Because they were all fosters before, the kids just ate the free breakfast and lunches at school. It was necessary for us at the time, not just in money savings, but in the time and chaos of having kids come and go every week or so and never knowing who would actually be living here by morning. Having settled into this family of adopted kids, one of the most exciting changes from their perspective is getting to take their lunch this year (also, they just never asked before).
Yesterday they asked for salad, so I mixed bowls of spinach and mixed greens and kale and carrots and broccoli and sunflower seeds and soy nuts and a tiny bit of cheese, and put a bit of dressing on it. I threw in soymilk and cherries as well. They loved it!
Today they have pepperoni and mozzarella roll-ups, applesauce, sugar snap peas, peaches we dried ourselves for dessert, and soymilk. They are so excited, and I love that they are enjoying it. It makes me so happy, this very tiny piece of a very normal life!