I forget from which blogger I gained this idea, but I salute you, whoever and wherever you are.
But first, the background--chapter 4 in our ongoing health saga unfolded this morning at 4am with R saying his ears hurt, so instead of returning back to school as planned, we went *back* to the pediatrician, and sure enough, he has a double ear infection as a result of his lingering flu.
R was so looking forward to seeing his friends again and staying for "Lunch Bunch" today. We packed his lunch last night and he was literally dancing around the kitchen in excitement. So...instead of eating at school, I tried to make the best of bad situation and we ate like this instead:
(G had to be confined to his highchair--I can't imagine what sort of mess I would have had on my hands otherwise!)
Of course, a picnic outside would have been preferable, but instead of the high 60s and sunny weather that we had yesterday, our backyard is basically a big puddle.
Having a picnic inside, complete with the blanket and his tent gave R an instant shot-in-the-arm. What a great, simple, easy way to help your kid have a special lunch, even on a rainy, cruddy day.