The Inconsistent Week or Two in Bentos: February 7-18, 2011

by Wendy Copley on February 18, 2011


These have been a couple of crazy weeks in Wendolonia-land. We moved last weekend and total and complete chaos has ruled my life for most of the last two weeks. Normally, I feel like I have my act together — at least as far as the day to day routines of our household go — but as you can imagine, when you’re moving all hell breaks loose! I have managed to pack the kids some lunches but I’ve been spotty about it. There have been lots of school lunches for the six-year-old. Honestly, I think I’ve done a better job packing lunches than should be expected — especially since 2/3 of my kitchen is still in boxes!


First Grader Bento #417: February 7, 2011

Last Monday my 1st grader’s lunch was decent, if a bit skimpy. He had garlic toast stars, a few skewers of grilled chicken, snap peas and blueberries.


Toddler Bento #89: February 8, 2011

On Tuesday, Augie’s lunch was leftover meat spaghetti, corn and green grapes.

First Grader Bento #418: February 8, 2011

Wyatt also had leftover spaghetti (in the thermos) along with canned pineapple, grapes and garlic bread that I made from a whole wheat hamburger bun and then chopped up into wedges.


Toddler Bento #90: February 9, 2011

My two-year-old’s lunch on Wednesday was chopped grilled chicken, soycatash (his daycare provider heats food for him so I can put it in frozen), rice and blueberries.

This was the day Wyatt started eating school lunch every day.

Then we moved on Sunday.


Toddler Bento #91: February 15, 2011

I have to pack a lunch for Augie on his daycare days no matter what so  despite being totally unprepared for making a bento, I managed to pull this one out of my…er…the air. It was no easy feat, I can assure you.

This lunch had teeny tiny peanut butter sandwiches cut into the shape of a house because we had just moved into a new house. I know it was over the top, but our knives are still packed in a box and the cookie cutter was actually unpacked, so I went to the crazy-bento-lady place. It also had grapes, chopped tomatoes, and a turkey hot dog that I cut up with a plastic knife.

This lunch is also noteworthy because this is probably the worst lunch photo I’ve ever posted publicly. I took it with my phone in a dark kitchen on a rainy day on a dish towel that was only semi-clean. Appetizing.


First Grader Bento #419: February 16, 2011

By Wednesday, I’d managed to dig my camera out of a box and I’d made a quick run to the grocery store for a few provisions, so I was up for packing a lunch for Wyatt again. He had a mini bagel with a small pot of strawberry cream cheese, grapes, Cheerios, baked tofu and a few snap peas.

Toddler Bento #92: February 16, 2011

Augie’s lunch had more tiny little peanut butter sandwiches, peas, chopped baked tofu and grapes.


First Grader Bento #420: February 17, 2011

Wyatt’s lunch on Thursday got the new house treatment too. I packed deli turkey slices (rolled up), monterey jack cheese houses, canned pineapple, grapes and another bagel with strawberry cream cheese.

I just finished cleaning the old house and clearing the last of our junk out late last night. I was totally zonked this morning so I told Wyatt to buy lunch again today.

Now it’s time to concentrate on getting our new house unpacked and set up!

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  • Anonymous

    I’m excited for you and your new place!
    Cheers to finding stuff you thought you’d lost years ago (as you unpack)!

  • I think you did pretty well, considering. Moving is so incredibly difficult! Hope your new space is treating you well.

  • You’re moving?!?! I hope you post photos of the new diggs!

  • Congratulations on the move. I love the idea of cutting up the turkey hot dogs like that. I think I would have more success if I didn’t slice them the way I do. I’m going to try it. As always, thanks for the ideas! You always get me out of that lunch rut…

  • Congratulations on the move. I love the idea of cutting up the turkey hot dogs like that. I think I would have more success if I didn’t slice them the way I do. I’m going to try it. As always, thanks for the ideas! You always get me out of that lunch rut…

  • Laura

    I just love your blog, I was not looking forward to packing a lunch next school year for my very picky (and inconsistent in what he likes) kindergardner. I showed him some of your pictures and he was super excited and told me all kinds of foods he wants in his lunch, he especially wants corn off the cob and shaped cheese. Thanks for the ideas and new way to discuss lunch with my boy.

  • just wanted to let you know that I miss your posts~hope all is well in the moving dept 🙂

  • Bea

    It probably wasn’t a fun place to be, but the phrase “crazy-bento-lady place” made me giggle! Thank you for the laugh, and hope you are recovering from the big move. I’m dreading my potential move to the East Coast… (Tell San Francisco law schools to let me in so I don’t have to move!)

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