Monday, June 29, 2009

Update - LONG overdue!!

So I haven't updated in FOREVER so I will do a quick update of our life in the last few months along with some pictures (of course).

March 2009
  • Adam's Birthday! He got a new stereo for his truck.
  • We put in an offer on our first home together :)
  • Sayde's first camping trip. We found out that the woods is her true home.

*She is great at "helping" find firewood!*

"This things keeps wrapping mom up and attacking her, don't worry mom, I will save you!"

April 2009
  • Karen, Mike and their Einstein of a child (Alaina) came to visit us. We had a great time, as always, too bad we don't live closer.

May 2009
  • Our first anniversary!!! We went on a picnic up north (with paper plates, napkins and cups in order to keep with the paper theme) Adam also framed our marraige certificate for me. Very Sweet ;)

*On the way up north*

*Our sand frame ready to be refilled (I spilled some when moving). Adam liked to point out that I spilled our marriage in the parking lot and its all downhill from there.*

*Sayde likes picnics too!*

*Our new cake top (courtesy of Nancy Ray) in case the one from the wedding tasted bad. It tasted...well...old. The new one, however, was fabulous!*

June 2009
  • Our offer on the house was accepted!!! We will be moving in at the end of July. Then the work begins.... (pictures below - not our furniture)
  • Ashley's Birthday!! I will be getting new hiking boots

Friday, January 9, 2009

I'll be home for Christmas

We decided to drive home for Christmas this year. It was so nice to be able to see the country, it really makes me appreciate how beautiful it is here. Ashley had never driven before and wanted to, so it was the perfect opportunity and we were able to take Sayde with us as well. I think that the trip really helped her fear a lot, she is still really timid around men, but being around new people and in new places every day was really good for her. It was great to see and spend time with family!! As usual, the trip went by to quickly, but we were thrilled to get back to the fun and warm weather. Here are some pics of the trip:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Who doesn't love pictures!?!

So I (Ash) am going to try and get better about this blogging thing in 2009. You know, like one post a month instead of 3 a year!! So I got this from a friend and it looked fun...

Here are the directions:

1) Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer

2) Select the 4th picture in the folder

3) Explain the picture

4) Tag 4 people to do the same. NO CHEATING! (cropping, editing, etc!)

I don't have many pics on here because I am on a work computer, but its Sayde watching tv, one of her favorite things to do!! She is a couch potato, just like her mom!! :)

I tag everyone (just like Ambie!) I want to see all kinds of fun pictures.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Our little girl is growing up...

So every once few weeks I try and get Sayde to lay in the same place/position so I can document how big she has gotten. Now this isn't an easy feat and I am sure it will only get harder as she gets older but I am amazed at how much she has grown. I look at the pictures of when we brought her home and she has changed so much from that little ball of fluff. I know, I know, I am a crazy dog lady. But we aren't having babies, so deal with it. We haven't been too good at updating lately, but since Sayde has been sick from day one, we are never on the go anymore. ~Ash

7 weeks

13 weeks

21 weeks

Friday, May 30, 2008

Our new puppy!!

There has been alot going on lately, a wedding, Cabo and a new puppy!! She is an English Mastiff/Great Dane mix and is absolutely adorable. Her mom was about 150 lbs and her dad was 230 so she will be a big girl!! She is 8 weeks old and should gain about 3-5 lbs a week, so she will not be so little for long. We just took her for her first shots and she slept though the entire vet visit, shots and everything. They say that Mastiff puppies are supposed to sleep about 20 hours per day and she sure does!!

We sure do love her!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Birthday at Reavis Ranch

Ashley and I went backpacking in the Superstition Mountains for my birthday. We hiked to Reavis Ranch from the Rogers Trough trailhead via the Reavis trail, #109. It was 6.5 miles each way with about 1900ft in elevation change. It was a great weekend the coincided with Easter. We've decided to make it an annual tradition to go backpacking on Easter weekend. So you could call this the official, first annual Easter weekend backpack trip!

We didn't want the backpacks going anywhere on the 4x4 road to the trailhead so we decided to give them a seatbelt!

finally on the trail, Ashley is a happy Hiker!

and So am I, I am just trying to look cool.

Here lies the grave of Elisha Reavis. I know, not too impressive. He was a vegetable farmer that lived in the superstition mountains during the late 1800's on his farm. The apple trees he planted well over a hundred years ago still bear fruit to this day. His grave is just off the trail that bears his name on a small side trail marked by a rock cairn. He is buried where he died. That's how they did it in the old days.

This old rusted horseshoe was the only man made thing to mark his grave, we would like to think it was from one of his mules but since he died in 1897 it is highly unlikely.

Ashley needs a break!

The uphill portion of the trail his called Reavis's Saddle. It is about a mile and a half of very steep switch backs with no where to stop and rest. We finally just stopped in the middle of the trail for a break. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon and the sun was very hot.

We finally made it over the saddle and settled in for the last easy two miles. Our shadows stopped to pose for a picture.

The trail is very worn after a century's worth of use. You can really grasp the difference in elevation from the trailhead by the different flora on top of the saddle.

Ashley was fascinated by the bugs having sex. They were everywhere! It's not the greatest picture but you get the point.

I however, was fascinated with ironwood trees. I don't know why, maybe because of how dense the wood is and the deep red color of the bark. Wow, I'm a nerd.

About a half-a-mile from the ranch there is the largest Juniper tree you will ever see. I imagine 4 or 5 people holding hands still wouldn't be able to encircle it.

We finally made it to the Ranch as night was falling. The place was deserted so we chose a campsite that had a chair in it left by a previous group. Whoever made this deserves a merit badge in something. I sat in it and it held my 210lb frame with ease. Very sturdy!

Our awesome campsite at the very southern edge of Reavis Ranch. We thought we we're alone until we heard our neighbors about 200-300 yards to our north. They were gone by the time we woke up the next morning.

This is all that is left of Elisha Reavis's homestead. There are a few adjoining structures like a cemented up well and a livestock area. From what I read on the internet a fire destroyed most of the main structure and then the forest service knocked down the stone walls in the mid 90's

You can still see some floor tiles but I doubt they are original. Many have tried to turn Reavis Ranch into a tourist destination. During the 20's the 40's and probably even more. Now that it sits in the middle of the largest wilderness area in the United States(the Superstition Wilderness Area) I think those days are over since the land is owned by the government.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hello, and nice to meet you.


Welcome to our life and all the fun and interesting things we encounter. Here you will find our adventures in everyday life, the outdoors and travel. Hope you enjoy.