Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kids

 Tanner and Taryn have become quite the buddies in the mornings before Tanner goes to school. Tanner is a great help to his lazy mother and I often get to take a morning nap while they play, read, and make messes :) together.
The following are just a couple of funny things that Taryn has said or done lately:
  • If the kids are watching a movie she has repeatedly gone downstairs to the pantry and brings back up with her 4 fruit snack packs; one for her and one to share with each of her siblings.
  • The night after Sidney and her had stayed up playing and arguing from their beds before bedtime, she prayed, "Please help Sidney not to talk to me while I go to sleep."
  • During dinner we like to have the kids tell us one thing they are liked about their day (their rose), one thing that was hard that day (their thorn), and one thing they are looking forward to tomorrow (their bud). (We copied this idea from a talk that I read from Young Women's General President, Bonnie Oscarson) Taryn's bud, over and over again, is that she will get to go to grandma's house. She always says it with a look in her eye and a smile on her face like, please? Her thorn one day was that she saw a slug. haha Even I didn't know where that came from and we all had a good laugh.

Sidney spent some of her allowance on a rainbow package of super-duper soft playdoh and has been creating and playing with it for days. She is our little artist and loves creating in all mediums.

To Rexburg and Back

So a couple hours after my grandpa's funeral, Dad and Tiff left to drive her, and the car dad had fixed up for her, down to Rexburg. She would only have Saturday to unpack and then start school that Monday. Unfortunately, the rest of us who stayed in Boise at a hotel got a call from Dad that they had gotten in an accident. Someone had rear-ended them going 70 miles an hour at 10 pm at night. We decided that he/she must have been drunk or young, or super stupid because they didn't stop, but sped on ahead until their busted tire forced them to pull their pickup truck over. By the time the police came, the person driving had ditched their truck and was long gone. Thankfully, Dad and Tiff were only rudely jolted, had to swerve somewhat significantly to get pulled over, and were safe. The sad part was, the little Kia car was totaled in the back and completely useless now. TO make a long story short, our cousin Holly rescued them because she lived only about 30 minutes from the accident, we were able to leave the next morning in my van and pick them and Tiff's stuff up, and we headed on out to Rexburg. It was amazing that I had gone to the funeral without my family, and that I had brought a big empty van with me that we could use to pack all Tiff's school stuff in, and that it was a weekend, so Nate could watch the kids while I was gone for a few more days. We were able to take Tiffany's things to her new apartment, get her set up and organized, eat out one more time with her and some friends and then headed all the way back to WA on Sunday. It was a very sad thing for her to lose the car she needed, but we were grateful everyone was safe. Phew. One looooong, fast weekend.
 My trip to Rexburg was not planned or expected, but I still enjoyed my short little "vacation."

Hugh Carr Rigby

April 3, 1937 - January 5, 2015Hugh Carr Rigby, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed peacefully from this life after a noble and valiant battle with lymphoma on January 5, 2015, at the age of 77.Hugh was born on April 3, 1937, and was blessed to be raised by his adoring mother, Annetta Iverson, his father, Hugh Carr, and later his step father, LaVern Rigby.He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Snelson, on June 16, 1955, in the LDS Salt Lake City Temple. Hand in hand they worked diligently to bear and raise 7 children. His greatest joy in life was found in his family.He worked for the LDS church doing computer programming. He was hired by Ore-Ida Foods to organize their information technology system in Ontario, Oregon. He eventually moved to the corporate offices in Boise, Idaho. He successfully owned and operated his own data processing business for years, making many friends along the way. He retired as a Vice President of the U.S. Bank in 1999 after 22 years in computer operations management.Hugh received great joy from serving others. He served faithfully in his various callings for the LDS church. He served in the National Guard for 8 years. He will long be remembered for his countless acts of kindness and the great love he had for all people.Hugh is survived by his sweetheart, Barbara, and his seven children; Mark (Chris), Steven, Pamela (Eldon) Berry, Christine (Roy) Warren, Curtis (Shawna), Kevin (Pauline), and Matthew. He is blessed with 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and countless extended family members and dear friends. He loved dearly and was dearly loved, and his presence will be missed by all who knew him.A viewing will be held Thursday, January 8th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 9th, at 12:00, with a viewing preceding the service from 11:00-11:45. Both the viewings and the funeral will take place at the LDS Goddard Stake - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary.aspx?n=hugh-carr-rigby&pid=173763237#sthash.JlBqGQYU.dpuf

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April 3, 1937 - January 5, 2015Hugh Carr Rigby, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed peacefully from this life after a noble and valiant battle with lymphoma on January 5, 2015, at the age of 77.Hugh was born on April 3, 1937, and was blessed to be raised by his adoring mother, Annetta Iverson, his father, Hugh Carr, and later his step father, LaVern Rigby.He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Snelson, on June 16, 1955, in the LDS Salt Lake City Temple. Hand in hand they worked diligently to bear and raise 7 children. His greatest joy in life was found in his family.He worked for the LDS church doing computer programming. He was hired by Ore-Ida Foods to organize their information technology system in Ontario, Oregon. He eventually moved to the corporate offices in Boise, Idaho. He successfully owned and operated his own data processing business for years, making many friends along the way. He retired as a Vice President of the U.S. Bank in 1999 after 22 years in computer operations management.Hugh received great joy from serving others. He served faithfully in his various callings for the LDS church. He served in the National Guard for 8 years. He will long be remembered for his countless acts of kindness and the great love he had for all people.Hugh is survived by his sweetheart, Barbara, and his seven children; Mark (Chris), Steven, Pamela (Eldon) Berry, Christine (Roy) Warren, Curtis (Shawna), Kevin (Pauline), and Matthew. He is blessed with 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and countless extended family members and dear friends. He loved dearly and was dearly loved, and his presence will be missed by all who knew him. 
Hugh Carr RigbyApril 3, 1937 - January 5, 2015Hugh Carr Rigby, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed peacefully from this life after a noble and valiant battle with lymphoma on January 5, 2015, at the age of 77.Hugh was born on April 3, 1937, and was blessed to be raised by his adoring mother, Annetta Iverson, his father, Hugh Carr, and later his step father, LaVern Rigby.He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Snelson, on June 16, 1955, in the LDS Salt Lake City Temple. Hand in hand they worked diligently to bear and raise 7 children. His greatest joy in life was found in his family.He worked for the LDS church doing computer programming. He was hired by Ore-Ida Foods to organize their information technology system in Ontario, Oregon. He eventually moved to the corporate offices in Boise, Idaho. He successfully owned and operated his own data processing business for years, making many friends along the way. He retired as a Vice President of the U.S. Bank in 1999 after 22 years in computer operations management.Hugh received great joy from serving others. He served faithfully in his various callings for the LDS church. He served in the National Guard for 8 years. He will long be remembered for his countless acts of kindness and the great love he had for all people.Hugh is survived by his sweetheart, Barbara, and his seven children; Mark (Chris), Steven, Pamela (Eldon) Berry, Christine (Roy) Warren, Curtis (Shawna), Kevin (Pauline), and Matthew. He is blessed with 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and countless extended family members and dear friends. He loved dearly and was dearly loved, and his presence will be missed by all who knew him.A viewing will be held Thursday, January 8th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 9th, at 12:00, with a viewing preceding the service from 11:00-11:45. Both the viewings and the funeral will take place at the LDS Goddard Stake Center, located at 8620 W. Goddard Rd.Interment at the Cloverdale Cemetery, 1200 N. Cloverdale. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary.aspx?n=hugh-carr-rigby&pid=173763237#sthash.JlBqGQYU.dpuf
Here we are practicing a couple of songs that we sang for the program and for his burial service. One of my uncles married a Tongan girl, (Kevin and Pauline) and he felt inspired to have us sing a Tongan song that he thought Grandpa would enjoy (Grandpa was super close to Pauline's dad who was in their ward for many years). It was cool singing a song that you didn't understand the words to, but you could still feel the spirit of them. It was cool because we sang the Tongan song right before they moved Grandpa to his burial site and while we sang they passed around a lei that we could all pull a flower off of and then use to place on his casket.
So great to be with my sisters, I love them soooo much! It was also wonderful to see family members that I hadn't seen for years.



It was a cold, cold day. Thankfully not rainy, but I sure was glad that the someone had brought some wool blankets for us to use, otherwise I would have froze to death.



My Grandma Rigby and my mom.
Uncle Mark and his family
Aunt Christine and her family



So hard to say goodbye.


All my cousins on my mom's side. We are only missing 2 that are serving missions (Landon and Skyler) and a cousin that found out about Grandpa's death (Heidi) while she was on a cruise, so she couldn't make it in time.
Most of my mom's siblings and their spouses. Sadly there isn't a picture where all of them are present. :( Grandpa, we will miss your smiling face and your love and concern for who we are and what we are doing in our lives. Goodbye, until we see you again in the eternities.




Monday, February 2, 2015

Tiffany Returns From Her Mission!

We were all ready, an hour early, to welcome Tiffany Anne Berry back from her mission to Pittsburgh, PA. (Don't we look so good?!) The kids were watching carefully to see if they could spy her coming through the doors, and were ready to yell to give us a heads up. Little did we know that she was actually coming out from ANOTHER exit! We had checked the arrival board that said that all United Flights were coming out of gate A, so we thought we were safe. But, Nathan was smart enough, at least at the last minute, to ask if there happened to be ANY other exits and the attendant told us her particular flight would be arriving from another exit half way across the airport!!!  What! So all of our ragtag group booked it across the airport dragging kids, coats, and balloons behind us. Can you believe that by the time we showed up we found her down at the baggage claim?! Oh sad. Thankfully we saw her only a couple of minutes after she had exited, so she didn't have too much time to be depressed, but it was long enough for her to be really, really confused and for us to look really, really lame. She forgave us though and we hope that the reunion and balloons, candy poster and flowers made up for everything.


This is how Tiffany first saw her poster. :)




Where's the close up picture of our candy gram? I know we took one. We did such a good job, if I do say so myself.


SO good to see our awesome Tiff Biff again! Nice method for not tearing up!


After we got away from the craziness of rush hour traffic near Seattle, we were treated by mom and dad to a relaxing dinner at Mazatlán. What a party! We were so excited to see Tiffany and we all lobbied to sit by the woman of the hour so that we could hear her stories the best.






We welcomed her home with more balloons everywhere and enjoyed hearing all the missionary stories as she perused through the missionary binder that mom and dad put together for her.


Tiffany got back the 6th and because the school semester had already started she had like 0 days to get home, unpack, repack and leave again. We had a crazy day of emptying out ALL of her stuff (like from her whole life), reorganizing it (I love getting to organize and getting to separate everything into a garbage pile, a recycle pile, a Goodwill pile and a keep pile. Makes me giddy). and then helping her pack what she needed for school. Tiffany was a little bit lightheaded after all the stress and work, but she survived and she left the next morning, bright and early, to make it down to Boise for our Grandpa's funeral. Can you believe we had a funeral to go to after all that crazy? Life continues to keep us on our toes.