December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I am excited for the new year, excited for all the possibilities and choices ahead. It's interesting to think about what the new year might bring! I am so grateful to my friends and family for the last year. Tonight, I am planning on staying in, watching some movies, and cooking some of this and some of this. Have a safe and happy new year and see ya in 2011!

December 28, 2010

Redmark Hollie Berry

I made a book for Neil and his dad, with the family's favorite memories of their dog who passed away last February. Here is the link for the book if you are interested in buying it! (It's $20 without shipping & handling.)

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December 23, 2010

Message from Santa

My sisters-in-law introduced me to this amazing piece of technology, where Santa sends you a video from the North Pole. I'm not talking animated, clay-mation type video here- this is honest-to-goodness, live feed from the North Pole. Amazing. Wish I had stuff like this when I was little! Here is the link to the video Santa sent to Neil. Merry Christmas!

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December 19, 2010

2010 Lagoon

Earlier this year, my family went to Lagoon. I took my video camera and shot a few things. I totally forgot about the video until this weekend, when I stumbled upon it in my video files. So I edited it and put it all together. Enjoy!

2010 Lagoon from Neil Essig on Vimeo.

This was from a trip to Lagoon with my family!

December 12, 2010

No-Shave November

Neil participated in No-Shave November this year. When I threatened to participate as well in protest, he just laughed at me because he knew it was an empty threat! His beard got really thick and had hints of red in it- I wonder if that's a sign that we might have red-headed children someday! Here are before, during, and after pictures.

*He shaved that awful mustache off about ten minutes after we took the picture, so he is clean-shaven again, thank goodness! :)

Temple Square

Yesterday, my family was able to see the Christmas lights at Temple Square. This is an annual event for Neil and I, and this year we were able to go with my mom, my brother Tim, and his girlfriend Melissa. I always love looking at the lights, and being on temple grounds is a great reminder every year what the Christmas season is about. After walking around the temple, we went to a great dinner at P.F. Chang's, which is always delicious! We had a great time, here are some pictures!

December 8, 2010

Kid History Part 1 & 2

Ok, some of you may have seen these videos floating around YouTube and various blogs, but I think they are too funny. They are a little lengthy, but these kids are super adorable and the adult actors are hilarious!



November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving in Cali!

Neil and I had the chance to spend Thanksgiving in California this year. The girls soccer team I coach played in a tournament Friday-Sunday, so we left Utah Tuesday afternoon to try and beat the storm that was rolling in that afternoon. We stayed in Vegas that night and enjoyed a really nice dinner at P.F. Chang's. We had a table right next to the window and it was really nice! The next morning, we spent some time shopping before traveling to California. The head coach, Sly, has a sister who lives in the LA area, so we spent Wednesday night there and had Thanksgiving dinner there. Thursday morning, we drove to the Santa Monica Pier and hung out for a little while before dinner! Dinner was delicious and it was fun. The next morning, we drove to Irvine and started coaching the tournament. We won our first three games, and then lost in the final on Sunday in a PK shootout. The girls were disappointed to lose, but they played hard and I hope they learned a lot. Here are some pictures!

 We made the girls run sprints on the beach, lol

 And also made them do push ups!

 Santa Monica Pier

 LA Temple

We took second!

November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful for my family and friends, and for home. It was kind of weird today realizing that I wouldn't be having Thanksgiving dinner at home with my family back in Utah (we're in California right now), but I realized that home is really where the heart is, and as long as I am with Neil, I AM HOME. We spent the morning at the beach, freezing our butts off, but enjoying the view. God has given us a beautiful world to live in, and I intend to enjoy it as much as possible! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, and I will enjoy the warmer weather twice for everyone back in Utah (and North Dakota too, love ya Nicole!). I am also thankful for a creative husband who can take amazing pictures like this one. Have a great holiday!

November 21, 2010

Turkey Trot 2010

On Saturday, my mom and I ran the Smithfield Turkey Trot 5k. This was the first race she ever ran last year, so we wanted to make sure we did it again to see her improvement! She finished about 11 minutes faster than the year before, but more importantly, she is so much healthier this year than at this time last year. I'm proud of her and I know she can keep up the good work! Here are some pictures!

 Clowning around before the race

 Still running even with snow on the mountains! :)

November 15, 2010

Playoffs Sadly Over

A couple of Saturdays ago, Neil and I had the chance to go the Western Conference Semi-Finals at Rio Tinto Stadium. Sadly, the team ended up tying after 90 minutes, which meant they were knocked out of the playoffs race. The team started off slow and FC Dallas got a quick goal the RSL just couldn't come back from, even with a goal at the very end of the game. Also sadly, FC Dallas went on to beat the LA Galaxy (Neil's favorite team) yesterday in the Western Conference Finals, 3-0. Now we decided we better cheer for FC Dallas, because they are going up against our rival team, Colorado Rapids, next Sunday in the MLS Cup Finals. Here is a picture from that game. We still had fun! :)

November 5, 2010

More Vegas Pics

Here are some more pictures from Vegas. We ate at this yummmmmmmy Thai restaurant called Basil & Lime, it was so good, we ate there twice!

 Oh my delicious.
 Seriously- look how good her food looks! I want some right now! :)

 Awards presentation. We took second!
 The team with their medals and super awesome coaches!

November 4, 2010

Anniversary in Vegas, Baby!

Neil and I spent our anniversary this year in Vegas. I can't believe we have been married 5 years already- it seems like it has gone by so fast! The soccer team I coach was playing in a tournament the weekend after our anniversary, so we went down a couple of days early. We drove down on Wednesday and spent the next two nights at the Luxor. We had dinner at the Rainforest Cafe the first night, which is located in the MGM Grand. The restaurant was decorated totally out there, and the food was pretty good. We spent some time shopping and relaxing. Thursday morning, we kind of got suckered into a timeshare presentation where we both lost valuable hours of our lives listening to a lame saleswoman. The only bonus was that we got free tickets to The Lion King that night, which was SO amazing! The costumes were incredible, and the actors were very talented. We were pretty excited to get those tickets, when the cheapest ones cost $70 each. It ended up being totally worth it in the end! We also fulfilled one of Neil's dreams on Thursday by doing an All-You-Can-Eat All Day buffet on Thursday. I was stuffed and he was super happy. :) Friday afternoon, the team arrived into town and we spent the rest of the weekend coaching the girls to second place in the tournament. It was a great time!

 Our buffet passes, ha ha

After the girls scored a goal