A Week of Kid Lunches

When my kids used to go to an actual in-person school, they ate school lunch every day and appeared to like it. Since they ate cereal bars on the walk to school most days, I only had to worry about feeding them dinner, and to be fair, this was more like five times a week because of take-out and actually eating out. Then, more than a year ago now, I suddenly started having to feed them every single meal at home.

My younger son in the PB&J days.

At first, last March, I made the same lunches for everyone, every day. That lunch was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with raw veggies, fresh fruit, and a handful of chips. It soon because apparent that I’m the only one who actually enjoys that lunch (go figure! PB&Js are great!). One year later and I seem to have figured it out somewhat. I give my kids basically the same lunches every week, but in random order. Those lunches are mac and cheese, ramen, egg and cheese sandwiches, pizza rolls, and cheese and crackers and hummus. Lunches are still served with raw veggies (so glad they like raw veggies). And then they eat fruit and chips in the afternoon when zoom school is out at 2pm. Dinner is still a work in progress!

I will still happily eat PB&J but limit myself to once a week!

MinsGame Spring 2021: It’s Over!

I came across this photo of me and my parents while sorting photos–it’s so 1970s!

The Spring 2021 Minimizing Game is complete! Twice a year, I question why I do this. I think it’s safe to say that I am not a minimalist. I live in a fully decorated, sometimes messy house with my spouse, two young kids, a dog, and a cat. I don’t think I want to be a minimalist in the strictest sense either. But what I do like is the biannual cleaning out of every drawer and closet in my house and also the garden shed. If I stopped playing the MinsGame, I think clutter would start to pile up really quickly. So expect more minimizing in the autumn.

MinsGame Spring 2021: Day 29

For the Minimizing Game Day 29, I went through the sock drawers. Some are mine and some are from my younger son. Some are non-matching and some just don’t fit him anymore. There is also a shirt that was in the lost sock drawer (and is for a much younger child), a single glove (looking for the mate for awhile), and a slipper that I also somehow lost the mate.

MinsGame Spring 2021: Day 25

All the stuff today was gross, so I searched “junk drawer” in my photos, and for some reason, this came up.

On the Minimizing Game Day 25, I had a sudden but terrible bout of tooth pain and made an emergency visit to the dentist. Then, I remembered I had yet to post for today. I quickly cleaned out my kitchen junk drawer. But that was not enough, so I also got rid of two very low-quality knives that I am always depressed to use. But that wasn’t enough, so I also got rid of stale candy from Halloween 2019. With those dum-dum lollipops, I had enough!

MinsGame Spring 2021: Day 24

Costumes from 2020. I didn’t get rid of these yet though.

For the Minimizing Game Day 24, I tried to clean out my laundry room, but I only found 4 things to throw out (all gross, no photo). Then I went through the pile of stuff that we cleaned out of our old car, and again only got rid of 4 things. Finally, I got rid of all the Halloween costumes from my kids. They grow too fast to reuse them, and they also have moral obligations to reusing costumes. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure this equaled 24, but then I also found some photos in a drawer that I had put aside to dispose of. I hope I can complete tomorrow!