Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Peace, Love, and GIRLS!!!

It's a GIRL
Here's our little baby girl giving us the peace sign in our ultrasound this morning. We are so happy and excited for another girl! I have to admit that I thought it was going to be a boy, but I wasn't at all surprised when we found out she was a girl. We're getting so used to this that I could even tell on the ultrasound before the nurse even told us :) Even though I wasn't surprised, I couldn't stop from laughing. "Of course it's a girl," I thought. "That's what we do!"
Everything looked great and the baby looks perfect. I still am amazed that this little baby is inside of me. What a miracle this whole process is! And I also wanted to reassure everyone who might be concerned, Dave will NOT be shooting himself. Luckily we cleared that up with Katie before the ultrasound so she knows that dad is excited for another daughter :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Recipe: .Pot Roast Made Easy

Our ward has group that gets together every two months or so and puts together Freezer Meals. It is fabulous! Not only do I get new ideas and recipes, I get my freezer stocked with yummy meals that are already put together and ready to cook. And, the meals feed a large family, so I always half my recipes so I have double of all the meals. So great!

So we met this past Saturday and I made the Pot Roast Made Easy recipe yesterday for Sunday dinner. It was so yummy and I wanted to share it. Like I said, I halved the recipe and it ended up being a perfect amount for our family. Although, next time I will add more vegetables. They were SO GOOD and I definitely wished there were more.

Pot Roast Made Easy

3 lb pork roast
1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. brown gravy mix
1 pkg. Italian dressing mix
1 cup water
1/2 onion, chopped
2-3 potatoes, cut in quarters
1 lb baby carrots

Cook ingredients in a crockpot on low 6-8 hours.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Another MIX

I haven't named this mix yet, but after finishing it and listening to it I'm realizing that all the songs are pretty depressing. Should I be concerned? I strangely enjoy listening to songs with great music, that can be blasted on a car stereo while singing my lungs out, and apparently extremely desperate and depressing lyrics. Hmm... I'm not quite sure what that says about me...
Anyway, great songs. Check them out if you get a chance.

Stop And Stare - One Republic
Forever May You Run - Gavin Rossdale
Behind These Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson
All Around Me - Flyleaf
Only One - Yellowcard
Glycerine - Bush
Broken - Lifehouse
Everytime - Britney Spears (probably the most depressing of them all)
Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie
Fall For You - Second Hand Serenade
Catch Me When I Fall - Ashlee Simpson
Love Remains the Same - Gavin Rossdale
The Kill - 30 Seconds to Mars
Fall To Pieces - Velvet Revolver
When You're Gone - Avril Levigne
Wild Horses - The Sundays
Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
Boston - Augustana

I will definitely shoot for a more uplifting theme in my next mix. Until then...enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Breaking Dawn

So, tonight I finally did it. I finally finished Breaking Dawn. I know, I know, it has taken me quite a long time, but I have always been a slow reader and never had the attention span (or the ability to stay awake long enough) to read a book in a day or two. I think I have only done that once (a volume of the Goosebumps series when I was about 12 years old). But tonight I have finished it. Surprisingly enough I managed to make it all the way through without any idea what was going to happen. I had heard several reviews, but luckily no one spoiled the ending for me. And...

I'm not sure I know what it is that some people didn't like about the ending (please don't comment on this in case some readers still haven't read it). I am anxious to talk to some of my "Twilight" reading friends to find out what it is that disappointed them in the end. I thought overall it was a good book. I was definitley entertained the whole time and had no idea what was going to happen. In my mind that's a pretty good book - as long as it can keep my attention and I can't figure out the ending, I'm satisfied. Then again, I do admit that I am pretty easily entertained. There are very few books that I have not liked, few that I have LOVED. Most books I enjoy.

I still think "New Moon" is my favorite of the saga. Being a Jacob fan, I really did love that book the most. Although my feelings towards Jacob changed in "Breaking Dawn," I ended with content feelings toward him. But I LOVED him in "New Moon" and I'm still not convinced that Bella shouldn't have chosen him back in book 2. Then again, the rest of the story wouldn't exist if that was the case...

So, I know this post is rather vague, because like I said I don't want to give anything away. But I do want to put it out there that I am one that liked "Breaking Dawn" (it seems like most people don't like it too much) and feel content about the way the series ended.

I do feel, however, that after these months I've dedicated to Stephenie Meyer and her vampire stories, I should probably go read my scriptures or at least something of a little more substance and value :)

Saturday, October 04, 2008

How could they do that to the pregnant lady...?

Tonight, being Priesthood Session, my husband is going to be gone for the evening. He always goes out with some guys in our ward after Priesthood to play video games for the rest of the night. I already was planning on him being gone for the whole night and made plans with my girlfriend to get together, watch Grey's, and eat food. Perfect night! But then...
My husband's cousins called him this morning inviting him to go out to dinner before Priesthood. And where did they have to invite him to go? TUCANOS! Not only is Tucanos one of my favorite restaurants that we go to very rarely, but pretty much all they serve there is STEAK. AHHHH!!!! Which brings me to my point - How could they do that to the pregnant lady?!!! Now I have been planning and scheming in my mind all day how to arrange my evening to include steak. Not just any steak, really good steak. I almost made a reservation for myself to go to Tucanos with the girls after Priesthood started so I would be sure not to run into my husband and cousins, but then decided that would be a bit extreme. I finally decided on take out (steak of course) which I can now bring to my friends house and resume our evening as planned. My goodness. What's a pregnant girl to do?

My answer was to make sure I get steak, and top the night off with MK's famous double chocolate carmel brownies. YUM! Mary, I still LOVE you for sharing that recipe with me!

(BTW...this is post #100 - wow!)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

My Turn

One word (or two or three...) answers:

Your {preferred} name: Megan
Your hair? short
Your mother? talented
Your father? wise
Your favorite thing? right now - sleep
Your dream last night? confusing
Your dream/goal? to be happy
Your favorite drink? Mr. Pibb/Dr. Pepper
The room you're in? kitchen
Your ex? no idea
Your hobby? baking
Your fear? tragic accident - especially within my family
Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
Where were you last night? home
What you're not? perfect
Muffins? yes please
One of your wish list items? swing set
Time? flies by
Where you grew up? Needham, MA
The last thing you did? ate
Favorite weather? rainy days (we don't get many)
What are you wearing? jeans
Your favorite book? Siddhartha
Your TV? on
Your pet? Baxter
Your computer? on
Your mood? content
Missing someone? yes
Your car? Jeep
Something you're not wearing? shoes
Favorite store? Old Navy
Love someone? yes
Your favorite color/shade? pink
Last thing you ate? pizza/Mr. Pibb
Your life? great
Your friends? awesome
What are you thinking right now? one word answers are hard
What are you doing at this moment? blogging
Your summer: HOT
Your relationship status: married
What do you do when you can't sleep? drive (in my head) from my house in Needham to Needham High (I always fall asleep before I get there)
When is the last time you laughed? last night?
Last time you cried? Sunday