Nov 2, 2007

Happy Birthday Natalie!!



Hello to all, this is Natalie's sister Nicole posting to say Happy Birthday to Natalie! You have no idea how hard it was to pull one over on the queen of sneakiness, but I was finally successful! Happy 27th Birthday! Isn't she the cutest little girl? Sorry that I am also in all of the pictures, they came from my scrapbook, so I didn't have any solo pictures of her. Also I guess when I was about 8 years old, we stopped taking pictures together, as I don't have any more pictures of her.

So I though I would share with you all some of the things that I think are fabulous about Natalie:

She is so clever and sneaky. She figured out very early in life how to stay out of trouble. She was so much smarter than Katie and I, who were always in trouble. It doesn't mean she wasn't being naughty, she was just better at it than us.

She is so brave. She was always the first one to try something new and adventurous and she loved doing it! As a child she loved going on roller coasters and going new places. Those of you that know her now know that is still true. She is our little world traveler.

She is so optimistic. She always sees the good in things/people above the bad. She never has a fear of failure when trying things, but always has an open mind and just goes for it. She has total faith in herself and others.

She is a born entrepreneur. She was always coming up with one scheme or another and dragging Katie and I along. She had many businesses as a child: sewing classes, ski resort(it even had a name, The Blue Moon Ski Resort, it was our front yard. She and Katie asked for skis for Christmas and then she assigned us each a job, mine was to be the ski lift, pulling our customers up the hill with a rope!), photography studio, ballet teacher (she even had a recital for her students, I think she was about 11 years old!).

She is so creative. She always had so many ideas. She really knows how to make things look good. She has been an inspiration to me in trying to be creative. She makes it seem so simple and easy.

Thank you to Ben and Kristine for making this happen. I love you Natalie and I am so glad you are my sister. Have a fantastic 27th birthday!

22 comments:

Kristine G. said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Man, if you only knew the trouble I had to go through to get this! Just kidding. I hope you have a great birthday you old lady! Only 3 more years til 30 ! ;)

Jenny or sometimes Bozo said...

I'm very impressed by your siblings efforts to get this up! Happy Birthday! I love those old pictures...there is some classic hair styles in them!

Rileys said...

Hey Nat- I just wanted to say "again" Happy Birthday! Love ya Caysie

James and Heather English said...

Nat, I was going to just email you and tell you Happy Birthday,but was checking the blogs first(as usual) and was pleasantly surprised by the sweet post from Nicole. I guess I will just tell you that I agree with everything that Nicole said and also think you are one of the funniest people I know! You never cease to amaze me with all that you do. Your cooking blog for example, seriously, who are you?! You are like this amazing chef! I love it! Hope you have an awesome day!

James and Heather English said...

p.s. the pics of you guys are so classic! Your mom's hair is the best! haha

Noahr said...

Hey Nat, Happy Birthday! I'm not sure we've ever said this but thanks for always putting up with the Riley boys. We all know it hasn't always been easy. We couldn't ask for a better sister.

Paul, Courtney & Logan said...

Happy Birthday from the Belchers!!! I love all the adorable pictures. Hope your day was full of love and laughter. You are such an amazing and fun friend-loveya.

The Wells Family said...

Yeah! Happy Birthday to the Queen of all things! You really are an inspiration! I love learning from you and trying to improve my motherly skills because of you (aka. blog!). I am so glad that we are friends!

Andrea said...

Happy, Happy B-day!

Gaengy said...

Ok, thanks for reminding me about "Blue Moon Ski Resort!" I am dying right now, man we had some fun eh? Love you Nat, I hope you had a great birthday!
-Katie from Mom's Account

Gaengy said...

Happy Birthday Natalie, thanks Nicole for the fun post. What would we do without our Nat? I agree with Heather, that's some real stylin' hair, didn't you say somthing about young mothers being in their prime...yikes.... Love you, Mom.

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday Nat! Love Ya!
Stace

Rex and Natalie Hansen said...

Hey Rileys! Happy B-Day Nat...loved the old pics. We miss you and wish you were all down in her PHX...year round golf! How is that not appealing. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Natalie,

Happy Birthday!!! Your sister described your perfectly! There is DEFINITELY good reason to celebrate your arrival to this world and into all of our lives!!! I think you are an amazing woman and an example to so many of us!!!
Love you and I hope it is the best!

Celestial Starr

p.s. It was so good to see you and talk with you last week! Thank you for remembering to come visit me! You kids are absolutely adorable!

Melanie Whiting said...

Happy birthday Natalie! Sorry I am just barely getting around to checking blogs! You are darling! Hope you had a great day, tell us all about it. The old photos are classic. The funny thing is I remember you guys at those stages! Shows how old I am.

Lindsay said...

Happy Birthday Nat! I'm loving the kid pictures of you- how stinkin' cute!

Louder Family said...

Hi Natalie Happy Birthday! I dont know if you remember me but I am coach Nelsons daughter Brynne(Nelson) Louder. I was doing a little blog stalking and saw your name on Cam Gentrys blog. Your family is so cute and I just wanted to say hello! You can visit us at abclouder.blogspot.com

Brittany said...

Happy Birthday Natalie! What a cute sister you have...darling pictures. I'm glad you had a great day!

Louder Family said...

Oh I just realized that if you know cam then you might know my husband Aaron Louder! And also where did you get your cute blog background? I had one then it was gone like a couple weeks later. I guess the girl that did it had some copyright issues! anyways i would love to know.

Sarah & Trent said...

Happy Birthday Natalie! I'm 27 too. :) Glad you had a fun birthday~

Palmers said...

Happy Birthday Nat, I'm glad you had such a fun day!

brian,britni,&dalia said...

hello natalie! i don't know if you remember me, but i was friends with katie growing up, until i moved away when we were in the 8th grade. my name is britni adams, i lived down the street.
long story, kinda, short, i was blog surfing and found your cooking blog, and started looking at your family blog, my husband asked who i was looking at, and i said i didn't know. until....i came upon this post! then i recognized you right away and quickly changed my mind. i do you know. and i took a sewing class from you and i think my sister took your ballet class.
your kids are beautiful! you look great and in sydney, awesome! sounds like you are sure enjoying life! tell katie hi for me!
you can check our my blog at...
rocksandrings.blogspot.com it is mostly all of my daughter, but there are some pictures of me on there somewhere.
britni
ps. happy late birthday!

 
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