli, pork loin and grits from dinner on Monday. I also put in some blueberries and watermelon chunks.

Summer Camp Snack #104: June 15, 2010

Wyatt’s snack box had blueberries too, along with a mini blueberry muffin, a slice of rolled-up turkey and some strawberry chunks. I’ve been trying to get a little protein in his snack each day because I’ve found it keeps his energy up a little better.


Toddler Bento #28: June 16, 2010

On Wednesday, Augie had corn, blueberries, lots of strawberries and leftover spaghetti with turkey and sauce packed in the panda bento box.

Wyatt was sick and didn’t go to camp, so I didn’t make him a snack.


Summer Camp Snack #105: June 17, 2010

Thursday’s snack box had cheddar cheese stars, an apple cereal bar and a whole mess of blueberries.


Summer Camp Snack #106: June 18, 2010

Today’s snack box had…blueberries! I guess that was a bit of a theme this week, huh? I bought one of those mongo boxes, that’s why. I also put in a cereal bar and then popped in a few grapes to fill the last bit of space.

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  • Love those cute little boxes!

    How shameful is it that I'm trying to plan our next family vacation to an area with bento stores? *sigh* 😉

  • I think that's completely reasonable. If you liked boating, you'd go to a lake. If you liked hiking you'd go to the mountains. If you like bentos, you go to San Francisco!

  • Monalisasmadhatters

    Hi Wendy. I'm Kelsey, and I have read your entire blog, from the last post to the first. You are the sort of mother I inspire to be when I have kids. Right now I'm 18 so that's not really going to happen. You make bentos look fun and easy and I can't wait to do them.

    I just wanted you to know that your blog brings a little happiness into my life everyday.

  • Plume

    As always, I love your blog. But I always wonder and have now decided to ask–does Augie eat everything you put in his lunchbox? Or maybe not everything, but a good chunk? I believe you've talked about this regarding Wyatt before, but I'm not sure if Augie too. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Anyway, just asking because my son is the same age as your Augie but he would never eat the same amount you send for Augie, just a spoonful from one thing and another, and done. I'm assuming that's lunch and a snack you send? And I'm not really saying this in the wrong sense, just curious. I'm trying to get my kiddo to eat some more, and more varied, but he's in rut. I see all these kids his age that eat so well and my son, bleh, he couldn't care less.

  • Wow! Thanks! That's so nice of you to say.

  • That's a very good question and I have to admit that I don't know the answer for sure. What I send for Augie is just his lunch, not his snack (his daycare provides those). It's a lot of food, isn't it? The thing is, his daycare provider washes his lunchbox and sends it back completely clean — and empty — so I don't know exactly how much he's eating from it. I've checked in with his babysitter a couple of times to be sure I'm sending the right amount and she always tells me it's just right. Also, she often tells me he ate everything when I pick him up. He is a big eater, for the most part, and not too picky (though he's started to get pickier in the last few weeks — ugh.). I've seen him eat that amount of food many times, but not at every meal in a day. He usually eats one really big meal and two smaller ones.

    Also, a lot of the food we give him ends up on the floor, in his hair, in my hair, stuck to the wall…. So while I'm sure his lunchbox is empty at the end of the meal, some might be in his stomach and some might be on the floor.

  • I hadn't thought a triangle bento would look so good!

    Enjoy your summer vacation! Maybe this is the time to read To Kill a Mockingbird (goal 66)? I read it last year — had to challenge myself to do so but I really liked it!

    BTW I'm organizing a small giveaway because of my 3 year bentoversary!

    (Edited to clean up some typos 😮 )

  • I just found your blog. I am extremely impressed with how organized you are with snacks and lunches. I love the boxes:) I have an extremely picky 16 mo. old and I wish he would even half of that food. I love the way the snacks are extremely healthy. You are a wonderful and organized Mom!

  • Plume

    Well, you're lucky then with a not-so-picky-eater, ha! I'm really hoping this is just a phase and he will go back to eating some time soon. I'm getting tired and anxious. But I know he won't starve to death, so. My son used to do the same as yours, one big meal and two smaller ones, usually the bigger/best meal he'd do would be dinner.

    And I hear you on the food ending up everywhere but in their tummies. So true! Unless he it was something that he loves, it would've been eaten in a matter of minutes without a trace of food anywhere. Hopefully we'll go back to that soon. Thanks for answering!

  • Pat E Parker

    My husband is planning our 20th anniversary trip , and is asking me where I want to go. Since we went to San Francisco for our honeymoon, I keep asking to return. Don't let him know that I really just want to go do some bento shopping!!!

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