One week down, nine more to go.
No, really - so far, it's not been bad. It helps that the shorties are the only ones out - tomorrow is the first day with the high schoolers home - but we all know that they won't get up before noon, and that's half of the day right there.
We've not been swimming yet, mostly because every day has featured rain and thunderstorms - but I'm holding high hopes for the next couple of days. Not so much because I have a burning desire to appear in public in my bathing suit - oh no, not that - but because it wears my kids slam out.
And I am ALL about that.
One area that my kids often struggle with is snacking. When they are home all day - and let's face it, when I'm home all day - the kitchen beckons and before you know it, they are all in the pantry and the cabinets, raiding the fridge and begging for food.
So this weekend I created the snack bin.
With breakfast whenever you get up - and one kid gets up at 6 STILL, but that's ok, because I'm wide awake for the day at 5:30, sigh - you have breakfast. They know the drill: choose frozen whole grain waffles, bagels, cereal, oatmeal, and muffins with either fruit or yogurt. Breakfast is strictly on your own. Sometimes, one wants a hot pocket - yes, I do try to feed them pretty nutritiously, and I think we do a good job and I know hot pockets aren't great, but whatevs - everyone loves them and it's a non issue here. My two youngest are big smoothie fans.
Lunch is between 12 and 1, and that is again serve yourself. I will provide guidance - give choices of sandwiches/leftovers/help make quesidillas/enforce the fruit and veg rule. In other words - we've got the meals down pat.
Snack time is our nemesis. Everyone wants to snack as soon as the meal is over, and they all want crap food. So we created the snack bucket. It has all of the approved snacks - granola bars, fruit cups, almond and peanut butter packs, applesauce pouches, nutrigrain bars, and fig newtons. (Those are mostly for me. I love me some Newtons.)The cards in the back offer the cold items - yogurt cups (we do Stonyfield and Oikos), string cheese, half of a peanut butter or soy butter sandwich, fruit smoothie, fruit, carrots. The deal is that you can have one of those choices at 3-3:30.
Not gonna say it's genius - but over the past week, it's become standard. I'm hungry! Well, is it 3? Nope, gotta wait. It's so far, so good - and that's the best I can do for 10 weeks of summer break.