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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Does anybody have any recommendations for a lunchbox???? I'm looking for a bento style one as I need to send vegetarian meals for my DD, any great ones out there? How about a thermos? I've put this off for way too long!!! I'm still in denial that I have two kids going to all day school at the same time! Thanks in advance
    Oooh! I found this website last year that has all kinds of bento boxes for kids.
    http://secure.laptoplunches.com/item...c=BENTO_KIT&Bc=
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    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.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    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.
    We went to the zoo while we were in Tucson and Kylie got to feed the giraffes, she got such a kick out of it. We picked the perfect day to go because it was kind of rainy so the animals were out and about instead of hiding. When we got to the elephants they all got into the pool and were swimming and playing in the water. It was so fun to watch a big huge mama elephant splashing and playing with her baby! I love the zoo.
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    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    We went to the zoo while we were in Tucson and Kylie got to feed the giraffes, she got such a kick out of it. We picked the perfect day to go because it was kind of rainy so the animals were out and about instead of hiding. When we got to the elephants they all got into the pool and were swimming and playing in the water. It was so fun to watch a big huge mama elephant splashing and playing with her baby! I love the zoo.
    We have gone to several zoo's this year. My mom bought the girls a pass to our local zoo for their birthdays. It is a small zoo, but close by. We went about once a week all year. They have a story time on Tuesday's where they bought one animal out a week and let the girls touch them and taught about that animal in depth. They also did fun things like after reading the story of the torturous and the hair, they had a real tortuous and a real hair race to see who would win. We also went to the Atlanta, GA zoo, Animal Kingdom, the Washington DC zoo, and the Erie, PA zoo this year. I enjoy it, and I believe the girls have learned way more about animals than if they had been in a traditional classroom.

    ETA - If you buy a zoo membership to one zoo, many times other zoo's are free or greatly discounted with your zoo membership.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    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.
    That is too bad.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    I really like these containers: Best Lunch Box for Work, School - Bento Lunchboxes - Pack Fast
    They arent really bento boxes, but I like that there is one lid to open and lunch is all laid out. Makes it easier for little fingers, and they dont get a ton of time to eat lunch. They also fit perfect in a Walmart character lunchbox, or the lands end ones with a drink. Ziploc apparently makes something similar, but i cant find them here.
    I have the Ziploc ones that I use for T, and they are great. It's funny, I literally just recommended these to my boss like an hour ago because she was talking about how they are not allowed to send plastic baggies to her daughter's preschool (has anyone ever heard of such a thing???) for their lunches.

    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.
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