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My name is Donna and I am a mother of three amazingly loud and wild boys. My son Bryland was born in September 2007. My son Jackson was born 14 months later in November 2008. And my youngest was born in January 2011. I’ve been married to most amazing and Godly man, Jeremy, since August 2004. Since I became a mom, I was blessed to stay home for 2 years and returned to teaching half-time Kindergarten but it was very challenging for our family, so I am home again. :) I absolutely love my family and my Jesus!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Fick Five Goodbyn Reveal!

Well, you've seen a couple of the Goodbyn's that the boys have decorated and now you get to see all five of them.  

Side view with the handles showing.

Bottom view.

All Five of our Goodbyn Lunch Boxes.

Here's Jeremy's lunch box decorated by Bryland and Jackson. 
This is mine and as you can see I have a ring on my finger and a crown.  :)  Yes, I had fun decorating mine.

This is Bryland's lunch box and he's very proud that he's 5 now!
Here's Jackson's again.  
And Graydon's that Bryland decorated.  Did you notice that the boys and Jeremy all have the same "eyes"?

The boys wanted to help me when I was trying to get pictures of the lunch boxes.  Bryland is very excited to use his.

Jackson again and of course he's wearing his favorite colors.

They were walking all over the house with their lunch boxes.  

And Graydon wanted to do it on his own.  We're still in PJs because I had them decorate them after breakfast and their chores.  :)  Then we had school.
So far I am loving the Goodbyn Lunch boxes, however, the easiest way to clean them is run them through the dishwasher.  And I usually run my dishwasher at night so I have nothing to use to prepare lunch for the next day unless I go back to the old fashion ziplock bags.  The other challenge is fitting all 5 of them in the dishwasher with all of our other dishes.  I will have to figure out a better system.

The good news is I ordered the boys' Yubo lunch boxes and they will be arriving tomorrow sometime.  I am one of those crazy people who track orders like crazy.  :)  I plan to use them this Friday when the boys are at Friday School.  The boys always pack a snack when they go and this Friday I have cleaning duties to fulfill so I also need to pack them a lunch while I clean.  It's going to be a crazy day because after cleaning we go straight to Bryland's gymnastics.  Pray for me!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Original Goodbyn has arrived!!!

On Friday, we received two of the Original Goodbyn Bento Lunch boxes I ordered.  I had to contact Goodbyn to find out where I could still order these from since they'll have their new designs out in 2013.

Goodbyn suggested Raspberry Kids and Fenigo.  I ended up ordering two from Kid's Land since they had the Red Orange , which is Jackson's favorite color.  I also ordered the blue one since Graydon doesn't know what his favorite color is yet.  The other 3 that belongs to Bryland, Jeremy and myself are still on their way from CANADA!!! just arrived on Monday from Fenigo.  I'll post pictures later.

When Jackson woke from his late nap, he wasn't very chipper and you can see by the pictures how whiny he was then how happy he was by the end.  :)
Uh, stop taking pictures of me!
Hmmm...where are the stickers?
There they are.  :)
I get to use ALL of these?
Okay, if you let me open presents when I wake from every nap, I'll be happy.

I ran the lunch boxes through the dishwasher and had Jackson decorate his and Bryland decorated Graydon's since at the time his hadn't arrived.  

Here are the stickers that came with each of the Goodbyn Lunch Boxes.  (Sorry they curled up on the bottom.)

We started putting their names on the water bottles first.  The cap screws on and I decided to have them put their stickers on the side where the "loop" was so their names would be exposed and they could use that part to pull out the drinks.

I put my phone next to it for size comparison.
Bryland putting Graydon's name on the water bottle.
He was so excited to find the perfect letters for his name.
As you can see, we didn't put the stickers on the side of the "loop" here but it's ok.  (I'll fix it later.)
My sweet boy.  His eyes always sparkles.
What a great big brother!!!

Then they decorated the outside of the Goodbyn Lunch Boxes and it was so much fun.  Of course the teacher inside of me went over the "plan" of where to place the eyes, nose, mouth, etc. and then I let them go at it.  I did have to help make sure that there were no air bubbles and they turned out so great!

I love how they got to personalize it.  It was so cute to listen to why they chose each sticker.  Hehehehe, I love my kids.  

The outside of Jackson's work.
The inside with the water bottle showing.
The outside of Graydon's that Bryland worked so hard on.
And the inside.
I was very bummed that we didn't get all 5 of our Goodbyn boxes in time for our Church trip to the Pumpkin Patch.  I packed these two for the older boys.  Doesn't it look great?  

Trader Joe's Sour Cream Popcorn, Target Cheese Balls, Trader Joe's Petite Cocoa Batons (the tiny dessert spot next to water bottle), ice water (to help keep lunches cold), green snap peas, ham sandwich, string cheese and red seedless grapes.
And this box on top is what I packed for Jeremy.  I bought this I believe in the Dollar section at Target a couple years ago.  

Can you see Jackson's impatient hand?
Snap peas, red seedless grapes, ham sandwich and string cheese that he didn't like.
Hope you enjoyed this post!  Let me know how I'm doing so I can become a better blogger and obviously photographer.  I'll post pictures of all 5 of our Goodbyn Lunch Boxes soon and how to mold hard boiled eggs.  :)  Have a blessed week.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bento Excitement!!!

For awhile now, I've been wanting to make Bento Lunches but being on the Dave Ramsey Plan we have a limited shopping budget.  So, what was a girl to do?  I decided to sell some baby things that we no longer need (since we are done having babies) and things that we didn't need around the house.  This allowed me to order The Original Goodbyn Lunch Boxes for all 5 of us.  I figured once I plan our meals better, buy in bulk and waste less we could save even more money.  

The Original Goodbyn Lunch Boxes with ears.  The boys will each have their own colors.  Jeremy and I will have ones without ears.  I was tempted to get the Raspberry ones with ears though.  

However, I have also started a list of other bento boxes I hope to get in the future with other fun tools to help make our lunches even more fun and enjoyable.  Here are a few that are on my wish list.

Yubo, probably what I'll try to save up next for.  The faceplates can be personalized and are interchangeable.  For drinks, they have these velcro pouches that you can attach to the side of the box.
Goodbyn Bynto are smaller than the original but still come with stickers and the cute ears.  The water bottles are now sold separately.
PlanetBox has two different sizes available (Rover and Launch).  You can also find them at Pottery Barn, however they only have limited options to choose from.  I have read reviews that they leak so all liquids should be in their round containers (dippers and satellite dish).
Laptop Lunch Boxes have many colors available and many options to choose from.  I like that these are sold at Whole Foods so I can easily purchase them when we are able.  However, they currently only have one color available and I would prefer the boys all have their favorite colored boxes (and Jeremy and I too).
Our schedule has been so busy the last several months that I've had no time to craft.  Crafting was "my time" and was and still is a much needed time, however, we are unable to carve time out for this so I figured this would be my new hobby.  A hobby that would allow me to save more by wasting less, making healthier food, make eating fun for my boys, feed my husband (his main love language...yes food...but really Acts of Service) and I'm sure much more.

I'm sure as I begin to make these lunches, it won't look as cute as many of the Bentos I've seen on several amazing blogs...but maybe one day I will be able to do that.  :)  We will see where this takes me since I'm Sew Fickle!  I'll do my best to take pictures of our Goodbyn and what I decide to pack first.  :)