I woke up this morning and thought “Last day of term… I’ll do the grocery shopping and then maybe take Toby out for lunch before a blitz clean and the kids come rolling home.” Then I moved and realised my plans were a bit ambitious. My eyes were puffy, my throat felt all clogged and when I sat up it was like my nose turned on a tap. And it wasn’t a polite little drip… drip… drip either. Oh, no, it was on full blast. By the time I’d thrown some clothes on and walked about eight steps from my bedroom I knew it was going to end badly and messily. Fortunately I was right outside the toilet and I have good aim.
My next thought was I’d do breakfasts and lunchboxes and once the big two were out the door I could lie down and whimper in peace. I forgot to take into account the fact that I have a very rambunctious three year old and me lying down is simply an invitation for him to jump on me. A lot. While screeching. Loudly.
I gave it up as a bad job and we went and got the groceries – including holiday treats which have to be hidden so the eight year old doesn’t find them and polish them off in one go! – and came home to have lunch and try this resting gig again. It didn’t happen. Even lying on the couch with a blanket over me and ABC Kids on to entertain him didn’t help… he kept stripping the blanket off me and laughing at my reaction. He definitely needs to work on his bedside manner!
So, the eight year old has just rolled in and they’ve both been presented with a plate of snacks (the oldest is being dropped off at dancing, she’ll be home at dinnertime) and I think I’m going to try again. Surely the food will hold them for at least ten minutes? Wish me luck!
PS On the bright side, it looks like a fairly temporary thing and not the dreaded “G” that I dare not even utter… and it’s now, not next week. Next week I have fun stuff planned that I don’t want to miss!!!
Ask any Mum one of the joys of school holidays and she’ll no doubt say “I don’t have to pack school lunchboxes, yay!” Of course, if you have one in daycare two days a week and one in vacation care several days a week then you can’t escape it. I’m still yet to decide whether I like getting the days food sorted in the morning and then just handing out lunchboxes or whether I’d rather just hand out food on request.
If my boys ate “normal” amounts of food it wouldn’t be so bad – but look at the picture! And this is only for the boys, I have a daughter as well and she can match them bite for bite if she’s so inclined! What they’ll be like as teenagers scares me but I suspect meals will involve A LOT of pasta.
The two year old’s lunchbox routine is the same no matter what. He has the clear container (top middle) with fruit of various kinds and a yoghurt for morning tea. Lunch is the green container and it’s a sandwich on wholemeal or multigrain (usually raw honey but sometimes Vegemite or peanut butter), some cut up cheese and a banana. Afternoon tea is the blue container with more fruit, cheese and some popcorn in it.
The seven year old has an extra container here, the small blue divided container at the bottom. Normally he’s home for afternoon tea so I don’t need to pack it, it’s different during the holidays. He eats about that amount (1/4 packet of rice crackers, several slices of ham, cheese cubes, sultanas and a banana) anyway. And, yes, he takes two quite decent sized lunchboxes to school every day – one for morning tea and one for lunch. In this picture he’s got a mandarin, a yoghurt, a sandwich and freshly popped popcorn for morning tea, lunch is two pieces of fruit, a sandwich, cheese sticks and ham slices and more popcorn.
The amount of food astonishes me, they even eat more dinner than I do most nights of the week – the exception being when it’s heavy on the vegetables! And yet they’re not at all overweight so I have no idea where it goes. I wish I did… I wish I had the same metabolism! On the upside, they’re not really picky eaters and will give most things a go. Sure, there are things they’re definitely not a fan of but on the whole I’m just happy that they do actually eat the vast amounts of food I pack and it doesn’t all come back to be thrown away!