Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Hop - What I'm Grateful For

Welcome to the BentoBloggersandFriends Thanksgiving Blog Hop! Gotta say that I just LOVE these seriously awesome gals and guy! I'm grateful for them because I've learned SO much from them, they are constantly cracking me up and without 'em, I wouldn't here bloggin'! :) And while there is oh so much more that I am thankful for in my life, here are my top three. :)

Little Sis ♥
I'm thankful that at least I have one child who loves to eat, just like her mommy and daddy. What's so awesome is that this girl actually naturally eats healthy. She loves her fruits and veggies and enjoys trying new things (most of the time). She will sometimes even prefer to eat an apple over a bowl of ice cream!! O_o ...though that apple would never hold up against a lollipop or a piece of candy. :) So, I'm grateful that she enjoys her food and is open trying new things. One of my most successful techniques in getting her interested in something is just to eat it in front of her without offering her any. And while I'm eating it, I'll throw in a couple realistic sounding "Mmmm's". 4 out 5 times she'll ask if she can try some. :)


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In Little Sis' Lunch:
  1. Indian girl sammie w/ Applegate Naturals turkey deli meat, salami and muenster cheese on Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat bread.
  2. Flower-cut organic carrots from Papa Spuds w Ranch dressing in the side container
  3. Fresh raspberries and blueberries
  4. Homemade Iced Pumpkin Cookie - YUM!
Big Sis ♥
I'm thankful that while Big Sis does NOT like fruits (especially strawberries!), she DOES like her veggies. Her fresh fruit repertoire is quite small: apples (Fuji's only), the occasional banana as long as it's perfectly ripened and a few blueberries when she's in the rare mood. She can be forced to eat cantaloupe and oranges once in a while, but we recently decided the pain in doing that just barely outweighs the benefits. Her daddy and I have finally come to the conclusion that we just need to give her a little freedom in that department after years of struggle. So now we let her choose whether or not she'll eat fresh fruit or freeze-dried fruit (apples, pears and pineapple) or applesauce (which now counts as a serving of fruit) instead. Her veggie list, I'm happy to report, is much more varied. She eats broccoli, carrots, asparagus, peas, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, edamame (wait, does that even count?) without any fussin'. I guess if I HAD to choose fruits or veggies, I'd choose veggies!

I'm also grateful that while she has a severe tree nut allergy, Big Sis can and does eat peanut butter safely, something her Little Sis cannot do. So, I'm thankful that at least one of my sweeties can enjoy peanuts, worry-free, especially since they too often appear in the ingredients list of things that you'd never guess had peanuts! For this reason, their lunches are pictured separately... because Big Sis requested a peanut butter and jelly uncrustable for lunch.

And I'm so grateful that even though both my girls have severe peanut/tree nut allergies, we live in a world where people are more aware and understanding (mostly) and that products are clearly labeled to help us avoid them. For this, I am very grateful.


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In Big Sis' Lunch:
  1. Peanut butter and jelly uncrustable using Nature's Own Whole Wheat bread topped with...
  2. Pilgrim Girl Snack (see Bento Monsters's post on how to use the Cute-Z-Cute cutter to make your own girl!) w/ muenster cheese face, salami hair, flour tortilla bonnet, nori eyes and a Simply Fruit Roll-Up mouth
  3. Flower-cut organic carrots from Papa Spuds
  4. Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters
  5. Homemade Iced Pumpkin Cookie
Daddy ♥
I'm grateful to have a sweet, loving, caring, hard-working, wonderful husband who affords me the ability to stay at home w/ my girls (when they're not in school!) to cook, blog, hang out w/ my friends (eating bon bons of course) and even play volleyball on occasion while he slaves away at work. :) He's full of fun and energy, he's understanding, he plans fun trips for us, he helps out around the house (a lot) and even leaves the toilet seat down!

Even though he isn't on my "To-Make-Lunch-For" list, I jumped at the chance to make him one yesterday. It was nothing fancy - no picks or faces or even a treat - just a healthy salad w/ the fixin's, all chopped up, just the way he likes it. Because, we both joke, eating a salad is just way too much work w/ all that chewing. :)


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In Daddy's Lunch:

Chopped spinach salad topped with chopped shredded carrots, broccoli slaw, tomatoes, and volleyball Glen's salsa which he won't share the recipe (haha!), oh and leftover Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Tostadas from my Mexican Fiesta. :)

So, in a nutshell, I am so very thankful for these little guys (girls, actually, and they are swapped from their lunches):


and this guy, aka Sweetie, for making my life just.happy.


Now let's hop on over to Crazy? Maybe!'s blog to see what she's thankful for!



Shout-outs:
EasyLunchBoxes - love my ELB's!!


My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale. It's where I got this CuteZCute cutters and such. Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)
CuteZcute Bento Food Deco Cutter and Pastry Press Kit    Japanese Bento Decoration Ham Cheese Cutter FaceJapanese Bento Decoration Seaweed Cutter Nori Puncher WinkJapanese Bento Accessories Sandwich Cutter New Design


And many thanks to YOU for stoppping by!!! I'm grateful to those of you who read my stuff! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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51 comments:

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What wonderful lunches! Your lunch people are adorable!

Deb said...

Your Indian and Pilgrim girls are soooooo good!

Ming@Bentomonsters said...

Super cute Indian n Pilgrim girls! :)

Eileen Shows said...

Those are really cute! Love the kids costumes too.

Dina said...

Very cute lunch!!

Rebecca said...

What a precious and lovely tribute to each of your family members. I am also blessed with children who naturally eat healthy foods. We are a food allergy family, too! Your daughters' lunches are adorable!

bentodays said...

I love the details on your sandwiches! Great job!

karen said...

Oh gosh! What wonderful lunches and I REALLY love seeing the wonderful pictures of your family!

Kathy said...

Awesome lunches!

Rina @ Bento School Lunches said...

Very cute Pilgrim and Indian and lovely family pictures!

Keeley McGuire said...

omgosh! your girls are soooooooo cute!!
love their lunches you did such a great job on teh details!!

Mamabelly said...

You have a beautiful family and I love all the individual lunches - beautiful!

Rebecca of LiciousLunches said...

Very cute sandwiches!

A Boy and His Lunch said...

How cute! The little Indian is my favorite. Your kids are gorgeous!!

feeling a little lunchy said...

Beyond cute! And your girls are so beautiful!!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Very cute!

Sarah said...

Fantastic story, pictures and lunches! Love the eyelashes! :)

Keitha said...

Your lunches and your family are precious. I love that you included being thankful to your husband for leaving the toilet seat down. LOL!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Adorable lunches!! :)

Kat said...

lovely!!!

Rachel B. said...

Wow, the lunches are amazing, the girls in the costumes are incredible too!!! LOVE!

daisyselalu said...

Very very cute Indian and pilgrim girls sandwiches! And yaay for your daughters eating fruits and veggies!

berrygirl@mommy kiki can! said...

Very Beautiful Family to be Thankful for!!! You're sunshine Christine and it glows through your family and all these wonderful meals here!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks a bunch, Deirdre! :) I like making lunch people, can you tell? :)

happyvballgirl said...

Aww, thanks Deb!

happyvballgirl said...

THanks so much, Ming!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Eileen! The costumes and pic were made last year but i just couldn't help but repost for this. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Dina!

happyvballgirl said...

Awwww, thanks so much for the sweet comments, Rebecca. Cheers to the allergy moms and kids who like to eat healthy! At least they make one thing easier for us. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much Bento Days!!

happyvballgirl said...

Awwwwww, thanks Karen! SO sweet of you to say! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Kathy!!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks a bunch, Rina!

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks so much, Nina! :)

happyvballgirl said...

So sweet of you to say, Keeley! Thanks girl!

happyvballgirl said...

Thank you Rebecca!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Beth! So sweet of you to say. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks Erin!! You're a sweetie!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Diana!! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Sarah. I had a LOT of fun putting this post together. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Hee hee. It's the little things, right? :) Thanks so much, Keitha!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Jenn! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Kat!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Rachel! So sweet of you to say. <3

happyvballgirl said...

yay!! :) Thanks so much, Daisy!! :)

happyvballgirl said...

OMG, Kiki, you are just too sweet for words. Right back atcha girl! And thanks, sweetie! :)

Anna Adden said...

Such cute sandwiches and waht a nice looking family. Good job!

Lau-raw said...

Wow! I love your lunches!! And I love your family too! your girls are beyond cute!!! :) Great job!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Anna! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks a bunch Laura!! ;)

Melissa Tinkerbeanblog said...

I love these adorable Pilgrim and Indian girls for your adorable girls!