S: Sweet Sixteen for our Sweet Rileigh
BC: The End
FC: Rileigh turns sixteen
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories.
2: You | We were all so young when you were born. It was our first real experience with a baby. And we weren't much older then than you are now. We had so much fun with you, and did so many ridiculous things. (none of which technically counted as child abuse . . . we've checked). You were a perfect baby and were one of the great joys in all of our lives since day one.
3: Once, when I developed a roll of film while living in California, I was surprised to find these pictures on there of you in various places around my house. Your dad is a pretty funny guy. Looks like you cooperated with the prank pretty well . . . for a while! - Abe
4: You ate every 2 hours for an hour regularly as a baby. You used to bark at dogs, and said “doh!!!” (ie dog) at 16 months. You wore moccasins until they had holes in them. You loved the bath and would lie down with the tub filled to the middle of your head. You looked like a mermaid. You said “mom, laundry never ends.” when you were 2 and we lived in student housing. A very wise girl. You thought that the playground behind our house was yours, but you willingly shared it with all of the kids who lived in our apartment complex. You loved to hold Bridger.
5: You hated to wear matching socks, then hated to wear underwear, then hated to wear socks at all, then hated to wear jeans. Now you're a fashionista! You chased boys in preschool, and married a girl. You have always been very, very honest. Always. Loved to dress up, and had the best imagination in the world. So much so that a preschool teacher commented that it was remarkable! You would sing in your bed in the morning. Had imaginary friend, “hoobie hoobie'. From the back of the car, when I was yelling at Bridger for something “mom, caaalm down, it’s oookay.” | You made crowns out of dandelions. You believed in fairies, and probably still do. You have ALWAYS been wise beyond your years. At 4, you asked me “why am I on this planet? And why now? What am I supposed to be?” You hated cough syrup. IMMENSLY. You used to talk in your sleep. -Rika
9: It is difficult to put into words, Rileigh, what you have meant in this family. The first grandchild, niece, nephew, you captivated all of us. But the most incredible part of that is that you still do. When I got to live with you and your Mom and Bridger, I remember you loved the movie, "Balto" and you knew words that grownups didn't and you rejoiced when Bridger sat up and rolled over. You were witty and curious and lovely. I wish I had the picture here of you and Bridger I had taken at Sears - high class. And everyone has it right about your sense of humor. One of my favorites is Pinnochio's "Well, all the worse for you!" Love you, Hannah
10: The cake face smashing family picnic! You and Kelly kissed Matt with frosting faces and Mikayla dug right on in as well. I can't remember who started it but I do remember the disapproving look from Grama Jeanne. :) -Hannah
12: That look in the top picture is so absolutely classic. You were rolling your eyes before you could say a word, which used to crack us all up. And if someone nodded their head, you would disagree and shake your head. As soon as you could speak, your wit became even more amusing. -Abe
13: Certainly you remember the bunnies at the Farmers Market in Helena. And Grampa never meant it when he said they were for eating.
15: Briana's Wedding The most magical flower girls ever!
16: You are such a cute Santa! I love the "proper" little hand even. I think my love for doing hair began with you. Remember when we curled here and at Bri's wedding too? Curls and curls = so much fun! - Hannah
18: Family picnic bliss! I love the glare you are giving the camera in the group picture. A Rileigh Classic. :)
20: Was part of a group in grade school of 3 girls that everyone called the “3 musketeers”. Had a formidable comeback for most all bullying in grade school. Tested higher than all middle school kids in WA on standardized testing. Genius. -Rika
22: Love those shoes -- a gift from your momma at Christmas. Hope you still wear them. -John
23: Ahh ... the ballerina in the Christmas pageant . We really enjoyed the show. -John
24: She was certified to scuba dive while we were in Mexico too and that meant that she gave up hour of playing in the sun to study in the classroom and pool. I will never forget the look on her face as she fell backwards into the ocean for her first dive. She was determined and anticipated adventure Once we were under the water, she followed the instructor and passed all of her skills without a hitch and took off with him to explore the world underwater. Sharing this experience with her is one of my fondest memories
25: One of my favorite memories is of playing in the ocean in Mexico. She has a quiet humor and yet laughed out loud at the waves bucking her around as she tried, and succeeded in boogie boarding the waves. One evening in Cancun we went out for some "fine dining". Her shy smile captivated the waiter and he tried to attend our table frequently and he ended up showing us how to fold napkins in various ways before we left. -Kit
28: We have loved having you visit us in Chicago. The Bean, Bears game, bicycling the lakefront (and the city, where we were all almost killed) - all very fun. You're also great to just hang out and cook with or walk around and explore. You're open to new things and you're a natural in the city. Maybe someday you'll spend a few years here? We can only hope! - Abe & Diz
30: I love looking at pictures of you holding Kesiah and seeing the difference in both of you through the years. Ok, so Truman took her place in that last picture but she was cozied up next to you trying to nab her preferred spot. And in case you didn't know, all of my children have always looked up to you with complete and utter adoration. -Hannah
31: Rileigh with the cousins
32: - I remember when Rileigh was born and I was in my sophomore year in High School at Capital High. They came and gave me a note in my class to go get a message from the front desk. I got a note that said it was from Kit that said "Your niece, Rileigh, has been born". I was so excited (hard to do in those years :) ), I couldn't wait to meet our first little cherub. And a cherub you were - adorable, smiley, perfect. - I remember when Rileigh was like 2 or 3 and I was babysitting you. You were trying to open some toy in the hall of John and Ann's house. You were visibly agitated. I asked you "what's wrong?" and you said "I'm frustrated.". So in tune with your emotions - even as a toddler. I thought to myself "this girl is a friggin' genius!" An ongoing "memory" of Rileigh is that she has always been verbose and articulate and witty beyond her years. - Rileigh has an amazing sense of humor. She gets the intricacies of humor in a way that most people just don't. Briana
34: We Love Your Many Beautiful Faces
35: Thank you for reading at our wedding! You were perfect.
36: What we love about spending time with you Rileigh is how we see the exact same hilarity in everything. When Peter said, "I'm not really a big marshmallow person" that was instantly the funniest thing we (collectively) had ever heard. Abbreviating all conversations into a series of letters is like a language we know that no one ever taught us - the best being, of course: "me too," MT, "Montana!" just like that. What I also love is how every dialogue or experience becomes a series of inside jokes. For example, deciding whether to go get ice cream was all about our "favorite place we'd never been." And we always laugh hysterically about all of this. Love it. Love you. - Desiree
38: Has become an amazing source of information on world events and politics. Wants to make a difference in the world, and loses sleep over it. Taught me the phrase: “nonviolent direct action” – ahimsa. Has a 4 generation car: grandma o, kit, me, Briana – rileigh! Is hilarious when she is short on sleep. Is very just. I remember her playing naked in our yard on Beverly, and thinking that I was the luckiest person in the world to watch her grow. -Rika A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.