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Photo A Day?

Thinking about just posting a photo a day….maybe.  How’s that for noncommital?

This is the view from the stone house at the end of the Stone House Trail in the Tucson Mountain foothills.

*Bonus photo:  My fellow hikers-cozy at the hearth.

*Bonus, bonus photo:  Ami compares his height to this saguaro.

I couldn’t stop at 1.  Clearly I have no self control.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Simplywe!

I’m supposed to be doing my homework, so naturally I am using this time to check my email, fb and simplywe.  And though I wish I was still doing my homework and didn’t have the attention span of a gnat, I’m glad I checked because I almost missed Simplywe’s birthday!  SW came to be 2 years ago today!

I have been so busy with everything else in my life, I didn’t plan anything.  This should be where I put a montage of some of my favorite photos, but if I get lost in looking at old photos now, I’ll never do my homework.  I must fight the procrastination…clearly I am not as successful as I would like.

So instead I will share hiking photos, and a few from my solo trip to Prescott.

I took all of these with my iPhone, as I sent my Canon to Keegan in Germany.  I think he will get more use out of it than I will, since I haven’t used it in months.  The iPhone is so much more convenient.

These 1st 3 are from my trip to Prescott.

It rained and rained and rained the whole time I was there, mostly misty rain.  It was beautiful.  The fog was intense.  This fog was at 4 in the afternoon.

This one is from the hike we took at orientation.  How many colleges go on a hike as part of orientation?  I think I have chosen wisely.

The other weekend Der and I took a 5.2 mile hike in Tucson Mountain Park.

These are from our new favorite part of the park.

I don’t know why this one is so grainy, but I sure do love that guy!

The small upcropping of buildings, in the far off distance, is downtown Tucson.

Der and I make a good hiking team.

The rest of these are from various hiking trips.

Bug loves her hikes.

I’ve painted several batches of rocks and left them in random places on the trail.

I like to imagine the finders curious smile when they wonder who did that.

Happy Birthday Simplywe!

I heart Tucson!



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Time Management?

I start school tomorrow.  I am super excited and very hopeful that I will be able to manage my life schedule effectively.  I still want to blog and help out at the boys’ schools and hike.

I helped in Ami’s class yesterday and he told me that he was proud of me for it.  The cuteness kills me in the best possible way and makes me want to be there every day.  I am helping in Conrad’s class tomorrow.  My Monday and Wednesday classes are at night so that leaves the days open for helping in the kids’ classrooms.  My Tues, Thurs. and Fri. classes are before lunchtime and will leave me a few hours of study time before the kids get out of school.

I have a lot of things that I want to be doing, and am trying to be careful not to overextend myself.

I will spend this semester at Pima Community College and start at U of A in the spring.  I graduated from Pima in May ’10, but am taking some credits at Pima that will count towards my Bachelor’s at the U.  Doing it that way will save some serious fundage.

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, hiking is our new favorite pastime. I want to do it every day.  There aren’t enough hours in the day and I require way too much sleep for me to fit everything in, but I am going to do what I can and call it good enough.

Here are some shots from our afternoon hike in Tucson Mountain Park on Sunday.

Being in nature is good for my soul.

These photos don’t do it justice.  The smell and the sound are equally important and impressive.

These dark boulders are jagged and sharp. It’s crazy because they don’t look like it and then you set your hand on it, or say, lean on it for a picture and you are made painfully aware of how jagged they are.

We will be back there this weekend. I hope you aren’t tired of desert photos.

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I Heart Tucson

I love the desert

Yes, I do!

I love the desert

How ’bout you?

Sure it’s hotter than all get out, but it’s drop dead gorgeous. And the monsoon clouds make my heart pitter patter.

We have been hiking and exploring a lot!  Somewhere between 6 and 7 it stops feeling like your skin might melt off and becomes quite pleasant outside.

These were all shot this week just around the corner from our house.  I like the feeling of living somewhere between the city and the country.  I have always been torn between the convenience of city life and the pull of nature.  I think we have found the perfect compromise.

Der and I were fascinated with the moss.  We are simple folk.

Sometimes hiking provides a nice, budget friendly, break from the kids, and other days it is a great way to have family time.  Both are equally important.

They kept trying to stop and wait for me and I kept shooing them on.  I love that they are all wearing different colored bright shirts.

Everything had a pink cast on it this day.  We made it home about 30 seconds before the clouds burst.

The shot above was facing NorthEast and the shot below was West, obviously, and were taken about 5 minutes apart.  It’s just crazy how different the view of the sky is depending on what direction you are facing.

We love it here!




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