September 26, 2011

I'm Moving!

I am moving all my blog posts to a new url: TheEssigLife.com. I am not going to post to EssigEats.com anymore, either. All my food posts will just be combined onto TheEssigLife.com.

Thanks!

September 20, 2011

The Perfect Day

Saturday was the termed "The Perfect Day" by my brother-in-law, Dave. Here is why is was the perfect day for him: he slept in, went golfing, Michigan football won (his favorite college team), and we had lunch at Tucano's! We stuffed ourselves silly, then went to the RSL game. His favorite player on RSL scored the game-winning goal of the game, and then one of his favorite bands, OneRepublic, played in a mini-concert after the game. When we got home, we started watching the Utah-BYU game that was recording on TV. BYU lost (by a lot!) and the game was super entertaining! Oh, and Ohio State (Michigan's rival) also lost. So, in all reality, it really was the perfect day. :) Here are some pics.




I {heart} Fall!

I love this time of year... the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start to change, and sweater season is just around the corner. Fall is my second favorite season of the year, and I'm so excited that it is almost here that I started to put up some of my fall decorations.




I made this wreath... it turned out even better than I thought it would!


September 11, 2011

RRR Madness

So we did the Red Rock Relay this year. It's a 187-mile relay race from Brian Head in Cedar City to the mouth of Zion. Every time I do one of these races, as soon as I start my first leg, I think to myself: "What was I thinking? Why did I agree to do this, anyway?" But as soon as I am finished, I realize how much I loved it and what an awesome experience it was! This was obviously no exception. My team was awesome, especially Van 2. We had a great time, even with getting no sleep (we only got a 2-hour break between our second and last leg- and that didn't include driving time!). The weather was a little crazy- as we were driving up to start our first leg, there was rain falling and crazy lightning in the distance. Apparently, some lightning hit a tree right next to the road where people were running and it blew wood chunks all over. Everyone was safe and ok, but it was kinda crazy! Our first runner had to run in a hail storm, but it blew over by the time I started! I had a crazy 6.4-miler that was straight downhill- my quads were screaming by the end. After we finished, we grabbed some grub at Gandolfo's, then headed back to the house we were staying at in Cedar City and watched The Italian Job and rested. Before we knew it, we were back in the van and headed to Newcastle (this was about 9:00 at night by this point). We did our night runs in record time and headed to this house and St. George to rest. Our third leg started at sunrise, which was pretty amazing to see with the amazing red rock scenery. My third leg was really tough- there was a hill that gradually rose higher and higher for about 3 miles. The toughest part was I couldn't see where the hill ended because the road kept turning, so I was very glad to see it finish! The race itself was pretty amazing- we saw a little bit of everything. Rain, hail, lightning, costumes, sun, 5:30-minute miles (nice work, Mike!), red rock, and the best part... In-N-Out at the end. That milkshake and burger never tasted so good as it did that day! Here are some pics!

Finish Line! Wahoo!

Mike can play the ukelele like a champ- and run 5:30-minute miles!

That van was my home for two days...



Um. Boys are weird.

This was my last leg. It hurt so much but it was so pretty!

Neil's Birthday!

Neil turned 26 on September 3. We had the most relaxing weekend ever! Thursday night, my mom came to Layton and we went to dinner at Pad Thai in Layton. Friday, we went to dinner with Dave and Carly at Red Iguana. The mariachi band even came over and sang Happy Birthday, and they gave him this yummy dulce de leche cake. Saturday was a chill day. We slept in, ate breakfast at Kneaders, took a nap, watched college football (dang you, USU!), ate some sushi at Sushi Ya, and then went to dinner at The Pie in West Jordan. We also went to the RSL game, and Kyle Beckerman and Chris Schuler scored a goal each for him! There was also birthday cake involved that weekend. I am a pretty lucky girl to have Neil in my life and I was happy to spend his special day with him.

Neil is opening his basket of goodies - headphones, wallet, and lots of treats!

Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting... Mmm


Birthday dinner (well one of many, anyway!)

RSL vs. Philly- they won 2-1!

9/11/11



This is such a crazy thing to realize that 10 years ago, our country was attacked. I keep reflecting on where I was that day... I remember that I woke up that morning and went to school. I was a sophomore at the time, and I had band for my first class. We sat in band class and just watched the news in horror. It just seemed so insane, like I was watching a movie. It was a Tuesday, so it was also a game day for the soccer team. I remember thinking how unreal it was that afternoon as we were playing, that playing soccer felt so normal when everything else didn't.

I received this in an email from Grandpa Sorenson and I thought it was so great.

"From the Washington Post Article that Pres. Monson wrote for them:

The calamity of September 11th, 2001 has cast a long shadow. Ten years later, many of us are still haunted by its terrible tragedy of lost lives and broken hearts. It is an episode of anguish that has become a defining moment in the history of the American nation and the world. This week, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, along with Tom Brokaw, will pay its own homage to the unforgettable events of September 11, 2001. There was, as many have noted, a remarkable surge of faith following the tragedy. People across the United States rediscovered the need for God and turned to Him for solace and understanding. Comfortable times were shattered. We felt the great unsteadiness of life and reached for the great steadiness of our Father in Heaven. And, as ever, we found it. Americans of all faiths came together in a remarkable way. 
Sadly, it seems that much of that renewal of faith has waned in the years that have followed. Healing has come with time, but so has indifference. We forget how vulnerable and sorrowful we felt. Our sorrow moved us to remember the deep purposes of our lives. The darkness of our despair brought us a moment of enlightenment. But we are forgetful. When the depth of grief has passed, its lessons often pass from our minds and hearts as well.
Our Father’s commitment to us, His children, is unwavering. Indeed He softens the winters of our lives, but He also brightens our summers. Whether it is the best of times or the worst, He is with us. He has promised us that this will never change.
But we are less faithful than He is. By nature we are vain, frail, and foolish. We sometimes neglect God. Sometimes we fail to keep the commandments that He gives us to make us happy. Sometimes we fail to commune with Him in prayer. Sometimes we forget to succor the poor and the downtrodden who are also His children. And our forgetfulness is very much to our detriment.
If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us. We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember Him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. We too should be with Him in every season.
The way to be with God in every season is to strive to be near Him every week and each day. We truly “need Him every hour,” not just in hours of devastation. We must speak to Him, listen to Him, and serve Him. If we wish to serve Him, we should serve our fellow men. We will mourn the lives we lose, but we should also fix the lives that can be mended and heal the hearts that may yet be healed.
It is constancy that God would have from us. Tragedies are not merely opportunities to give Him a fleeting thought, or for momentary insight to His plan for our happiness. Destruction allows us to rebuild our lives in the way He teaches us, and to become something different than we were. We can make Him the center of our thoughts and His Son, Jesus Christ, the pattern for our behavior. We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm."

Enough said. God bless America!

September 1, 2011

Neil's Melted Ring

This morning, I woke up as usual and got in my car to go to work. The engine just wouldn't turn on, and it was making a loud angry noise at me. I called Neil down to look at it, and we tried to jump the battery, which didn't work! I was able to call into work, and Neil decided to take the battery over to the Auto Zone across the street. Turns out our battery was totally dead, so we just bought a new one. Unfortunately, when Neil was putting the new one in, he was using a metal wrench to tighten down the positive terminal. His wedding ring accidentally made contact with the negative terminal. It sparked and shot his hand back, and the ring was crazy-hot and partially melted! He burned the skin off on his ring finger, but I'm the most sad about the fact that his wedding ring is melted. We are going to hopefully see if we can fix it, but we might need to buy him a new one. :( At least he is ok and my car is working again!