This morning I took the girls to the story time at the zoo. They got to feed the camels. It was so neat. The Camel put Caitlyn's whole hand in him mouth almost up to her elbow. I did not get a good picture of her because I was holding her. I did get a good picture of Brianna feeding him though.
I'm doing this for Claire's lunch bag (which she already has). Rubbermaid stuff is freaking awesome for durability and quality. Plus, this is pretty inexpensive and the ice tray thing is pretty cool.
LunchBlox Kids Flat Lunch Box Food Containers | Rubbermaid#
The zoo stuff sounds fun! We really enjoyed the zoo in Washington DC and the kids are going to the Bronx Zoo with their sitter tomorrow. They don't go back to school until the 9th so we still have a lot of time to fill and all the organized summer activities (camps, classes) have stopped!
ETA - If you buy a zoo membership to one zoo, many times other zoo's are free or greatly discounted with your zoo membership.
Our zoo got trashed by the flood. Most of the animals did get moved, but they lost a few - I think at least one or two peacocks and a pot bellied pig or something like that. Plus recently 2 penguins died from some kind of bacterial infection. They were going to put the gorillas and large cats into the holding cells of the courthouse. They didn't end up doing that, though. :)
Tiven didn't like the bento boxes. We tried a simple set from a local Japanese store and a "system" like Lisa posted where all the stuff fits into an insulated cooler. The simple set was really neat because you could move the dividers around to fit whatever you were packing, but it leaked, and since there weren't lids on each section, just one large lid, if something leaked or if one of the dividers got out of place, everything got all over everything else. The "system" had individual lids and it didn't leak, but Tiven couldn't open the boxes, and we also couldn't pack a sandwich because none of the containers was the right shape, or maybe our bread is the wrong shape, LOL.
Now we just have a ton of the cheap "GladWare" boxes in a variety of sizes & shapes and a lunch bag similar to this one. Sandwiches get cut in half & stacked in a middle-sized container. Pasta salad goes in a flat container. Chopped veggies & fruit go in smaller containers, hummus & ranch dressing go in the tiny ones, and they all get packed into the bag with a flat ice pack in the bottom. We also have an insulated container for mac & cheese or soup that will sit flat in the bottom of the bag.
I don't think I've updated here, so update on my house situation. Last Monday (like a week ago) we had the inspection for that house we were buying....and it was AWFUL. When they remodeled the house, they messed up the wiring and it was a major fire hazard. It also needed stuff like a new fence, to be repainted, a small leak in the main line, et cetera. So, we went back to them and said that we would take care of the paint and fence and whatnot, but we needed them to hire a licensed electrician to inspect and repair the wiring. They refused (I still can't believe they refused! How are they going to sell that house with effed up fire hazard wiring???) so we walked. In the meantime, we are closing on our old house this upcoming Friday, although luckily they agreed to rent it back to us for one month if need be.
So, we went out house shopping again this weekend, and found another house, thankfully. We saw it the first day it was on the market, and we decided to jump immediately thank goodness. When our realtor called, they said they were expecting to get another offer later that day, so we decided to offer an extra $5K over asking price, and we wrote a cover letter telling them how much we loved the house and couldn't wait to make new memories there with our children and whatnot...and it actually worked! Their realtor told our realtor that the other offer they received was very similar to ours, but that they picked ours because they liked us better because of our letter. Pshew! So now we're under contract again, with a new house. All things considered, I actually like this new house better except for the location. It's not a bad location, it's just a bit farther away from T's school and whatnot, which isn't a huge deal. We timed it and it's less than 10 minutes extra drive time, so that's not a huge deal. I was just excited that T was going to be able to walk to school eventually, and now he definitely won't. Oh well, small thing in the grand scheme of things. Over all, I think this is a nicer house with a nicer yard, and hopefully it won't burn down around our ears. The inspection is on Friday though, so fingers crossed until then.