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

Halloween 2010

Halloween for us this year was really low-key, which was very nice! Friday night was spent with the Essig side of our family at a corn maze in Syracuse. This corn maze was a lot bigger than any other I had been too and it was a blast! They had three different  mazes, with one being haunted. The teenagers in our group headed that direction, while the rest of us went to the non-haunted maze. Neil (a.k.a. Neil GPS) led us out of the maze pretty quickly, so we spent the rest the evening hanging out together. The corn maze had slides, along with live music, concessions, and livestock to look at. It was fun!
Saturday night, my mom came into town and we ate a yummy dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Neil and I decided there is nothing better than glancing over into a car around Halloween and seeing someone dressed in a costume. It is way funny! After dinner, we relaxed at home and watched Hocus Pocus, which is such a classic around Halloween, the perfect blend of cheesy and funny and random!

Corn maze with the Essig's

 Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory