Amidst talk of Summer plans and the final days of school approaching, my boys and I started taking about comic books and who our favorite hero and/or villain is. I’m not a comic book reader or collector and neither are my kids, so I was caught off guard by this topic, but I thought I’d play along.

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The “No Screw” Sign

A few nights ago, Carter asked me if he could make some signs for the house.  He’d made two signs that he had hung on his bedroom door a couple of weeks ago, one to keep big people out of his room and another to allow Lisa inside (the “GO Mommy” sign).  I asked him what kind of signs he wanted to make and he had two particular ideas in mind.

The first was a “Private Drive” sign.  He wanted this to be posted on a stick in our front yard to let people know that we had a private drive, and that they weren’t to enter.  He didn’t want the bad people to come and take our house.  The only place I can think of that has a Private Drive sign is my parent’s house, so I’m fairly certain that’s where he got the initial idea from.  It was his second sign concept that had me confused.

After I helped him spell out Private Drive (which he flipped the “d” around on, Toys R Us-style) I asked him what he wanted to have his next sign read.  He replied, “I want to make a No Screw sign”.  Now I have a tendency to run my mind through the gutter when certain, um, key words are mentioned, and this was no different.  I was, understandably, a bit concerned and held my breath awaiting his answer when I sheepishly asked him “Oh, really…what’s that sign for?”.  In my mind there were two possible outcomes for this question.  One good…the other, not so much.

Thankfully his answer fell on the side of childhood innocence.  He wanted to make a sign to let people know not to bring screws into his room because, as he put it, “they’d start to build stuff and my room’s already built.  It’s done.”.  After a quick exhale and a “thank God” thought, I gave him another sheet of paper to draw on.  After making his sign he asked for tape and hung it on his door.

As I tucked him into bed that night, he left me with one final set of instructions (in a stern voice). “Now Dad, you have to remember that’s a screw on the sign.  It’s not a rocket, or a pin, or a missle…it’s a screw.”  My reply was quick and to the point, “Don’t worry, I WON’T forget that!”.

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Video highlights from the 2011 National Box Tops for Education University

Here’s a bit of video that Tim and I shot during the presentation portion of NBTU. Enjoy!

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National Box Tops for Education University 2011

For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past year and don’t already know this…..I LOVE BOX TOPS!  🙂  I’m so excited that I am going to be one of the coordinators for Carter’s school for the 2011-2012 school year, and was fortunate enough to attend NBTU (National Box Top University) for the first time this past Friday.  And just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love box tops anymore than I already do……I go to NBTU and love them even more!!!!  Here are some pictures from my trip.

Me with a Bee


Tim with the Hamburger Helper Hand


Now there are several things that I loved about NBTU.  One was that I was surrounded by Crazy Box Top Loving People like myself for an entire day.  AWESOME!!!! I learned a few tricks and have several new ideas that I want to try this upcoming school year! YAY! And I got a LOT of free stuff.  And when I say A LOT, I mean A LOOOOOOT!

Box Top Items Tim and I received at the Expo Portion of NBTU

The picture above is all the items that Tim and I received during the Expo Portion.  We both were registered, so we got two of everything.  The items included are:

2 boxes of Sunkist Fruit Snacks, 2 boxes of Honey Nut Chex, 2 boxes of Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch, 2 boxes of Nature Valley Oats N’ Dark Chocolate Granola Bars, 2 snack sized Chex Mix bags, 2 boxes of Golden Grahams Treat Bars, 2 Cans of Progresso Soup, 1 Freezer Quart Sized Ziploc Bags, 2 boxes of Old El Paso Taco Shells, 2 Fiber 1 90 Calorie Brownies, 1 Divided Rectangle Ziploc Containers, 2 Packs of Avery Note Tabs, 2 boxes of Hamburger Helper Ultimate Cheeseburger Macaroni, 2 Rulers, Pencils and Sharpeners from Boise Paper, 2 AWESOME Lunch Totes from Yoplait, 1 Decadent Supreme Cake Mix from Betty Crocker, 4 t-shirts from Hanes, a box of Fun da-middles from Betty Crocker (tried this at NBTU and OMG….YUMMY!!!!) and two reusable shopping bags from Betty Crocker, two from Cub Foods, and two from Hanes.  We also got some free coupons for Pillsbury and Suddenly Salad items, and a 50 cent off coupon for Green Giant.  Not bad?!?  Oh, and we both won $10 Target gift cards.  🙂  Nice, right?

Items that we received in our Coordinator Thank You Bags.

So if that wasn’t good enough, we also got the gift bags pictured above.  Items included were:

2 Heavy Duty Freezer Ziploc Bags, 4 Small Twist and Lock Round Containers (LOVE THESE!!!), 4 books (When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, which Carter loves!!), 2 boxes of Golden Grahams Treat Bars, 8 Boxes of Zoo Pals Funtensils (which I use for b-day parties!!!), 2 Cascadian Farm Organic Fruitful O’s, 2 packs of Hefty Cups and Plates, 2 Box Tops for Education Plastic Cups with Straws, lots of sticker sheets, 2 Box Top Clings, 8 packs of Avery Note Tabs, 4 Avery Pocket Tabs, and 4 Packs of Land O Lakes Coupons which are each valued at $4.35.  All of these items were included inside a Ziploc Big Bag.  So glad that Tim came with me, we got twice as much stuff.  🙂

Tim in the Money Machine

So if that wasn’t enough…..we each got a chance in the money machine.  There are no pictures of me in the machine….but there is video that hopefully will be posted soon.  I ROCKED the money machine and scored over 1000 Bonus Box Tops for my school.  Tim will be practicing in the shower with the blower for the jumping castle and some sheets of Boise Paper……as he only earned 65.  🙂

All the BONUS BOX TOPS we earned at NBTU

These are all the bonus box tops we earned in the Money Machine, plus the 200 I received for doing an interview before the conference started.  🙂

Items we purchased at the Company Store at the General Mills' Headquarters

They have an AWESOME Company Store in the General Mills Headquarters.  They sell all sorts of General Mills products.  I picked up some NEW Thomas the Train fruit snacks, some cool Fruit Roll-Up Stickers, and Dunkaroo’s….which I’ve never seen in the store, but they are SERIOUSLY YUMMY!


Overall, Tim and I earned 1,357 Box Tops at NBTU!!!  I had so much fun, and can not wait for next year!!!!!

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The Rummage Sale

So every year our subdivision has it’s annual rummage sale the second week in June.  This usually means it falls on the last day of school.  Last year I knew months and months ahead of time that I was going to participate in the rummage sale.  I went through the ENTIRE house from top to bottom and put things that I wanted to sell into bins and bags and stashed them in the basement.  I then went to my parents’ house and helped them figure out what they would like to get rid of.  Amazingly they still had boxes in the garage from when the moved into their current house over 10 years ago.  I figured anything in the boxes could go….they hadn’t missed the stuff in 10 years.  🙂

About a month before the rummage sale last year I made Tim help me bring all the shelving from our basement into the garage.  We ended up having four 5-tier shelves and several tables worth of stuff to sell.  Carter had his Kool-Aid and Rice Crispy treat stand set up, and we had  a pretty decent rummage sale.

This year I’ve been thinking about whether or not we should have a rummage sale.  I still have ALL the baby stuff downstairs, and all the boys old clothes.  Trouble is, I’m not sure if we want to have another baby yet, so we probably should hold on to most of the stuff.  But the boys have some toys that they don’t play with anymore that we could probably get rid of.

So today I told Carter we were going to go through all his toys and he needed to find twenty things that he didn’t play with anymore.  I could think of at least ten right now without going through his stuff.  He thought about it for about twenty seconds and then came up to me and said, “I know what I want to sell at the rummage sale Mom….Cooper, Cooper, Cooper, Cooper, Cooper, Cooper, and Cooper.  How many things is that?”

What do you even say to that???

“Well Carter, I’m not very good at math, but I think that would only be ONE thing…..and I’m pretty sure you can’t sell your brother.  And even if you could, I’m fairly certain that he’d be returned after a few days.”  🙂

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