We survived the first week of school! It’s a big year for us, with D, my “baby,” in kindergarten. J, my older son, is in second grade. Second grade! Craziness. This is the first year I’ll have to consistently pack two lunches each day. We’ll see how it goes! Here’s what I made for them for the first week of school.
Last Thursday was their first day. The kindergarteners were dismissed at noon, so only J brought lunch. I made his favorite spam sushi rolls and complemented it with apples (the top layer cut into “2” shapes with a cookie cutter), a hard-boiled egg shaped like a car (made with this boiled egg mold), Goldfish, and a mini Oreo. I packed it in a PlanetBox.
Although D didn’t stay for lunch on the first day, I made him a special snack, packed in his PlanetBox Shuttle. He had Pirate’s Booty, a Babybel cheese with a star cut out of the wax (just press cookie cutter hard into the wax), and a poor attempt at heart-shaped strawberries:
Last Friday was another noon dismissal for the kindergarteners, so again, I only had to pack one lunch. J had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat and white bread, with stars cut out of the bread slices, baby carrots, and apples, packed in our trusty EasyLunchboxes:
Monday, J and D both had lunch. J had ham and veggie fried rice, hot dog octopus and crab (with black sesame seed eyes), grapes and apples, and tomatoes, packed in his EasyLunchbox:
D had basically the same thing, but packed in his PlanetBox (there’s a lid that goes on top of the container with the rice in it), and with a little container of ketchup for dipping (J isn’t as big a fan of ketchup as D is):
Some of you have asked me if the boys eat the rice cold. The answer is yes. I do heat up the rice (or other warm dishes) in the morning, though. I put an ice pack into their insulated lunch bags, and by lunch time, the rice is cool, but not completely cold and clumpy. If I’m packing something that needs to be served warm, such as soup, I use a Thermos container.
Tuesday, both boys got a roast beef sandwich on wheat, a mini bell pepper, three mini Oreos, and cara cars oranges, packed in their EasyLunchboxes:
Wednesday, I packed a fun picnic-y lunch in their EasyLunchboxes, with roast beef, bell pepper strips, Babybel cheese with their first initial carved out of the wax, strawberries, crackers, and a leak-proof container of Greek yogurt with honey (and a little spoon to eat it with):
Thursday, I packed the boys Nutella and homemade strawberry jam sandwiches, grapes, tomatoes, bell pepper, and apple slices in their PlanetBoxes:
Today, the boys are buying pizza at school, so it’s a lunch break for me. Woo-hoo!