Category Archives: Family

Family-related anecdotes, visits, events, or topics.

Wrapping up the Christmas week with a day in New York

We’ve all been (mostly) off from work and school this week, and it has been pretty relaxing. Sure, Nums had some work to catch up on and I had all these online classes to take at the last minute to … Continue reading

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My new toys for terrorizing my flesh & blood children – Nerf Rival

In the past few months, the kids and I have been playing this Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. -themed role-playing game. I conducted a short scavenger hunt with the kids in August and it went over well. I even created a ‘Mad Scavenger’ … Continue reading

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A photo shoot in Central Park after Thanksgiving

For our Christmas / holiday cards, we have tried Sears and JC Penney with middling success. Often the photos need a lot of editing and cleaning up in Photoshop (by me) to make them decent. Last year, we were so … Continue reading

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The Ipes kept Thanksgiving simple this year and we were cool with that

Thanksgiving weekend was shaping up to be a bit busy, but Thanksgiving day itself was turning into a low-key day. We hosted for ourselves and my wife’s parents this year. Simple was good, because Nums and I were working pretty … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from the Ipes!

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Our daughter Lily tested and achieved her 1st Dan black belt in Tae Kenpo last Sunday

Since reaching senior brown belt last year, both Joshua and Lily had been practicing for about a year on making it to black belt. Last June, with lots of practice in his regular forms, self-defense forms, and jo weapons forms, … Continue reading

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The Ipes have assembled Lego Volton and we are ready to defend the universe

It took us a little longer to get it done than I expected, but I’m happy to announce that we assembled Voltron! Seriously it took us two months on and off to finish building each of the five lions, with … Continue reading

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My cousin Tessin’s wedding

My 2nd cousin Tessin got married in mid-September. We had to run the usual errands that Saturday morning, including getting haircuts for the kids. We got it all done, but left later than planned. We got to the church in … Continue reading

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“Form feet and legs! Form arms and torso! And I’ll form the head!”

The kids started assembling the Voltron Lions this week. I thought I’d be working alongside them but I’ve unfortunately been extremely busy with work. They’re doing a pretty good job on their own. Red and Green lions are done, and … Continue reading

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Our next project – Lego Voltron

Our next fun project – a Lego Voltron. There are 2,321 pieces, people!

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