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arizona Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
arizona Archives · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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A look at the wedding though one of our photographer’s eyes…

For the wedding we knew we needed to secure as many photos of the event as we could, but we didn’t have the budget for thousands of dollars for a wedding photographer, plus we weren’t really looking for someone to provide us with prints of the photos from the wedding… So we hunted around for people looking to launch their photography business (on craigslist!), who had photography skills and a unique take on wedding pictures.

Nathan has a funny story about the craigslist ads we placed, several stories actually. He should blog them… But to sum it up, we got a bunch of headaches and hate mail resulting from the ad and we also found many talented and passionate candidates.

 

Way to go Scott MacIntyre of Scottsdale, AZ!!

Back in the day (we are talking like 2001-2003) I sang in a choir and was working towards my music education degree. You see singing has always been a passion of mine, shoot all the performing arts are! Anyway I had the pleasure of meeting and performing with a ton of people who have gone on to do great things with their musical talent. At one of the many choir concerts the MacIntyre family, 4 of the many musical lovers that came through my life, had the opportunity to perform one of their pieces in a concert. Here is a video of the song I remember them doing at a concert: They were all amazingly talented musicians and were all so genuine and kind to everyone. They took care of each other and...

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Some insect ate my face and we had fun sightseeing in Tennessee!

I got to attend my prenatal visit at The Farm with a giant swollen bump on my face from a spider or something! It was swelling and itching and I even had itchy red eyes for part of the day. Add that to the giant cold sore on my lip and I was a walking face full of nasty! Other than the prenatal visit and the face of nasty we did have the pleasure of sightseeing throughout Nashville and neighboring areas of Tennessee. We stayed at a cheap Red Roof Inn Saturday night and had linner at Whole Foods that day (linner is a combo of lunch and dinner. A un-word N uses for fun). We were both really beat by about 5pm-6pm that day. After all we did wake up at...

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KNAZ-TV/ Channel 2 goes off the air…

Flagstaff, AZ is officially loosing it's local news coverage. KNAZ-TV/ 2News is being taken off the air, it was officially announced to employees the afternoon of August 6, 2008. KNAZ-TV/ 2News will do their last broadcast August 15 2008 at 10pm. If you are interested in seeing the coverage channel 2 did on their own shutdown you can follow this link to view the report. Don't expect to read about it in the local newspaper, they are slow to the punch. Northern Arizona will still have a minimal news presence as KPNX Channel 12 plans to broadcast on Channel 2 from Phoenix with some Northern Arizona related news. Locals will still get to see weather and possibly a local story on the Channel 12 news but it just wont be the same...

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Updates and breaking news!

I am home today and am enjoying the weekend. The colorguard camp ended Saturday and it went very well. They kids learned so much and were a blast to work with. Now I am ready for some rest this weekend and to make some progress at home! N and I looked at a Winnebago Saturday afternoon that was another great option for us! It was in great condition and was at a reasonable price! We are strongly considering it as our "winner" but are planning to have it inspected by a certified mechanic first. We spent the afternoon trying to get stuff done for the yard sale and the move. N painted up some of our older gardening furniture and planters for the yard sale. I thought it would be a good idea...

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RV shopping and contemplation…

Yesterday we looked at some RV's within our price range. The first one we saw was in good shape but we didn't get to test drive it because it needed new tires. The second one was a death trap with a rotten back end and it died on us during the test drive. The third one was a vehicle and a trailer thing (not sure of the correct term) that needed to be hitched to the vehicle. The vehicle wouldn't start though. We really like the first RV we looked at but the tire problem makes it questionable, buying 6 new tires at $80-$100 each will mess up the budget! Hopefully we can talk him down to account for the lack of working tires. We also have many other RV options...

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I am home, woho!

Last night we got back to town at 1am. Our time on the party bus officially had ended! It was an interesting time. The party bus was so cool but not conductive to an 8 hour drive, things were a bit tight and uncomfortable but it made for some great memories. We had a great driver, Kevin, who took very good care of us despite the fact that one of our students hit the "dump" button instead of the "flush" button in the bus bathroom. Our transportation was provided by InTheSceneLimousine, an Arizona Based transportation company for those of you who are wondering. We had a very positive experience with them on this trip, besides aren't the vehicles awesome looking? The kids played movies on the bus, guitar hero, they could hook...

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Mothers day weekend – part 2, snakes, oh my!

Several years back we got my mom these two chicks. They were a mothers day/ birthday gift (her birthday is very close to mothers day) and she was so surprised. Turns out we got her silkies (a specific breed of chicken), a male and female. Years later she has a whole bunch of chickens. Her silkies mated and reproduced, some died, new chickens were introduced, the mated and reproduced. She has quite the flock going. Problem is she has too many roosters. A rooster need to have about 10 hens to himself and multiple roosters in a small space with limited hens means fighting over mates or overly abusing the few mating hens. My mom is facing the "too many roosters" issue right now. She lives in a community called New River...

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Being a renter in Arizona kind of sucks!

Well, this was going to be an auto post for tomorrow since we are heading down to my moms house but I am just raging mad right now and have to share this shit with you guys! Yesterday I mentioned that our landlord informed us that the home we are renting was being put on the market and that we would need to show the house to potential buyers, this is not good news to us! We looked over our lease and had a family member and real estate expert, Jerry, look over the lease. Nowhere in the lease does it say that we are obligated to show the home to potential buyers and agents (like it did in the previous lease we signed for another home) but it does state the...

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It is wildfire season, boo!

Last night N got sent out to cover breaking news. He drove out to the fire that started out near Tusayan and The Grand Canyon about an hour before he was supposed to get off work. He phoned in for the 10 pm news (they didn't have a camera or a way to transmit video), he did his report and then drove back home. They headed back out to the wildfire today and are staying the night (and possibly more nights if deemed news worthy). This morning he left the house in this snazzy looking fire suit. Notice how the pants are a lovely olive green and the shirt is like mustard yellow, stylish huh? If you are interested in seeing his work online let me know in a comment and I'll send...

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Oh, the "death spin" or whatever it's called…

The things we do for greatness is crazy sometimes! My students and I are are working on fine tuning our show for our state championships. We are tweaking the end of our show per the judges suggestions but want to end the show with a BANG so I have one of my experienced members attempting the "death spin" as it was referred to on the show Your Mama Can't Dance. I often have LifetimeTV playing as background noise while I cook, clean or whatever.. Then this show came on and because I teach dance I was mildly intrigued. The first dance number had the "death spin" in it and I was all excited becasue a few weeks earlier I was teaching that exact move to my students and wanting to put...

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Today is a snow day!! It's still snowing!

Well, school was canceled today! It's a snow day because the roads are not clear.. They are very snow packed. It's such a pretty sight! When we first move into this house (we are renting) we didn't think we would be her for the holidays because we are renting on a month to month basis since the house if for sale. We figured the house would sell soon and we would have to move out. Surprise, the house has not sold because it kind of over priced and the economy is not doing so well so we may not have to move for a while! This house would be a nice started home for if it was not so over priced. It's a 2 bedroom, 2 bath little home outside...

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Our weather is here! Woho!

I woke up to something other than sun this morning! This makes me very happy. It's raining and I have tons to do today, I love the rain so this is good! Tomorrow I am selling at a local craft show so I have spent the week getting my products ready for display and sale. Also I have been working with my high school kids to design and teach our next routine for the 2007/ 2008 Winterguard Season. It's supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow which may be good or bad for the craft show sales. I think the snow may get people more into the holiday season but it also may keep them from leaving their homes to come out to the sale. Oh well, we will see! Oh, thanks to...

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