Wednesday, September 2, 2009

You Say Ketchup, I Say Catch-up...9th Anniversary

Monica and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary on June 24, 2009. We were just wee-kids when we got married at the age of nineteen years. We began dating in November of 1997 and had quite the confrontational relationship in high school. We were the butt of many jokes about how we didn't belong together, but we have made it through everything. For many of you who know me I make a lot of jokes about my loving wife. But the people that know me the best know that I have an unending adoration for her. She is my best friend, and I love her more than anything in the world.

Now, enough of the sappy stuff. My sister, Lainie, gave us the best present in the world for our anniversay. She gave us an entire night and the next morning off of being parents. Aunt Lainie is one of only a few people that we would trust with the kids for that long by themself. Our kids love their Aunt Lainie, and she is the best babysitter we have. She is also the best priced. We got a hotel room and invited a couple of friends downtown for drinks to celebrate, and we couldn't have done any of it without Lainie.

Getting ready for a hot night on the town!

We went to Emmerson Bigguns for dinner and drinks. We were met there by: Snook and Donna, Maze and Sarah, Ryno and Angela, Teddy, and Sergio and Rachel. It was a great time. The food was good and the company was wonderful.

Donna and Chris Snook (FYI - Chris is actually looking down at Baby Snooklet who will be here in a few short least that's the story I'm stickin' to.)

Ang and Ryno....yes, he is crazy and looks the part.

Sergio and Rach

Two of the five Haag sisters, Rachel and Moni

The Girls: Donna, Moni, Rachel, Angela and Sarah

And, of course....the mostly happy and always blessed couple!

And because it's been awhile since we've posted any pics of the kids, here's a few recent shots (since we all know THEY are the reasons anybody even looks at this blog).


The Beaner



Quads of the Round Table (L-to-R): Forrest, Danna, Laine, Pius

The Princess found her wand

Can you tell who the most difficult one was on picture day?! Hint: Billy's holding "him".

The kids got chocolate towards the end of the picture-taking. Needless to say, they loved it. It was the only way we could bribe them into all sitting next to each other!


King Quads said...

You are so beautiful wonder your kids are so adorable and perfect! Love the chocolate come no one ever offers me a piece when they take my picture?

quatro_mama said...

1st off, Happy Anniversh! 9 Years is an amazing accomplishment. Way to go, Grafs.

2ndly, the pix are gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! Could you please hijack your photographer's camera and talent and send it this way?

Cochran Quads said...

Holy CUTENESS! Love those pictures!!! My little son-in-law Pius looks so grown up!! Is that the tu-tu from us? Love ya woman!!

Shelia said...

Cute pictures! I just love the ones of Danna... but she looks rather PO'd in the princess picture with her wand:)

Kami Lambe said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the pics!

jag said...

Well, happy anniversary Ma and Paw Graf! You two really are such a fun couple to follow in blog land. You two look beautiful! Lots of love!

Stephanie said...

You guys really are just so much fun!! Your posts always show it, but your pics show it more! You and your sister look so much alike!
I'm so glad you were able to get out and enjoy yourselves!!

WOW..those pictures are soooooo friggin AWESOME!!! They turned out great!!! Every one of them :)

Suzanne said...

awww...i just LOVE hearing about you guys and your relationship. billy, when moni talks about you, her entire face lights up. you two are SO freakin' cute and i just LOVE your story and where you've been and how much in love you still are. happy anniversary, you precious little love bugs! SO glad you were able to get out and celebrate!!!

and don't even get me started on those little kiddos!!! LOVE the haircuts! and the one of you guys on the bench is AWESOME! better be in a frame somewhere! kiss the princess in her tutu for me. love it. love you!


HansonTriplets said...

Happy Anniversary you two. It sounds like you had a great time. The pictures of the kids are wonderful. I love your family picture...I have yet to get a picture of our three sitting next to each other. I like the chocolate idea! I was going to say if you need fall clothes for the kids the baby sale is going on right now at Gymboree. The shirts are $10 and the sweaters are $20. If you get a 20% off coupon out of the Redbook or Parenting magazines you can get the shirts for like $8 a piece and the sweaters for $16 or something. I work everynight until next Tuesday.

Jac Tubre said...

Aww, happy belated anniversary you two lovebirds! I'm so glad you got to get away for a night!!

Those dang Graf quads couldn't be any cuter. I mean, a slays me!

Love you tons,

Emily said...

Sooo freagin' cute! And damn, Moni! you look AWESOME! Forget the red algae and lemon detox...i want what you have. Can't wait to see you guys and the kiddos in a few months.

Love, Auntie Em

Scott Graf said...

9 years, man!

The McNulty Family said...

Monster!! You look so beeeeeeautiful (as always). But WOW you are really glowing!! Woooohoooooo!!! Billy, your one lucky dude!

Happy anniversary you two love birds. The stories about you two in high school crack me up. Turns out you sure were made for each other. You are such an awesome and fun loving couple. Anyway, enough mush from me.

The pics of the kiddos are amazing... and WHEN did the get so big?

Love you mon-ster!

Anonymous said...

Just thought I would say that the picture of the kids eating chocolate reminds me of the old "Little Rascals" movies. They are so precious!!!
Love you all!

The Carlsons said...

Wow, I didn't know it was 9 years for you two also! We celebrated 9 in February. So glad you two were able to go out and celebrate. What a blessing to have helpful family in town!

Love the pics of the kids! Beautiful! Oh, and you two look decent too ;)

Thanks for sharing! Always love reading up (and seeing pics!) of the Grafs!! :D
-fellow quad mom of 18mo GGGG and a 5yo boy

Ashley Wasser said...

Happy Happy Anniversary!!! Moni, you my dear, look damn good! What's your secret? Chasing 4 kids?!?! The pictures of the kids are adorable and that tutu! Oh my!

Charity Donovan said...

2000 was a good year to get married!!! We need to make the 10 year a huge quad-couples event since so many of us were married in 2000! =) You all look adorable as usual!!! The Haag sisters...or twins?!?! Too beautiful for words!!!