Friday, May 23, 2008

Here's a long one

Well it's about time I catch up and post my husband tag. Ryan is gone tonight on his first scout camping trip (as a leader anyway). He is our Young Men's President and doing a fine job if I say so myself. The kids and I just got back from the park and I have a few days off to catch up on things so here goes...

-What is his name? Ryan Charles West, soon to be Ryan Charles West Esquire if he gets his way :)

-How long did we date? We met the night before my 21st birthday at a dance in 2004 and spent literally every day after that together until we were married May 7, 2005. Your typical mormom dating period I guess.

-How long have we been together? Roughly 1,275 days or 3 1/2 years to be exact, although we kinda think we hung out in heaven before this life :)

-How old is he?

-Who eats more? We both have really bad eating habits and don't eat regularly because of my schedule and such but Ryan probably eats more except for 1 week out of the month...

-Who said I love you first? Ryan did within the first week we met. He was driving me home in the 4Runner and told me he loved me. Awww, good times.

-Who is taller? Umm I'd have to go with Ryan on that one. He is 6'6" and I'm 5'4". I've always loved tall guys and I remember telling my sister after we met that he was "almost ridiculously tall."

-Who can sing better? Ryan. He cracks me up when he tries to opera sing hymns at church.

-Who is smarter? We're both pretty smart in our respective fields but I don't give Ryan enough credit. He comes up with some of the weirdest facts (most of which are true).

-Who does the laundry? I do unless I'm in dire straights then I ask him to. He still has the bad bachelor habit of throwing everything in one load. "It saves time" he says :)

-Who does the dishes? Norris and Baby.

-Who sleeps on the left side of the bed? If your looking at the bed, he does until I roll him off :)

-Who mows the lawn? Ryan. I'd be happy to since my parents made us mow their lawn for years but he is pretty controlling of the lawnmower.

-Who cooks dinner? Mcdonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell. No when we eat at home I usually do but he is great to make me something for work or bring me something.

-Who drives? We split it except when we drive Elias, then only Ryan does.

-Who kissed who first? Ryan kissed me. So here is the timeline. We met Friday night, went to lunch on Monday then hung out Monday night. We were watching a movie at his apartment (who knows what) and he kissed me on the head then I turned around and kissed him back.

-Who proposed? Of course Mr Ryan Charles West did. I knew it was coming and thought he might do it on Valentines Day at dinner. He pulled out my gift which was in a small box but that turned out to be a camera. Then I thought it would be a week or two later when we went to Vegas for the weekend. I guess he had talked to my parents and was going to but my ring didn't come in so that didn't happen. We were one of those silly couples who had most of the wedding planned before we were officially engaged so I knew it had to happen soon. Another week or so later (March 3rd or 6th) my boss let me off early after I transferred a call to her from some weird lady who wanted to talk to the charge nurse (that "weird lady" was my mother-in-law getting me out of work). So I went to my car to leave and there was a note on it that said to go to this address and tell them my name. It was a day spa where there was a massage waiting for me. Then when I left the lady gave me a note that said "hope you enjoyed that now hurry home." On my bed was a dozen roses and another note that said "put on your favorite black dress and be ready at 6." K it was 545 when I got the note! So I hurried then he picked me up and we drove up to Park City. We got to the Stein Erickson lodge after being thouroughly lost. There was a horse drawn sleigh waiting for us. It was dark by now and they took us on a ski slope that looked over the summit. We stopped after awhile to look at the view and thats when he got down, in the snow and asked me. It was so cool! After the ride we got back into the valley and he pulled into the stadium parking lot at the U. I could tell there was a dance going on and I seriously thought he was taking me to some high school's prom but it was a dance for the U up in the box. After a few dances we went to dinner at Flemmings then home to show my parents! Whew, what a story but he went into so much work and detail for me that I couldn't have imagined more. I joke with him now that he put all the romance he had into that night :)

-Who is more stubborn? Me hands down. Except when it comes to the bushes and trees in our backyard. I demand that he leave them full and every day I come home there is another branch missing...he blames it on the dogs! I know I have smart dogs but I've never caught them holding a pair of pruning shears.

-Who is more sensitive? Me. Ryan lets anything negative slide right past him.

-Who wears the pants? Sadly me but thats cuz I'm a control freak and perfectionist. He is always there when I need him though and never critisizes when my ideas don't work out.

K here's the mushy part. I seriously have the best husband in the whole world! He is so tall and handsome and the best daddy to our babies. I love when he talks about his "baby Nathan" which is what we would like to name our first human baby boy. He would do anything for our family and work any job it took to take care of me. I know he loves me and we are blessed to have a fabulous relationship and we appreciate that after having gone through bad ones. Ryan has every trait I could have wished for and treats me like gold. He puts up with all the hormonal and non-hormonal crap I give him and never complains. He makes me want to be a better wife and I know he has made me a better person. I love you big guy!!

P.S. I had to go old school to find this song. This song makes me laugh, i guess persistance does pay off. You go girl!


Candice said...

Hey! Wow, you've been busy! So Cancun was a blast it sounds like! We want to go there in December...where did you stay? You probably said, I just scanned your blog to get a quick update. Your house is very cute! And I almost started crying when I read about that baby, how sad! Very true about the Gospel! It's such a blessing! Hope you are well! :)

Dan & Jen said...

Cute tag, Steph. I'm so glad that you met Ryan. I loved hearing all about the progression when we were working. You are awesome and deserved an awesome guy-just what you got. And I continue to love hearing the engagement story. That is more romance in that one night than I think Dan has come up with in the 8 1/2 years we've been together. :) (But he's a cutie so that's ok.)

Karly said...

I don't think I ever heard that story about your engagement.... SO CUTE! And MB and I were BAWLING when you guys were sealed because it was soooooo cute! I miss you guys.. we had some fun double dates. Can't wait until you come home. What are your shifts out there?