Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It's The Most Wonderful Time...of The Year!
It is that time of year, the time of year where I think about one of my favorite commercials, you know....the Staples one. The one where the dad is pushing the shopping cart with the music blaring in the background "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.". He is loading his cart with school supplies, dancing in the isles, the kids behind him with glum looks of school days. Boy how I can relate. If you are one of those moms dreading sending your children back to school, waiting anxiously for their return each day,missing their daily company, I am not one of you. Me....well , let's just say.... kids....don't let the door hit you in the butt. This mama is ready for a little ME time! If you need to know the reasons, here is my top ten list of why I am glad the school days are ahead:
1: Lunch time will be just that, ONE lunch time, not five different lunch times occurring exactly one right after another precisely when the previous lunch was just cleaned up.
2. I also will only be eating one lunch, not 5 thus (Hopefully) loosing the few extra pounds I gained this summer with all the food we had around here.
3. I will save at least $100 per week on gas for not being the taxi to all 5 every single minute of the day at their beck and call. I will reserve my strength and gas for the after school hours.
4. I may be able to actually sit down during the day other than the times I am in my car or in the bathroom.
5. Less kids, less laundry due to the fact that if they are at school, they cannot change their clothes 5 times per day.
6. Once I clean the house in the morning, it will actually stay clean for a few hours. Can't wait!
7. Only one little person home to yell "Mom!" like it was a cuss word and he can't talk yet so I'm home free. (although I would love to hear him yell anything)
8. My gym time will not be interrupted by the fact that said child has something much more important to do like going to the mall which means I must change my gym clothes for my taxi driver clothes. No more workout excuses.
9. I may actually have time to cross something off my to do list instead of just adding something.
10. I have 2.5 hours per day totally by myself unless I choose otherwise. Yipee!
Don't be mistaken, I love my little monkeys, we have had a great summer. But...it's just that I have loved them a whole lot these last few months and I am ready to let someone else love them for a few hours which will make me love them even more when they walk through the door. My husband says I am dreaming, that at the end of the year I am always excited for summer thinking it will be more relaxing than the hectic school year. Maybe so, but let me dream a little!
Anyways, for the question of the day..... WHAT DO I PUT IN THEIR SCHOOL LUNCHES????? Here you go in a nut shell.
Usually a sandwich on whole wheat with nitrite free lunch meat and spinach leaves. way better than lettuce. Then, a fruit or veggie. Some good chips like the natural line of lays or Sunchips, etc. A treat usually something home baked or a good cookie or snack from Nature Valley. Sometimes I put in chips and salsa or homemade yogurt with granola or some mini muffins. Sometimes I go a little crazy and give them a Zebra Cake or something horrible like that. Field Trips they always get to pick out what they want. I let them buy once or twice a week but they usually pick the salads. Crazy kids. We decide together what they will buy at the beginning of the week so they don't pick the popcorn shrimp or something in that genre. So, lunches are pretty simple. Nothing blue, nothing bright green, no lunchables or PB and J crustables. Homemade and preservative free. A little sugar, a little salt. They get enough treats at school so I want them to get some nutrition from me. I am sure the teachers appreciate keeping the sugar high down a bit.
So, happy school days ahead to you all. Let me know if you have any first day of school traditions or special things you do for your lunches. Share your ideas. I will miss them a bit, at least my daughter. I do look forward to seeing them after school. I do love them but I am ready to have a little peace. Are you with me? Who is ready for a celebratory breakfast come August 6th???
Posted by Shari Goodman at 6:18 PM