Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lunch boxes from last week

This fall marks the first year my daughter will eat lunch at school. For many reasons I am nervous about her new full day adventure. Is she able to ask teacher when she needs to go to bathroom? Can she find and open the bento box by herself? Does she understand that it is very dangerous for her to share food with her friends due to her food allergy? And the list of anxiety goes on and on. Because of this, every morning before she goes to school I tell her "you have to ask the teacher for help whenever you need help", "You need to eat vegetables too so that you will be big and strong", "no sharing food with friends, ok?". I know I should give my daughter more credit because she is very smart and capable, and she has grown up so much over the past year. I think I may need to recognize that while she will always be my baby, she isn't a baby anymore.

Here are the pictures of lunch boxes I made for my daughter last week. Every morning she comes into the kitchen and inspects her lunch box. It is so adorable to see her excitement over a simple lunch. I explain what I put in and always tell her to eat her veggies. She can be picky at times and she does not like vegetables. After I pick her up from school, she always shows me her lunch box and in a proud voice states, "Mommy, I ate well. See? I grew up so much today because I ate a lot!" and she stands up on her toes to be "taller". Simply adorable.

I am planning to take pictures of her lunch box everyday and post photos at the end of the week. If you have questions about food in the lunch boxes, please feel free to ask me. I am also planning to introduce some useful recipes for lunch boxes but have not had a chance to write it down with photos. Oh, and I used the meatballs, which I introduced last year in my blog, twice this week in her lunch box. So versatile. Enjoy!

Pictures of my daughter's lunch boxes
(September 6 ~ 9, 2011)






  1. Awww, how cute & yummy looking! I love the pictures, wish I could still be a kid sometimes. Thank you for sharing the lunch box recipes, Ai. They are great inspirations. (^.^)

  2. Hi Jiale,

    Wow, it has been long time!How have you been? I miss you!

    Thank you for your lovely comment! I hope I can keep updating my blog. Last year I really did not put effort into my blog so hoefully I can put more energy into it. :)

  3. These are unbelievably beautiful, Ai! You have such talent! I really need to learn to make these before Alex goes to school.

  4. Thank you Martina for your sweet comment. :)I am still learning what kind of nutritious food to make for lunch box and how to pack variety of food in such a small space for kids. I hope by making lunch box everyday, I will get better. :)I am hoping to post recipes which are usuful for lunch box in the future then people can get some ideas for lunch box.

  5. I know right, it's been a while, how time flys. I am doing well, wish I could come across to Seattle more often. I miss you and congratulations on the cute addition to your family! Hopefully I get to meet the handsome boy next time I am in town. As a busy mom, you still write beautiful blog post! Keep up the good work, but don't worry if you are too busy. =D