We are a family of 5 currently living in Texas (Mike, Care, Pea, Addie & Scarlett). We have three daughters (our first daughter was my "surprise" at 19, Mike adopted her in 2009). I blog to keep my family up to date on our happenings and to document our kids lives.
I am also a photographer. You can find me over at carolynkipper.com. Thanks for stopping by!
November 30, 2008
Below are some photos from our Thanksgiving weekend. We had an incredible meal at my Cousin Lisa & Eddie's house. The food was sooo good. I can honestly say it may be the best Thanksgiving meal ever, mainly because there were so many options (20+ people there). There were three different stuffings, three different sweet potatoes, creamed corn, turkey, mashed potato, two kinds of gravy, veggies, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, cookies, cranberry casserole, canned cranberries, bread, rolls, two kinds of every pie and vanilla bean ice-cream! Yummy! It was really amazing. I ate TWO plates. Oh man I was stuffed. Mike also ate two plates (bigger plates than me -- makes me feel better ;) and I think he was the first one finished x 2. LOL.
Hope everyone had a great week too. Happy December!
November 25, 2008
Enjoy the videos. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2008
Here are some photos from our Kipper family reunion this past 4th of July. It was my first big introduction to Mike's family (aside from the wedding, which to be honest was too much of a whirlwind for me to remember faces and names). It was such a great day. We are fortunate to have an amazing photographer in the family (Uncle Ross), who took all these photos. He also was the guy who saved the day at our wedding. He filmed the whole event, even though we didn't ask him too and when our videos were taped over (by dumbo me!), Ross sent his to us. I must have cried for a straight hour on our honeymoon when I realized I taped over my wedding videos. Yay for Ross!
My gorgeous sister-in-law Sierra and her family: Anthony, Sidney and A.J.
The cousins! (Portia had a near-drowning incident that day, hence the giant floaty swimsuit that Mom made her wear. ;)
My other beautiful sister-in-law Stephanie with her husband Mark and daughter Harlee. Since then, they have added baby Casey to the family in August. Can't wait to meet him!
The whole immediate family on Mike's side.
Mike catching a pass, then falling in the pool. See us in the water?
This is cute, because Mike used to be the catcher in high school and college. He loves when I play bball with him.
They have an awesome backyard. Great for parties.
Mike says he "dominated the game". LOL
Self explanatory. :)
Portia and her cousin A.J.
L to R Kipper family: Violetta and Tim (Mike's bro). Anthony, Patti (Mike's step-mom), Sierra (Mike's sis), Grandpa Tim (Mike's Dad), me, Stephanie (Mike's other sister), Mark and Mike.
November 12, 2008
Tuesday was good... I got a raise.
Wednesday sucked. I got laid off.
Yes... I got a raise on Tuesday and got laid off on Wednesday. Mixed signals don't ya think?
Anyway the sad, but slightly funny part of this all is that in 5 years I have been laid off TWICE. I am only 24! Hahaha grrr. The most pathetic part is that I cried my eyes out both times. The first time I did have an excuse to cry. That was also the day that my Grammy died. Today I guess I have a reason; I am 10 weeks pregnant and an emotional, hormonal mess.
Mike took me out to dinner to "celebrate" and slightly forced me to get some wine. Since I haven't had alcohol in so long, it didn't take much to lighten my mood. We laughed because we looked like the most unattached and boring family ever. I texted my parents throughout dinner, Mike played Sodoku on the back of Portia's menu and P slept through the whole meal! It was just one of those nights where we didn't need to talk anymore. I am lucky to have Mike by my side, that is for sure. I just can't express how much love I have for that man!
Anyway, I don't know if/when I am going to start looking for something else. Mike wants me to just enjoy being a Mom and being pregnant. I'm not sure yet, but right now that sounds pretty nice to me...
November 10, 2008
I must say that this new place is so clean, new and big! It feels like a Texas house (those of you from TX will understand this) and it feels like a place to raise kids. We have agreed not to move again unless it is job related (meaning the job pays for the move), because moving is a pain-in-the-arse. Poor Mike, practically killed himself trying to get the fridge out of the house. Whoever invented split levels is an ass. LOL
Here are a few new photos of P from our last week at the old house:
November 05, 2008
Here are a couple of pics from Halloween. We headed down to Coronado to trick-or-treat with the cousins. Portia had a blast! There are a couple pics of her dunking for an apple at some random old guy's house. She wasn't too thrilled about it, but I was proud of her for trying and for eating the whole apple! Yay Portia! We went as the Shrek family, but there aren't any photos of me as Princess Fiona. I told Mike that we are all dressing up and taking a picture as the Shrek family!
Two months later she passed away.
She left a 4 year old daughter and a 2 month old daughter, as well as her husband.
I just had to mention this, because it really reminded me to appreciate everything in life. I feel so lucky to be healthy and incredibly happy. I am so in love with my family, near and far. This episode made me so sad (yes, I may be extra hormonal, but this was incredibly sad).
Everyone stay healthy and please get your regular check-ups!
November 03, 2008
Well check it out... why is our baby so angry looking? Hahahaa
Ok, here is a better one from the new VW ad with Brooke Shields. Much cuter :)!
EDIT: Mike just informed me that the adorable little baby above only has my genes (see the littl e blue lever under MOM is all the way filled in. He asked me to make a baby with only his genes... well I may be biased, but his genes aren't nearly as cute as mine. See below, LOL.
This is all in good fun of course. We will love our little babe no matter what, even if it is born with three eyes :)
http://www.vw.com/vwhype/babymaker/en/us/ - Make your own kiddo!