I am planning this week's menu on the fly. Today was 'Fend for Yourself', but here are some things we're gonna have (in no particular order):
Tongkatsu Chicken, Quinoa, Steamed Broccoli, Pineapple
BLT Sandwiches, Pasta Salad with carrots, olives, zucchini, and whatever else I can find in the fridge to toss in, Nectarine Sorbet
Vegetarian Tacos or Tostadas, Green salad and Mango
Smoked Sausage, Quinoa, Mixed Vegetables
Omelettes w/cheese and green onion, Hash browns, Wheat toast, OJ.
That will get us through the week, because Sunday we have a road trip! We've stocked up on snacks for the ride, we've gathered a selection of 'new' books and toys (things Little Sweetie hasn't seen/played with in quite a while), and we're loading the MP3 with some radio shows and music. We'll be on the road for 12 hours. Well, it's supposed to be a 12 hour drive, so we'll probably be on the road for ETERNITY.
If you have any tips or tricks for traveling that long with a toddler, please share them, I beg you! We are starting out in the wee hours so she'll be sleeping for some of the ride, and we're figuring one of us will be in the back seat with her some of the time, so we can read stories, color, etc. We're taking the soccer ball so we can run around at all the rest stops and have some fun. We're packing healthy snacks that consist of everyday foods that she's used to, along with our required can of aerosol spray cheese (some traditions can't be changed!), and we're loading some of her favorite music for in the car as well. She's too young for travel games like 'slugbug' or alphabet bingo, but I have these markers that only write on the paper that comes with them. I hope she's willing to share those - they look really fun!
What do you do on long trips, if you're not the driver? How do you pass the time?