Saturday, July 11, 2009

4th of July for the Duff's

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! Much to our delight, we were invited to our friend Jody's annual 4th of July BBQ on the Greenbelt for the fireworks again this year. The plan started out simple enough, but as most things in the Duff house it never stays that way! It was supposed to just be Scott, Tif, Diva and Sawyer, Lindee and Justin informed us "they had plans". So be it! We invited Grandma Linda and Grandpa Gordon. (Picture with puppy at BBQ, NOT OURS. The Duff house is FULL!)

I spent the day finding safety glasses for the crew. Last year we were covered in fall out and ash by the time the fireworks were over, a price well worth paying for such a good view!

Devree and Sawyer had SO much fun playing with all the other little kids at the party! The food was awesome! Just ask Grandma Linda, who thought it was "slurge worthy". This year there was even a little dance entertainment, woo-who! There were also enough glow stick action to light a small city, Devree was put in charge of making sure all the kids had some, and boy was she good at her assignment!

By the time the fire works started, Lindee, Justin, and Loggan had crashed our little party! I guess we are not that bad to hangout with after all!!! I wish I would have taken a picture of all of us in our safety glasses, looking like a bunch of science geeks! The fireworks as always were breath taking!!! And with that Tif and Scott's vacation time comes to a close, OH SADNESS!!!

Shoshone Falls

Having lived in Idaho for the very short time that I have, ha ha ha, to my husband amazement, I have never been to Shoshone Falls! So we went, while on a recent day trips to return cousins to their parents after the trip to the cabin.

We just had the little ones, or as we refer to them, the babies, although they are far from that at this point, much to my sadness!

Water flow this year is up, which made the experience that much better, it was beautiful!

Much needed Cabin Time!


Each year ouR family looks forward to being able to spend time at the Hall Cabin, this year was no different! Our favortie things to do is, spend time swiming and BOATING!!! This year at Island Park the water is great, thanks to the long winter we endured! This year we were able to take a few extras with us, cousins ChaRee ,C'Line and India, friends Ashley and Loggan.

In case any of you are confused, yes this is Grandma Linda in the water, swimming. Yup! I was confused too for a minute! I think she had fun, although you would never know it from the look on her face!

This is Sawyer, trying Loggan's solution to his farmer's tan! I am not sure this works! Ask Sawyer? We thought a moment this funny should be shared!

It's almost a smile and almost enjoying the boat with the family, for Lindee this is good!

Scott- hmm! I think he was trying to tell me something about speed limits and water safety while he was on the tube and at my mercy. To tell you the truth, the wind was up and I couldn't really hear him that well! Something, something boat speed, something, something, I don't want to limp tomorrow, blah, blah, blah! LOL!!! He survived just fine!

Little Diva and Dad!

Justin driving the boat. Each of the kids that wanted to got a chance to learn to drive the boat.


Sawyer's Big Bump!

So while relaxing at home a few weeks ago, I heard a scream come from the backyard, which to any mom would signal trouble! Given that it was Sawyer and not Diva, I quickly realized that someone was physically hurt and not just their feelings. Sawyer and Justin appeared in the doorway, while Sawyer sobbed, Justin told the story behind the scream. Sawyer had hit his head on the frame of the trampoline. As I reached down to comfort him, I rubbed the back of his head and immediately felt this insanely big bump!!!
He settled and calmed pretty quickly, but this is just the latest in a string of injuries he has had this summer! OUCH!!!! TAKE IT EASY SAWYER!!!!