January 30, 2011

St. George Half Marathon

Last Saturday, I was able to go and run the St. George Half Marathon. It was so nice to run outside again, and the weather was perfect! About 40 degrees when we started, and when we left town, it was almost 60 degrees. My mom and Neil came to support me, and we had a really nice weekend. Friday night we ate at The Pizza Factory, which was DELICIOUS as always. After the half marathon the next day, we ate at a Thai restaurant called Benja Thai & Sushi. I downed a huge plate of yummy Pad See Ewe. I ran the half marathon in 2 hours and 10 minutes, which was a pretty good time. I was really proud because this was the first half marathon I have run, where I ran the entire time- no walking! :) Here are some pictures!


January 13, 2011

A New Start

As a number of you already know, Neil and I have both been job hunting recently. With major cutbacks in pay and hours, among other factors, we both realized that our current work situation was NOT ideal. Neil is still going to school, so getting a full-time job logically fell on my shoulders. Neil sent out an email on Monday afternoon letting friends and family know about our job search, with a vague hope something might come out of it. Well, Tuesday morning, I received a phone call from a marketing company that just happened to be hiring RIGHT NOW (as in, if Neil had sent that email one day later, I would've been too late), and they did a phone interview, had me take a computer test online, and then called me within 30 minutes to schedule another interview that day. It all kind of went by in a blur, and I tried not to get my hopes up, but this morning I found out that I got the job! (This would be the WORST story ever if I didn't.) So, I start Monday. Due to creepers on the Internet, I'm not going to say where I am working now, but it is a full-time job at an internet marketing company. My official title is Internet Marketing Specialist, (ha ha, whatever that is, I'll find out on Monday) and I now get to work normal business hours. Hurray! I finally get to use my degree in Marketing... three years after graduating. :) Neil is still looking for graphic design work, so if anyone has anything in mind, please let us know. Thanks for everyone's support, and wish me luck! :)

Thank goodness I don't have to work in fast food!

January 7, 2011

2010 in Review

I decided to go back and review our year in 2010. I was surprised at how much we actually did, and it just makes me excited for 2011. Here are some pictures!

January- We spent it shivering, working, and sleeping. Enough said. :)

February- I ran my first race of the year. My family also said good bye to my cousin Travis, as he went on his mission to Virginia. We also had to say good bye to Neil's dog, Hollie. We still miss her!

 
March- Neil and I drove down to Saint George so I could run in the Spectrum 10k. The scenery was beautiful, we ate at In-N-Out Burger, and got some sun!

 
April- we went to our first RSL game of the season, and my mom and I ran our first race together of the year. My best friend, Nicole, also got married this month and I was able to take her wedding pictures!

 May- We ran another race this month (Neil running the 5k, while I did the 10k), we had a fun Sibling Dinner at the Mandarin, I ate my first sno cone of the year, and we played in a soccer tournament in Vegas. Lots of laughter and fun this month!

  
June- Wow, this was SUCH a busy month! First of all, my sister-in-law Joann asked me to take pictures of her and her kids while she was still pregnant, which was a blast. Those kids are adorable! We also spent a lot of time this month watching the World Cup, playing soccer (I played in a women's 6v6 tournament), and we also ran the Wasatch Back again. I'm tired just thinking back on it! :)

July- This was my favorite month of the year! It was my birthday, we spent almost two weeks relaxing in Canada, Neil took my to Bear Lake for my birthday, and we also went to the RSL game on Pioneer Day with Dave & Carly. The game was BORING, but it didn't matter because there were fireworks!

August- Neil and I spent a lot of time this month coaching soccer (we're the assistant coaches for a girls team), playing soccer in the 6v6 tournament we ran, and hanging out at Lagoon. I also ran the Top of Utah Half Marathon, which was my second ever. The race went great and it was a good way to wrap up the summer!

September- It was Neil's birthday this month! My mom and I had fun embarrassing him at Texas Roadhouse. My mom and I also ran the Top of Utah 5k and she did really well! We also spent a beautiful day in Park City, where Neil enjoyed taking pictures of the gorgeous fall leaves! We also went for a great hike up Adams Canyon in Layton.

October- It was our 5th anniversary this month! Wow, I still can't believe how fast time has flown by! We spent it in Las Vegas, and also spent some time coaching. We also had the chance to hang out with the Essig's at a corn maze, and ate Cheesecake Factory on Halloween.

November- This is the month that RSL was knocked out of the playoffs, which was a bummer. My mom and I also ran the Turkey Trot 5k again this year. Neil and I spent Thanksgiving this year in California, coaching a soccer tournament. The weather was a little cold, but we did enjoy the sun!

December- Another busy month! Lots of spending time with family, wrapping presents, baking, laughing, visiting Temple Square, eating, and sleeping. Busy, busy, busy!

January 4, 2011

Christmas Fun

This is a little late, but here is my Christmas post! We had a wonderful Christmas this year. There was a ton of great food, lots of laughter, and some much-needed time with family. It was our "on" year with the Essig's, and that always involves lots of activities and children, which is so fun! My mom prepared some amazing meals, as usual, and we were also able to go see the movie Tron on Christmas Day. Neil and I both really enjoyed Christmas this year, and we were sad to see it end. Here are some (actually, a lot) of pictures!


 I love Christmas cookies!
 Yay for baking!
 Snow falling the day after Christmas
 

 Hanging out at the Essig's
 
 Kyle is a little unsure about Macey
 Me and baby David (can you tell he just woke up?)
 Christmas morning joy
 Nathan is pretty happy
 Andi carried her doll around the rest of the day and beyond
 
 This is the camera we got from his parents
 
 Someone gave David a KitKat bar- whoops!
 Preparing "breakfast donkeys" for Christmas morning breakfast
MERRY CHRISTMAS!