We had originally tried to schedule a time when all six grown children and their families would be in Lava and overlap each other. Long story short, it ALMOST happened but didn't quite. But knowing that there would be a morning when all eleven grandkids would be together, we decided to do a photo shoot of just the grandkids and grandparents. I put my photog skills to use and out of 147 shots and lots of test lighting, this was the best one. Shhhh....don't tell tell but we are blowing it up and framing it and giving it to Jane and Allan for their anniversary in September. And thanks to Lance, we got all the kids laughing in a lot of the pictures. In some of them, the kids were laughing TOO much. I'm not sure what he was doing behind me, but he got them all smiling so I don't care! After the shoot I grabbed each of our kids individually and snapped some of them because our formal living room photo wall needs a little updating.
|Garrett 2 years old|
|Devin 3 1/2 years old|
|Lauren 6 years old (next month)|
|Hailey 7 1/2 years old|
|Ethan 9 1/2 years old|
We decided to go tube the Portneuf River before coming back for a late dinner. Yup, Cody and I took all five kids down the river and it was soooo fun. I miss doing that kind of thing in Texas! And thanks to my trusty Samsung waterproof camera, I was able to catch some of the action while we went down the rapids. Garrett tubed like a boss on the first ride down, but on the second ride down he was too cold and wasn't as happy. He never cried, just kept yelling "Me get off!!!"
It was almost an incident free activity, but halfway down the second river run Grandma flipped out of her tube on a very steep/sharp rapid drop and cut her head really bad on a rock beneath the surface. It bled PROFUSELY and poor Carson saw the whole thing and then saw his grandma draped over her tube as she tried to get her marbles straight again, all while blood poured all over her and the tube and into the river. Hailey, Garrett, and I didn't see it happen because we were quite a ways down the river already, but thanks to the help of several other tubers (to of which happened to be EMTs) they got her to the banks and someone called for an ambulance. Because it was a head wound and so much blood, it was hard to tell the extent of the injury. But the paramedics cleaned her up and treated her and the Grandpa drove her the thirty miles to Pocatello to get stitched up at the ER. She had a CT scan and a concussion was ruled out, so several hours later we had her back at the house with us.
|Being shuttled back up the hill to tube the river AGAIN!!|
|I swear I should compete in the Baby Holding Olympics. It's amazing what all I can do while holding a baby, including walking up muddy banks with a baby and giant double tube in tow.|
|Aunt Megan sharing her shaved ice with Garrett.|