Instagram: Wildfire behind our house this morning! All out. Thanks Hailey FD and our neighbor for spotting it. Could’ve been very bad. #wildfire


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Standing With Bowe

As President of our Wood River Fire & Rescue Firefighters’ Association, I was called on to help organize a BBQ for over 400 motorcycle riders from the POW/MIA organizations around Idaho. They were riding into Hailey to show their support for Private Bowe Bergdhal who has been held captive by the Taliban since June. We were given about 3 days notice to pull this off, and Justin and Brian stepped up to the plate, pulling off a great event – even though the weather didn’t cooperate!

Bowes family and girlfriend stand with the riders.
Bowe's family and girlfriend stand with the riders.
Many of the riders have had personal experience with what the Bergdhal family is going through.
Many of the riders have had personal experience with what the Bergdhal family is going through.
Enjoying the few rays of sunshine.
Enjoying the few rays of sunshine.

The days of summer

While it hasn’t stopped raining in a few weeks, summer has technically arrived in Idaho (well, there’s no snow on the ground). Here are a few shots of some of my favorite summer scenes in and around our home.

Owen get sto venture outside and explore the big bad world all on his own (well, our front and back yards anyway)
Owen gets to venture outside and explore the big bad world all on his own (well, our front and back yards anyway).
Our two crabapple trees enjoy a riotous few weeks of glorious pink.
Our two crabapple trees enjoy a riotous few weeks of glorious pink.
The wildlife is my favourite thing about summer here (and winter, fall and spring). This year, finally, a brave pair of swallow have decided to move into our bluebird house. I say brave as Stanley is vastly intrigued by their presence - but Im keeping a close eye on him). Its been amazing to watch them build their nest and now settle down to rear their young.
The wildlife is my favourite thing about summer here (and winter, fall and spring). This year, finally, a brave pair of swallows have decided to move into our bluebird house. I say brave, as Stanley is vastly intrigued by their presence - but I'm keeping a close eye on him). It's been amazing to watch them build their nest and now settle down to rear their young.

Time to party

Last year we started a Tuohy Family tradition, an annual Welcome to Summer BBQ. As we are such poor entertainers the rest of the year, we saw this as an opportunity to invite all our friends over for a big shindig, and also to celebrate the beginning of summer (and more importantly the end of winter!). May and June are traditionally rainy out here – but rainy like a British August, not a British April – this year however, was a very different story. It hasn’t stopped raining in over 3 weeks – unheard of. But, we braved the wet and borrowed some tents, soldiering on. We were lucky actually as it only rained for a few minutes, but it was cold and windy – not so nice. Our house held up well as an alternative venue for our backyard BBQ. Our new wood floors were the star of the party. Here are a few shots, I completely forgot to take any before or really during as I was so busy, but these are a few from the tail end of the party, with just a few diehards left!

As the sun sets on the BBQ, a few hardy souls brave the elements
As the sun sets on the BBQ, a few hardy souls brave the elements
Tony, Mike & Steve chill out
Tony, Mike & Steve chill out
Owen & Dylan (Steves son - in case you couldnt tell!) roar around the house, up way past their bedtimes.
Owen & Dylan (Steve's son - in case you couldn't tell!) roar around the house, up way past their bedtimes.
Ryder & Mike bring up the rear as the last guests to leave, they finally rolled home around midnight
Ryder & Mike bring up the rear as the last guests to leave, they finally rolled home around midnight
The morning after, the house was in prety good shape considering about 20 kids and 50 adults had done their best to trash it!
The morning after, the house was in pretty good shape considering about 20 kids and 50 adults had done their best to trash it!