Sunday, July 13, 2008

23 Years!

April, Jen and I started my anniversary off with a nice pedicure...

Mine are the chubby, gnarly toes...

We ate dinner at Kona, where Tracey and Bill made me try sushi. Again.

(still gags me) I opt for steak, salmon and avocado egg rolls!

We dont get to see Paula and Tracey even close to as much as we would like to, so that made the anniversary dinner even better!

With the rains, we also were able to take on all the water from the subdivision to the west of us thanks to poor engineering on their behalf. So the muddy water has been a piece of heaven for the neighborhood kids.

When we came home from dinner there was a field full of teens playing mud football. Cant see it well, but I was quite impressed with Breeas tackling and being tackled ability.

Then they all hit the pool where the girls, once again, showed their feminine side. Breea and Jaminson ruled in chicken fighting.

No, the pool really isnt green, its just a lovely shade of "algae"
Bill ended up in the pool, clothes on, again.
It was a great day and night. We dont really make too much of our anniversary, we usually forget them. (When your married FOREVER, why count?) I just feel blessed daily for the husband Bill is to me. Once again, "fair" doesnt happen in this life. But Im grateful Bill just puts up with me anyway and he almost seems happy to. I love you more than I ever have, my sweet man!


lindsay levi said...


Tamee said...

Happy day for you all. Can not beleive that you guys have been married that long. Now wonder I can't remember our family without Bill. We just celebrated 5 years, do ya remember back to those days?
Love the 4th of July pictures but I wish I was in them.
See ya soon

The Neilson Times said...

Happy anniversary! You 2 are the cutest couple!

Jill Branch said...

Happy Anniversary Bill & Vonda. You two are great together. I agree....who needs to count when eternity is all that matters.

Jacie said...

Looks like you had a great day. You guys are still the cutest couple I know!

The Wouters said...

Happy Anniversary! You guys are really great!

Shanen said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. So what day actually was it?? It sounds like it was wonderful and spent with good friends.

kristal said...

Awww, dinner with the gardners? Good times. Good job on tryign sushi again. I'll never try it again. Um, and I thought Breea had some hot potential boy on her shoulders...but it's potential there. He's buff though!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! And good job on remembering it this year. I remember a few years you forgot.

Michelle Bradley said...

You guys are party animals!

Breea said...

HAPPY STINKIN ANNIVERSARY!!! hey i dont think any parents would let me have a party with a bunch of CRAZY boys over till 12:00. you pretty much rock. thanks mom!

Nathan & Cherish said...

Yay .... Happy 23rd! I just wonder if there is ever a party NOT going on at your house .... After much deliberation .... I have concluded that is a negative!

bet said...

i posted something of substance for you!! enjoy..

The Galvan Family said...

Your house is party central isn't it? Happy Anniversary!!!

Nichols Family said...

Happy Anniversary! Wow, 23 years, awesome. Ok, do we have the same anniversary? Our is the 13th too.

Erica said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope we are as fun at 23 years together as you two are! You are a crack up!

Crystal said...

Happy Anniversary to you!!!! You both are perfect for each other!

Taylor said...

Happy late Anniversary!!!!

And Thanks for having us over on your anniversary!!
It was a blast

Heidi Ann said...

First of all, happy 23rd,I was 4 when you got married. LOVE the pedicure and what a way to start another year, you might as well do it right! And I wish I was young so I could be a part of your fun, fun family with your darling daughters!

jana said...

Love the catch ups! Thanks! Happy Anniversary! 23 years, wow! How old is Danica, 24? LOL! Crazy kids, you'll always be my favs!

Jen B. said...

Happy Anniversary! What a fun day. Having a house were all the kids come and play is awesome!

Diaper Diva said...

Vonda, It's jamie. I am trying to hunt down Tamee. The phone# she left on my blog was some crazy guy.I will try the number I have on my cell if not have her shoot me an E-mail with the right number



  • 4/12 Shayna - I said "I really want to buy that table but I dont know where I would put it" (been buying used furniture that I want to redo and its been cluttering up the garage. Shayna said in her sweet inocent voice "you can put it in the garage?"
  • 4/12 - Tessa "Mom, you know what I dont like about mornings? - the sun!"
  • 4/12 - Shayna got her braces a couple of weeks ago and her teeth are starting to go together and she said "Im gonna miss my gap" and she was seriously sad - she wont get to squirt water through her teeth.
  • 3/12 Breea again..... "Mom, I thought it was Lack toesintolerant and I was lacking the toesintolerant, until I read the label"
  • 3/12 Breea was talking about college and she said "In my siriculum (curriculum), I have to take physicology (psychology)"
  • 3/12 - Tessa said - I want to take the "long cut" (instead of the short cut)
  • 3/12 When tucking Shayna and Tessa in Shayna said "You dont have to worry, I set out all your clothes for school tomorrow" - Very Shayna
  • 11/10 When Kayla was little she should always cover her eyes when we went by a graveyard.
  • 4/10 Dont want to forget that Shayna calls the pools water fall a waderfoddle. She also called Aunt Kay, Uncle Kay??? McKenna got grandpa mixed up when she was little and called him "Bunka"
  • 3/10 For some reason, our family forgets the rules to Mexican rummy, shang hi and ALOT of card games, so last Sunday we just delt cards and everyone played whatever rule they wanted. The game lasted about 4 minutes, but we all won!
  • 2/10 I was going to work in Tessas class and she said "Mom, what if you mess up" and I told her I would try not to, but the next thing I know she is asking me if I will pray with her and ask Heavenly Father to help me not mess up. She prayed, and I didnt mess up! (all papers were copied a colated correctly)
  • 3/10 McKenna saying what she liked about Brennon on his Birthday "I like your style and your swager"
  • 12/09 Tessa went to the girls play and said "Willy wonka is hot"
  • 12/09 Kayla has a slight ring worm problem and if you try to hug her she says "OK, but your gonna get all wormy"
  • 12/09 Tessa has been adding Sophia in every prayer including the blessing and this is what she says "Please bless that Sophia will feel better in no time" and her blessing tonight was "Please bless that none of the kids singing on the truck will fall out" - Shes a great prayer
  • 12/09 Tessa said "Mom, I think Im on Santas Bad list" I said "probably not, why are you worried about it?" Tessa "I really dont like coal"
  • 02/09 I asked McKenna if she had taken a shower and she said "I took one, but it didnt work"
  • 11/08 Shayna said "I wish we could have quads like the Poulsens and Jensens, but were too unrich"
  • 10/08 I was bringing Breea home from school and she asked "Can I do my jobs tomorrow? I asked why and she said "If you were to take all the headaches in the world and put them together - thats my headache" DRAMA
  • 10/08 Tessa hands me the camera as we are walking out the door and says "You better take this in case I do something cute"
  • 9/08 Shayna was about 5 and she was giving dad a message and he said "thats a deep tissue message" she said "hold on" and left and came back with toilet paper and stuffed it down his shirt and said "I want to give you a deep tissue message"
  • 8/08 Tessa after hearing some of Kaylas guy friends talk has picked up a new saying "Girls are the devil" - nice.
  • 8/08 As I was carpooling I asked Bailee who she wanted to marry, she said Dallin. Shayna said "Well he is cute mom, no offense"
  • Kayla - She says almost on a daily basis "This will be the last time........" Whether its someone moving, leaving on a mission, the last two weeks before graduation, etc.....
  • Brennon - Whenever he does something he knows we dont like or accidently steps on a toe or runs into someone, he just puts his hand up, smiles and says "high five" You gotta love it
  • Danica - Classic saying "Asians are geneous's"
  • Tessa - 6/08 At the doctors office he was looking in her sore ear and noticed there was still a stitch left in her eyebrow and proceeded to take it out while I was holding her down. She screamed really loud, looked at the doctor and said "I am NOT loving this"
  • Shayna 4/08 She came running in the house, grabed a dress and started heading back out the door to go to Nathaniels baptism. I said "Hey, come back we have to do your hair" She said "No, I dont want to be pretty for Nathaniel" Sure enough, when Bailee and Taryn came over they had their hair perfectly curled, cutest dresses and their shoes matched their dresses (unlike Shaynas)
  • McKenna 4/08 - I had the best dream last night. Mom: What about? McKenna: Snickerdoodles.
  • McKenna and Brennon - 4/08 McKenna: I want to put light blue hightlights in my hair like Klowd 9 - Brennon: I want Lypo.
  • Breea - 4/08 (In a very dramatic manner) "My coach almost killed us today, a few of us threw up, some passed out, she wanted to kill us. I almost threw up."
  • Tessa - 4/08 Talking to Grandma said "The Easter Monster leaves me lipstick under my pillow"
  • Shayna = 4/08 Kayla called from a show but couldnt talk. She said she would call at intermission. Shayna heard me say this and said "Kaylas in her mission?"
  • McKenna - 4/08 "Mom your not fashionable, but you can grow into fashion. It just takes about a month"
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"
  • Tessa 4/08 "Brodey - Lets get this party started"
  • Shayna 3/08 I asked her what she did at the gym daycare center she said "I just cleaned things and organized them"
  • Breea 3/08 While saying a prayer at Grandma and Grandpa Hatchs, she says "Bless the Hatchs". Her grandparents were wondering if she even knew she was their granddaughter.
  • McKenna 2/08 Mom, dont buy meat or sugar, Im turning vetrenarian.
  • Tessa 2/08 Mom: Tessa, your such a good girl. Tessa: I dont say stupid or do bad sings.
  • Tessa 1/08 - She was getting chewed on by the puppy and she was half-laughing saying "Are you evil or not evil?"
  • Shayna (6 years old) - She was mesaging dads back and he said "little harder, I need a deep tissue rub" So she went into the bathroom and got a handfull of toilet paper and stuffed down his shirt (deep tissue)
  • Shayna, 11/12/07 Mom: Shayna, say your prayers and thank Heavenly Father for all your blessings. Shayna (super tired): Thats so much. Do I have to thank him for ALL of them right now?
  • Some of our favorite word to call each other when gas is passed: POOPER MCGOOPER, FARTER MCGARTER, FLUFFER MCGUFFER, CRAPPER MCGRAPPER, AND TOOTER MCGOOTER
  • Danica (2) Yepadottado
  • Tessa (3) "Mom, I luz you and you luz me - weez luverz"
  • Tessa (3) - "Youz fweekn naughty" Mom "Who taught you that?" Tess "yo mom" (Thanks older sisters)
  • Breea 3 years - We have lots of gerds in our famie.
  • Tessa 2 years - Yoooz funny!
  • Tessa would often take off her shoes at church and when we asked her why she kept taking them off she said "my feet are grumpy". I guess it was better than Shayna at that age not wearing underwear to church (many times) We finally had to start doing panty checks before church.
  • Tessa (3) thirteen, fourteen, five-teen
  • McKenna (10 in a couple of weeks) - Mom, please let me go in with you. Mom - why. Mckenna - I saw a sign that said "criminal on the loose" Mom - I promise not to go in, I'll just talk to her at the door. McKenna - Im gonna roll down my window and watch you *tears bubbling up in her eyes. Mom to friend - Is there a sign that says "criminal on the loose" in your neighborhood? Friend - No, just "crime watch" neighborhood sign.
  • Kip, Kip, Kurray!
  • Tessa said "Can you take my brain off" and I asked her why, and she said "Its really so tight" 8/9/07
  • "sorry your such a looser" *pointer finger used as a puppet - McKenna (5)
  • Grandma Guttery was showing Shayna (4) a picture of me pregnant with her and Grandma said "Thats you inside your mamas belly" and Shayna said "She ate me?"
  • I need some Wotion on my Weggs - Tessa 3
  • Guess what guys? If you put the milk back in the refrigerator it will stay cold. - Kayla 17
  • Kayla - 4/08 Mom said "Its crazy how I have two batches of girls, the older set and the younger" Kayla - "Im glad we could be your test batch"