We are a school lunch school which is very very lucky as I am a function over form kinda girl and don't do cute lunches.
Especially for people who need to be out the door by 6:40.
At that time of day you're lucky to be getting brekky!
But in the school holidays we have a more relaxed schedule and Amy is on a real cuteify-your-meal phase and at least if it's a bento we get away with only one dish. Her DIY at-home meals on the other hand.....
Anyway, Meg wanted me to surprise her with her lunch so I gave it a go.
My score is 0-2 for her being able to guess what I was going for but she's been thrilled anyway both times so it's a win-win, huh?
I was going for the sun and some kind of flower. Meg got a ladybird and an egg octopus out of it. Hmmmmmm.....
On that day Amy made herself two rice balls wrapped with labels and the seaweed held separately to keep it crisp (soooo fiddly!) a lunch box of stuff-that-goes-with-rice and a container of apple sauce (gotta use up that apple sauce!)
She also arranged everything for the photo...
And this is Meg making Daddy's lunch:
That huge slab of seaweed would have been fun to eat with chopsticks but Daddy was THRILLED to have a Meg-produced lunch.
I turned this pic around three times but it won't stay turned so please tip your head to the right for a moment:
I was going for a couple of birds under a sakura branch and some random tomato rocks for veggie-rifficness. Meg got 'Two happy shu-mai and some eyebrows.' Yeah, Coz eyebrows is an obvious bento choice right?
Oh well. Thrilled is thrilled, right?
But then Amy went and upped the ante again:
Yes, she made all that by herself. Right down to the blush on the panda's cheeks.
I'm really not sure we're related sometimes....
And I think, as a supportive mum of a budding food designer, I should probably buy the poor kid some more lunchbox dividers as that's the same Anpanman set I bought when she started kinder....