Friday, April 30, 2010


IMG_9179, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Close up

image, originally uploaded by torri_g.

What happens when you take to many pictures of one horse? Well, the horse that isn't getting their picture taken comes over and shoves you in the middle of your back through the fence around the arena. She got my attention and I made her happy by shooting a couple pictures of her. Then she wandered off to a different area of the paddock. All I will have to do is remember to point the camera at her a couple of times each lesson and hopefully I won't get pushed from behind again.

I hope that everyone has a great Thursday!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

IMG_9161, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flowers for Tuesday

IMG_8966, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Keeping it short and simple here this morning since I have to head off to riding lessons with Binky Sue here soon. Did want to make sure to at least post a photo again today though.

I hope that everyone enjoys a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Late snow

Late April Storm in AZ, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Here for your viewing pleasure is a photo taken Friday after all the rain, snow, and ice stopped. I spent a good share of the day wondering if I was actually in Arizona that day. Our last winter storm usually comes in conjunction with the Easter weekend. I guess this year mother nature thought that one wasn't enough so mixed up a good one for us. It was very pretty at times, and once the snow stopped and the sun finally got to come out from behind the clouds that had been hiding it for three days the snow was gone in about an hour. Almost all of my plants faired well with the cold, just some mild pruning of some that got a little cold burnt on leaves or flowers.
I'm just hoping that we don't have another storm like it this week. Warmer and windy would be fine, I don't want to risk another windy and wow cold with the plants.

I hope that everyone has a great Monday and that the week brings great things to all of us.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Birdy war, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Don't need a lot of word for this one, so I'm not going to.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Sunday spent with those you love.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Riding lessons

Riding lessons, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Today was the girls first day of riding lessons! They have a great teacher and Sweetpea and Binky Sue were thrilled to get started. Little Bug will be starting just a little later because her Mom is a big mean Mom. I'm happy that we didn't have anyone falling off of the horse today, but we did have one fall while trying to get on the horse. Watching one try to put the saddle on the horse was very funny and I'm not sure the horse will ever really trust her to get that saddle on without lots of help. We have next lessons set for this week and very much looking forward to it.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Saturday and that there is lots of laughter for you today.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sweetpea Senior Portraits

Paige Portrait Finals, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Over the weekend I sent out the link to family and friends to Sweetpea's senior portraits for everyone to start picking what they wanted. If I missed sending you a link please let me know and I will get it sent to you. This weekend the printing gets going but don't worry if you can not decied what you want this collage is sample of what we have planned for those who can not pick, plus we have other's as back up choices.

I hope that everyone is having a good week and I'm keeping an eye out for e-mails with portrait picks!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Simple Tuesday Sunrise

IMG_8790, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Simple Monday

IMG_8928, originally uploaded by torri_g.

There was nothing simple about getting this photo uploaded this morning, but after 10 minutes it finally is up. I think I'm going to stick with a simple theme for this week and posting just a picture and very few words.

I hope that everyone has a great Monday and hopefully it will be a good week.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Should be sibling Sunday

IMG_8701, originally uploaded by torri_g.

Hold on a minute...I'm making another post in less than a week's time? Yes I am! I am trying to deal with my posting issues here. My biggest issue right now is that my internet is great for things like browsing the web or sending e-mail, but for uploading pictures to my flickr account it is painfully slow! Painfully slow tends to not work well for me so I keep just closing things down and walking away. Which of course will lead to nothing being posted. Tonight though I have made myself sit for the upload and I am going to post a real update about family.

Let's see how about we start with Ret. Army Guy. He had a good share of this last week off because of getting back from his TDY. Since he was off he helped me with some projects out in the back yard, and getting the last of some stuff moved over to storage. We also took a day to just go shopping for a few more new clothes for him. There are a couple other pieces for his work wardrobe that I would like to make a trip up to Tucson to buy, but he is pretty set otherwise. I enjoyed our day of shopping because it had been such a very long time since we had done that. Then again I loved working out in the yard with him for the same reason.

The girls...they are still the girls! The school year is running down quickly, and I think all three of them are starting to look forward to summer vacation. Oh and it is April which means that it is time for family and friends to look at portraits of Sweetpea and start thinking about what you want. I will probably send links back out to everyone in about a week or so. Don't worry though Sweetpea will be making her choices for what will go out for anyone who just can't narrow it down.
I know that I should probably have more to type about the girls but to be honest if I wrote down every thing I would still be typing come tomorrow morning, and I really just don't need to do that.

As for me...I'm loving finally having the feeling of being settled into the new place. I'm really loving living out here and I'm starting to pick my camera up more often again. I find myself smiling contently most days, and love the sound of laughter that has started filling this house. From birthday last year to birthday this year there isn't a whole heck of a lot that hasn't changed, but here I am on the other side of it all and finding that I really do love just how it all has gone.

Alright...I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Easter spent with those you love. My goal for this week it to make myself sit daily and do an upload of at least one picture. Fingers crossed that I can not pull out any hair in the process!

Friday, April 2, 2010


IMG_8864, originally uploaded by torri_g.

It has been a while since I posted any animal for Friday, heck getting to the point that it is just a while since I posted anything at all. I will keep this one simple though and just post a picture of one of our new animal neighbors. I still don't know this one's name, but I can tell you that she is very pregnant and getting a bit on the tempermental side. I think since I didn't have food in hand she really didn't care for me standing out there taking her picture. That or she just didn't want any photographic proof of just how big she is.

Anyway, it is Friday and that means time to share photo's of your favorite inside or outside fur or feather covered friends. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Friday and a very blessed Easter weekend.