we made the big move to sack lunches this school year. the price of lunches for 4 children who don't like the lunches (the food is not our favorite part of life in the midwest) and so don't eat much of what we pay for was very unappealing. still, i hesitated. adding one more thing to our ever chaotic morning schedule, always needing to be stocked with yummy lunch ingredients, etc, etc - seemed crazy. i believe that i have post-traumatic stress syndrome from making lunches for yochien (kindergarten) in japan - must always have a meat, vegetable, and grain. no yogurt. no peanut butter. no jelly. weiners (more healthy than peanut butter???) must be cut and fried to look like little octopi (octopuses) with seaweed neckties....i could go on. trauma. especially during early pregnancy.
pleasantly surprised! i've enjoyed our lunches and so have the kids. i feel like i'm sending them a little love from home to enjoy halfway through their day. at least for the little ones. i confess i'm not up and making lunches before early morning seminary. (if i was japanese i would - it is normal for a mother to be up at 5:00 am to prepare gourmet breakfasts and lunches for a family) but the girls have done great with it on their own. and i'm enjoying the challenge of composing healthy, yet yummy mobile meals.
mia reports that at school, lunch brought from home is "cold lunch" and she has to tell her teacher every day that she is eating "cold". doesn't that seem a little....well, cold? hopefully it doesn't feel that way to her.
the lunch in the above photo is made from felt and is from a very fun etsy shop, buggabugs. if you're feeling crafty, (or have committed to have a handmade christmas like me) hop over and buy a pattern to make your own.