Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Birthday, Caroline!

One of my favorite people in the world turned 30 today. My younger sister, my closest friend, our children's Godmother, our daughter's namesake, my reminder of all things good in the world. Happy Birthday, sweet Caroline!

Several pictures from the past few years....in no particular order. If you have 30 minutes, scroll through them. Either way, join me in wishing Caroline a Happy 30th!

Starting with my absolute favorite. With Jack just after we moved to Colorado.

Ranger game.

At my parents' house before we moved. She's holding a frame Carter made for her.

Another favorite.....at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. I love to see her laugh.

On top of Cheyenne Mountain.

With Jack at Six Flags Over Texas.

Carter giving her a teacher plaque. He thinks she must be the coolest teacher ever.

On the drive of all drives.....through the Rocky Mountain National Park. Unforgettable for many reasons.

At our neighborhood pool.

In town meeting her namesake, Lainey Caroline for the first time. Jack being Jack.

My two Carolines. Look at that monkey hair.

On a roller coaster at Elitch Gardens.

Blake and Caroline on one of those crazy rides.

And, after.

Fright Fest!

Dance machine with Carter.

With her precious boyfriend, Ryan.

First Christmas in Castle Rock.

On Carter's surprise birthday trip to Colorado Springs.

Sugar from Jack last Christmas.

Holiday in the Park with Ceason, too!

The gumdrop incident. Jack ate many, many drops and then walked over to the Christmas tree box and threw all of them up. Classic.

Skiing with Carter and Blake.

During one of our many attempts to annoy Carter with matching clothes....so fun....at Caroline's house.

On one of our haunted hotel trips.....The Stanley in Estes Park.....where The Shining was written.
Another haunted travel trip to The Skirvin in Oklahoma City. Yes, we're weird. We travel throughout the United States seeking out historical and haunted hotels. And, ghost tours. And, we bring Carter with us. No worries. I'm saving for his therapy already. For now, he loves it as much as we do!

At The Skirvin, annoying Carter.

Oklahoma City Memorial.

St. Patrick's Day Festival in Bricktown.

Going on our own ghost hunt at a bed and breakfast in Guthrie, OK.

At another b&b.

This one is a treasure......Carter could not love her more.


The b&b in Guthrie. Haunted as well.

Christmas 2007.

Carter proposing to Caroline.

Opening presents.

With punkin Jack.

Duck race here in town.

A third favorite.....dancing with Carter on the 4th of July.

Fun in Caroline's lovely backyard. She's inspired us to look into an older home. So different from what we have now.

With Ryan at Lainey's baptism.

And, another favorite.

Can't wait to see you, Caroline. Just a few weeks away! Love you!


Coco said...

Could your kids adore her anymore! My goodness, the way they look at her is priceless.

Happy Birthday, Caroline!!! I can't wait to meet you.

Dee Stephens said...

That is great! I always wished I had a sister!
Your kids do adore her...that will be a forever thing. How very cool!

The Soladay Family said...

Sisters are THE BEST. Happy BD to yours!

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday Caroline! You are one heck of a sister/aunt. Love all the pictures!!

If the shoe FITZ said...

YEA! Happy Birthday Caroline!
Welcome to the 30s!

Carter has changed so much since you moved...it was practically a baby then...and now a young man!

Blake said...

Happy Birthday Caroline. You are a truly a wonderful person. I adore you as much as my kids do.

love you.

merrilee said...

Happy Birthday, Caroline! There is nothing like sisters.

Monica said...

Happy Birthday to your sister! I just turned 30 in Feb, so I can relate!

Anniebanannie said...

Awwww...what a great sis and a nice tribute to her on her day! Happy b-day to your sis!

aunt caroline said...

Casey, I love this! I'm so grateful to have you, Blake, and the little ones.

I overheard a lady at church introduce her visiting sister to another church member. The member then said said, "Oh, so you're the cool aunt who takes the kids on awesome trips." I smiled knowing that Carter and I are just around the corner!!!

The Rand's said...

Happy Birthday, Caroline! Those kids are lucky to have such a cool aunt!
Have fun celebrating!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Sweet. She looks like Mandy Moore in certain shots. So evident how much you love her!!!!!

The Jones Family said...

Happy Birthday Caroline! WE love you!

michelle matthews said...

Awe! What a wonderful post! Look at all those sweet pics! Happy Birthday Caroline! She is one amazing aunt and sister!
A friend of mine from HS and college works for the Skirvin in OKC. :)

The Lenzers said...

what a great sister and aunt!