All About Nathan

I grew up in Tremonton, Utah. I am the youngest of seven, with five brothers and one sister.  My whole family is very musical, and I was encouraged from a very young age to begin on a musical instrument for the family band.  I started on guitar, but soon found that French Horn was my instrument of choice (much to the dismay of my dad - now the band would have no guitar player!). I played French Horn throughout Middle School and High School and I received a scholarship to continue with my French Horn in college.

I am a farmer at heart. My family owned and operated (and still does) a dry wheat farm all during my growing up years. My childhood was spent driving tractors, weeding massive gardens, planting and harvesting wheat. I love to spend time on the farm. I can't wait until I have kids to take out with me, to visit grandpa and to ride the tractors.

 In a tractor when we visited the John Deere Pavilion.  July 2009

A section of my family's farm.

I love my westerns.  Whether it be a John Wayne movie or a Louis L'Amour book.  We once found a whole stack of Louis L'Amore books at a yard sale for $0.25 each...we packed up a big bag of them and I'm still trying to make my way through them all.

I also love basketball. I think March Madness should be a holiday. We have attended many Utah Jazz games together and when we lived in Rhode Island I would go to Boston when the Jazz played the Celtics, proudly sporting my John Stockton jersey in that sea of green. I play basketball with friends from church once a week, and don't be fooled by my height or dorky head and wrist bands (Holly calls them dorky, not me)'s all a ploy to get you to underestimate me, then I'll lay my wicked jump shot on you.

Nathan (red shorts, white shirt) and the group of guys from church that he played basketball with in Newport, Rhode Island.

Here's some trivia: 
(Don't worry, there won't be a quiz)
Middle name: Neal

Nicknames: Pilgrim, Nato-Potato (only my sister can call me that), Wardy, Billy

Are you taller than your mother or father? Shorter than dad, but taller than mom. Mom held me back.

Do you cry often during movies? Not unless its a sports movie, or a John Wayne western.

Favorite smells: Fresh baked bread right out of the oven.

Favorite time of day: When I get off work

How many pillows do you sleep with? 2, but when I wake up I only have 1

Do you play an instrument? Yes, French Horn, little bit of guitar and little bit of piano.

Have you ever been skinny dipping? No

Did you do any sports in High School? Swimming, Cross country

What is your favorite article of clothing? Utah Jazz pajama pants

What is your dream vacation? To travel Europe with Holly

If you were an animal what would you be and why? A squirrel, because they are small and fast and I am just a little guy

What is your favorite “me- time” activity? Reading or playing around on my recording equipment.

What is your dream car? 58 Chevy Bel Air

What is one of your weaknesses? If there is candy laying around I will eat it until it is gone even when Holly tells me not to eat it.

What do you fix for dinner when there’s nothing to fix? I don't fix anything I will just piece on random pieces of food that I find.

If you could live in a different decade/era which one would it be? The old west.

Do you consider yourself outgoing? Yes

What is something you are constantly working on? Being a better Husband

Any hidden talents? Nope

What is a word or phrase you overuse? Good night!  (I use it instead of Oh My! or What the?)

What is one thing you hope to accomplish, but haven't yet? Get my Doctorate Degree

The best piece of advice you've gotten? If you treat your wife like a Queen she will treat you like a King
Nathan: Through the eyes of Holly

When Nathan proposed he promised then to make me laugh everyday. Together we have shared many good days - and quite a few bad ones, but through it all we have walked side-by-side, laughing.

Nathan is the kind of guy you want for a husband. He is handsome and strong and quite handy with tools. Over the years, he has saved us a lot of money because of his ability to fix car problems on his own. He is a hard worker and puts the needs of everyone around him ahead of his own.

He is definitely the favorite uncle in his family.  He loves to get down on the floor and play with the nieces and nephews.  When the family gets together, he is always seen in the middle of the kids playing tag, or building block towers, or tickling some unsuspecting victim.  On his side of the family we have 19 nieces and nephews. Three of his brothers are also Navy musicians so the chance we will be stationed somewhere together is very high, which is great for our children - they will be able to live near their cousins!

 Nathan letting the nieces paint his toenails and fingernails.  June 2009.

Nathan's biggest talent is that of music. He is such an exceptional French Horn player.  He comes by it so naturally, it is actually kinda scary to think how good he could be. He struggled for years deciding what he wanted to be 'when he grew up', he thought of engineering, insurance, even working on a production line. We finally decided, together, that if he had a talent that would allow him to provide a living for his family we should let him do it. God gives you talents to use them! That is where the Navy Music program came into our lives.

Nathan was selected as Sailor of the Year for 2010. 

Nathan is a fun-loving guy.  He loves to get a reaction out of someone by doing something silly.  He laughs and is an eternal optimist.  With all the struggles we've been through, it is truly Nathan's uplifting outlook on life that has brought us through. I love him for the man that he is and because of the woman he makes me want to be.

Animal: Cat
Board Game: Monopoly
Book: Anything Louis L'Amour
Candybar: Reeses Fast Break
Card Game: Rook
Cold Cereal: Captain Crunch
Color: Blue
Drink: Dr Pepper
Food: Rice Gravy
Holiday: March Madness (hehe)
Ice Cream: Maple Nut
Movie: Any James Bond
Restaurant: Ruth's Chris
Sport: Basketball
Team: Utah Jazz
TV Show: Smallville

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