Happy 1st Day of School!

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Yes, that's what I said, Happy 1st Day of school! I know it's the beginning of July, but we thoroughly enjoyed our 1 week of summer vacation before the girls started up again on their year-round school schedule today! haha. We're on Track 3 so we get our next 3 week break in... 3 weeks! And yes, I love our year-round schedule.

The girls each had a little homework assignment for their first day of school. Little Sis was to bring in her favorite book into her class. She chose Ferdinand. :)

Big Sis was to tell something interesting about herself. This is what we came up with. "I really want a pet but my parents won't let me get one. So they got me this instead. Meet Mr. Thrifty. Sadly, he came with a broken arm." FYI: she's been really wanting a skeleton, don't ask me why, so while we were out and about on UNC Chapel Hill's campus this weekend, we ran across this and got it for her. We told her she has to learn what the names of the bones are. :)

Here's that obligatory 1st day of school picture of my 4th and 1st graders ready for action with their Food Lion school supplies bags in hand. :) Scary how quickly time flies.

And here's the girls' lunch today. Nothing fancy, but it was per their request and as you can see, they loved it!

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In these lunches:
  1. Pizza: Arnold's Sandwich Flat Rounds, Mama Mary's Pizza Sauce and Trader Joe's Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  2. Sunmaid Raisins
  3. Fresh Cherries, halved and pitted for Little Sis
  4. Homemade Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Bars
Each also got a bag of chips of their choosing but I realized afterwards that this lunch was a little on the light side. Though we usually save the veggie eating for dinner time, I started to sneak in a little bit of fresh/raw veggies here and there but I didn't have any on hand (bad Mommy!) and I got a little lazy in coming up w/ a good replacement (bad Mommy!). Even Big Sis finshed every morsel as you can plainly see! :)

My day went quickly. Stuck to my vow to exercise and went out on a 36 minute run. Yippe for me! And is this a twist of fate or what that I happened to just run right over this funny sight during my run?!?! Of COURSE I had to take a picture of it to show my friend Kelly Lester of EasyLunchboxes, given her recent blog post about DIY HEALTHY Lunchables. And did she have some fun w/ it! Look how awesome her caption is!! :)

Make homemade Lunchables they won't toss out!

Then it was 1st day of school lunch (and "drinks") w/ my neighbor buddy. Piddled around on Facebook and my blog, made a couple beds and emptied the dishwasher and before I knew it, *POOF* it was time to go pick the girls up from school!

Time to get back into the daily grind as the girls practiced piano for their lessons tomorrow and did some homework. Big Sis already had some right off the bat (as did I w/ all that paperwork to fill out!) but Little Sis just read to her doggie pals. :)

Looking forward to what will hopefully be another great year of school for these girls. :) Now you go and enjoy the rest of your summer for me, ok? :)

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Linda Bouffard said...

Thanks for sharing. Yes, I think it would be better than having kids home for 2 months straight!! Best wishes, Linda


Erin Walker said...

Love that skeleton! Mr. thrifty! So cool! And like I said on Facebook...so jealous! I really think year round school is such a great thing. It's a shame more school districts don't do it. They know for a fact that kids lose a lot of their learning over the long summer...oh well. As for the lunch: love the sandwich flats as pizza crust. Fabulous idea! Gonna have to steal it for my kids first day of school...on August 12. Tick. Tock

Kim of Mo Betta said...

We love our Easy Lunchboxes too! I really need to replace them this year...how lids get lost is beyond me! I've heard other people say that they loved the year round school year too. It's not offered where we live. Which btw is Eastern NC! Go UNC :-) My son is also allergic to nuts, and will start Kindergarten in the Fall, so I'm a little nervous! Thanks for stopping by Makin' it Mo'Betta!

Sarah Paterson-Farrand said...

The year round thing is neat, actually. Is it based on the state you're in? Anyways, great lunch post.. love the before and after pictures (and the trashables rocks)!

Jenn Christ said...

Aww yay for back to school! Love Ferdinand and the skeleton! :D

Stacy Makes Cents said...

This is really smart!!! And easily customizable, no matter the diet! :-) Visiting from Frugal By Choice Cheap by Necessity.

Scarlett said...

We are just starting on Lunchables (my son is 20m). After eating them twice they were thrown on the floor. Sigh! Love the DIY! Will have to checkout the lunchboxes to make it more fun.


SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Great lunch box!

Bethany the ngnrdgrl said...

Cute lunch box! I've been wondering about doing a lunchable style pizza. And that luncable or trashable pic is too funny! Thanks for sharing!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Happy First Day of school!

Kathy Penney said...

Such cute 1st day photos! And I loved Ferdinand too! What a great healthy lunch and they obviously loved it! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

happyvballgirl said...

My pleasure, Linda! THanks so much for hosting and stopping by! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Erin! I have to admit, Pizza Lunchables never seemed very appealing to me, store-bought or homemade! I like my pizza w/ MELTED cheese, cold or not. But somehow these girls are just crazy about 'em so I keep makin' 'em! :) Thanks for stopping by girlfriend! :)

happyvballgirl said...

What's not to love about ELBs, right? ;) LOL about those lids (and sorry, too). Good luck w/ sending your little one off to school! I was pretty nervous myself when I sent Big Sis off to Kindergarten, but relaxed SO much once I saw how seriously they took food allergies and her school and how wonderful everyone was. Whew! I wish you the same kind of experience!

happyvballgirl said...

It is pretty neat. It's actually based on county. I don't think most counties here offer year-round but because growth in my county has been crazy over the past decade, plus, they went to it to help relieve over-crowding w/o having to build more schools. Thanks for the kind words and thanks for stopping by, Sarah! :)

happyvballgirl said...

<3 Thanks, girl!! Mr. Thrifty says 'Hi Jenn'! haha!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks Stacy! It was the girls' idea after seeing the pizza lunchables in the store. i just do as I'm told (sometimes). haha! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Yay to him throwing Lunchables on the floor. My guess (and hope) i that he'll like the homemade ones better. :) Thanks for stopping by, Scarlett!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Swedish Corner!! They're pretty fun and easy to make! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much Bethany! YEah, like I mentioned in an earlier comment, they don't seem to appealing to me - I like my cheese melted on my pizzas, but the girls just totally go nuts for these and gobble them up, so I just keep on makin' 'em. :) Thanks for stopping by!

happyvballgirl said...

Yippppeee! But now it's almost time for the girls to track out - tomorrow in fact, for 3 weeks! now it's vacation time for us! woo hoo! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks so much Kathy!! And thanks for hosting a great linky party! :)

Rebecca said...

I adore everything about this post, from the pics of your precious children, to the "after" lunch picture. Thank you for linking to 15 Minute Fridays Summer Edition!

Emy Cooks said...

I enjoyed your post immensely as my little o ne love pizza too and will try this instead of those premade. I am sure she will enjoy it as well.

Will add the veggies at times..thanks for sharing.