I have switched the DNS servers at the registrar to refer to the wordpress servers and now we can access our blog via: http://www.riogrande.org.
I have gone through the Google MX setup, and it 'seems' to be working (I can recieve emails through the account into the gmail app) but the google apps email indicates that it is not active and has not verified the html page code I entered.
I've done this before on other wordpress blog sites but this one does not seem to be resolving. I set this up last night and still it hasn't resolved.
Am I too impatient? This went faster before.
Emails are being captured so I guess I shouldn't complain; it just has me worried.