Thursday, July 03, 2008

Lunchables are looking good today

My daughter warned me about this but I did not listen. She and her brother have a day camp next week, from 9 - 3, and I was sure that it included lunch. In fact, since I am volunteering to work at it (I save the $90 fee by working) I hoped I'd be on lunch prep duty. I do not like the idea of volunteering but saving $90 is important to me, and that's the only way my girl can go too, since it's a Cub Scout camp. (We are praying there will be other girls there. Surely there are other cheap/broke parents of girls in the local Cub packs.) I also couldn't stand the thought of him going to daycamp while she stayed home with me. All day I'd be hearing "is he coming home soooonnnnn?" (So she can start fighting with him.) Anyway, back to the topic here. She insisted that we had to pack a lunch. I insisted that she was wrong. Yesterday I received an email confirmation of our participation, and guess what? The girl was right again. Man, I hate it when that happens, which is most of the time.

Anyway, I hate, oh so very much hate, packing lunch. That is one of the reasons I homeschool, so I don't have to pack school lunches every day. OK, I'm kidding, don't call CPS on me, OK? I give my kids lunch. I do pack the seminarian's lunch some days, but he's easy - he will eat any kind of sandwich I put in the bag, as long as there is something sweet to look forward to. He'll even eat tuna, which was my lunchtime staple as a schoolkid. But my kids despise it.

So we have been brainstorming lunch ideas. PB&J will do for one or two days. Turkey might be nice once. Then I thought about lunchables(tm). No, I won't buy them. But I can probably devise a lunchable-like bundle of food they can choke down. Today we are checking out the new WalMart that just moved into town - does the excitement ever stop around here? - and we'll get some string cheese, salami, carrots, etc. I don't have any cute boxes but their old cooler bags will do fine. We can make some cookies. Maybe I'll even spring for juice boxes but I think we'll stick with water.

Of course now I also have to pack my own lunch. I think I'll just take an enormous thermos of iced coffee. I am worried about my tasks now that I know I won't be serving lunch. I warned the organizer that I have no sports skills so you know what that means. Stay away from the archery range.


Missy said...

Margaret,we HATE sandwiches in the cooler around here. We always pack a homemade lunchable type lunch when we need one. Right now that is every Monday as we refuse to spend the enormous prices that the waterpark charges for food. Our staples in a lunch pack are crackers, marble cheese (i am really cheap and buy the block and bring a handy little cutter and small cutting board OR cut it up before hand), pepperoni and deer sausage, spinach dip, Fruit; with apples and grapes being the favorite, right now Strawberries are right up there too and are easy to eat. Although when I bring cut up canteloupe everyone within a mile of our lunch eats some! Of course your mentioned carrot sticks are necessary. And since my kids are strange and prefer water than anything ele to drink (well, they rather soda but can't have it much) we bring half frozen water bottles filled the rest of the way with water, so it is nice and cold! I actually love packing a lunch! Guess I'm weird! Something about having that box filled with yummy treats makes me smile!

Sandy said...

I had my son pack his own lunch for camp. I figure if he's old enough to go, he's old enough to pack a lunch. It was PBJ everyday for him. We also packed a piece of fruit, a small bag of chips and some cookies. Some days he took a dollar (his own) to buy something (candy) at the trading post. On those days he didn't get cookies. I suggest taking more than one drink per person. I think he took three each day and never came home with one. He lost his water bottle on the first day, same as last year. I wished I had volunteered, it looked like a lot of fun. Except the day of the freak wind storm, but that's a different story.