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It’s a new day!

Happy Friday! We made it through another week! It’s a new day today, and a new day…a fresh start to my own personal parenting. Last night, my husband and I started going to a parenting class at our church. It’s all about loving your children on purpose (Danny Silk’s series). It was life-changing already. It’s my answer to prayer about how I deal with my Bigs’ behavior and managing myself. I can’t wait until our next class. This is exactly what I prayed for (without knowing exactly what I was praying for, does that even make sense?).

My Bigs’ lunch isn’t too over the top today. It was a long day yesterday and I needed to pack something quick.

Yesterday was the day I worked in Bigs’ classroom. I really enjoyed it! We had so much fun. It was great eating lunch with him, although he ate his and most of mine. Stinker.

Here is Bigs’ lunch today:

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It’s a turkey and cheese on a whole wheat roll (with a leeetle bit of mayo), seasoned corn, dried fruit, concord grapes and raspberries, and a Swiss Miss pudding cup for dessert. He’s going to flip his little lid for the pudding cup – it’s a special treat.

Happy Almost Weekend!

Kristin

From Danny Silk’s series:

“If I give my children freedom, respect, & honor in my own home, they’ll download a culture that makes every other culture pale in comparison.”

Life. Changing.

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Lunches

Tomorrow is Thursday. I like Thursdays. Both my boys are in school. Tomorrow is a special Thursday, however. I am volunteering in my Bigs’ classroom. I love when it’s my turn to do that. It’s SO fun seeing him in his own environment there. And it’s a blast getting to know his teacher and classmates. I had to pack three lunches for tomorrow.

For Bigs:

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I made turkey and cheese (I like the Applegate Naturals brand for all deli meats and cheeses I give the kids) roll-ups on flour tortillas, with a teeny bit of mayonnaise. I use mini skewers to keep the roll-ups together. I break the skewers in half and put a sticker “flag” on the broken side to prevent splintering. I also packed carrot chips, homemade fruit snacks, applesauce, and two homemade mini chocolate chip cookies.

For Smalls:

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I made PB&J on a flour tortilla and cut it into wedges. I don’t give him anything that needs to be refrigerated (at this point, yet) because I don’t want him to have to deal with ice packs. I also packed Goldfish crackers, freeze dried mango, and a banana. On that banana, I scratched the words “I <3 you!” and I am hopeful it will show up by lunchtime tomorrow.

For me:

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I packed fruity chicken salad (bottom left), dried mandarin oranges, homemade fruit snacks, dried fruit mix (raisins, coconut, papaya, pineapple), and dried berries.

I can’t wait to eat it.

Hope you have a blessed night!

Kristin

With my song, I praise Him. – Psalm 28:7

(My Bigs and I have been singing Matt Maher’s “All the People Said Amen” all day today – it’s so great to see my little ones praise God in their own ways!)

The Ferocious Fours & Lunch

Have you guys ever heard of the “Terrible Fours”? Apparently it’s a thing. It’s pretty terrible and it’s actually called the “Ferocious Fours”, according to my research. I did the research to make sure I wasn’t the only parent pulling out my newly highlighted locks, due to my four year old’s behavior. They are also referred to as the “f*****g fours”, but I don’t use that language (out loud). I thought the twos were bad. I really did. But nothing, NOTHING, could have prepared me for the fours. It’s been something else. Bigs’ desire to be independent, his unreasonable demands, his constant questioning of my authority, his flat out yelling “NO!” to everything I request him do, followed by some kind of caveman-esque grunt in anger…yes, it’s been something else. My Smalls is two now, so I can easily compare said phases, and I’m pretty sure the fours are worse. At least I can pick Smalls up and tote him or hold him down. When I pick up Bigs now, to remove him from the situation or to gently force him into timeout, he yells that I’m hurting him (which I’m not), and I get those looks from passerby-ers (if in public…they have a timeout spot everywhere we go, you know), you know the look. The “I’m going to call the authorities” look. No mind that my four year old just had a complete meltdown about me not letting him buy a toy, or eat ice cream, or have screen time after he’s given me a huge attitude or has even dared to swipe at me.

I’m going bald from all the hair I’m pulling out.

I must not be alone. I can’t be. The internet had actual articles on this phase. And everything on the internet is true, right?? RIGHT?

It’s times like these that are very discouraging for me, as a parent. I want to remember (and want my Bigs to remember) the great times, but it feels like the times are filled with bad attitudes and disciplining. I feel like a bad Mom a lot of the time. I know that’s partially par for the course. But I am ready for that to change. His behavior and my reactions to it. Constant works in progress, we are.

Earlier this morning, with the promise of a new day (after a particularly rough-behavior-weekend), I went to work making fun food for my Bigs’ lunchboxes this week. I baked up pizza rolls, mini chocolate chip cookies, and made homemade fruit snacks. I had big plans for a fun lunch for tomorrow. But alas, that Ferocious Four Behavior put the stop sticks down on my plans. As another consequence for that behavior (we also had to leave the mall immediately upon receiving the attitude, etc.) Bigs is not allowed to have a lunch dessert tomorrow. This make him sad. It’s happened before, so apparently it doesn’t make him sad enough to stop the attitude. But whatever. Someday he’ll be five. And this will be better. Right?

So, I packed him a “this will have to do” lunch. An “I still care about you and I’ll show it through your lunch, but you aren’t getting a dessert” lunch.

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I packed two pizza rolls (recipe in an upcoming blog post), some seasoned corn and peas, blueberries, plums, and some dried fruit (mandarin oranges and mango).

So here’s to a much better day, filled with good attitudes, fun lunches, and well-earned desserts.

Kristin

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest – Matthew 11:28

Back to School VPK Lunch!

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.

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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:

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Hope your little ones are enjoying their new schools!

God Bless!

Kristin