Family Goals: See Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Grown-Up Kids in Sweet Selfie

Kelly Ripa had three times as many reasons to be thankful over the holiday weekend, as all her kids with Mark Consuelos returned home for the weekend. See the adorable family pic.

By Kisha Forde Nov 29, 2021 4:49 PMTags
Watch: How Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Feel Having an "Empty Nest"

Kelly Ripa starred in All My Children for years, and this weekend, she relived it IRL.

The TV host shared a selfie of her three kids with husband of 25 years Mark ConsuelosMichael, 24, Lola, 20, and Joaquin, 18—to her Instagram Stories on Nov. 28. In the precious photo, Kelly added a turkey, a duck, a hen and baby chick emoji as her text. 

During an episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan back in September, the mom of three opened up about becoming an empty nester once her youngest went off to college this past fall.

When the kids were little, Kelly explained, she used to give her children a kiss goodnight, exit the room and then return saying, "One more! One more!" 

"They would squeal and scream, and it was always exciting." But, as the kids got older, that special ritual slowly faded away: "And then they got to be, like, 15, 16," she continued, "[and] they're like, 'It's weird!'"

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Stars Celebrate Thanksgiving 2021

Fast-forward to this fall, when Kelly and Mark's youngest left for school.

"We dropped him off at school, and we gave him a hug," she said. "It was actually brutally painful. Anyway, I gave him a hug, and I said, 'I did not realize that 18 years would go so fast.' And he didn't say anything. He was just giving me a hug. He turned to walk away, and I said, 'Wait, Joaquin, one more. And he kept walking."

Getting emotional, she continued, "I knew that…it was happening to him, too. The emotion."

Thank goodness for Thanksgiving break! For more sweet moments captured by the family of five, scroll on:

Empty Nest, No Problem

For the first September in at least 20 years that she didn't have a kid to see off to school, Kelly filled the void with a throwback from 2008.

Look Out, Behind You!

Looks like Michael's about to get the drop on his little sister in this pic their dad shared on Lola's 19th birthday in 2020.

Class of 2021

Joaquin is surrounded by love at his high school graduation.

Big Men on Campus

"Looks like @instasuelos just found out he won't be @joaquinconsuelos roommate in the fall," Kelly teased during a trip to Ann Arbor before Joaquin started at University of Michigan.

Kelly took a few days off in March 2022 to watch the Wolverines compete in the Division 1 Wrestling Championships in Detroit.

Still a freshman, Joaquin didn't wrestle this time, but still, Kelly said on Live upon her return, "It took years off my life watching these young men."

Generational Health

The whole family finally made it to Greece and Italy in June 2021 after the pandemic had other plans in 2020.

"Last year's graduation trip for our oldest son and niece was delayed long enough to become a graduation trip for the family newborns as well," Kelly shared.

Heavenly Holiday

This family pic from their Mediterranean getaway turned out so well, Kelly made it their 2021 holiday card.

A Sweet Memory

"Happy Easter from the year 2012 because Lola approved this photo," Kelly captioned this throwback, never missing a chance to tease her perpetually appalled teen on social media.

Beautiful Girls

Mark wished the "spectacular women" in his life a happy International Women's Day

Apples of Her Eye

"Happy Valentine's Day to the loves of my life!" Kelly wrote from the heart on Feb. 14, 2022.

Nice View if You Can Get It

Kelly celebrated the fruits of her labor on National Sons Day, Sept. 28, 2021.

Mommy & Son

Kelly and Mark's eldest child, son Michael Consuelos, 24 at the time, posted this sweet throwback photo of him and his mom on her 51st birthday in 2021, writing, "Happy Birthday, Mom!! I hope you have the greatest day ever. You're a badass and an inspiration to everyone. Also, when I call you a T. Rex, I mean it as a compliment. You should know that by now."

History Repeating

In August 2020, Kelly Ripa shared an epic recreation of an old family photo from 2003 on Instagram. With youngest son Joaquin on her lap and older kids Michael and Lola perfectly in place, we'd say they nailed it despite the fact that, as Kelly noted, "objects may appear larger."

Glad Grad

In May 2020, Kelly and Mark celebrated eldest son Michael's graduation—albeit a virtual one, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic—from New York University. Marking the occasion, Kelly wrote on Instagram, "And just like that you graduated college. MJC, the joy and pride you have brought our family is indescribable. I love you with all my heart."

All Grown Up

From kids to teenagers! "#tbt 2011 vs. 2019 Les murs sont devenus plus petits," Kelly shared in an Instagram post that showed just how much her kids have grown. 

School's Out

"The Graduate #2019," Kelly wrote on Instagram celebrating Lola's final days of high school. 

Star-Studded Walk

Kelly receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 was an all-hands-on-deck event.

Milestone Moments

Kelly matched her son's gown and the flowers at Joaquin's middle school graduation.

Selfie Time

When your family is this beautiful, you would likely be posing for selfies more often than not too. 

Joy to the World

Holidays always bring family together and this famous crew is no exception. 

Family Fun Day

Back in 2003, Kelly and husband Mark Consuelos celebrated the opening night for A Year With Frog and Toad at Maxine's in New York City.

Red Carpet Pros

Back in 2001, Mark and Kelly took their son to the ATLANTIS The Lost Empire premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. 

Snow Day

Whether they are traveling somewhere hot and tropical or cool and snowy, this family always knows how to have a good time. 

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