Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sib Series: Sib #4

Finally!!!! I apologize for the delay. My goodness. 

Sib Series should be good to resume on Fridays beginning this next week. Without further adieu, i give you:

Sib #4 : Sarah Anne

(A.k.a. Sarah Jane, Oba Oba, Tootie, Christopher Robin)

And with sib #4, lest you think this series is simply  becoming a marital counseling panel, we come to the last but not least of the 'other half"(s). Someone who is not yet her Mr., but as of June will become an official member of the family! In order to proceed with the usual initiation process, we gladly welcome him as an honorary sibling  (the signature wonder wedgie and ice pond dunkathon will follow in the colder months and only after formal proceedings have taken place)....


Occupations: Sarah graduates in just two weeks from the University of Southern Nevada as a nurse. 
Christopher will also be graduating in two weeks from Notre Dame University with a degree in Biomolecular Chemical Engineering, where he also played for the Fightin' Irish football team.

Both. graduating. with a 4.0 

What the !!!!!!?????

(and both too humble to admit it, I had to ask for such detail.)

They will begin their newlywed existence in the exciting atmosphere of San Francisco! Christopher will be attending the University of Pacific's dental program on a full-ride United States Air Force scholarship, where he intends on becoming an oral-surgeon and Sarah will continue her work in nursing (and hopefully have lots of future cute little babies).

Oh my little Sarah snookums, how can I describe her?! Funny, vivacious, and quite charming. The child who has a personal detailed (and expensive) wishlist (in spreadsheet form) sent out six weeks prior to Christmas and her birthday. The one who we all laughed at when she announced she intended on becoming a nurse (Sarah? Really? Is this simply for you to have an excuse to wear Juicy couture Scrubs..?). And yet for all that sass, her heart is just as big. She can wipe an old man's bottom like you wouldn't believe (literally). She has a unique ability to envelope children, the elderly, and the less fortunate with grace and unwavering kindness and genuine concern. I really like that about her. 
And Christopher, my little snookums Christopher? As if his resume wasn't enough, he is positively friendly, likeable, and warm. It should be illegal. Really.


1. Describe each other in three words.

Sarah said Chris is: Loving, Funny, Smart
Christopher is such a giver. He gives so much affection and attention to me. He writes the MOST thoughtful cards and puts so much thought into them. Anyone who is around Christopher feels accepted and loved.

He makes me laugh every single day. He does not take himself too seriously. In fact just the other day I had a rough night so on Skype he got onto YouTube and cranked up my favorite song and did an interpretive dance and had me rolling with laughter... I am so lucky. 

Recently one of his teammates said, "You wouldn't really know just talking with Chris but he is very intelligent." Of course since Christopher is Mr. Humble he said he found that to be a wonderful compliment. He does not try to prove to everyone around that he is incredibly, sickeningly, naturally, Bill Gates. He does not sit around discussing philosophy, religion and politics to try and impress because let's get real...he would so rather talk about the latest episode of Gilmore Girls or Army Wives :)

Chris says Sarah is: Cute, My Best Friend, FUN!

Cute: Every part of Sarah is simply extremely cute. I don't really know how she does it, but she manages to be the cutest at everything she does--without even trying. Biased opinion on my part? I think not. General fact? Of course. 

My Best Friend: I'm not sure if this really needs an explanation. We've been best friends for a long time now (ever since sophomore year when James Marson asked Sarah "if we are dating, or are we JUST best friends or something?"....Sarah's response = "oh, we're best friends"....a dagger to the hopes of any longing fellow). Everything is better with Sar. I couldn't be more 
proud of someone. She is the strongest, bravest, most independent, driven girl I know. 

Highschool sweethearts run in the family apparently.
(Note to editor self: lock up daughters until they are 23.)

FUN!: She is so fun, and definitely brings out the fun in me. Alone, I can definitely be more hesitant or perhaps just too lazy to do anything. With her, anything and everything is possible...and sometimes mandatory.

2. What is your happiest memory, and what makes it so special?

Sarah: I am going to cheat. I have way too many.I think of picking apples in the orchard and making apple juice with Papa Dan and his visits out to our farm to horseback ride with cookies and fried chicken from Albertsons. I loved playing outside, swimming in our “pool” (aka swamp - which my diva fianc√© would not have stepped foot in) and laying on the hot cement to warm up, 'olden days' with Paige and Meagan, sitting on dad’s lap and driving home from church, riding on the side of the suburban down the dirt road, and just plain old Fall afternoons when all of us were home and mom would be cooking dinner, dad would be working under the car, and we would be having handstand contests on the front lawn ( I always Vicosnawcked you Rae). Can you tell I am getting married and a little nostalgic?

Chris: Like some of the others, I am not sure I can say that my happiEST memory is comprised of one single memory, but rather a collection of memories and even future moments. One collection of memories that come to mind when I reflect back on my childhood are our family trips in the motorhome. Whether we were going camping, up to Washington, over to Carmel, or just to my Grandma's house in Sacramento (and admittedly sometimes just around town), my Dad would insist on taking the motorhome. As kids (and teenagers), once we got over the 'embarrassment factor', which I now look back on and think is ridiculous (even though Sarah is still way embarrassed to be caught near it), we loved every trip in it. My Dad would always drive the whole way, and would love to spoil us on the way there. We would stock up on tons of food, junkfood, our favorite drinks, and a plethora of movies to keep us entertained: hours upon hours were spent lying on the bed watching movie after movie, sleeping, eating, watching, and repeating until we reached our destination. Let me tell you, it sure made traveling in a car seem absolutely miserable! No matter how long the drive, my Dad would drive the whole way so that we all could enjoy ourselves in the back with no worries. There was always such a safe sense of security in the motorhome: you knew that nothing could get to you while you were in there driving, we felt completely safe. 
For my moment to come...I have always imagined what it would be like to have my bride-to-be standing at the top of the aisle, and me see her for the first time. I know that at that moment, I will be the happiest man, so naturally it will be my happiest moment and memory.

3. What do you love that you may not openly express?

Sarah: Lamar Odom ( actually Daniel and I are on the same page : SOIL. What the heck was that?!)

Chris: Hmmm...this could get embarrassing very quickly. Let's see...Army Wives, pretty much all movies, happy endings. I'm a sucker for good family shows and happy endings...a little embarrassing, but probably makes me some of who I am
4. What are you most grateful for? What are you LEAST grateful for?

Sarah: Most grateful for sunshine. Least grateful for bad breath.

Chris: I am grateful for how lucky and blessed I have been. I got lucky to be born into a great family with resources, attend great schools, meet amazing people, find the love of my life who loves me almost as much as I love her, to be starting our amazing life together soon, and for the gifts I have been given. It's crazy to think that a lot of where we are in life is due to "luck" (or some version of 'divine luck'): into which family we are born, where we live, how we live, who we meet, who like us back, etc., all leading to who we are now.
I am least grateful for wasted time. So much time goes by that we can never get back. 
Also, when people don't let you bring a brand new ICEE into the movie theatre, or tell you they're closed when they clearly closing early, or when your favorite item is taken off the menu or the price is jacked up, and for all of the judging that goes on all around us all the time by everyone.

5. What do you fear? What makes you sad?

Sarah: Loneliness .When someone in my family is sad or hurting.

Chris: I fear losing the ones I love the most. It ties into the same thing that makes me sad. Thinking about losing those I love quickly makes me appreciate them so much more, but makes me sad to think about the finite amount of time I have with them. When I think about this, it is easy to forgive and forget and to show more affection even if I was previously upset. It makes me sad knowing that one day, after growing old together, one of us will be left alone here. Sarah really hopes its not her, although I think I would be sad either way, if I was left, or had to leave. More importantly though, I HATE SPIDERS. Luckily I have a tough girl who was weened on combing bobcat furs to kill all those spiders for me.... I am so lucky.

6. What characteristic most attracted you to the each other?

Sarah: I remember it was at Birch camp. I saw the way he interacted with his sister Kelsey and was so impressed by what a loving brother he was.
He is so loving and does not hide it. His entire football team knows who I am and knows how much he loves me. He will say I love you even when he is really mad at me. He still kisses his parents and siblings and will lay a big one on me even if someone is talking to him mid-sentence. I also cannot deny his gorgeous looks are a bonus ;)

Chris: Let's see...initially...I guess i was pretty superficial because it was almost entirely looks (I proclaimed that she was the hottest person I had ever seen in my life). In fact, I was initially attracted to her after only a quick 'hello' between Sarah and my mom. Once I saw her, I was hooked. The best part though was when I actually got to know her and found out that there was more behind those great looks (although, I am not sure she needed it..ha). Now, even better, I have seen that she looks amazing no matter what, and is always the most beautiful person in the world. Whether that is me looking at her face or her personality, I cannot tell. Her affection and compassion are very easy to love. 

7. What is your definition of success? Who is your biggest role model and why?
(Besides Rachel - OF COURSE).

Sarah: Reaching Maslow’s Hierarchy level of Self-Actualization. Just joking. My definition of success would be living a life of balance and maintaining a sense of peace and happiness even through hard times. I have never had someone who I have deemed my specific 'role model' but I love and respect any woman that maintains being feminine and domestic while also having a tough/hardcoreness to her.

Chris: Success = affecting those you meet and those around you in a positive way. A way that by meeting them, you are leaving them better than they would be had they not met you. I think success is about the people - don't get me wrong, a little money along the way wouldn't hurt any and would definitely make things a little easier most of the time. 
I think I look up to characteristics and ideals more than particular whole persons as role models. I try to emulate certain traits that I think are important. For example, Sarah's high levels of generosity and spontaneity, two traits that don't come quite as naturally to me.

8. If the whole world were listening to you and you only had two minutes to speak, what would you say?

Sarah: First off I would call Colin Firth and get a little pep talk (insert editor's note: rae is lol'ing) and then I would definitely make sure to say my I love you’s and express my love to Christopher and my family. I would probably encourage people to really learn to forgive and treat one another with respect and compassion.

Chris: I think Sarah might start it off with "...and I'm proud to be an American..." (reliving her debate days), but I would probably go a little different route. I think I might start with a lame joke or something (at which very few would laugh), then, feeling awkward about the bad joke, I will realize that everyone just needs to lighten up a little more, slow down, and start enjoying life and those around us a little more. By the time I manage to formulate that into words, my two minutes would be up...and I'll be left alone wishing I had just started off with a song...

9. What does your "happy place" look like?

Sarah: After being across the country from Christopher for four years I have done a lot of guided imagery to get me through to our happy spot. It’s a little apartment in San Francisco, wonderful smells coming from the lovely dinner I am cooking and my Salt City candle for the season, Michael Buble playing on the iHome and Christopher walking in the front door from school and me kissing him on the cheek and asking him about his day.

Chris: Short term: In our great apartment in the city, I can smell the fabulous dinner that has been cooking all day, Sarah is just finishing making the salad while I am right there studying as she does so. We are finally just enjoying ourselves and just enjoying being together!! A little more in the future: In our cabin up in Tahoe, I'm on the grill, Sarah's making the fixins, the kids are playing beach volleyball, and we are all tired from a long day at the beach, getting ready to eat, make a fire, and watch a couple of movies before bedtime....ahh, that would be the life....dreaming? Hopefully not! I swear I am not some sort of chauvinist who thinks women should be cooking all the time, those were just coincidences...hmm, and maybe I am just really hungry right now, which definitely could affect my perception of my "Happy place".

10. What is your life motto?

Sarah: Keep Calm and Carry on. (nursing school especially fosters so much anxiety you just have to be confident and carry on your merry ol’ way)

Chris: Be nice. Be happy. Work first. Play later

11. A genie appears and grants you three wishes, what are they? (and cannot wish for three more 


1. A Yacht with a personal chef and captain

2. Safety for all from anything that would cause emotional or physical damage

3. To be Kate Middleton for a couple of weeks ( with the option to extend)


1. Time: Let me control time, let me have more time. Time is our biggest enemy in life.

2. Sleep: Let me control sleep and control my sleepiness. If I want to sleep, I can sleep all night and day. If I don't want to, I can stay awake forever. Think about how efficient this would be.

3.  That Sarah and I could always know what it's like to first fall in love with each other all over again...I told you, a sucker for happy endings. 
 (Although I might also free the genie or something..I always thought that was nice in movies..ha)


Well I'll tell you what, kids. If a genie granted me three wishes they just might be:

1. That Chris perform future cosmetic dental work on me pro bono.

2. That Sarah the nurse change my bed-pan post surgery.

3. More future two are a hoot n' a half.

Thanks for participating.


Daniel said...

Hooray! I just read this and loved it. Pretty funny stuff... wit and cuteness.

We're excited for you guys to officially get your life started (and so we have a place to stay in SF!).

See you soon!

Joan said...

So cute that their Happy Places were IDENTICAL! They're pretty darling those two :)

Ciara said...

These two are just so cute I could vomit! :) Love ya Sarah! ha ha... Seriously though... vomit. They are so cute! I did enjoy the part about Sarah wiping butts... I'll be old someday and she'll be a handy person to know! :)

Anonymous said...

I've been anxiously awaiting and then my internet is down for two days!
I love this series. My favorite subjects:) All of them.
My happy place is knowing that Chris and Sarah are finally able to start their life together as husband and wife. Two wonderful people that deserve each other.
I am concerned that our reality will be Skype with these two love birds while they tackle dental school and military service!
WARNING - Grand babies are not allowed to be raised more than 20 miles from Gamma & Pop! 5 miles is preferable.
My biggest current challenge though is getting Christopher to not call me Mrs. Hansen...just another example of his charm!