My Three Kid Circus

This may be as crazy as it gets… but we're lovin' it!

RACK’ing Day 8…Is it Working? December 8, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah @ 10:14 pm

I’ll be the first to admit, part of the goal of participating in RACK’ing is that I want being kind to become a way of life for my kids.

Our “planned” activity was to assemble bags to deliver to the homeless, and we did do that, but what is really share-worth today are my kids’ reports of things that they did on their own, without my prompting:

*My kindergartener helped a classmate open his carton of milk. I love that he was so excited to come home and tell me all about it!

*He also made a card for a schoolmate battling leukemia.

*My daughter helped a teammate on her jump rope team who is working hard to accomplish several new tricks. This is a big deal for my daughter because she has a hard time in a “teaching role.” It was made more special because we got an email from the girl’s mom thanking my daughter!

*My daughter also set the table without being asked. Hey, it’s the small things that count!

*My middle son asked if we could decorate the entrance of our division as an RACK…hoping we can get to this before someone beats us to it!

A reader asked what we were going to put into our homeless kits, and it took me a bit to figure this one out. Here’s what we ended up compiling:

*Hygiene kits, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, shampoo/conditioner, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, a razor, bars of soap – all packed into a ziplock bag

*Food, including a couple apples, tuna, green beans, granola bars, apple sauce, peanut butter, crackers, Christmas candy, ramen noodles, a couple packets of cocoa

*Survival supplies, including a large plastic bag and a stocking cap

*We also have a special bag of dog food/treats if we run into someone that has a dog

Most everything from the hygiene kits came from my linen closet. Most of these are sample sized items or overstock (like the toothbrushes and floss that we seem to get in bulk from the dentist…or maybe we just don’t have good dental hygiene J). I did buy food, but I bought things that could be divided. And the dog stuff we just had from a dog “party” that we went to and got a ton of samples that we are sharing. Trying to figure out how we could pack a warm meal too, but I’m not sure if our schedule will allow it…


RACK’ing Days 5, 6, and 7 December 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah @ 8:30 pm

Day 5 has been my personal favorite day of RACK’ing so far. It was really my day to RACK based on the chosen act, but it was the kids’ idea, and on a less busy day, they could have been much more involved. Our family opted to deliver a meal to a family who could use a helping hand…and by this, they meant they wanted to help someone who is just plain ‘ol busy! We chose a family together: this family is of course, insanely busy. Three active kids, two working parents. Mom teaches piano, which means the busiest part of her day is after school and through dinner time. They are also good friends of ours and so it made them an easy choice. It happened that another friend and I were baking that morning, so dessert was a slam dunk. And making a dinner for them? Wow, it actually made MY life easier because I just doubled a recipe that meant I had dinner ready to go too, on our busiest night of the week! Gotta love that!

Day 6 ended up being, well, random. The kids wrapped gifts for the girl we adopted through our school. They made cards for the same girl and a school-mate battling cancer. My daughter reports that she cleared away her friends’ lunch garbage too J

Which brings us to Day 7. We were supposed to clear drains but ended up with playdates that ended up to be dinner-dates. Sometimes it’s just good to hang out and have a good laugh (or in this case, wrestle match) with your buddies!

What have you been up to?


Daddy’s Lunch September 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah @ 5:29 pm


The Contents – Daddy’s ham roll-up, pears, carrots, grapes and a fudge stripe cookie

The Details – Last weekend, my husband was scrounging through the fridge for something to make the kids and ended up rolling deli ham into tortillas. Apparently is was the best thing ever and my kids have been begging me to make them all week.

And so I did.

And my daughter claimed I made them all wrong, that they were supposed to be “messy, with meat hanging all over the place”. Okay. Mental note taken.

The boys have two rolls stacked, just one for the girl.

The Verdict – Lunches eaten. I still cannot believe how much my baby eats.


1 Day to the Earth Day Challenge! April 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah @ 4:15 pm

Don’t forget, tomorrow is my Earth Day Challenge!  I can’t wait to hear about all of the fun waste-free lunches you are packing.

Here is yesterday’s lunch…today’s was so blah, I didn’t even bother to take a picture of it.

The Contents – Granny smith apple, carrots, kiwi wedges.  Bean and cheese quesadilla, Calabee peas and a Peep.

The Details – Pretty self-explanatory, eh?  I’m not even sure what to say about this one…

The Verdict – Way too much lunch today, one came home with almost all her quesadilla, other other came home with most of his fruit.  Of course, the Peep was missing from both boxes 🙂


Peepshi March 30, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah @ 12:11 pm

Yep, you pretty much need to go and check this out NOW.  Whether you’re a fan of Peeps or not, what kid wouldn’t be pleased as punch to see these little treats showing up in their lunchbox next month?  Peepshi.  It can’t get much better than this.

Photo by Robyn Lee, original post by Grace Kang



ABC October 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sarah @ 10:14 am

This lunch is dedicated to Little Man, my youngest, who really just wants to learn his ABCs and 123s in a totally way than his older brother and sister.  Because he’s like that, he always has been and its probably a fabulous survival skill.  It drives me a little batty, but he keeps me honest and humble and its one of the things I love most about him.  Little Man learns by context and application and so in an effort to get more phonetics out of him, this lunch is all about him.

The Contents:  Apple slices, Banana, Chocolate Chip Cookies,  Duck sammy, half an Egg, Fishy crackers, Grapes and Ham on House picks.

The Details – A pretty basic lunch, I’m just impressed that I could get this far into the alphabet by  just poking around my fridge.  And my huband says there’s no food in the house.

The Verdict – Posting early today, so I don’t know what they kids think of it post-lunch, but the older two had fun helping me come up with food ideas.  They thought the concept was pretty fun, despite being very mature 7 and 9 year olds.  Snort.


Getting Back on Track September 27, 2010

Filed under: Bento,Uncategorized — Sarah @ 8:43 am

Does it ever look like your refrigerator vomited on your counters?  That was my house this morning.  Yesterday was grocery shopping day and I think that I was overwhelmed with my lunch making options, and then my seven year old decided to wake up at 6:00 and make himself breakfast…well you get the picture.

The Contents – In the open box, Dude had Nabisco’s Flatbread Crackers, booty, cheese stars, yogurt covered raisins and two Trader Joe Letter cookies.  And no, there is no significance to the letter and number he got.  My husband has eaten thru the tub and left random crumbs. We’re to the bottom of the bucket.

In the divided container, Dude has a scoop of tuna salad (in a mini silicone muffin cup), garbanzo beans, runt carrots from our garden, nectarines, grapes, apple slices and carrot sticks.

The Details – My kids love, love tuna.  Its hard to send in sandwiches though, so I typically send rice cakes or crackers and they spread it themselves.  I used canola mayo, so being just on an ice pack should have been fine (right?).

The Verdict – Dude licked his boxes clean and was still starving when he got home.  My daughter, who had a similar lunch (but with her carrots and booty sent for her midday snack instead) didn’t finish her beans or runty carrots but is eating them as I type…Good stuff, good stuff.

ETA:  Ack!  I’m late in joining, but go check out some more fun lunches here!