Now that Bunny's kindergarten stays late 3 days a week, I'm packing lunches in earnest. There was a brief respite as she was lured in by the thrill of hot lunches at her school, but after a couple tries, she declared she didn't want to eat hot lunches any more. (And I don't blame her.)
I am thankful to applesauce cups, yogurt cups, and Lara bars (which I buy two cases at a time from Whole Foods) for making school lunches easy on the days I am pressed for time. And now that Bun can peel her own clementines those make their way into her lunch almost every day.
Most public school kids in this area eat their lunches outside year round, something that shocked my mom when we moved to California during the winter from Hawaii. There, I ate in a cafeteria, even when it was nice outside.
Now that's its cold, I've been packing lunches in a wide-mouth Thermos container. The bento boxes have been set aside for now. I heat leftovers and then pack them into the Thermos. This is also where my Zojirushi rice cooker (that keeps rice warm for up to a day or so) comes in handy. Bunny's favorite lunch so far is leftover take-out Chinese (chicken curry or sweet and sour pork) packed on top of rice. The other day she told me she ate it for her snack she was looking forward to it so much. Other days she takes soup (warm "chicken matzo ball noodle soup" is huge hit) or pasta.
So that's where we are with the lunches. How's it going for you?