This next week holds a lot of transitions for our family.
I'm out of school already but I start up again on the 21st. My kids only have a couple more days of school.
Most importantly, my son will be graduating from 8th grade soon and then it's time to move on to high school. Gasp. It's going to be an emotional event for me-----not only is he growing up way too fast but he'll be leaving his close friends (he will be attending a different high school in a different town). It will be a transition for us all.
When I finished my term, I also finished a large research project on The National School Lunch Program and the topic of childrens' health and nutrition. It was such a long and involved project. I learned so much. I also renewed my insistence on making my kids' lunches.
So, here is today's lunch: Homemade Cinnamon-Swirl bread with almond butter (via my trusty Vita-mix). Yogurt with Blueberries. Apple slices and carrot sticks with more almond butter to dip them in. And lastly, a carob malt ball. Yes, my kids eat carob. And chocolate!
As much as I sometimes dread carving out the time to make my kids' lunches each frantic morning, I do feel a little sad that our routines will be coming to an end soon. What to do? I keep having nightmarish visions of them whining, "I'm Boooooored" and "Can I play a video game?" two days after they get out of school. Summer camps and programs are an option but lack of funds limit those opportunities. Eating Quick Pops all day long won't suffice, either.
So, parent of 'tweens and teens out there? What do you have planned to keep your kids occupied this summer? What routines do you adopt?