Monday, April 30, 2012

grab a basket

We are a little behind on National Picnic Day, but everyday is a great day for a picnic I say!

Of course what starts out as a picnic can always end in pond jumping, fishing, running through the sprinkler, splashing around in a freezing pool, and great conversations because with a picnic anything goes. 

Part of the fun of picnics is checking out the fun foods that different families pack and to steal ideas for next time. 

 Running from the pond to the pool & swimming in your clothes was a great start to summer fun.

Of course the best part of the day was spending time with our wonderful Sunday School Class that God has blessed us with!
I knew it was a good day when Kase said, "thank you so much for letting my friends come over and have a picnic, I really really appreciate it, this has been a fun day Mom!" I couldn't have agreed more. 

Picnics are a common thing at our house. The boys kind of have one everyday ,all day in a way. I have 2 major snackers, well actually 3 they get it honest from their Dad. If I had a door to my kitchen it would be revolving, I am sure we have worn a path out on our floor to the snack cabinet. It is inevitable that these boys are going to snack it is just in their genes. As long as they eat healthy meals and healthy snacks I am ok with this. However I am not ok with spending 75% of my day helping them pick out just the right snack at just the right time.  I have tried keeping healthy snacks at their level in the pantry where they can help themselves but after I found trails of these snacks I knew this was not best idea.
This is where the all day picnics come into play. If we are going to be home for the majority of the day (which is rare) I pack their lunchboxes with healthy mom approved snacks. They can choose and snack from their lunch boxes but when they are gone they are gone. Also no substitutions are made. We do not make trades in this house so what is in their box is what they get.

 Who knows how long this will work but we will ride it out while it lasts. 
Happy Picnicking!!


  1. Hey Brooke -- something else you might try with the boys -- Muffin tins. Fill each compartment on a muffin tin with something healthy (carrot sticks, a couple of grapes, a few graham crackers, cheese cubes, broccoli pieces, whatever). Then you can just pull it out and they snack from that as the day goes by. Do a Google search for Muffin Tin Mondays and you'll find all kinds of examples.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your project to Mauvin' Monday! When you get a chance, don't forget to stop by and share your Twitter account on the new Tweet Leap!


  3. It looks like you had a wonderful day! God bless you! I am a new follower from the blog hop on Ducks 'n a Row. Hope you will come over and visit me at The Blessed Couponer and follow back. :)

  4. I had been looking for ideas how to store and tote picnic food--now that I have gotten rid of plastic but haven't been able to afford lots of glass containers. Canning jars! and I have lots of the small ones left from a project, perfect size for snacks and such. Thanks!

  5. Looks like fun. Great shots.