The Week in Bentos: July 12-16, 2010

by Wendy Copley on July 22, 2010

I’m late getting this post up because the boys and I are in Iowa visiting my parents. I was going to completely ignore my blog while we were on this trip, but I still haven’t adjusted to Central time so I’m wide awake while everyone else in the house is in bed. I’ve got my trusty laptop with me though so I decided I may as well share last week’s lunches.

Monday

Day Camp Snack #120: July 12, 2010

Monday’s snack was a pile of blueberries and “ham-mers” (cubes of hams on pretzels). When I came to pick Wyatt up at camp, the head counselor told me she had to give him an extra snack because he was still hungry after he ate this.

The SHAME!

Seriously though, I can never tell how much that boy is going to eat. At least once a week I open his snack box to find it untouched.

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #32: July 13, 2010

On Tuesday, Augie’s lunch had corn, leftover rice, some grapes (I always half or quarter them to ensure he doesn’t choke — I’m not taking any chances), strawberries and some chopped turkey meatballs.

Day Camp Snack #121: July 13, 2010

Wyatt had an extra big snack on Tuesday because I didn’t want him to starve at camp: whole wheat crackers, baked tofu chunks, strawberries and a few cat cookies.

He didn’t even come close to eating it all. There were even cookies left!

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #33: July 14, 2010

Wednesday’s toddler lunch featured ham chunks, frozen peas, little peanut butter sandwich crackers (Trader Joe’s version of Ritz Bitz) strawberries and some crazy good cantaloupe.

Day Camp Snack #122: July 14, 2010

The five-year-old’s snack had salami, strawberries and some cat cookies.

Thursday

Thursday we flew to Iowa! I took two kids on two planes all by myself! It was just awful, but not nearly as bad as I expected. For example, there were multiple screaming fits and one of the kids ran away from me at O’Hare, but there were no blow-out diapers so that was a win.

I had to pack food for the plane, of course, because there was no way I was going to trust United to have something I could feed my kids (Augie’s got problems with dairy) or that I was willing to feed my kids (Wyatt would happily fill up on chips and cookies from a purchased snack box but that wouldn’t have worked so well mood-wise). So I made bentos for everyone. What I learned is that bentos are awesome for the plane for a five-year-old or for a grown woman but they are not so awesome for an  almost two-year-old. There was no way at all that I could put a box of food down on the tray table in front of Augie, unless I wanted it immediately dumped on the floor and I couldn’t even have it on my neighboring tray table very easily because he kept trying to kick it. Bleh. I somehow got everyone fed though. (Though keeping them fed did involve a stop at McDonald’s at O’Hare where I bought two gigundo boxes of fries and told the kids, “Eat as many french fries as you want! Yay! Isn’t it fun to travel alone with Mommy??” O’Hare was kind of rough.

Anyway….

Big Kid Bento #337: July 15, 2010

Wyatt got some salami, strawberries, grapes and a sandwich of home made plum jam on a half of a hamburger bun.

Toddler Bento #34: July 15, 2010

Augie had strawberries, grapes and PB&J on the other half of the bun.

Mom Bento #44: July 15, 2010

I had whole wheat crackers (August ate all of them), grapes, one strawberry and a cream cheese and plum jam sandwich.

Back to my vacation! The cicadas are chirping and I am finally starting to get tired. I’ll be back next week!

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  • Shannon @Bentolunch.net

    Oh my. I've flown alone with the kids a lot since they were babies (they are almost 8 & 5 now). O'Hare is one of my least favorite airports. We've been snowed in there twice and delayed there upteen times. We were just in Chicago in June, our flights was supposed to be out at 6, didn't get out till almost midnight b/c of thunderstroms. I think that place is cursed. Glad you made it to your parents' safely. Hope you can relax now.

  • Nishtha

    You managed the kids well. Have fun in Iowa!

  • Susan

    In SO many ways, I could never do what you do!
    I do have one tiny bit of advice, and please don't take it the wrong way. As the mother of a peanut-allergic child, remember that if there is a child with allergies around you, you might be asked not to eat peanut products on the flight (and they might not be offered to you from the snack cart). Trader Joe's sells sunbutter, and it's delicious!
    Have a wonderful vacation.
    By the way, my son loves your blog, and will only eat lunch “from a box!”

  • Thanks so much for the reminder, Susan! I'll confess that it never even crossed my mind that peanuts might be a problem for someone else on the plane. I will definitely keep that in mind in the future.

  • Susan

    No problem.
    I hope your return trip is stress-free!

  • Beskinner

    I love looking at your blog for lunch ideas for my kids! I, too, am from Iowa…I hope you enjoyed your trip home!

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