{the world around me}

Ahhh....finally getting time to make a post.  We're are still getting settled here in Arizona in our temporary house until our new house is built (hopefully October/November - just before the holidays!).  Boxes surround me still since I'm hesitant to open too much knowing that we'll just have to pack everything back up and move again.   I think I'll be wondering where things are for months to come - lol.   This area is beautiful!  So much nature!  Each morning I wake up before the sun comes up and head out on my run/walk (it's a bit of both since I'm not much of a true runner) and discover new things.  Honestly I never knew the desert had so much wildlife...so far I've seen - bunnies, carpenter bees, bumble bees, quail, dove, lizards, coyotes, bobcats, a snake (yes, a snake!), bunnies, woodpeckers, bunnies, grasshoppers (Briella has caught dozens already), and did I mention bunnies?  It's incredible how much I see each morning.

And since I've received many e-mails asking to post images of the desert and the surroundings here - I decided one morning to grab my camera after my run and capture what I see each day.

Also, the Botanical Garden is featuring an amazing display of Chihuly glass.  I had to make that one of the first things on my list to see - I studied Chihuly in college and I'm a big fan of his work.  So below you'll see some images of his work in the desert.

More to come!  Thanks :)

Near our house is this post...hmmm... 'decisions'

Close-up of a Prickly Pear Cactus. 

Surroundings next to our house at sunrise.

Chihuly beauty!