August 29, 2010

Oh. My. Cream. Puffs.

How good do these Cream Puffs look? Check out the recipe here!

Top of Utah Half Marathon

I signed up to do the Top of Utah Half Marathon this last Saturday in July. This is my second half marathon, and with how crazy our summer had been, I really slacked off on my training. I mean, why would you go run when you can go get ice cream or relax at the pool instead? ;) I finally got into gear about 3 weeks before the race (which really isn't enough time), and while I wasn't super pumped the night before the race, I'm so glad I did it! The race starts up Blacksmith Fork Canyon in Hyrum and goes down the canyon through Millville and finished in Providence. There were 2300 runners signed up for the race. I didn't start hurting until Mile 9, and other than a short stop to stretch out some cramps, I didn't walk the entire race. I did, however, have to wait at Mile 6 for about 4 minutes at the Porta Potty. It was painful to stand there waiting and watch hundreds of runners run past you, but when nature calls, right? I ended up finishing the 13.1 miles in about 2 hours, 8 minutes, which is about 3 minutes faster than the last one I ran. My mom and Neil were there to cheer me on, and of course my buddy Sly ran as well. She killed the race and finished in about an hour and 38 minutes. The course was beautiful and really pretty fast. Here are some pictures!

 Waiting for the race to start

Hanging out at the start line with Sly and Nicole

Mile 9- I can't believe I'm still smiling!

This is how crazy it was at the finish! People were EVERYWHERE!

Thanks for the support, Mom!

And Neil!

This is Sly and I after the race. We were so disappointed they gave us dog tags instead of medals!

Tim's Birthday

On August 31, my older brother turns 27. Wow, we're starting to get old! We had a early birthday lunch at P.F. Chang's in Salt Lake this weekend. The food was yummy (of course) and we had lots of laughter. Happy birthday Tim- I hope this year is a great one for you!!

Family Time at Lagoon!

On August 21, Neil and I joined some of his family at Lagoon. It was hot and windy at first, and a LOT of people were there because it was the last weekend before school started and also a Bounce Back weekend. Luckily, the weather slightly cooled down and the crowds thinned out and we had a great time! Our 5-year old niece put us to shame because she isn't scared of any of the rides! She's finally tall enough this year to ride most of the rides and she was actually GIGGLING on Colossus. I am, of course, scared of heights and rides in general, so I felt a little stupid. It was fun to hang out with everyone, though!

Team Tournament

The third week in August was a tournament week for the girls team I am coaching. We entered into the Strikers Cup, based out of Layton, with high hopes of winning the tournament and working on a new style and system of play for the girls. We started off by winning 8-0, then won 2-0, and finished group play by winning 6-1. We played the championship game on Saturday and ended up winning 7-2. The girls played very hard and they definitely earned their medals! Great job, Avalanche!

Logan 6v6 Tournament

On August 14, Neil and I hosted the 2nd Annual Logan 6v6 Soccer Tournament. This is an adult tournament held outside in North Logan, where each team fields 5 field players and 1 keeper. The tournament this year grew from 7 teams to 12 teams, and the teams were super competitive compared to last year! It was a blast to see a bunch of our soccer friends from Logan again. The weather cooperated and while it was a lot of work, it was worth it in the end! Our team ended up playing and got knocked out in the quarterfinals by the eventual champions. We had so much fun and we're so glad we did it!

Team Retreat

It's been awhile since I've had time to blog, so there are going to be a bunch of posts in a row. Enjoy!

My friend Sly and I took on the responsibility of coaching a U14 girls soccer team starting in July. The girls have mostly played together for years, but since Sly and I are new to the team, we wanted to have a retreat in order to get to know the girls better and have them get to know us a little better! The team is based out of Woods Cross, but we had the girls come to Logan to stay for a couple of days. We started on a Thursday afternoon and had them meet at Old Main Hill up at the USU campus. The girls ran the Old Main Stairs (120 total I think) for 30 minutes. As a reward, they got pizza! That afternoon, we had a light training session and also a scrimmage against a local boys team. After the scrimmage, we had a team dinner and basically just hung out for the rest of the night. The next morning, we met bright and early to go on a team hike up Logan Canyon! The hike was up Tony Grove and we hiked 6.7 miles total to Mount Naomi, which overlooks Cache Valley. The weather was beautiful and the girls were troopers after all the activity the day before. We were able to get to the know the team better and it was a fun time! I'm excited to coach the rest of the season!

August 11, 2010

2010 Canada - Fireflies

Only a few video posts remaining as we give you a tour of Canada in 2010! I hope you're not actually looking for "fireflies", because those you will not find here. This is a tribute to the official song of Canada 2010, which is Fireflies by Owl City. I'm pretty sure that song was sung at least 5 times a day at the cabin.

2010 Canada - Fireflies from Neil Essig on Vimeo.

2010 Canada - I'll Never Join You

Dock Wars . . . no . . . Star Wars!

2010 Canada - I'll Never Join You from Neil Essig on Vimeo.

August 10, 2010

2010 Canada - The Fish Whisperer

Tom is the real fish whisperer because he caught, nay, coaxed 22 fish to get into his boat. But Dave did get me on video catching a 7 pound Northern Pike. Either way, here's to all the fishing fun!

2010 Canada - The Fish Whisperer from Neil Essig on Vimeo.

August 9, 2010

2010 Canada - Waterpark For Adults

I got a hold of my parents' video camera and I was able to get even more footage of everyone playing around in the water. You will also find myself and Jaron wakeboarding (sorry, no video of anyone else).

2010 Canada - Waterpark For Adults from Neil Essig on Vimeo.

August 8, 2010

Grandpa's 90th Birthday Party

Yesterday was my grandpa's 90th birthday party. He turned 90 years young on August 1, 2010. We had a fun birthday bash at Pioneer Valley Lodge in North Logan. Lots of family turned out and it was a good time!

July 2010

Here are some pictures from July.

Pretty sunset after the Coaches vs. Referees game at Cache Valley Cup

My birthday- I spent it getting a massage in the morning, going to lunch at Tucano's, watching Eclipse, eating cupcakes Neil made me, and playing in three indoor soccer games. I had a fun day!

At the Real Salt Lake game on Pioneer Day- I love fireworks!

 We went to Bear Lake the last couple days of July. Neil and I had fun relaxing, people-watching, and soaking up the sun! Oh, and eating La Beau's yummy food!

Canadian Vacation

Neil and I, along with my mom and members of his family, had a chance to go to Ontario, Canada for a vacation in July. It took me awhile to post about it, but here are some of my favorite memories and some pictures. Enjoy!

1. The beauty of Canada and the gorgeous sunsets
2. Relaxing on the dock and accomplishing almost nothing during the day
3. Jaron and his guimaves and everyone calling him "Mega Son"
4. My mom falling in the water but still getting back in afterwards to conquer her fear of water
5. Being able to walk on Sunset Trail, the trail the boys spent two days building
6. The yummy food- I was never hungry
7. The misinformed ladies in Relief Society at church- they had some very interesting views on the Gospel
8. Tom- The Fish Whisperer (He caught 22 fish I think by the end)
9. The huge rainstorm the first couple of days we were there
10. Listening to World Cup games on the radio and having the announcer make fun of the German team
11. Having a campfire every night, even with the mosquitoes
12. Watching Macey sleep and Max fetch every second of the day while we were there
13. Neil catching a 27-inch, 7 lb. Northern Pike- that fish was huge!
14. Watching the boys have Dock Wars every day and them telling us to record it on video every time
15. Coming back from the main dock to discover the Super Slide had floated far away
16. Being in the place where Neil proposed to me and reliving all the fun memories and making amazing new ones

August 2, 2010

2010 Canada - Super Jump

Max stole the show this year in Canada with his famous jumps off the dock. He was willing to retrieve almost anything we threw.

2010 Canada - Super Jump from Neil Essig on Vimeo.