If there is one challenging aspect of small children, its getting them to eat. I mean, getting them to eat good stuff
. Fruit is easy, they love fruit. Vegetables on the other hand...
Today for lunch I made the boys ramen noodles, something we rarely eat because of the sodium content. They seemed very happy to have ramen noodles (Isaac even commented on the yummy smell) until -gasp- I added vegetables. How dare I try to add even a tiny bit of nutritious value to their meal? Isaac took one look and said "It has beans, i'm not eating it". I replied with the usual "fine, but when your hungry it will be waiting." The "yummy smell" finally got to him though, and he ate his noodles. He even proudly announced that he ate a bean!
Elijah (0ur best eater) simply ate half of his noodles and went on his way.
Sammy was delighted when he saw the noodles, he was happily chirping "pasta, pasta,pasta" as I put him in his high chair. Unfortunately for Sammy, they contain milk products so he couldn't eat them. When I set a sloppy joe in front of him (something he devoured yesterday) he promptly tossed it half way across the kitchen. He wanted "pasta, pasta, pasta", so I hastily cooked up some pasta for him.
And that is a normal lunch in our home. Believe it or not, its actually one of my favorite times of the day. I have some of my best conversations with the boys over lunch. Its reason #507 that i'm glad we are homeschooling, we will always have our lunches together.