The Kitchen is Closed

September 26, 2010

in Lifestyle

I have been grocery shopping three times in the last week and not because I forgot anything.

My children will not stop eating.

Today alone they each had breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 7, yes 7 snacks. I'm not talking small snacks either. They want an entire package of peanut butter crackers. Between the two of them they ate an entire tub of these cute little pumpkin cookies.

Ok, so I ate two pumpkin cookies.

When I went to the store on Friday, I purchased a weeks worth of food and snacks.

It is almost all gone.

$109 worth of groceries and I have 2 days worth of lunch left and one dinner.

They ate half a box of cereal today! They drank half a gallon of milk!

In three days they ate 6 bananas, 8 packages of peanut butter crackers, half a box of cereal, 8 lunchables, 6 apples, a small tub of cookies, a can of green beans, 6 bisquits, and who knows what else they took when I wasn't looking.

Might I mention that these are the snacks. Not the meals. They still ate 3 meals a day in addition to downing all this food.

I though I would have a few more years. They are only 5 and 2.

Lord help me when they become teenagers.

See what I have to result to?

Yes, that is a computer power cord tied around the fridge handles. I didn't have anything else readily available and I wanted to quit making food and go to bed.

10 minutes after I officially closed the kitchen, two and a half hours after I put my children to bed, a tiny voice whispers, "Mom, I'm hungry and the fridge won't open. Can you make me a sandwich?"

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Scatteredmom September 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm

How about putting out a plate of prepped veggies and/or fruit in the fridge, and then some block cheese and whole wheat pita breads, or hummus?  I think it might be a lot cheaper than the things you listed. You could try making some muffins, too. (lots on my site @  Totally cheap, and you can put lots of good stuff in them.  I also have a recipe for whole wheat pizza pretzels that are really yummy.

I have a teenager.  He eats a lot, but just different things than your little guys.  Mostly lots at dinner time. 

Lindsey September 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! I have just been totally unprepared for this surge in food consumption.

justine gordon September 27, 2010 at 1:15 am

how funny! kids hey, I have two teenagers and my son just eats and eats, hope you work it all out. 

Celia September 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

This was a funny post, mostly because I though that you were referring to teenagers! When I read the ages of you children I burst out laughing! They must be going through a growth spur or something… because I have a picky eater for a daughter, who is four years old; I found the story really heart-warming somehow, to imagine these kids munching away!

lisa September 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

This is such a great post.  I remember those days, and just wait til teenagehood hits!  You think they eat a lot now????

Daenel September 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I have four teenagers.  They eat breakfast at home, go to school and eat breakfast, lunch and a snack (during "refreshment period"  wth?) and then come home and eat again before dinner (my son eats a box ~ a BOX ~ of mac n cheese every day and then they eat dinner.  I don't know if it's 'cause they're happy it's in the house or if they're really that hungry but I don't remember eating that much as a kid.

Melissa September 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Oh How funny!

Karen Peterson October 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm

That must be why I don't have kids. I could never, in a million years, afford to keep them alive for an entire week.

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