MamaChef's Random Writings

Location: Tennessee

I'm 29, and I still will be on my birthday this year!!! I swear it! My darling husband and I have been married for 7 years this year. We have two great kiddos: a 5 year old son, and a nearly 2 year old daughter. The are the most beautiful kids in the world if you ask us! I work at home, 2 jobs, one is developing curriculum and other publications for a disability ministry. By night I am a Pampered Chef consultant. I love both of my jobs, and I love that they are flexible enough for me to stay at home with my kids.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Funny Story about my Dog that I Nearly Forgot...

So, I went and read my friend Allie's blog and ready her funny story about her dog, and it reminded me of the story about our dog!

OK, so last week we discover what was pissing off our 6 month old, she's teeting!!! Well, fortunately we were already prepared with mucho of that gum numbing stuff. They now make these really cool Q-tip like thingies that you snap off one end and there's medicine in the stick part that runs down into the other end when you pop off the one end (did that make ANY sense?????), then you rub it on their gums and don't even have to worry about them using your fingers as a teething toy! Pretty nifty! Well, our dog likes to eat Q-tips...see where this is going yet? She got hold of one of the ones with the gum numbing stuff, and it totally numbed up her tongue, lips and everything....she's just running around licking and having fits. So, we tease her. Whenever we use one we hold it out to try to offer it to her, and she hunches down, like 'yeah, try me!' and then runns off...then she'll come back, and we go through the lil dance again. It's pretty funny! And she doesn't go after Q-tips anymore!

Christmas is Comin', and other randomness!

The underside of the tree is filling up with presents, I've spent about every night this week so far wrapping up gifts for the family. I love this time of year! What I'm dreading though, is all of the traveling that we get to do this year. We've done it every year, we leave 2-3 days before Christmas and head to one family's home, and leave the day after Christmas and head to the other family's home, and then come back to K-town on the 30th to spend New Year's with our friends. Well, as of Saturday, J's family decided to FINALLY inform us that his Aunt is getting married on NY day! Mind you, they've know about this for about 2 months, then, why the heck didn't they fill us in???? This means that we are going to be gone for 10-12 days now!!! I'm just exhausted thinking about it all!!!! Next year, things are going to be different, I want to spend Christmas at home! But, I always seem to be a pushover, and will probably be having this same conversation next year too!

C said the funniest thing I've heard the other day! I went out to tell him it was time for bed and to go get his blanket, he begrudgingly walks over to his spider man blanket and says "Oh pickles!!!!!" OK, so when you are trying to be all parent like and serious, and your kid comes off with something like that, it's real hard to be serious!!!! J and I about fell on the floor laughing, but kept our composure quite nicely. Apparently one of the kids in his new favorite cartoon, the Higglytown Heros, says "Oh Pickles" all the time, and he decided that he had to say it too. He's a real ham that kid!!!

Things that make me warm and fuzzy this week:
* The first snow of the winter
* Wrapping presents
* My kids
* My hubby
* My moose from B
* Friends

Friday, December 10, 2004

My Family

I was sitting around the other day, just marvaling over my family...I have to say, I have two GAW-geous kids!!!! And they are just truly amazing. Yes, I admit, sometimes they drive me to the boarder of loony, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Would not change a thing!!! So, I decided that today I was going to make a list of some of my favorite cute moments from the past couple of weeks...this list also includes a couple of highlights from my husband and my dog, because they just crack me up a lot of days too!

* My 3 yr. old son has been really striving for independence lately, which is just fabulous, but there have been some mishaps on the way. I love it when he wants to be the one to change his pull-ups or underware, and he's totally not paying attention, and stands up with both legs in one hole....or he gets them on right, but pulls them up so high, that he's running around with one butt cheek hanging out.

* DS's new favorite thing is telling his daddy and me when it's time to shave! When daddy goes to kiss him good night, he always does a "scratchy" test. "Daddy, you scratchy, shave it! Wook (look) I scratchy too?" C now wants to shave his "scratchies" every time daddy does.

* Sometime in October, C decided that he didn't need to take baths anymore...don't know why! There were no bad experiences or anything, just a decision he made. So, whenever it was time for him to take one, he protested much!!! It was truly a battle of wills. Well, we were up at my mom and dad's about 3 weeks ago, and mom thought she'd help me out by giving him a bath one Sunday morning before church. C, pitched a good one. She had him in the bathroom, and if no one was awake before, they were now. She spent 2 minutes in there with him howling the whole time, then the bathroom door flies open, my mom stomps out of the bathroom and thew his pull-up in the floor and storms off!!! It was embarassing to me for a moment, and I was not proud that my son could unravel my mom like that. After I made him slightly more compliant, I realized that it was sorta funny in a way...I mean, if you can piss a grandma off. Ever since that weekend he's a lot better about cleanliness...I'll be sitting at the computer and he'll come up to me with this playful grin on his face and say "Me (points to self), you (points to me), take a bath! (points to bathroom)" The way he says it is totally hilarious...makes me chuckle, which makes him keep doing it. And he'll do it with other stuff too, "Me, you, get applesauce!" "Me, you, watch Watch Wiggles". He's a riot!

* My husband and I got a night all to ourselves right after I got back from Indiana a couple of weeks ago. We got to go out for a great dinner, and then just wandered through the mall for awhile. When ever we get to go out like that, we always stop at a Starbucks (sorry coffegoddess!!! If you were closer, it'd be all about you baby!!!) for a treat on the way home. So, we place our order that night, and there was something that was part of one of our beverages that they had run out of, that another shift was supposed to make a batch of and didn't, and my husband replies, "So, they really screwed the pooch on that one!" I had never in my life heard that reference before, and I just totally burst into a fit of giggles that I could not control for like 5 minutes. Every time I calmed down, I would just repeat him "Screwed the POOCH!!!" and start again! Two days I acutally heard the phrase used again on TV!!! That's probably one of the funnier things I have heard this year!

* One day last week J was home for lunch and proceeded to tell me a story about his morning. He had gotten up and needed a clean pair of boxers from the dryer. Well, on his way back into our room, he was about to enter our bathroom and said he farted out loud. The next thing he hears was this HUGE fart come out of our 5 month old daughter! He said it was probably one of the loudest he's heard come out of her, adult sized! He said it just cracked him up, "It was like she was answering my call!"

* Awhile back we had gotten the kids to sleep, and J and I were hanging out, watching some TV, winding down for the night. Our dog was in a very playful mood, wanting us to throw her balls, and taking running fits. Well, she came barreling down the hall and was going to jump on the couch with us, but didn't get enough velocity off the ground and hit the edge of the couch with her chest and bounced off! We just ROLLED!!!! I nearly fell off the couch laughing!!! She just kinda stood there for a second and looked at the couch like "why did you get taller?" And then trotted away!

Well, my kids are summoning me...thus is my list for now! Enjoy!!!

Monday, December 06, 2004

Chuckhead and Marble Comics

So, last week pretty much sucked. It was the Christmas Festival week on the campus where my husband works, so that means many hours of overtime. We averaged seeing him about 4 hours each day. A lot of times the kids would briefly see him in the morning when he left for work, an hour for lunch, and then wouldn't see him again until the next morning as they were in bed when he came home. I think that the kids were sensing the change in normal routine...they were holy terrors for most of the week. I nearly had a meltdown Saturday night. We are all pretty exhausted today....

On top of everything, the driver side window on our mini-van will not roll up! It's an automatic window, so, we are pretty much screwed. Unless we can find someone that will help us out out of the goodness of their heart, it could cost us in the relm of $300. It's Christmas dang it!!! Oh, yeah...and it's raining!

Well, last night I had had it. I was tired, frazzled, and looking for some adult conversation. J was working all night again getting a whole new set built for the Formal student Christmas banquet that is tomorrow night. The genius that is planning the entertainment for that event decided that they needed to do Gilligan's Island instead of coordinating something with a Christmas theme where they could use the already built stage that was used for the Christmas Fest on Saturday. But I digress...I may not know what I'm talking about!

So, we have a small group fellowship every Sunday night with several of the young adult families from our church. I had considered not going, becuase I felt badly that J would not be able to attend with us. But I could not handle the chaos anymore, so I went. My oldest, C, behaved exceptionally well last night, contrary to the way he had been acting...may have had something to do with he was getting a wee bit more attention...more people, more attention to be had. My baby, A, was less than happy for some reason, but she finally fell asleep. The adults that were there, myself, another girl B, and the couple hosting K & S. We decided to play the youth edition of Trivial Pursuit thinking it would be rather easy. As we were dividing up into teams, B decides she's going to trash talk me and K, saying that she and S could beat us. Don't know where that came from, but OK... the game was on! It went back and forth, we came out of the gate and got two pie pieces pretty easy, then they got 3 or 4...then it was quite awhile before any of us could catch up. There were some really ridiculous questions, some really hard ones, some EASY ones. We were having fun!

K and I got one question about the comic strip about Dagwood...the answer was the name of his boss, but I could not remember it to save my life, and K I don't think had ever read the strip before. At the last possible second, out of nowhere, I blurted out "Mr. Dithers", turns out I was right! Later on B & S get a question about the comic book Archie. They were trying to get the name of the football player character, which neither of them knew, the only other character that B could think of was Jughead, but instead she yells out "Chuckhead"! We hit the floor laughing!!!

Close to the end of the game K & I get another comics question, something to do with both of the companies that do the superhero comic books. I thought of DC, and K looks at me and says "Isn't the other one Marble comics?" Her husband, who was a comic collector at one time, looks at her "are you serious?" B and I are just dying laughing. "Don't you mean MARVAL?" For 10 minutes we all just laughed and laughed, and then Chuckhead came up again. Fun times had by all! Just the comic relief I needed!

Oh yeah....MY TEAM WON!!!! Trash talk me now B!!!! MUAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

3 in a row!!!!!

Hell must be freezing over! I've not blogged 3 days in a row ever I don't think!

Today is's sunny again, we didn't blow away last night...and my kids are exceptionally cute today!

OK, so, I started this 9 layers thing awhile back and never finished here it is!

Layer One
name: Ann Michele
birth date: July 15th
birthplace: Louisville, KY
current location: Tennessee
eye color: Brown
hair color: Brown
height: 5' 4”
righty or lefty: Righty
zodiac sign: Cancer

Layer Two
your heritage: German and Scottish I think
the shoes you wore today: Haven’t put any on yet
your weakness: ice cream and dark chocolate
your fears: Losing my Parents, husband or children
your perfect pizza: Chicago deep dish, mushrooms, xtra cheese, sausage
goal you'd like to achieve: PChef directorship

Layer Three
your most overused phrase on aim:
your first waking thoughts: NO! NOT YET!!!
your best physical feature: Eyes, hair
your best character trait: I'm passionate

Layer Four
pepsi or coke: Coke
mcdonald's or burger king: either
single or group dates: Both
adidas or nike: New Balance
lipton ice tea or nestea: Lipton
chocolate or vanilla: Both, depending on what we're talking about.
cappuccino or coffee: Both, but i especially enjoy frappuccinos

Layer Five
smoke: no.
cuss: Not much
sing: Yes
take a shower everyday: That’s my goal…I’ve got two kids and I’m a work at home mom, so occasionally it is a stretch!
do you think you've been in love: Yes, actually, i know i have.
want to go to college: Been there, done that
liked high school: Not all bad.
want to get married: Am
believe in yourself: Yes
get motion sickness: Nope.
think you're attractive: I’d rather like to lose the baby weight, and then I might be a lil more confident in that department
think you're a health freak: Eh
get along with your parent(s): Yup.
like thunderstorms: Eh
play an instrument: My vocal chords.

Layer Six
in the past month...
drank alcohol: No
smoked: No
done a drug: No
made out: you really want the details
gone on a date: Yes!!!! We finally got a babysitter!!!!
gone to the mall: Yes
eaten an entire box of oreos?: No
eaten sushi: No
been on stage: Yes, church praise band Sunday
been dumped: No…I’d kick his hiney if I got dumped now!!!!
gone skating: No
made homemade cookies: No
dyed your hair: No
stolen anything: No

Layer Seven
ever...played a game that required removal of clothing: No.
if so, was it mixed company: N/A
been trashed or extremely intoxicated: No
been caught "doing something": Nearly
been called a tease: Yes
gotten beaten up: No
shoplifted: No
changed who you were to fit in: Yes

Layer Eight
age you hope to be married: Got married when I was 23
numbers and names of children: Caleb, 3 1/2; Abbie 5 months
describe your dream wedding: The one I had!
how do you want to die: I don’t know
where you want to go to college: I went to Milligan, IUS and JBC
what do you want to be when you grow up: What I am
what country would you most like to visit: Italy, Ireland and Germany

Layer Nine
number of drugs taken illegally: None.
number of people i could trust with my life: 12
number of cds that i own: 300 or so.
number of piercings:2 in each
number of tattoos: O
number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: A whole bunch when I was in HS
number of scars on my body: Several
number of things in my past that i regret: Only the psycho ex boyfriend!