Archive | August, 2011

Nutella is the Devil.

30 Aug

But unfortunately …. it’s probably the yummiest thing since cookie dough ice cream.

On our recent grocery shopping trip we stopped by the peanut butter aisle to pick up a jar.  Cale and I only eat “Natural” peanut butter.  Jif’s to be exact.  The first time I tried it I was skeptical and wasn’t quite sure if it was a taste I could acquire.  That was 6 months ago.  I tried regular peanut butter the other day and literally had to spit it out.  It was terribly salty and just yucky.  Ha ha.  “Yucky”.  Who says that?  Oh wait … someone who has two little ones.  Anyway … I had been extremely curious about buying a jar of Nutella.  I read the front label.  Put it back on the shelf.  And then picked it back up again and threw it in the cart.  Oh well … what the hell … I’ll give it a shot.  At $3.18 a jar, I’ll give up some Sonic drinks for a few days if I don’t like it.  It sounded too healthy and flavorless and actually didn’t look all that appetizing on the jar.

When we got home I opened it up and smelled it.  It smelled like sweeeeeet chocolate.  I then looked at the back of the label for the first time.  It had like 4 times the amount of sugar than the peanut butter we buy.  I took a piece of bread and spread some Nutella on half of it. 

OH. MY. GOSH.

It tasted like I was eating chocolate frosting.  In fact … it’s probably better than chocolate frosting.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Nutella is the devil.

Despite it being sooooooo incredibly unhealthy for you … I can’t imagine the Topinka house without a jar now.  Unfortunately, I’ll only be able to eat it once a week on “cheat” day. 

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Maybe I’ll Run Around Naked

28 Aug

Or something.

I just took a moment and realized that I have my whole house to myself.  Although I love all of you … I think it’s time for some ME-time.  In other words … I’m going to go do some dishes and hang up some new blinds.

I Pinned It … And I Did It!!

26 Aug

I actually completed a project that I pinned off Pinterest

Cash is needed some new organization for all of his superheroes/action figures, happy meal toys, costumes, etc.  So I stole a pin and facelifted some cheap plastic drawers.  Currently we were using them for extra clothes, socks, burp rags, etc.  But it’s all just extra stuff that needs to head to the garage sale room.

It may not be a swanky organizer from Ikea that I was hoping for … but it’ll do for now…

BEFORE:

AFTER:

It’s not a huge improvement.  But it’ll work for now.

Now off to my next projects from Pinterest…  Halloween Party/Decor.

You Listen Here Chickadee – He Is Too A King!

25 Aug

Last night Papa and Busha kept Christopher while we went to Cash’s meet-the-teacher and orientation for preschool.  When we went into the classroom the teacher sent all the little ones in a room next door to color while the teacher talked to all the parents.  The kiddo’s started to get bored with coloring so they went outside to play.  The teacher’s son (who is in college to be a teacher as well) went outside with them while Ms. Cindy finished speaking to all of us.  I’ll have to admit … there was one point I actually broke down  and became a little emotional.  She talked about how they will be going on field trips and how parents are more than welcome to come.  And that they’d have two programs which are held at the high school because over 200 people sometimes end up coming (when you throw in grandparents and aunts and uncles, etc).  And how she plays the Barney cleanup song 9 times because that’s usually how long it takes for them to pick up the room once free time is over.  And how quickly they’ll learn their new friends’ names.  And how those friends very well could be their best friend from today until they graduate high school.  {High School}!!!  How dare you talk about my son going to high school?!  (just joking).  But still.  I’m not even ready for him to start preschool yet!

Anyway…

Ms. Cindy blew the whistle and all the kiddos came running inside full of hugs for their Mom and Dad.  Which again … tugged on my heartstrings a bit.  How long will the hugs hi and bye last?  The day I don’t get a hug or kiss when he tells me hi or bye is the day I will have to be put on an antidepressant.

When we got in the car Cale asked him if he met any knew friends and what their names were.  Little Ryder was his good friend.  They shook hands.  And little Natalie was naughty.  That’s easy to remember.  “Stay away from naughty Natalie”.  We asked why she was naughty.  He said that she was playing in the castle on the playground yelling she was Queen of the Castle (same name as my first blog title, lol).  Cale asked why that was so mean. Cash said, “Because I went in that castle because I wanted to be King and she started yelling at me to GET OUT OF HER CASTLE.  No boys were allowed.”  And so starts the “Boys/Girls Only” clubs.  There’s 10 kids total in Cash’s class (we live in a verrrry small town).  Out of the 10 kids, only 2 of them are girls.  So the boy’s club would beat the girls as far as head count goes.  But unfortunately … I’m pretty sure the girls can hold their own.  They’re tough little cookies.

So after Cash told me this it seemed to of bothered him a little as he brought it up again today.  So I decided we’d make him a King’s Crown and boost his ego up again.

If you want to make your son/daughter a crown … here’s what you’ll need:

* Crown template printed off the internet or hand-drawn
* Colored paper (we used cardstock and construction paper)
* Glue
* Beads, jewels, or other decorations (I had some broken pieces of jewelry and a pair of bedazzled jeans I bought at the Goodwill for a Halloween costume and used those – see pic below)
* Scissors
* Ruler
* Stapler
* Tape

Instructions:

1)  Print out your crown template from the internet (I googled “Crown Template” and clicked google images and printed one off there) or if you’re good (which I am definitely NOT) at drawing … draw your own.

2)  Cut out the crown and sticky tape the pattern onto the back of cardstock or other sturdy paper/cardboard.  We used two pieces of cardstock glued together.

If you have little LITTLE ones that are getting a little antsy … I suggest either waiting until they’re napping or until it’s snacktime.  Obviously Christopher wasn’t in the nap kind of mood so he’s noshing on some crackers while Cash and I worked on his crown…

3)  Cut out some decorative designs for the crown and other embellishments and glue them on.  Here’s where the King/Queen will come into place…
Let him/her pick out where he/she wants the cutouts, glitter, beads, crystals, or other motifs to go on the crown.  Or else your crown wearer is going to be upset (I learned the hard way).
Let them glue them down as well if you trust them.

4)  Cut out a band of cardboard/sturdy paper about 3 cm wide and fit it to their head.  Staple the ends to the side of the crown and cut off the excess cardboard/paper.

5)  Place some stick tape over the staples to protect the head from scratches.

And VOILA!  Your King/Queen’s Crown is finished…

And the King decided to get a little silly …

What?  Don’t all Kings have Kool-aid stains on their County Fair t-shirts?

And then of course a crown just wasn’t good enough.  We had to complete the costume with a cape (is that what they call it?) and a sword (which I find out I am terrible at making).  Who can resist this adorable little County Fair King 😉 …

So take THAT “Naughty Natalie”!

After we were finished making his crown Cash told me I was the best Mommy.  I said thank you and started cleaning up.  A couple minutes later he came back up to me and told me he changed his mind, I WASN’T the best Mommy.  I asked him who was.  He said, “whatever Mommy lives at the park.  I don’t know her name.”  So.  If you don’t live at the park … you’re not a good Mommy.  Just lettin ya know.

If you decide to make a crown for your kiddo … show me a picture.  I’d love to see him/her wearing it!

A Wedding Fit For A Kardashian

22 Aug

I woke up early this morning to watch Good Morning America to see if they showed any pics of Kim Kardashian’s wedding. Royal Wedding or not, I love weddings.

As I watched some of the snippets, I began to wonder just how different she is than every other bride. If you take the grand scale out of the equation, I can’t help but believe that she had the same butterflies and concerns that so many of us felt on our special day.

* Is this waterproof mascara? If I cry, I can’t have mascara running down my cheeks.
* Is my hair right? Do we have enough hairpins in my hair to keep my tiara/veil in place?
* What if I trip walking down the aisle? Will Dad be able to catch me in time?
* Did Cale remember the rings? I’m not there to remind him to grab them before the wedding.
* Is the photographer here yet? They better not be late.
* What about the flowers? Did I order enough for everyone?
* What about the caterer. I hope everyone likes the chicken.
* Speaking of chicken, I hope that the DJ doesn’t play the chicken song. I really hate that song.

I wish them the best for the rest of their lives. Marriage has its ups and downs, but I can’t imagine navigating through life without my best friend.

5.5 years and still going strong….

Good Weekend

22 Aug

Cale came home from work early (10:30 am) this last Friday and surprised us.  He told us all to get dressed … we were going for a drive.  We didn’t really go anywhere but we always have a good time taking family drives together.  Oh the things my almost four-year-old tells or asks us.  For instance:  “Mommy, what is that smell?”  Me:  “What’s it smell like?”   Cash:  “It smells like stinky eggs.”  Me:  “Well …. I dont know, I don’t smell anything.”  Cash:  “I think it’s your breath.”  UGH!  Pleeeeease preschool teacher … brush your teeth.  Or else my child will let you know about it.

A word of advice from my husband.  Do not eat Taco Bell the day before you are taking a 5-hour road trip.  He can promise you that it will take longer than five hours to get home.  Or you’ll at least be riding home with all the windows open.

Friday night we put the boys to bed early since neither of them really had a nap.  Then Cale and I finished off the case leftover in the fridge and decided to play a buzzed game of “Go Fish” using our Go Diego Go! playing cards – which btw, we found at a garage sale for a whole 25 cents.  Below is a picture of my hand (bottom cards (2 left)) and allllllllllllll of Cale’s cards (top).  I must say … I’m a pretty good Go Fish player. (excuse the quality of the picture … a) I was tipsy    and  b) I took it with my cell phone.)…..

Even though I said I’m a pretty good Go Fisher … I lost this hand.  Don’t ask me how.  My excuse:  I had a little TOO many Michelob Ultra’s.

Saturday we had a good day also.  Since Christopher always takes a morning nap at 10 am, I went ahead and sent the husband in to work until noon to get some overtime.  Right now we’re saving as much money as we can so that we can have the best Disney World vacation ever.  Only 13 more months to go!!!  We’ve been reading our Disney World books to Cash as his bedtime story for the last few months.  He knows that he’s going to get to go … he just doesn’t know when.  He’s becoming just as obsessed with it as Cale and I are.  He’s going to know how to get from point A to point B before he even gets there.  My goal is to stay one extra day and head over to the Harry Potter place at Universal Studios as well.  I’ve only been to Universal once when I was little and the only ride I really remember is that earthquake ride and the “Jaws” ride.  How can you forget that ginormous shark’s mouth trying to eat your boat?!…

How could a 6-year-old forget that?!  Thanks Mom and Dad for the wonderful memories.  At least I know that I won’t be that torturous to MY child and make HIM ride those rides.  Jeesh.

I made some Monkey Bread Saturday morning for breakfast for Cash and then Cale and I made some nacho’s for lunch.  Saturday is a “cheat day” for our diet.  Before you say anything … it’s a real thing to have a “cheat day” – look it up.  We’re on the Body for Life lifestyle change and so far it’s working out great.  I’ve lost 7 lbs in two weeks.  We also took measurements at the beginning of the diet and we’ll measure again in a month.  I feel better and I have more energy.  After lunch we went to some Goodwill shops (I’m into rebuilding or revamping old furniture and finds into something spectacular).  I’ll post pics once I actually complete something, lol.  And then Cale took us all to get ice cream for a snack.  I love ice cream surprises.  We drove down to Mulvane for Old Settler’s and took in some people watching before heading back home for a movie and some take-out.

Sunday we went school supply and grocery shopping.  Did you know that preschoolers have to buy school supplies?  Miss Cindy’s Sunshine Bunch class does anyway.  And did you know that it’s possible to spend 30 bucks on a preschoolers school supplies?  Well it is.  I know I know … that’s probably pocket change compared to an elementary, middle school, or high school student’s bill.  But still.  Oh well … it’ll be worth it.  Parent’s Magazine said that children who attend preschool enter kindergarten with better pre-reading skills, richer vocabularies, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.  Cash is a sponge.  He went to pre-K childcare when I was working and learned a tremendous amount of things that I, nor Cale, had the time to teach him.  He knows his Pledge of Allegiance.  He can count to 30.  Of course his alphabet.  All of his colors.  A couple of letters.  Sign language for please and thank-you.  And sooooo much more.  Since I’ve been staying at home with him we work on his letters and recognizing numbers and shapes by doing activities.  I was constantly looking stuff up on the internet to figure out ways to teach him these things.  And then Pinterest came along.  Pinterest has change the T house for the better.  Sure I probably spend a little more time on it then I should.  But we have, believe it or not, actually made or done some of the things that I’ve pinned.  Like coffee can stilts.  The letter “C” as in “If you give a Cat a Cupcake”.  We’re having fun and making memories.  But preschool will be good for him.  And it’s only 2 days a week.  But from this point on … he’s in school.  He’ll have summers off for the next 13+ years and that’s it.  My big boy.
After the shopping trip we all went back home and took a nap.  But of course Mommy only gets a 15-minute power nap.  I needed to clean and get some laundry done.

It was a great weekend.  Besides the surprise 30 bucks we spent on an adorable little preschoolers school supplies and the surprise ice cream treat Daddy bought us …. we didn’t hardly spent any money.  Which means we’ll put another $100 in the Disney World fund.  WooHoo!!

Oh wait …. I forgot …. I’m getting my hair done tonight.  That’s okay though … Mommy deserves it!

Hey You!

14 Aug

Cale:  “Let’s go inside choo, chri, ama, pope, mam, — whatever your name is.”

Cash:  “My name is Cash.”

My husband is starting to sound like my 75 year old grandma.  Haha.