Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Papa Duff

October 13, 1921 - August 5, 2011
On August 13, 2011 Papa Duff was Laid to Rest
These are my memories of a great man...
First this is my all time favorite picture of Mark and his Grandpa.
Mark was at the airport
about to leave on a two year mission to Portugal in 1999!

-Fast forward to 2002 when I came into the picture

I Loved Mark from almost the day I met him,
The same could definitely be said about his Grandpa!

Mark and I broke up a couple of times
and I heard through the grapevine that his grandpa would say:
"Mark is stupid if he doesn't know what he's got!"
I mean how can you not love that??!

Sunday dinners were a great time to sit around the table listening to him talk.
Often I wish he were still here so that I could just ask him questions...just to hear him talk.
He would say things that I pretended to understand :)
Probably the smartest man ever!

2005- Papa Duff meets Porter Duff for the first time.
I remember him saying "isn't he uncomfortable in those jeans?" :)

2008- Silverado Carnival.
I just love this picture of Nana and Papa and my little kids.
I love Porter's hand on Duff's.
He was never afraid of him,
even though he would growl at the kids if they were getting too loud.

July 2011
Stopping by Silverado one last time before we moved to Arizona
The viewing August 12, 2011
Porter was so excited to be wearing a suite for the first time ever!

Meeting Elder Scott and Elder Cook

"My Dearest Love" Flowers from Grandma to Grandpa
Meeting Elder Holland

We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet
I love Porter's face when he first meets President Monson.
What an amazing spirit in the room that day!

I love that Porter is helping Zach with his tie

Porter helped carry the casket out,
which helped land him a spot in the Deseret news!
To say he was excited is an understatement

At the grave sight

The funeral was AMAZING!
I could've sat and listened for hours more!
There were tears, for sure,
but there was also laughter which made it bearable!

Being at the burial sight was a whole other story.
I couldn't contain myself. The ugly cry came out...
there was something about it being so final!

At the luncheon:
It always blows me away
how many people come together
and offer their services at a time like this!

And last, but certainly not least
I made a little video of Porter and his thoughts about the funeral.
I wanted him to remember the way he felt, and who he met,
and who he was named after, his great heritage!
(warning- it was sort of like pulling teeth!!! but we got some great answers! enjoy!)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

San Diego

As soon as we moved,
(oh, you didn't know we moved? yes we did...to the beautiful, HOT state of Arizona.
I don't believe that people ever get used to this heat...but we'll save that and the move for another post!)
I packed the Van, again, and drove only 6 hours to San Diego!
(one perk of living in Arizona...only 6 hours to see my family!)

The day after we arrived, where else would we go
but the beach?

How do sand and water entertain for soooo long?
Definitely not complaining!

We grilled hot dogs, made s'mores,
and ate way too many desserts...

Knott's Soak City
was a huge hit!

Knott's Berry Farm
was an even bigger hit!

It tired us ALL out!

Did you know that it's cool to bowl with mustache's?
Well it is...we've got the pictures to prove it!

Dinners at my parents house, Aunt Lilly's,
and JB's...
I was sort of pretending I didn't care how I fit into my jeans! :)

We Love San Diego,
We Love the beach,
We Love Cousins...

Happy BEANday!

July 27, 2011
my little bean turned ONE!

We were in Colorado with Mark's family
and Our Nephew is just two weeks older than Lilly,
So we decided to celebrate both of them at the same time...

It took Lilly all of 30 seconds
before she just started to POUND her cake!
(She really did eat almost every single morsel, in true Maughan fashion)

Oh what would my life be without you...
You are Loved and Cherished beyond measure,
hope you never forget it!

Happy Birthday!!


In July we met Mark's family in Breckenridge, Colorado
For a week of fun...

We rode the gondola up the mountain.
Beautiful views,
we could still see snow!

We hooked ourselves up and did backflip,
after backflip, after backflip,
until we (I) were sick!

We raced down the hill on our sleds,
Porter could've climbed the rock wall ALL day.
(proud momma moment when he reached the top!)

Family pictures

Boat rides.
We couldn't get in the water,
but it was still so much fun to be on a boat
with the wind in our hair!

Hot tubbing

Crafts with the kids.
Making animals out of balloons
Ping pong paddles with balloons
and painting rocks!

Another year of pure fun...
So lucky to be apart of such a wonderful family!
till next year...

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Oakley Rodeo
July 1, 2011

Last night was filled with

Country music,
bareback riding,

cattle roping,

Ram trucks,

and Family!
(I don't know why I didn't take a picture of all of us, but the one below is evidence that they were there! :) )

What a wonderful night!

Ride em Cowboy!!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bow Wow, Ruff Ruff...

Claire turns FOUR!
(okay, not until Saturday, but we celebrated yesterday!)
She was very specific on what kind of party she wanted.
Not just a puppy party,
but a PRINCESS puppy party.
and that's what she got!!
Each girl was transformed into a puppy,
crown and all.
Then she adopted a puppy,
filled out the adoption certificate and
promised to always treat their puppy like a princess.
Then they took the puppy to the store to pick up a few essentials...
(a ball, doggy dish, blanket, bone (sugar cookie) and some puppy chow (coco puffs)

Then they got to groom their dog,
and then check their vitals at the Vet's office,
Complete with puppy vitamins (skittles).

Who doesn't love to be a dog?? :)

The girls then went to Obedient school...
there we played Doggy says.
The same way you'd play Simon says.

Her cake was the easiest cake I've ever made.
I baked the cake in a round pyrex bowl,
turned it upside down and placed it in a dog bowl,
iced with chocolate and then layered with coco puffs.

In true doggy style there were no forks,
so the girls ate like dogs!
They got a kick out of it, and so did I!

All of our puppy princess'

This was a fun party to plan.
Besides the VERY windy day,
I know Claire had fun!

Happy birthday BEAR!!

And just because she's cute...