December 29, 2008

White Christmas

Neil and I had a GREAT Christmas this year! We had lots of great food, and lots of great times with family. We spent Christmas Eve with my side of the family for dinner, and then we headed up to Neil's parent's house to hang out. We were even able to "catch" Santa Claus with our nephews Daniel and Nathan, who were spending the night. We headed back up to Neil's parent's house Christmas morning and helped cook a humongous breakfast, and then all the little kids played in the snow. After that, we went back to my mom's house and had another delicious dinner. We were so stuffed by then! That afternoon, we went to a movie. All in all, it was a great holiday for both of us. Santa brought me a new camera, which I am really excited about. It is just what I wanted! (Nikon D60, for those who care.) Anyway, we hope everyone's holiday was as great as ours was!

Andi, sledding outside of Grandma Essig's house

Nathan- what a cutie!

Mom and Me

Part of my mom's Christmas present

Grandma and our cat

Neil and Me

Tim & Alex

So So Long

It has been so long since we've posted anything! I have lots of pictures, so I am just going to randomly post them. Enjoy!

My cousin Crystal's baby shower in November

Thanksgiving in SLC

Thanksgiving in SLC

Visiting Temple Square to see the Christmas Lights

November 25, 2008

Twilight Movie


I was able to go to the Twilight movie with a whole group of cousins and sister-in-laws and aunts last Friday. It was such a good time! Carly and I planned to meet the others at the theater a couple of hours before the movie started so that we would be guaranteed good seats. We were a little concerned we would get stuck with bad seats if we didn't get into line soon enough, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that there was NO ONE else in line when we got there. Jamie, Sara, Allie, and Leslie were holding down the front of the line, but I seriously expected tumbleweeds to roll across the lobby floor, it was so empty. We all had a great laugh about that and settled down to wait. To be honest, I was pretty happy that we were at the beginning of the line because it did eventually fill up and we got the best seats in the house! Now, onto the movie... I had really low expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the beginning was a little awkward, but once they got going, it turned out really great! I'm excited for the next movie to come out because I think they will be able to develop the story a little more and hopefully their budget will be bigger so the special effects can be great! All in all, my final opinion is: The movie was great considering their budget and their crappy director (sorry Catherine Hardwicke fans). I still love the books more, but I was entertained and that's all I can ask for!

The video below is a spoof on Twilight. HILARIOUS- thanks Leslie for posting it on your blog. I laughed out loud multiple times and I couldn't resist sharing it with more people!

November 21, 2008

Dreams be Dreams


Here's the game:

1. Put your iPod/sansa/music player of your choice on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy doing the meme as well as the person you got the meme from.

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
The Future Freaks Me Out- Motion City Soundtrack

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Timebomb- Beck (I thought I was kinda mellow...)

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Heading Home- Donovan Frankenreiter

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Your Guardian Angel- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Eyes on Fire- Blue Foundation (Twilight Soundtrack)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
In Terms of Love- SHeDAISY

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Get Back- Demi Lovato

WHAT IS 2+2?
Ruby Blue- Roisin Murphy (Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND(S)?
Sidewalks (Acoustic)- Story of the Year

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
My Heart- Paramore (Interesting...)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
The Best of What's Around- Dave Matthews Band

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Go Slowly- Radiohead (and Neil thought I didn't have any Radiohead on my iPod)

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Summer Skin- Death Cab for Cutie

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Shut Up and Drive- Rihanna (Probably not...)

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Kiss Kiss- Chris brown (Again, not so much.)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Come On Get Higher- Matt Nathanson (I will be higher up, hopefully)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Miracle- Paramore

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Oxygen- Colbie Caillat

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Nine in the Afternoon- Panic At The Disco

WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Suddenly I See- KT Tunstall (See what? I'm scared!)

HOW WILL YOU DIE?
The Warmth- Incubus (Well, I hate being cold, so this won't be so bad!)

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Spinning- Jack's Mannequin

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
One More Time- Daft Punk (Haha, this really does make me laugh because it reminds me of Night At The Roxbury!)

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Miss Murder- AFI

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Bullet proof- Radiohead (And the answer is yes)

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Here It Goes Again- OK Go (Maybe I'm scared of falling off the treadmill)

DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Supermassive Black Hole- Muse (I guess not)

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
She Moves in Her Own Way- The Kooks

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
The Con- Tegan and Sara

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Dreams Be Dreams- Jack Johnson

This is pretty funny- your music can say a lot about you!
I tag EVERYONE who wants to play!

November 12, 2008

Personalized Calendars

I was given the opportunity to design a calendar for a craft fair last week. If anyone is interested in buying a personalized calendar, I would love to make one for you! It takes about a week to complete once I get pictures from you. Each calendar has a total of 26 pictures, but I can adjust the calendar as needed, depending on the number of pictures you have. The total cost is about $25, but for friends and family, it is $20. If anyone is interested in ordering one, just email me and I'd love to make one for you. See the pictures below for the calendar pages. Thanks!


November 6, 2008

Pumpkin Cheesecake

My cousin Crystal just posted this on her blog and she said it was delicious, so I thought I would share. I haven't made it myself, so I don't know how good it is, but I trust Crystal, so here it is. If anyone makes it, let me know what you think of it!
(*Disclaimer: Crystal tells me that this takes some time to make- not an instant dessert by any means! Just fyi!)
Pumpkin Cheesecake (From The Cheesecake Factory)

Crust:
1−1/2 cups graham crumbs
5 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sugar

Filling:
3 − 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
Whipped Cream

Mix crust ingredients together, just till coated and crumbly. Press onto the bottom and 2/3 up the sides of an 8" springform pan. Bake for 5 mins. at 350. Set aside. Combine cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl, mix until smooth with an electric mixer. add pumpkin eggs,and spices, beat till smooth and creamy. Pour into the crust. Bake for 60−70 mins.or till the top turns a bit darker. Remove from oven and allow to come to room temperature, then refrigerate. After it has thoroughly chilled, remove the pan sides and cut.
Serve with whipped cream. and caramel sauce.

The Soccer Arena


Hey everyone! I just wanted to let anyone who is interested, the Soccer Arena now has a blog. It is http://thesoccerarena.blogspot.com. It has various recent updates for the arena, along with occasional game summaries. Check it out!

November 3, 2008

Just...Score...Already!!!




Neil, Tom, my Mom, and I all made the trek down to the first RSL playoff game ever on Saturday! They played Chivas USA in their new stadium. It was beautiful weather, even almost a little too hot, and the game was fantastic. There was lots of yelling at the referee to do, and tons of scoring chances by RSL. They had 21 total shots versus only 3 by Chivas USA. It was a little frustrating because with that many chances, you should finish already, but they made up for it in the 90th minute with a sweet goal. What a fun game and I am so glad they won! Now they go back to California to play Chivas USA at home in the second leg of the series.

New Coche



So... Neil and I got a new car! We decided after rigorous tests that we could make do with one car, so we traded in our two cars and got a Hyundai Santa Fe. (The tests involved Neil not driving his car for about a month. He only drove his car twice, so we decided we could make it work.) It's a little roomier because it's an SUV, so we'll be able to haul around all of our soccer equipment a little easier. The dealership gave us a steal of a deal, and it saves us quite a bit of money a month. Not too shabby! And I'd also like to give a shout out to Jamie and Sara, they are by far the funnest people to show a new car to. You two rock!

October 28, 2008

The Beginning of The Madness

So the busy season officially started yesterday at the Sport Arena. It is crazy busy out there, with 16 (at last count) more adult teams registered for this session compared with the same session last year. 16 more teams = about 160 more people to deal with! (That's not counting the youth leagues, either.) Everyone has been really great about registering, now we just need to get people to pay up front. I actually really like the busy season out there because there is always something good to watch or important to get done or there is always someone interesting to talk to. Neil gets a little stressed because he ends up working 70+ hours a week, but in the end, he really loves his job. He is basically his own boss and he has done such a great job of organizing the place and making it better in general. However, I do have a disclaimer. There are two things that I absolutely HATE about the busy season out there. Number one, the snackbar. I could go on for hours about the dreaded snackbar, but I'll spare you the details. Trust me, it's really annoying. Anyway, on to the other thing I don't like about working at the arena in the winter. CHILDREN. I like children in general, don't get me wrong, but the arena is NOT a free baby-sitting service! I had to regulate last night because I caught a couple of little girls in the women's restroom swinging on the bathroom doors like a jungle gym. You could seriously hear it outside the restroom- Swing, Slam, Giggle. Repeat. I hate being the bad guy and telling them to stop doing stuff they know they shouldn't be doing in the first place. Oh, well... I guess it comes with the job. Good thing I get to play soccer too otherwise this might not be worth it!

October 21, 2008

Tagged- 8 Things

(Tagged by Crystal)
8 Things
8 T.V shows I love to watch:
1. The Office
2. Chuck
3. The Hills
4. Ugly Betty
5. Psych
6. Grey's Anatomy
7. Best Week Ever
8. What Not To Wear

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1. Cheesecake Factory
2. Fredrico's
3. Cafe Sabor
4. El Toro Viejo
5. Firehouse
6. Hamilton's
7. Logan's Heroes
8. Old Grist Mill

8 things that happened yesterday:
1. 3rd year anniversary
2. I worked
3. Re-registered to vote
4. Exercised- blah
5. Went to dinner
6. Got chocolates and roses
7. Watched Chuck and The Hills
8. Surfed the internet while at work

8 things I am looking forward to:
1. To never have to go to the dentist again
2. Being able to chew solid food again- dang dentist
3. Halloween
4. Crystals' baby shower
5. Thanksgiving
6. Decorating for Christmas
7. Playing soccer again after a week off
8. Summer

8 things I love about fall:
1. It reminds me of when I first got married and also when I met Neil
2. The leaves
3. Hot chocolate & candy
4. Family time
5. The smell of apples
6. Eating yummy soup
7. Decorating for fall
8. Wearing comfy and warm sweaters

8 things on my wish list:
1. For Neil to be able to come home from work at night before 10:00 pm
2. A six pack
3. My kitten to be able to live with me
4. An Audi
5. Lots of money with almost no work
6. For Crystal's baby to be born healthy & no complications
7. Happiness for my family and friends
8. A vacation

8 people I tag:
1. Neil (muahaha)
2. Sly
3. Sara
4. Jamie
5. Becky
6. Kami Macey
7. Alli
8. Leslie

October 19, 2008

Thriller

Neil, my mom, and I all had a chance to go watch the dance performance Thriller at the Kent Concert Hall on Friday night. My mom had never seen it before and we had such a great time! For those who don't know what Thriller is, it is a dance performance by Odyssey Dance Theater (they're based out of the Salt Lake area- check them out at http://www.odysseydance.com/). Before the show, they have a good number of the dancers who are dressed up like ghouls and zombies wandering around scaring people. We got there early enough to watch them chase people, stare at them creepily, climb seats and banisters, and generally be terrifying. (I only jumped once- I didn't know she was going to hiss at me!) The show starts off with a dance performed to the Michael Jackson song "Thriller" and it goes on from there. They have so many different dances, some funny and some a little creepy, but it is all so good. It kind of makes me wish I was more coordinated and that I could actually dance to a beat. (I'm good at the running man- does that count?) For those of you who have never seen Thriller, go see it sometime- they have shows all over the Wasatch Front and it is such a fun thing to do around Halloween that doesn't really involve being scared or cold.
"Jason Jam"One of the dancers before the show. She was freaky!This is the "Thriller" dance. I got this off their website, I don't have a camera that good!

October 16, 2008

Hanjie-Obsessed


Okay, so I am following my cousin Sara's plea of blogging about something new. To start with, this is going to be really random. Anyway, I bought a book at Borders the other day that I cannot put down! It is one of those logic puzzle books and it is way too fun. It's called Hanjie and it's a little like Sudoku, but better because I don't have to only look at numbers! Basically, there is a grid with numbers on the side and you color in the squares based on certain numbered criteria, and it totally makes a picture when you're finished! It's way better than Sudoku because I kind of feel like I'm coloring and I don't feel like I'm doing math at all. Plus, I am SO bad at Sudoku, I just don't get it. So, if you feel like doing logic puzzles, I would check these out!

October 10, 2008

Good Thing We Have Scalpers



So Kami and I went online and purchased our tickets for the first-ever Real Salt Lake game at Rio Tinto Stadium. The match was held October 9, against the New York Red Bulls. So we order our tickets and have them put at Will-Call so that we can simply pick them up when we get to the stadium.

Yesterday finally came, and we loaded our car and hit the road to Salt Lake. After a long hour and 45-minute drive, we finally pull up to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. Kami and her mom jump out of the car and head for the ticket counter. I take the car and drive around, getting ready to pick them back up so we can go get some dinner before the game.

Suddenly, my phone rings. Kami is at the counter and they don't have our tickets. They weren't placed in an envelope, which was kind of strange, but we didn't think anything of it. After waiting a few minutes, they finally print the tickets. I am back to the spot to pick them up (with some lady telling me to move along), when they come running.

As we pull away, I notice something on the tickets. "Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas", in large, bold print on the front. No way! How could this happen? They gave us tickets for a game a week and a half later!

After some panic, we finally decide that we must have clicked something incorrectly on the website when we ordered the tickets. Instead of driving home again, we decide to take the risk and find some spare tickets to this game.

Thank heavens for Scalpers.

We found a guy with at least 20 spare tickets and we were able to pawn off our tickets onto him in exchange for some tickets to the New York game. Of course, at a price. But hey, the most important thing is that we got to see the game! RSL ended up tying the game, but it was still worth it to be there. Our seats weren't as good as the ones we had thought we purchased, but they are still better than any at Rice-Eccles Stadium. 

It was freezing cold, so good thing we got our hot chocolate before the game started because they apparently ran out halfway through the game. All in all, it was all completely worth it! Go RSL!

October 2, 2008

Tickets!


I am so excited! Kami and I snagged a pair of tickets to the Real Salt Lake home opener at the new Rio Tinto stadium! Our tickets are in one of the corners of the stadium, so maybe not the best view ever, but hey, all the seats have backs, so it can't be too bad there, right? I'm just excited because we get to see Real play on real grass at home and, at the same time, we get to see the amazing Juan Pablo Angel! Yay! Better mark October 9th on my calendar! Oh, wait, it's already marked.

September 25, 2008

Good Karma




I received this in an email the other day. I didn't really want to forward it to everyone (Gasp! I won't receive a pleasant surprise in 96 hours!), so I thought I would just post it instead. These thoughts are supposedly "good karma", but whether they are or not, they are great things to think about. Take it for what you will.




INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R's: Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
14. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
15. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

{Karma}: "Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past, present, and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and the pain and joy it brings to him/her and others." (Definition found on wikipedia.com)


DVR Playlist

So, my friend Sly had a list on her blog of what's on her DVR. I decided I wanted to play too! Here is what is currently on our DVR:

-Friends (all the reruns)
-Ugly Betty (ABC)
-Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
-America's Best Dance Crew (MTV)
-Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island (MTV)
-Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel)
-What Not To Wear (TLC)
-Pushing Daisies (ABC)
-Chuck (NBC)
-The Hills (MTV)
-The Office (NBC & TBS reruns)
-Pysch (USA Network)
-Monk (USA Network)
-Best Week Ever (VH1)
-Soccer (MLS, EPL, La Liga, Serie A, all US National games that are televised)

Writing all this down makes me realize how much TV I end up watching throughout the week. Wow- at least it's something that Neil and I do together. I'm also excited for all the premiers this week. I'm sort of having a hard time because my three favorite shows are on Thursday night and I might have to pick between them. What a tragedy!

September 9, 2008

Surprise! It's a GIRL!

My best friend-cousin surprised everyone in the family this week by dropping in from Texas for a surprise week-long visit. No one knew she was coming except for her sister Amanda, and she totally and completely surprised her mom and dad. I heard that Aunt Kathy couldn't speak a complete sentence for at least 30 minutes! Crystal also brought with her some incredible news. She is officially have a little girl! After years of trying and crying and in-vitro-ing, Crystal and Dustun are having a baby girl. Now, how flipping amazing is that? I'm excited to be a cousin-aunt (a.k.a. c-aunt) to this bundle of joy. We were able to all go to lunch (Crystal, Aunt Kathy, and my mom) yesterday at Cafe Sabor. It was so great to catch up and laugh, and Crystal seriously looks so amazing! Glowing does not adequetely describe it. I'm so happy for Crystal and she is going to be the best mom. Congrats, girl!

Yummy Cheesecake, Here We Come

This last Saturday, a bunch of us went down to the Cheesecake Factory in Murray. Yum! For those of you who have never been there, it is SO delicious and totally worth the wait and the money. You will probably have an hour wait, give or take, but there is almost every food you could think of to choose from and the cheesecake... let's not get started on the cheesecake. It seriously melts in your mouth. Me, Neil, Mom, Tim, Alex, and Aunt Susan all went to the restaurant. It was a sort of a celebration of both Tim's and Neil's birthday. The food was delicious and we had a great time. Writing about this makes me want some of that cheesecake.


Happy Post-Birthday, Neil!


Holy Mother of All Burgers!

Tim and his girls
The funny thing is... I know she got this salad to be healthy. Now that's a salad!

A Weekend Without Labor

Okay, so I know this is kinda late, but I thought I should talk about it anyway. My family has a cabin about 20 minutes outside of Montpelier, Idaho. Every Labor Day Weekend, we all head up there and relax! This year, there were a total of 28 people, 5 dogs, and 2 rabbits. (My brother Tim owns a couple of rabbits that he brought up with him.) The weather was pretty good on Saturday (so I was told) and then Sunday morning it was still sunny. Around 4:00, a storm rolled in and it rained all night and snowed a bit too! It was still fun and as always, there was really good food.
Chilling with Tim
Leila, the cutest boxer puppy ever!!!
Going four-wheeling

Tim & Alex

Travis is teaching Neil how to work the four-wheeler.

He got the hang of it!

Tim's rabbit. Yeah, that's a harness. And yeah, he takes the rabbit for walks.

September 5, 2008

ESM United- Best Team EVER!

So, we play on a family coed indoor soccer team out at the arena. It is SO fun! A new session just started this last Wednesday and we totally dominated with a score of 11-6. It is seriously a blast to play with the family- they are always having a great time, and the best part is when we score. Everyone cheers so loud and it's way too fun. Just to clarify where we came up with the team name- ESM stands for "Essig-Sorenson-Moser" and United because we are definately united! We are also getting t-shirts, and the picture below is the logo that's going to go on the front of them. Pretty sweet! Also, here is a team roster so everyone can know all the amazing players that are playing with us.

Dave Essig (He plays goalie and saves us every week!)

Carly Essig

Neil Essig (The Goal Scorer)

Kami Essig

Tom Essig

Lacey Essig

Landon Essig

Joann Moser

Mike Moser

Jamie Sorenson

Sara Sorenson


Come cheer us on- we play Wednesday nights out at the arena! Go ESM United!