Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Kiley and I want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween! We hope that you are enjoying the costumes and staying warm!

For Family Home Evening tonight, Kiley and I decided to carve this pumpkin. Look at how cute it turned out!

We stayed indoors and enjoyed having all the little kids come to our home. I loved dishing out candy and seeing how happy they were!

This is an HDRI photo I did in photoshop. I like how these photos turn out; it's something new that Kiley and I are experimenting with!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lunch and Baby Tyler

Okay, this is the last post for today, I promise!

After Kiley and I took a bunch of photos at the temple today, we needed to do our laundry, so we stopped by my parents' house. My mom cooked us an AMAZING steak lunch, and guess who else came? Jacob, Shauna, and the marvelous baby Tyler! So, I put our new camera back to work. Here are some Halloween decorations at my parents' house:

Isn't he the cutest thing???? I was so tempted to steal my new little nephew! He gets cuter every time I see him:

New Camera

Hey Everyone!

Kiley's been saying that we can't have a baby until we have a nice camera, so I decided to buy us one for an early Christmas present! Okay, maybe we aren't going to have a baby for a while, but I still wanted a nice camera since I'm a photo man. I decided to splurge a bit, but it was definitely worth it. We bought a Canon EOS 40D with a 28-135mm lens, and it works wonders! Here is what the camera looks like:

And here are some of the photos we took today at the temple:

I did a little photoshopping with this photo that I liked of Kiley:


For Halloween, Kiley and I decided to be flying monkeys!

Kiley has had this idea since I took her to see the musical Wicked in February of this year. Our costumes were awesome!

We bought sweaters at a thrift store and cut them to be our vests. Kiley cut our wings out of cardboard, and our hats are made from paper cups. We bought the cute tails at Walmart for $3 each, and they are super cute! We had a Halloween get together at our duplex with Jessica and Sebastian and a few friends, and we also went to our Ward Halloween party tonight. It's been great!

Backpacking with Kiley

Are you ready for an adventure? Kiley and I are always ready!

The week before this semester began, I decided that it would be fun to take Kiley on a week long backpacking trip in the Pecos Wilderness, one of my favorite places in the world. It was Kiley's first time backpacking for real, and I hadn't gone in several years. Needless to say, it was quite an adventure.

Here we are at the trail head:

There were quite a few rivers to cross:

After a long day of hiking the first day, Kiley and I got lost. We wandered around for quite a bit trying to find the correct trail, but it was hopeless. We had somehow followed a false trail and found ourselves in the middle of nowhere.

So, we sat down and decided to have some lunch. It was great, and we were soon energized enough that we continued onward. I found what looked like it could be a trail, but alas! It was a nasty mud pit! And it smelled like crap! I stepped down, my foot sank in, and I tried to free myself. However, the mud suctioned my foot and pulled my shoe off. I lifted my other foot up, and the same thing happened. I fell forward and was lucky enough to have a log to sit on, but my shoes were long gone. They were completely buried in the crappy mud, and I had no spares.

However, I was lucky to have the greatest wife of all time who dug out my shoes with her bare hands!

It was pretty nasty:

After the first day, we were worn out. We found the trail after following the GPS up a sheer cliff face. It scared Kiley half to death -- did I mention she's super afraid of heights?

I guess I should have warned her about the next day of our journey. In order to reach Truchas Peak, our destination, we would have to hike along a cliff. It was a beautiful sight! But, the trail was about a foot wide with a huge drop on the other side, and the rocks slipped easily under our feet. Kiley wasn't so happy with me after this part of our journey... However, she has since forgiven me. Which means that I'm taking her to the Grand Canyon for Spring Break! :)

Once we got to our destination, we saw lots of wildlife. We especially loved all the bighorn sheep!

This is the beautiful view from our campsite. We stayed at this site for 2 nights:

What's backpacking without a nice dip in a mountain lake????

Look at this awesome ram that we saw from a distance! It was pretty incredible. I wish I could have taken a better picture...

We ended our journey a day early (on Thursday) because we felt like we needed to get back to the real world. To do so, we ended up hiking over 13 miles in one day, and both of our knees gave out. It must have been quite a scene to see us limping together with our walking sticks! We felt like little old people hobbling down the mountain.

When we made it to the bottom, we were able to find a nice man who gave us a lift to a small convenience store where I called my brother Jared for a ride back to Santa Fe (he dropped us off for our trip). He came and picked us up, and when we made it back to Santa Fe we found that the Corolla's radiator was spewing steam! There was a big hairline crack in the radiator, and we didn't feel safe returning to Albuquerque. Jared and Jenny were gracious enough to let us stay with them and clean up at their house.

We were truly inspired to return a day early because, if we didn't, our car wouldn't have been able to be fixed until the following Monday, since there are no mechanics open over the weekend. Since we came back a day early, we got the Corolla fixed Friday morning, and we made it back to Albuquerque when we were originally planning to. I'm so grateful we did because school was starting the following Monday, and we needed the weekend to prepare!

It was a great trip, and I'm so grateful that I could spend that time with my eternal sweetheart up in the mountains. It was so much fun! I also know that our Heavenly Father guided us and granted unto us our lives, because we would have died without Him. No joke.

Duplex and Pizza

Hey Everyone!

Kiley and I are so grateful to have such a wonderful family and great friends who have helped us and supported us as we have started our own family unit. We wanted to share these photos, which were taken shortly after we returned from the honeymoon. We're living in a little duplex, which still looks about the same as the photos (although it's a bit messier). And we still love baking homemade pizza! Thank you Angie and Cory for the awesome wedding gift! We love it! :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tyler Matthew

Hey everyone,

Last month our adorable little nephew Tyler Matthew Hobbs was born. I hope no one minds, but Sam was teaching me a few tips and tricks with Photoshop. I attempted to make artistic photos, so I stole photos from Mama and Papa Hobbs' blog who stole them from facebook (heehee). Here are my amateur attempts! Enjoy...

Monday, October 10, 2011

White Sands Trip

Last weekend my parents treated us by taking the family to Alamagordo and Ruidoso, NM for a mini family vacation. It was the public school's fall break (ours, however, is this week) and jumped on the opportunity.

We (car)camped the first night in a little camping site near White Sands (see below). Sam and I used the little 2-man tent we used for our backpacking trip we took before school started and it worked out nicely.

We could even fit an air mattress in it. The little kids jumped to that (literally). Here's little Mason:

Mason and Tyler:

Mason, Tyler, and Kayla:

And Hailee:

The next day we traveled to White Sands to play on the sand dunes. Highlight of the mini-trip!!

Here's Sam up to bat. The board is nice and waxed and ready to go.

Sam and Zach were the daredevils of the bunch. My sister at one point asked if I should talk sense to Sam. I just said he was just like his dad.

I'm up next. It took me a while to get the courage.

When you wax up those boards you go FAST.

Getting kids up the hill is hard.

Amazingly, everyone went down the dune at one point by themselves. Including this little guy (although he wasn't too happy about it).

It was was worth the bruises and sunburns.

My family hit two different Walmarts during the weekend trip. What do we do in the meantime? Raid the Halloween section of course. I love my old geezer.

We spent the last night at a hotel in Ruidoso, a touristy little town in New Mexico. So pretty! My family decided to go on a little hike before we left. Here's Sam with Maddie (I love this picture!)

Actually, it was a little hike around the hotel. Here's Sammy and Mason (I love this picture too!)

I love my family. The little kids were so entertaining. Hopefully we'll get to blog about our "real" camping/backpacking trip soon...and show pictures of our awesome duplex. Hang tight.