I rocked back to school. Nope, that’s a fail.


Twas the night before the start of school, when all through the house, not a child was stirring …

**reality check: they were but weren’t in bed. I kept hearing the thumps and giggles. What’s that book called again, about going the f to sleep? *sigh*

There was only one thing left to do and we were all ready. I began the first of many school lunches.

Standing there and scowling at the job but mostly at the pieces of bread, I couldn’t help but reminisce. Wait, didn’t I just do this? Did Summer really pass that quickly?

I re-focused and scolded myself. It’s the first day of making lunches, don’t start this already! So, I did what I’ve never done before in an attempt to put a different spin on the school lunches.

I took out the star cookie cutter. Oh yes I did.

school lunch sandwiches

I cut Isabelle’s sandwich into a star, yet it was kinda small. So I made 2. What a waste! … Nope, better outlook, remember?!

I didn’t stop there. I got out a ‘You are a superstar’ sticker and slapped it on the lid of the lunch container. While it all looked kinda silly to me, I thought that this might put a smile on her face for her first day of school.

Fast forward to today: I’m sipping coffee while my daughter is at her first day of school, and it all suddenly becomes clear. What have I done?

I ran through the scenarios in my head and came to a few conclusions.

Isabelle will open the lunch and be very confused. ‘Who made my lunch?‘ There’s no way she’ll think that was me, and if so, what was I up to?

What if she’s bugged about it? She’ll be the sandwich-star-girl with the cutesy stickers. Fabulous.

Not to mention the bar I’ve raised – I just punished myself. We all know these shaped sandwiches won’t make a re-appearance any time soon. So now it’ll be like I don’t care for the rest of the year.

Oh, and just wait until June rolls around. This past year proved what a tired parent at the end of the year is like. Lunches? Did I even send them in June?

Great, now I get to hear, “remember when you packed those star sandwiches on the first day of school?” when I’m failing miserably come Spring. Yet we know that she’ll really be thinking, “you know, when you used to love me“. Ugh!

If you are reading this and doubt that will happen, here’s some proof. If you are a regular reader, you’ll know I always go all out and make special birthday cakes for the kids each year. Except this one time, when Isabelle had her party at the bowling alley. Schedule, timing {blah, blah, blah} – I bought her birthday cake.

While that’s not a bad thing, it is for a parent that is known to ALWAYS make their kids a cake. Always. And yes, every year my daughter makes mention of, “that time you bought my cake, Mom, and didn’t make it …“.

So, there it is.

I either rocked back to school or completely bombed. A big ‘ol Fail now and perhaps pay the price for the rest of the year.

Can I just blame pinterest?




  1. Haylie Langwald says

    Well, you could always tell her the star sandwiches are a new first day back to school thing, and only will be done on that first day lol. I agree on those cutters being a big waste of food, I’ve gotten rid of mine.

    • Tammi says

      Very true, make it a first day tradition or something … just don’t tell the twins, I don’t want to have to make THAT MANY star sandwiches! UGH!

  2. Amanda says

    Hahaha! I use to use dinosaur cutters for our kids’ sandwiches. >.> Sometimes they still ask for them. I love the ones that are bread shaped! They’re awesome. (Our daughter has the same lunch bag and containers yours does)

  3. Chandra Christine O'Connor says

    its cute. and lol that she didnt think you made her lunch. my youngest is 20 and I still hear remember in grad 3 when you forgot to bring me my lunch. oh my.

    • Tammi says

      I had an afternoon appointment that was running late and all I thought was, ‘and NOW I’m also the parent that down’t pick her kid up from school. lovely’ – made it JUST in time!!! GAH, what a day!

  4. Sandy says

    This is hilarious, what a great read for the first day of school. I lean on the no side of fancy lunches, just don’t get why? Let us know what your daughter says when she gets home, I would have loved to see her reaction when she opened up that lunch bag!

    • Tammi says

      She thought I was a little nuts, but also nice. I didn’t press the issue but I hope there’s no expectation for a repeat! Ha!

  5. says

    LOL!! Hilarious! Though Im betting you probably made her day! Im with you though, those cutters waste SO much – I try to limit my use of them!

  6. Judy C (Cowan) says

    Who thought star shaped sandwiches could cause so much stress….lol I am sure she will love them!


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