September 26, 2011

I'm Moving!

I am moving all my blog posts to a new url: TheEssigLife.com. I am not going to post to EssigEats.com anymore, either. All my food posts will just be combined onto TheEssigLife.com.

Thanks!

September 20, 2011

The Perfect Day

Saturday was the termed "The Perfect Day" by my brother-in-law, Dave. Here is why is was the perfect day for him: he slept in, went golfing, Michigan football won (his favorite college team), and we had lunch at Tucano's! We stuffed ourselves silly, then went to the RSL game. His favorite player on RSL scored the game-winning goal of the game, and then one of his favorite bands, OneRepublic, played in a mini-concert after the game. When we got home, we started watching the Utah-BYU game that was recording on TV. BYU lost (by a lot!) and the game was super entertaining! Oh, and Ohio State (Michigan's rival) also lost. So, in all reality, it really was the perfect day. :) Here are some pics.




I {heart} Fall!

I love this time of year... the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change, and sweater season is just around the corner. Fall is my second favorite season of the year, and I'm so excited that it is almost here that I started to put up some of my fall decorations.




I made this wreath... it turned out even better than I thought it would!


September 11, 2011

RRR Madness

So we did the Red Rock Relay this year. It's a 187-mile relay race from Brian Head in Cedar City to the mouth of Zion. Every time I do one of these races, as soon as I start my first leg, I think to myself: "What was I thinking? Why did I agree to do this, anyway?" But as soon as I am finished, I realize how much I loved it and what an awesome experience it was! This was obviously no exception. My team was awesome, especially Van 2. We had a great time, even with getting no sleep (we only got a 2-hour break between our second and last leg- and that didn't include driving time!). The weather was a little crazy- as we were driving up to start our first leg, there was rain falling and crazy lightning in the distance. Apparently, some lightning hit a tree right next to the road where people were running and it blew wood chunks all over. Everyone was safe and ok, but it was kinda crazy! Our first runner had to run in a hail storm, but it blew over by the time I started! I had a crazy 6.4-miler that was straight downhill- my quads were screaming by the end. After we finished, we grabbed some grub at Gandolfo's, then headed back to the house we were staying at in Cedar City and watched The Italian Job and rested. Before we knew it, we were back in the van and headed to Newcastle (this was about 9:00 at night by this point). We did our night runs in record time and headed to this house and St. George to rest. Our third leg started at sunrise, which was pretty amazing to see with the amazing red rock scenery. My third leg was really tough- there was a hill that gradually rose higher and higher for about 3 miles. The toughest part was I couldn't see where the hill ended because the road kept turning, so I was very glad to see it finish! The race itself was pretty amazing- we saw a little bit of everything. Rain, hail, lightning, costumes, sun, 5:30-minute miles (nice work, Mike!), red rock, and the best part... In-N-Out at the end. That milkshake and burger never tasted so good as it did that day! Here are some pics!

Finish Line! Wahoo!

Mike can play the ukelele like a champ- and run 5:30-minute miles!

That van was my home for two days...



Um. Boys are weird.

This was my last leg. It hurt so much but it was so pretty!

Neil's Birthday!

Neil turned 26 on September 3. We had the most relaxing weekend ever! Thursday night, my mom came to Layton and we went to dinner at Pad Thai in Layton. Friday, we went to dinner with Dave and Carly at Red Iguana. The mariachi band even came over and sang Happy Birthday, and they gave him this yummy dulce de leche cake. Saturday was a chill day. We slept in, ate breakfast at Kneaders, took a nap, watched college football (dang you, USU!), ate some sushi at Sushi Ya, and then went to dinner at The Pie in West Jordan. We also went to the RSL game, and Kyle Beckerman and Chris Schuler scored a goal each for him! There was also birthday cake involved that weekend. I am a pretty lucky girl to have Neil in my life and I was happy to spend his special day with him.

Neil is opening his basket of goodies - headphones, wallet, and lots of treats!

Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting... Mmm


Birthday dinner (well one of many, anyway!)

RSL vs. Philly- they won 2-1!