Eating out or Eating OUT

It's a new year (still) and as usual I'm thinking about our family's health and finances.  They seem to always be the largest on-going resolutions for us. And most everyone else too I imagine.  For the month of January I said we were not going to eat out at all.  Hmmm....  That didn't go over so well.  We lasted for less than a week.  Now, we haven't done it near as much as in previous months, but still, we have got to get a handle on it.  It's the "Oh I'll just stop at McDonald's and get chicken nuggets for the kids because I'm running around town and they are starving." Or "I'll stop and get them food that they can eat in the car and then I won't have to mess with dinner when we get home - just baths and bed."  Or of course the, "I don't at all feel like cooking - let's order pizza," "I need to go to the grocery store," or "nothing sounds good."  ENOUGH.  It's neither healthy or cost effective. 

This wonderful weather has inspired me with a new idea.  A plan to help us eat better, be active, and save money.  We are going to become creative picnic-ers! The boys absolutely love to eat outside.  Especially if there is playtime to be had before or after.  We have gone on three picnics just this week.  We love going to parks so I've been scoping out future picnic sites.  I thought it would be fun to document, by photo, each place we picnic in 2012.  It can be as normal or creative as we want.  The key is to have good food on hand and be ready to throw a lunch together when there is even a possibility that we might want to picnic that day.  And a picnic doesn't have to be outside either.  Just a few weeks ago I brought lunch with us to story time at the library and we sat on the carpet in the foyer afterwards.  Today I knew we would be out running errands and I wasn't sure what time we'd be home so when I left the house at 9:30 this morning I had lunches with us just in case.  If I have lunch with me, why stop somewhere and spend money?

Cool huh?  I wonder how many we can do?  25? 50? 100?  So far we're up to 3. (Not including our library trip because I didn't take a photo of it!)

 Picnic 1 (P1) Meadowbrook Park, Gardner

 P2 Celebration Park, Gardner

P3 James Place Area, Overland Park