Daily Bento

31 May

Summer vacation.

Or what I refer to as: Three seemingly endless months of incessant whining about how there’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to eat and how hot it is outside and how we never go anywhere…

Can’t wait.

My husband and I dread summer.

Sure we’re all tired of the homework, the endless things that need to be filled out and returned to school, last-minute book reports, IEP meetings, waiting in the car lane every afternoon, getting up earlier than any person should be required to get up to make sure the teenager eats, grooms himself, looks presentable, doesn’t forget his lunch, and doesn’t miss his bus and summer does allow us a welcome break from all that.

But couldn’t it be a shorter break?

There’s just something about your kids sticking their heads in your fully stocked fridge and/or pantry every half hour and then yelling across the house “Mooooooom, there’s nothing to eat in here” that will drive even the most sane, put together woman to the brink of madness.

It also gets hot – really, really hot and humid here in the summer. So you have to hit the park or the beach or any other outside activity early in the morning, otherwise you risk burning to a crisp or passing out from heat stroke.

Been there, done that. No thanks.

Don’t get me wrong. We’re very lucky to live where we do.

We have quick access to parks, beaches, amusement parks, zoos, aquariums, movie theaters, libraries, and museums. But the novelty of those places wears off all too soon.

We’re also right next to a very popular summer vacation destination so the traffic becomes horrible and the crowds are almost unbearable everywhere you go. It’s easier on my sanity to just stay inside.

My kids have just three days of school left.

Those three days are filled with parties, movies, games, and an outside water play day for my daughter.

My son gets to take exams.

He sure got the bad end of that deal.

Since today is Cam’s last Friday of the school year, I made her a colorful and fruity Friday lunch.

She’s basically having ice cream for lunch next week so it seemed like the right thing to do.

 

For lunch today, she had a fruit salad that contained organic strawberries, pineapple, organic grapes, and organic cherries. She also had french green beans, cheese, crackers, and a slice of a banana bread/carrot cake hybrid with salted caramel glaze that I whipped up two nights ago.

The banana bread/cake contains carrots and pineapple so it’s pretty much a salad in its own right as well.

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