We all have bad weeks, right? This week I was not at the top of my game. It took a long time for me to adjust to Daylight Savings, mornings with the kids were rough and I couldn’t seem to remember to buy the stuff I needed at the grocery store — even when it was written right there on my list! I forgot to buy milk. Milk! I shouldn’t even have to write that on my list, yet I did and I still forgot it! Criminy!
Ooooh! Special bonus lunches! Sunday the kids and I went on an excursion to a regional park and we brought a picnic lunches along. I was in a hurry to get out the door, so I kept these super simple. My lunch was in the upper left corner, Augie’s was in the upper right, and Wyatt’s was in the lower left. I also brought some nuts from our Graze box for a hiking snack. We all had strawberries, crackers, a mandarin orange, and a few sour cherry candies. My lunch also had havarti cheese with dill and some grape tomatoes. Augie had soy cheese, tomatoes and a bit of ham. Wyatt had carrots, ham and Laughing Cow cheese. I kept running out of things right and left while I was making these lunches (wheat thins, ham, carrots) which is why they are all a bit different. (Boxes used: full-size Steeltainer box, Lunchbots Trio, Lock-n-Lock 4-up box.)
I couldn’t wake up on Monday and we were super rushed, so I made Wyatt eat lunch at school.
Tuesday we were out of almost everything and I knew Wyatt wouldn’t eat the stuff I did have so I made him eat school lunch again.
I packed a lunch for Augie, but completely forgot to photograph it! He had a half peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the last mandarin orange, red pepper strips and celery with peanut butter for dipping.
On Tuesday, I packed Augie’s lunch in the PlanetBox: a chunk of apple with an “A” carved into it, grape tomatoes, a couple strips of garlic toast, salami and celery sticks with peanut butter for dipping.
Wyatt’s lunch had seaweed strips, apple slices, carrots and bean dip, tortilla chips and salami. This was packed in a Laptop Lunches bento box.
Some days, I go into auto-pilot when I’m making a lunch and I fall back on techniques I use all the time. I just start putting stuff in a box and when I’m done I’ve combined a few minimally decorative techniques with no real rhyme or reason behind them. When this happens, I’m often overwhelmed by the desire to tie the different elements together and present them as part of a cohesive theme I planned out from the start. This was one of those lunches: a salami rose, crackers shaped like trees, a squirrel pick, and apples. (Grapes and carrots in there too.) I hit on the idea this could be a Snow White themed lunch with the apple and forest and woodland creatures and stuff. There was a rose in there somewhere too, right? Don’t be fooled though! I was just putting stuff in the box. (Packed in a Lunchbots Trio)
Wyatt’s lunch was super plain: leftover pasta with red sauce in the Thermos, apple slices and seaweed sheets. (The sides were packed in our Steeltainer snack-size box.)
This morning I decided to be a little fancy with Augie’s lunch and this is what happened: soccer lunch! I found a package of little soccer ball containers at the grocery store in the Easter section. This is a GREAT time of year to get small decorative containers for cheap. Target, dollar stores and most grocery stores have plastic containers that are meant to be used for egg hunts and they are all food-safe and fairly inexpensive. I’ve found sports ones (obviously), Star Wars, and Batman and I’m sure there are also girly ones that I’m ignoring because my kids wouldn’t like them.
So since I had this ball, I built a lunch around it in the 4-up Lock and Lock box. I started with cucumber slices and I decorated one of them with nori pentagons in an attempt to make it look soccer ball-ish. It didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped, but it was good enough that my 4yo bought it. Next I had raisin “dirt” and the soccer ball container which I filled with goldfish crackers. Then I added celery sticks with a small container of peanut butter for dipping. And finally I speared some meatball chunks onto soccer ball picks.
Wyatt had a school field trip today and he started pounding on my bedroom door immediately after my alarm went off asking me to get started on his lunch so he wouldn’t be late for school. For the record, this kid has never been late to school ever — and certainly not because I didn’t make his lunch fast enough! I’m going to chalk it up to youthful enthusiasm and move along.
I packed him an apple-carrot crusher, a soccer ball with goldfish, carrots and bean dip, apple chunks (liberally doused with Fruit Fresh to keep them from browning), meatballs and another small container with ketchup for dipping.
Have a great weekend!
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