One of the Christmas presents I got for my husband was this:
My husband’s reaction:
He was obviously mystified.
But this is actually a super cool lunchbox and his present was the fact that I would be making him homemade lunches for the year.
My husband’s reaction:
Delicious “wife-made lunches” are a dream come true for my husband since it’s been hard for me to wake up early to make his lunches…the reason being… I’m up for quite a bit in the night with our youngest.
But, her horrific eczema has calmed down and her stomach issues are better (after eliminating soy and most gluten), so we’re finally weaning her off of co-sleeping.
I know, I never thought I’d be THAT mom, but I’m proudly a sort-of extended breastfeeding, quasi-attachment parenting, semi-crunchy mom…(I’m SO firmly grounded in my parenting identity, I’m sure you can tell)…but other than tending to my kids’ skin and stomach sensitivities…. we all know how fleeting childhood is; I’ll turn around twice and they’ll both be in COLLEGE instead of…story time at the library!
Nooooo!!!!! I’m not ready! I’m not ready!
I know their adulthood is there, looming over our future.
So I just want to enjoy my babies while they’re still babies. I know I only have a few…one? year more (at best) of rocking them to sleep. My oldest can hardly fit into my lap now as it is, her long gangling legs flopping down my side while she stares up at me singing Barney’s “I love you” as I we sing after her sister is asleep.
Anyhoo, I’m getting more sleep so my husband is getting his homemade lunches. Although you wouldn’t be able to tell by his eternally svelte physique, my man loves food.
“Gotta eat this so I can do my Science!”
So here is what one of his “Bento” lunches look like:
Basically it’s leftovers (the gnocchi) plus things I whip together in the morning. Then I put them in very neatly in his bento box.
“Bento” means “lunchbox” in Japanese and it’s just that, a lunch box. It’s what many men, women and children take with them to school and work.
I first learned about bento from Japanese anime and Korean dramas. Whala!
I actually started making bentos way back in 2008! After watching “We are dating now” with Chae Rim! There’s so much to say about bento and how much fun they are to create that I’ll just save that for another post.
But if you want to get started with making bentos for your husband, wife, or child….check out Makiko Itoh’s website:
You can also click to check out her book:
If you want to check out the lunchbox that I got for my Hubbs, click below:
If you want to see loads of cute bento stuff, click one of the cute things below:
Ok…I will be the first to say I got carried away with finding cute lunchboxes. Click to see if you like any of them 😉
I will DEFINITELY write a follow-up post because bento is more than just a lunch, it’s a creative hobby and a way to say
I love you!
p.s. If you see words, posters, or links in my post, those are things that I’ve handpicked and put in my blog especially for you. They lead to more information and if you like, you can buy what is featured; it’s usually a book, an online movie rental, or a cool product.