Megan’s Month: July 2017

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Oh July..such a good month..why’d you have to go so fast?

I’ve been looking forward to July for a couple of months now..

My sisters baby shower, another major league baseball game, the fourth of July, our annual trip to California, this month was packed with things to do and I was so excited.

I really love the summer, although everyone in my life knows how much I love the fall time, summer has a special place in my heart.

Summer is the time that my husband and sister get some well deserved time off, when you see families walking around the neighborhoods and playing together outside, and when you can stay up late and the sun stays up with you.

July started off with a bang..I watched 6 seasons of Game of Thrones in 16 days.

Exciting stuff I know.

I tried watching it last summer and gave up after a few episodes because it was super hard to follow. Knowing that one of the last seasons was premiering soon and that my husband loves it I decided to give it one more try, and if I still wasn’t sold I would just give it up. Needless to say that after the end of season one I was hooked.

Now I look forward to Sunday nights watching it with my husband, its turning into one of my favorite things.

We got to take a day trip to Seattle on the 9th, and cross another stadium off of my list. In case you’re new to the party, my goal in life is to see a game at every baseball stadium and buy a hat.

My fantastic family watched Ian for the day while we took this trip and I was so thankful. Jason and I hadn’t been away from Ian that long and knowing he was in good hands made it so much easier. It was so nice to just drive and talk to Jason about anything and everything. Besides the insane sunburn I got, the trip was definitely a great one!

The biggest thing this month however, was our trip to California to visit Jason’s family. This trip has become an annual thing and always a highlight of our summer. This year was different though, it was the first with Ian! I was nervous for the flight, not because of Ian though, that kid is a champ, but because of myself.

I hate flying.

I hate flying so much.

But something about flying with Ian and knowing I had to help and comfort him made me handle this plane ride better than I ever had. It could be the fact that the trip is never more than an hour and a half down to Oakland, or the fact that Jason is always great to have by my side, but I deserved a gold star for this one.

This was our first trip down where we got to see every member of the family and see everyone we planned on seeing. I know it’s important for Jason to get to see his family but its so important for Ian as well. I want him to grow up and be excited every year to go visit the Zellicks in California, I want him to see the importance in it and be excited to travel and see new the world. I want him to have this great attitude towards everything and be excited to do new things and meet new people.

And he already is.

This kid approaches everything with a smile and optimism and I am so in awe of it. He inspires me every day.

I want to approach things like Ian, and this month I did.

I want to continue to be hopeful, excited, and optimistic.

Like Ian.

That’s what this month taught me, to be optimistic.

To approach things with a smile and a good attitude.

I was so excited for July and to go on these different trips, to make new memories and to not spend the whole time worrying.

I was nervous to leave Ian for a whole day, but I knew that he was in good hands and ended up crossing something off of my bucket list.

I gave a show a chance and it ended up being one of my favorites to date.

I took a plane with my family to go visit more family and it turned out to be our best trip yet.

If you have an optimistic attitude, great things can happen.

That was my theme this month.

Optimism.

That might seem like common sense to a lot of people but to someone like me who  tends to worry about things I can’t control its more difficult.

Some other things I loved this month..

Friends from College on Netflix

Making coffee at home

Working out more

My nose piercing

Weekend walks with Jason and Ian

Big Brother..like every other summer..

I don’t have any music that I was loving this month, because every day while I was at work I was listening to podcasts. I was either listening to The Lady Gang or the Fantasy Footballers…I know I know..two completely different podcasts but August is around the corner and I take fantasy football very seriously.

This August I challenge you to try something new. Try something that you’re afraid of or might have doubts about. Close your eyes and jump into the unknown, because if you do, great things can happen.

Quote of the Month:

“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”

 

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Pinterest in Real Life: Candy Dipped Brownies

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I’m not a cook.

I try to cook.

Big difference.

Sometimes it turns out great and I’m pleasantly surprised.

Other times I get this weird looking mess that sometimes tastes good.

Pinterest has become my best friend in recent years, giving people like me hope. Sometimes they are a bust, but other times you’re left having something Instagram worthy.

I decided to start a new series on my blog called Pinterest in Real Life where I try something I find on Pinterest out in real life and see if it’s possible to make pizza in a crock pot.

I’m still a little hesitant on that one..

The other night I decided to make candy dipped brownies as my first Pinterest in Real Life experiment.

I love brownies.

It doesn’t matter what kind of brownies, I love them all. So let’s just say I was a little excited to try this one out.

For this recipe you’ll need..

2 sticks of butter
3 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
5 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBSP cocoa powder
1 1/3 cup all purpose
1 cup white chocolate chips
A lot of patience
Anything that sounds good to dip your brownies in.

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First thing you want to do is preheat to 350 degrees.

While you wait, spray a 10×10 baking pan with cooking spray. Don’t forget this one, no one likes brownies stuck to the pan.

Also, don’t use anything bigger than a 10×10, a 9×9 would probably work but don’t try to be different. I thought a bigger pan would be fine but my brownies ended up being too thin.

In a microwave safe bowl melt together two sticks of butter (no one said it was going to be healthy) and 2 cups chocolate chips until they’re melted, mine took about 2 minutes in 30 second intervals.

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Once you have you’re pretty little chocolate mixture mix in sugar and brown sugar.

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After that pour in your vanilla.

Next step is to beat in five eggs, one at a time. I did two at a time and the last one standing got to be featured in my picture.

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In a separate bowl mix together the salt, cocoa powder, and flour.

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After that combine you’re chocolate delicious mixture with your dry ingredients.

Pour everything in your pan…a 10×10 not anything bigger.

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Bake that bad boy for about 30 minutes or until you can place a toothpick in the middle of it and nothing sticks to it.

Thanks mom and dad for that tip.

While the brownies are baking get all of your toppings out and pour them in different bowls.

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When finished baking, take your patience out of the fridge and use it.

Seriously.

Don’t rush.

If I would have waited overnight they might have actually looked like the Instagram picture.

Once they’re cool cut them into squares and cut those squares diagonally.

In two separate bowls melt together your left over chocolate chips and white chocolate chips, those are going to be what gets your candy to stick to the brownies.

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Once your chocolate is melted, begin dipping the brownies in chocolate and on to the candy. Place them on parchment paper, which I just realized the recipe said, and let them sit at room temperature for an hour or so. I put them in the fridge to try and get solid and that worked just fine too.

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This recipe was crazy, there was so much going on and my kitchen took a beating. Not to mention I had to clean baby bottles in the middle of this all and help my husband give a baby with a poopy diaper a bath.

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These didn’t look exactly like the picture but I learned that if I was to do them again, I would add a little more patience to the mix.

I really enjoyed it though, it was fun making a recipe knowing that if I messed up it really didn’t matter, that it would make my post even more interesting. It was fun making something with absolutely no expectations knowing that at least I had brownies at the end of the day!

If you think of something that would be fun to test out from Pinterest, let me know. Or if you want to be a taste tester, I’d take those too!

OG Recipe here!

 

 

Megan’s Month: May 2017

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The older I get the more I realize that days go by faster.

Experiences fly by just enough for you to take a picture, and next thing you know the year is almost over.

Everyone always told me before Ian was born to be careful because time flies by so fast.

I would just laugh, roll  my eyes, and assume I know everything like usual.

But I was wrong.

The next thing I know my little man is turning seven months old and I’m left wondering how it all went by so fast.

How my favorite track season ended.

How my little man is so close to crawling.

How some of my favorite kids will be graduating soon.

How I am inching closer and closer to 30.

Okay….maybe that was a bit dramatic but you get my point?

When I was in my early twenties time stood still. Breakups were the end of the world, work lasted forever, and tough workouts felt like they were going to kill me.

Now at 27, I’m left begging the hand on the clock to slow down.

Last night I was watching my son inches away from crawling and had this crazy thought, that there will be a time when my husband and I think to ourselves about when he couldn’t crawl.

That we’ll look at each other and say..

Remember when he couldn’t crawl.

Remember when he was so small he could fall asleep on our chest.

Remember when he couldn’t talk.

That these moments happening now, will be memories sooner than I can realize. That I’ll look back at these times in five years and think about how they just felt like yesterday.

I do that a lot.

Think about how just five years ago I was a senior in College about to embark on life.

How I swore that I knew everything, that my boyfriend at the time was the best thing ever, and how my parents knew nothing.

I was wrong.

About everything.

Just as much as I was wrong about what I thought I knew, I was wrong about time moving slow.

That has been my theme this month.

Time.

Time moving too fast.

Not enough time to get things done.

Making the best of the time you have.

Time, Time, Time.

The older I get the more I value time. More than I ever thought I would. When you’re younger you feel like you’re stuck in one spot forever, or that your biggest problem is so much bigger than it actually is.

But now that I’m getting older I realize that’s not the case.

Time doesn’t stand still, it goes by so fast. It’s so important to stop in the moment and remember everything about where you are and what you’re doing. Remember the people you’re with, the way you feel, and the sounds that you hear.

Remember it all.

I was so bummed out at the beginning of the month when I realized the track season was almost over.

I couldn’t believe my little guy was already seven months old.

I can’t believe it’s almost June and in a couple of weeks I have to see some of my favorite kids graduate.

I tried my best to really remember everything and everyone I was with in those moments, those moments that would soon be memories.

Those moments that I’ll look back on when my Freshman are Seniors and I’ll wonder how four years went by so fast.

Or when Ian’s has his first day of school and all I can think about was when he couldn’t even crawl yet.

Time has a funny way of sneaking up on you when least expect it, kind of like June did to me this month.

But I don’t hate it.

I’m excited to keep making memories and enjoying the moments I’m in.

I like time.

Here’s some other things that I’ve liked this month..

My new camera.

Family walks at the park.

Sex and the City.

Lifting Weights.

Not buying coffee as much.

Hurricane by Luke Combs.

I appreciate the month of May. I appreciate the great moments that led to memories, and the times that I wish time would have stood still. I appreciate all of the times I stopped to take a deep breath and really take in the moment as I was in it.

So thank you May.

Thank you for teaching me a lesson that I thought I had down.

Thank you for giving me so many memories.

Thank you for being so good to me.

Next time I write this we will be half way through the year, and that blows my mind.

I look forward to the next half of the year, but for now I’m going to try and really think about the moment I’m in. Appreciate everything and every one.

Soundtrack to May 2017:

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Quote of the month:

“Do more than just exist.”

Megan’s Month: April 2017

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It’s May 1st..

The perfectionist inside of me is going absolutely insane.

This blog is my own personal space for me to do whatever I want whenever I want, and I still hold it to the standards that I do everything else.

My goal with these monthly updates was to do them before the end of the month, that way people weren’t reading about April in May.

I know I know..Megan..no one besides you cares when you write these things..

Said my husband last night when I was trying to rush this out.

These are the standards and deadlines that I set for myself, and I go crazy when I can’t meet them. I have this fear that I’m letting my blog down.

It’s a blog..it doesn’t have feelings..it doesn’t care when I write or what I write on it.

It won’t get upset if I take two seconds and enjoy what’s happening around me.

That was my theme this month..

Enjoy things as they’re happening.

So much happened.

From track meets, to Ian, to work, everything happened and I felt like life flew by before I had the chance to stop and write it all down.

There were definitely times  when I felt like I was letting one thing down to focus on the other, and forgetting about other things completely.

I am a perfectionist and a control freak.

If you didn’t know that about me..well now you do.

I like to have things done the way I want them done, and I want to know everything that’s going on..ever.

It’s weird but it’s me.

I wish it was easy for me to just let things go and not to stress out about five things at once, but it’s not.

I’m learning though.

I feel like every new month as a mom is the same. So many things are going on as well as raising a child, and it all seems a little overwhelming. Thinking about it right now, there have been times in my life where so many things were going on and I just needed to stop and enjoy it.

Senior year of high school and college were both so overwhelming. You’re preparing for the next years of your life while trying to finish the other and not go crazy.

The 6 months leading up to my wedding were both wonderful and stressful. I was so beyond happy to be marrying my best friend, but all of the details of the wedding were all I could think about.

I really wish looking back at it all that I could have stopped and enjoyed it all a little bit more, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed all of the major parts of my life, but I was stressed during them too.

Honestly, because I’m a stress monkey.

That’s what I like to call myself.

I spend so much of my time worrying about what could happen and forget to look at everything that is happening.

I’ve been making an effort this month to try and slow down, to try and be patient and appreciate everything that’s around me as it’s happening.

I feel like I’ve been doing a good job but it still takes work.

I just love putting everything I have into everything I do.

It’s a blessing and a curse.

I love caring about what I do as much as I do, but not to the point where it drives me crazy.

There were just so many things going on this month and the next thing I know, it’s May.

I’m constantly reminded every day that I need to slow down and just breathe.

It’s hard for me but I’m trying as hard as I can.

That’s probably the most important thing, I’m trying.

This month was crazy busy, but there were so many wonderful things that happened.

Ian turned 6 months old.

I got a pre race note card.

The sun decided to show up.

Baseball season started.

I got my very first hurdle medal.

I went to the tulip festival for the first time in forever.

We had an awesome coaches 4×100 relay.

I found out my sister is having a baby boy.

My hurdlers had PR’s left and right. 

So many wonderful things happened, big and small but wonderful none the less.

It was so easy for me to sit here and think of a few great things that happened, and overall this month really was fantastic.

There were definitely times when I didn’t realize how great it was though, because I was busy stressing about one thing or the other.

But I have to stop.

And I’ve realized that.

Why should you spend so much of your time worrying about things you can’t control.

That should be my motto.

It’s not.

It can be.

I’m learning.

This month taught me so much, and it honestly was my favorite so far. The track season was in full force and we had some great meets and memories. I got to celebrate my little brothers 25th birthday with my family. My son started eating food. There are so many great little things in the midst of every day life. Just stop for two seconds to enjoy them.

Note to self: Stop and smell the roses.

Soundtrack to April 2017:

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Quote of the month:

“Wherever you are, be all there.”-Jim Elliot.

Sitcoms and Snow

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Oregon does not know how to do snow, ever. We’ve had some crazy snow in my lifetime but most Oregonians freak out and close the state down. Okay, it’s not that bad but a lot of people who live in Oregon overreact and in today’s case we got a snow day out of it.

I was so happy, it meant my husband didn’t have to go into work. We could sit under the christmas lights we have hanging from the curtain and watch the snow fall in flurries. Our son couldn’t really enjoy the snow, since he’s only six weeks old and would turn into a snowman out there. That meant we had to cozy up inside and watch it from the windows, and surprisingly I was okay with that. I usually like to go out and explore the snow, take some pictures, and let our dog run free. Not being able to do that today didn’t bother me one bit. I was so excited to introduce our son to the snow through the windows and see his eyes get wide at the sight of the ground covered in white.

Being at home with my family brought me back to snow days I had growing up. It was an excuse to be in PJ’s all day and watch sitcom reruns until the nightly news came on. The last major snow day we had was on my twenty fourth birthday. I was pretty devastated to be honest, when I couldn’t go out to Dutch Brothers or run around town and do things. I thought my birthday was ruined and was acting like it was my fourth birthday not my twenty fourth. My husband (boyfriend at the time) walked over to my family’s house with his dog and we all ended up playing outside. My brother and dad built a slope down our front yard and into the driveway, we all grabbed sleds and spent hours running around in the front yard playing in the snow. Even though I wasn’t acting like it, looking back, it was the best birthday ever.

Spending the day with my family and reminiscing about snow days has me thinking about how lucky I am to have them all around. How, especially during the holidays, spending all of the time you can with your loved ones is all that really matters.

My family used to go all out for the holidays. We spent Christmas Eve with my grandparents on my mom’s side and did our own special night and I always looked forward to the time we got to spend together. It might not have been this big thing but it was always fun. On christmas day we would go over to my other grandparents house and have this giant, amazing christmas morning. There were so many members of my family, a giant breakfast, and so many memories.

As the years passed the celebrations were different, each year smaller but still so special. We’ve lost both of my grandpas, and not having them around makes me really want to celebrate the holidays more. To celebrate every little thing and cherish every second I get to be around my family. Family is the most important thing during the holidays, and today helped me realize that.

When Ian’s older I want him to remember having these special memories during the holidays like I had growing up. I want him to remember being so excited for snow days because it meant him and his dad didn’t have to go to school. I want him to be so excited to go over to grandma and grandpas house to open presents on Christmas morning and remember every little moment as vividly as I did.

Today I sat at home with my little family and watched daytime sitcoms and watched the snow fall, just like I got to to when I was younger. Something so small, but still so special. Something that reminded me how important it is to cherish every single moment you get to spend with your family and to take advantage of the time you do get to spend with them.

A little back story.

Life has taken a complete 180, seriously. I went from someone who could get eight hours of sleep and leave the house in two minutes if needed, to someone who is responsible for another life. Babies are a whirlwind, a beautiful one, but a whirlwind none the less. I am finally getting around to starting this blog that I have been wanting to start since September. I use to have a blog a couple of years ago but I didn’t tell anyone. I would wonder “what if someone thinks it’s dumb” or “what if I get made fun of” and deleted it. I saved all of the post and figured that one day they might come in handy. Then one day, my favorite podcast started a blog and asked for fan submissions, I took a risk and figured the chances of anything getting accepted were pretty slim. A couple of weeks later I saw that I was tagged on Instagram in a post and noticed that they posted my story. I freaked out. You don’t even understand how bad I freaked out. I texted my husband and my sister and told them the news and they both said how proud they were of me. That was probably the biggest and most important thing, was that two people who I am proud of were proud of me. After an internal struggle with myself I decided to post a link to the article on my Facebook and got some super nice responses, the ones I really cared about were from my parents. I had recently been feeling like I didn’t have something that was just mine, an outlet for me to pour my heart into and be creative with. I realized at that moment that it was time to start my blog up again. I had prepared the site and was ready to start posting when we found out that my son came into this world. Suddenly life was completely different. I find myself up two to three times in the middle of the night rocking him to sleep and changing multiple diapers at a time with my husband by my side. Life is completely different and I couldn’t be happier.
Now where does my blog fit into all of this? I have so many ideas and I am so excited to see where life takes me and where this blog fits into the picture. I have lots of ideas floating around in my head, and written down on my phone, I cannot wait to get it all out of my mind and into the world. I, by no means have anything close to figured out and I’m sure I will make some mistakes along the way of this carousel called life (Grey’s reference you’re welcome) but I am so excited to finally commit to this and give it my all. I am truly bummed that I gave up the first time around and hid due to the fear of what others might have thought, but as my best friend once told me, as made famous by Dr. Seuss, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

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