Monday, August 4, 2008

remember when...

...Six years ago I made the best decision of my life to marry you?


And the night before the wedding, we were up until 2 am honing in on our floral arranging skills making my bridal bouquet and you might have been better at it than me? Or how in the morning before driving to the temple you took a chop saw to my platform shoes and trimmed a bit off for me so that my dress wouldn't be too short?

Or remember when we ate at Dukes on our honeymoon and they charged us for each soda refill we got? 10 glasses later....

Or when we were hiking through a river to reach a waterfall and I dropped our camera in the water and ruined all honeymoon memories?

Remember the time we went camping and threw our stuff in the back of your truck, then drove up the canyon unaware that the breakfast eggs were rolling around in our sleeping bags? Then we tried to wash the eggs off with lake water and ended up sleeping in a rotten-egg-dead-fish smelling-still-wet-from-the-lake-water sleeping bag?

Remember when we bought our first house and it was almost as exciting as having our first child? almost...

Or when we got to spend the first four years of marriage living in the most amazing place ever?

Or when you wore this silly flower crown on your head because your cool like that and confident in your manhood?

Or when you'd take me to sporting events and didn't care if all I was doing was watching the cheerleaders or asking you dumb questions like what's a penalty flag?
And remember when you still loved me even though I looked like Pat Benetar?

And I still loved you even though you looked like the muffin man? and you still loved me with my shorts pulled up to the moon!

Or remember how smart we were to go to Costa Rica before we had kids? And how you surfed some pretty narly waves and how we almost got abducted in San Jose because we were relying on my poor Spanish skills?
Or the year we decided to get really into Halloween and had to squeeze those ping pong balls on our eyes the whole night?
Surely you remember the time you made me the happiest girl around after finding out we were pregnant? And the silly spastic dance I did around our tiny apartment waving the test around?

Remember the joy we felt when our first one arrived? Then we got scared and he cried A LOT and you sang him primary songs while I dialed every hospital hotline for advice at 3 am.


Remember how PRO we were with our second? And how it felt to have a family of four?

and to think we've got a lifetime ahead of us so that in 50 more years we can look through our tattered photo albums and still say fondly...
remember when?

happy anniversary
Babe!

24 comments:

The Rugg Family said...

Oh that is to funny ali darrell and i laughhed so hard. You got me hooked and now i cant get off this darn thing. Darrell and i keep comeing up with new ideas. Happy Anniversary Guys.

heidi said...

I was seriously laughing so hard as I read this--you are too funny.

Happy Anniversary!

Remember when we moved into the ward and wanted to leave? Then we met you and Troy and decided we liked it after all...thanks for being good friends!

Amy said...

Such fun pictures! Happy anniversary to you both!

Lindi said...

I can't wait for the next 6 year pictures. These were great. Happy Anniversary love birds.

kelly southwell said...

This is such an entertaining post!!! I LOVE seeing and hearing your stories. You two crack me up! It's so fun to be neighbors with you.
Happy 6 years...here's to 96 more!
(wow, I guess you'd be pretty old).

HeatherM said...

oh so sweet Ali!! Congrates!! you two, are only my favorite couple that of course after Jesse & I!!
And to think I thought I was the funny one in the family!

Amy said...

Congratulations to the both of you. Aren't you glad you didn't marry Chad?! We love you guys!

rockkinrobbins said...

Happy Anniversary! That is awesome and it looks like you have done so much together!

Katie said...

Perfect! Love you guys

Jen Giorgis said...

That was so fun...I am smiling from ear to ear. What a wonderful 6 years you've had and many more to come. Happy Anniversary to you both!

Dad said...

What can I say…I really lucked out. I saved the best choice I ever made for the one that mattered the most. I loved you first, as a hot young lady, and through the years it looks like I've loved you as a beautiful bride, as a cowgirl, as a wife decorating a house and debating with a husband who's into that sort of thing, as a surfer girl in a man's wetsuit, as a girl who's confident enough to claim a guy wearing a flower crown, as an adventurous vacation partner, as Marge Simpson, as a gal who pulled her pants to the moon, as a monkey, and as a perfect new mom and the caregiver to the two most important people in our world. I can honestly say I’ve loved almost every minute I ever spent loving you. And for the record, I do remember when your hair looked a little gay and I can't wait to love you it until its gray. Can't wait for the new memories the future holds and the posts you’ll write about them.
Love,
Your poofy haired man
(what was I thinking!)

Adrienne said...

seriously, this post was great! i love that you guys have all those great photos together!

I laughed out loud at teh Pat Benetar pic--I had to swivel around the laptop to share that beauty with Jim!

and I love Troy's comments....Happy Anniversary to you both!!
oh, and cute post about Jack. he is such an adorable little rascal. :)

jayniemoon said...

Who took those fantastic wedding photos?

I'm glad you guys got together, only Troy whisked you away to CA never to be seen again.

Here's one...Remember when three other sleeveless brides with hot pink bridesmaid dresses waited to get their pictures in front of that "pretty building with all the flowers?" I'm so glad I got to be there--what an honor!

jed (photographer) said...

um, those are copyrighted images you have posted here. if you're not going to ask permission, please send a check to:
Jed Wells
1260 Elm
Provo, UT.

thanks.

remember how your parents had us stay in your bedroom that night? and it was weird. and remember how your dad had me drive his accord back from oakland? and remember how the oakland airport is the crapastiest airport in the united states (next to detroit)? and remember how jayne likes you so much it makes me jealous sometimes? and now that your such an accomplished photographer, she's not that impressed with me anymore.

thanks, again, ali.

wait, one more. remember how i used to use you as my model for everything from troubled teen to happy bride (yikes-- remember matt?). and remember how that designer from that byu shoot tried over and over to date you? then troy showed up. and we all thought he was 40.

ali degraff said...

jed. remember how we paid you 200 dollars to take our wedding photos and it's haunted me ever since? so maybe you can expect a check in the mail...

The Steenhoek Clan said...

Love the wedding pics...so beautiful. You guys are an awesome couple. You got married two months after us! Happy anniversary you guys.

Oler Family said...

You two are a perfect match! I love the muffin hair and the pixie cut! Too funny! Happy Anniversary!

Melissa Ellen said...

I think I might have just laughed so hard, then teared up just a bit, then wished I knew you in person. You guys are awesome and so lucky to have found your soul mate in each other. It is very clear you have. You are both so gorgeous...and you make quite the beautiful babies!

Robbie, Marsha & London Lueck. said...

Ali, Ha Ha! yep August 3rd,Oakland how ironic.What time were you married? I love your post! You always have a creative way of sharing your families moments. Happy 6 years, and yes it is an accomplishment to make it thus far these days. Rock on through the next 6:)Sooo fun!

California Roney's said...

That was so sweet and adorable. Congrats to you guys!! Glad we were able to see you guys for a bit the other day!!!

HEATHER D said...

Ali, that was the best post I have ever read. Oh what a COOL couple you make. Happy day to the both of you. Someday soon I hope we can come hang with you looney birds. Miss ya,
Heather

Marie said...

What a fabulously wonderful post! Happy anniversary! Remember when I came to California and had to leave fly back home a couple days before your wedding so I had to miss it and I was all out of cash from vacationing so I didn't even get you a gift and then I felt guilty for it for the next 5 years? I wish I could've been there. You look absolutely gorgeous in your pics.

How did I never see you with your super short hair? I kind of like it!

What a perfect post! Can I say it again? I loved it!

Celia and Scott said...

That is the cutest post ever! Congratulations!!

tara said...

in that is the best anniversary tribute I've ever seen. I love you Ali! THAT is truly what marriage is all about!