Not featured is the cute bear shaped hard boiled egg that I forgot about and had to put in a separate container. I'm not going to lie... yesterday evening as I mixed up the sushi rice I said to the girls "I can't make fancy lunches and dinner" then I called Mr F and told him to bring home pizza. It took SEVERAL hours to do this and I know it doesn't look like all that much... but... it is. Just trust. I'm experimenting to see how long I can keep the rice shapes in the fridge and have them still be edible. If they can stay for a day or two then this whole thing is a lot more doable. Of course the point was to entice Baby to eat more... and... she doesn't like sushi rice (she's nuts).
(Baby with snowman outside of Tsai Grocery)
FYI, for any local person who is interested in going crazy and spending all night hand crafting their children's lunches, Tsai Grocery has a random and ever changing selection of bento things. I got my hardboiled egg molds there last year (not there now), the rice molds and little picks I got yesterday. Their prices are pretty comparable to what you'll find online, and of course you won't have to pay shipping. They also have bento boxes, but since this is an experiment, I didn't get any of those yet. It is also a good place to pick up sushi rice, nori, sushi seasoning, and cute little panda cookies ;)
In other news, I put together a pretty nice goodbye card for the Koreans. I'm hoping and praying I get it delivered before their last day! (It is going to be CLOSE) Mr. F had spend every morning at school trying to take a good class photo but there was always someone sick. Finally, I just took a couple with my phone with what we had. Thank God, because I had no idea how long shipping and processing was going to take. I got one of them smiling-ish (see last post) for the cover, one of them waving on the inside with a goodbye message and all of their names, and then a goofy shot for the back of the card with their school, class, and year on it. I ordered enough to give the kids that are leaving next week, and have the others waiting for when the other two kids go back later in the year. I think it will be a great momento for the kids to take home with them. I also ordered little South Korean and US toothpick flags (from toothpickflag.com) and I got those in a couple of days... no expedited shipping... fyi, in case you ever need little flags! I'm going to bring in rice krispie treats with the flags stuck in them on their last day (or cupcakes.... but the icing will ruin the flags). I also ordered best friend necklaces for Ruby to give her Korean friends, and hopefully Mr F is taking a picture of her little friend group which we will frame and give them to take home as well. And, YAY!, we did figure out email and skype with her friend that is leaving next week... and we have a couple of months to figure it out with her other friend. So that is a load off. I feel pretty good about it all. I think we've done everything we can to make this a meaningful goodbye for the Koreans and for Kid.
(Kid wearing her rearview spy glasses....
proof that sometimes our life isn't overwhelming stress and sadness)
It's hard to tell in this picture (because capturing actual snow fall is not easy) but the snow is really coming down this morning...
(Looks like my snow tires will finally get put to the test!)