Tomorrow is Friday. Yay. I’m so glad we made it another week. I packed ham, cheese, and mayo sandwiches for my boys. With this Arnold’s Country Bread, I only have to make one sandwich and split it between them. I also packed cotton candy grapes, an Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookie, cheddar sandwich crackers, raisins, a natural fruit leather, broccoli for Smalls, and yogurt pretzels for Bigs.
Long live the weekend!
For tomorrow’s lunch, I packed a bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, a few pretzels, raisins, dried pineapple, cotton candy grapes, strawberries, and colby jack cheese.
Fun fact about today: my sons will only answer to “Leonardo” and “Raphael”.
Heroes in a half shell!
For today’s lunch, I went with a yellowish and greenish theme. Okayyyy, so not really, but that is how it turned out, so Imma go with it. I made a ham, cheese, and mayo sandwich. I also packed some dried jack fruit, cotton candy grapes, cheddar sandwich crackers, charred corn, and a teeny bit less than a half cupcake (a GF chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake I’d made over the weekend).
TGIF. We made it through another week. Mostly unscathed! I am looking forward to the weekend, however. I’m so tired!
I packed brunch for my boys’ lunches tomorrow. I made sunbutter and strawberry jam pancake sandwiches. I stuck tiny dinos on them, just for fun. I also packed colby jack cheese cubes, diced peaches, cotton candy grapes, and a few yogurt covered pretzels for dessert.
** This would also make a fun breakfast bento! **
Today was my first kindergarten homeschool day! We had a great time working with the letter “N”. We also took a trip to the library, where my Bigs checked out books on snakes and komodo dragons (ewwwww!). I am so grateful for these precious homeschool days I get with my children!
Here is what I packed for Bigs’ Tuesday school lunch:
I made a ham, cheese (I use Applegate Naturals for both), and mayo sandwich on white wheat. I also packed Horizon Organic cheddar sandwich crackers, a teeny plum, cotton candy grapes, dried dates, and a semi-homemade pumpkin brownie [brownie mix, pumpkin spice, one can of pumpkin].
Did you know that a group of turtles is called a “bale”? And that turtles have their own water filtration system? It’s true. I read it on the Internet. For tomorrow’s lunches, I went with a turtle and green theme. Only my Bigs will be in school tomorrow, but I didn’t even think about that until after I’d already made Smalls’ lunch, as well.
I made turtle shaped sunbutter and strawberry jelly sandwiches. I used my Food Writers to add details. The boys ate the sandwich scraps as I made these lunches. I also packed cotton candy grapes, blueberries for Bigs, a cute little plum, snap pea crisps, and applesauce with turtle sprinkles.
Tomorrow, my “baby” Bigs starts Kindergarten. He’s smart as a whip, he’s super observant (an ol’ eagle eye, just like his Mama), he’s clever, he’s hilarious. He’s great at so many things (building stuff, writing sweet letters and cards, swimming, karate, doing dishes, keeping me company, feeling empathy, etc.). I could go on for days. He is SO so special. He’s going to do GREAT in Kindergarten. He has a really wonderful teacher and I am so excited to see where this year takes him.
For his first lunch, I went easy [on myself]. It’s been since May, that I’ve done a “special” lunch. And, boy, do I feel it. I am so dang rusty.
I chose to do a heart because because I wanted to let my Bigs know that I love him and am thinking of him, even when we are not together. I made a sunbutter and strawberry jelly sandwich, and used my Food Writers to add some details. This year, there is a sweet friend in his class with a terribly dangerous peanut allergy, and our entire Kindergarten is tree nut and peanut free. Thankfully, my boys like sunbutter and it is a great alternative to peanut butter. I also packed Horizon Organic cheddar sandwich crackers, cotton candy grapes, colby jack cheese, blueberries, and a homemade chocolate chip cookie.
Godspeed my little one! I am so proud of who you are, and I love you SO SO much.
My Bigs goes to school Tuesdays through Fridays. It’s sort of nice to have our Monday “off”. Monday comes with such a stigma, that is mostly and completely based on truth. Mondays mostly stink! It’s hard to get back into the weekly routine after a busy weekend.
For Bigs’ lunch tomorrow, I packed a breakfast-y one. He LOVES eating big, breakfast-y breakfasts and we only seem to have time for that on weekends (and not even every weekend, sadly!). This will make him really happy, I think.
I made peanut butter and honey sandwiches out of mini pancakes. I used frozen pancakes this time (they’ll also stay cold on their own and be thawed by lunchtime). I put PB on each pancake and made a little divot in the middle for the honey (this will prevent them from getting soggy from the honey and will prevent the honey from leaking out, causing a sticky mess). I cut up some cooked turkey bacon. I also packed some banana chips, colby jack cheese cubes, fruit salad (yellow watermelon, pineapple, cotton candy grapes, and blueberries), and applesauce.
Have a blessed day!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23
Tomorrow is my Bigs’ last day of school for the week. And what an exciting week he’s had! He’s looked for shapes on a scavenger hunt, he’s read lots of books, he’d made new friends, and he’s eaten SO many great lunches (HA! I HOPE he finds them to be great!).
For Friday’s lunch, I made kebabs. Kid kebabs.
*I just realized I misspelled “kebab” in my picture. Ain’t nobody got time to fix that.*
I rolled up Applegate Naturals ham and cut it into pieces. I put them on a kebab stick, alternating the ham with pieces of colby jack cheese. I packed seasoned corn, cotton candy grapes, blueberries, Simply Go Gurt (I don’t typically let them have these, but every once in a while), and for dessert, peanut butter brownie balls (I had a made a pan of slightly under cooked brownies, studded with mini Reece’s cups, and rolled bite-sized pieces into balls).
PS! My Smalls had a GREAT first day and ate almost his entire little lunch!
Happy Almost Friday!
Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name.
– 1 Chronicles 29:13
Welp, here it is. Tomorrow is my Bigs’ first day back to school, his first day of VPK. I am so excited for him. He has a lovely teacher, whom he met today. It’s a new little chapter for him. It’s going to be a great year! He’s growing up WAY too fast, but it’s going to be a great year. I just love my special boy!
So, the pressure is on – instead of two fun kid food lunches for him, per week, it’ll be four! For tomorrow’s lunch, I decided to go with a few of his favorite things, something I did for his last day of school last year.
Since VPK-ers don’t have a snack time, like the 3 year olds did last year, I made a bit of a bigger lunch for him. He’s got a big appetite, my Bigs! I made two little Trader Joe’s mini pizzas. This kid LOVES pizza. And he doesn’t mind eating cold pizza (like me!). I didn’t taste these, so I’ll have to ask him for an in-depth review. I also packed some dried berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries) and dried apples, some seasoned corn, cotton candy grapes (my Publix has them for $3.99 a bag and they are DELICIOUS – they are all natural, no sugar, and a happy coincidental result of plant breeding – story here: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/08/12/finally-you-can-buy-cotton-candy-flavored-grapes/ ), and for dessert – indoor s’mores! I spread some Jif Whips S’Mores peanut butter on some graham crackers and cut one marshmallow into three pieces. He’s going to love this lunch. It’s got his name all over it!
Here are the Trader Joe’s mini pizzas:
Hope your little ones are enjoying their new schools!