Pinterest, Chail Lattes, Family Reunions and Father’s Day

Yikes, its been forever since I’ve blogged!! Sheesh! Hopefully you follow me over at Evy’s Tree as I’ve been a busy blogger over that way, but my poor family blog has been ignored. I really hate that!
Anyway, since my title insinuates that I have GOBS to talk about I better dive right into it. First, are you into Pinterest? Good grief, I should never have gotten started. I know this whole organizing your ideas on a board concept has been around a long time, but it’s something I’ve been trying to avoid as I know if I get into it I will be propelled to do a bunch of things I have no time or money to do. Not good. Take for example my Home Board {click on the board to see all the pictures}
Oh wow, every time I look at this board I get this horrible overwhelming desire to remodel my house. I get the same feeling when I receive my Veranda magazine. In fact, this month the Veranda magazine and Pottery Barn catalogue came on the same day. So not cool. ugh. 
Sooo…instead of focusing on decorating, I think I’ll tell you about one of my favorite treats ever: Chai Lattes. Just a couple hours ago, my friend friend Heather from Angel Face Designs sent me an email asking if it was raining here. She lives about 45 mins from me and I got so excited when I read it as I knew the rain was most definitely coming my way! YAY! I LOVE the rain and getting rain here in the Central Valley during the summer is very, very rare. Its almost always miserably hot here during the summer, which, if you know me, I hate. And since the both the kids were napping, I put my sweats on, went outside and clipped some roses since they would get ruined from the rain, and then began to make myself a homemade chai.
If you are like me, I adore chai lattes. But seriously, who can afford $2.95 every day {if you can please don’t brag, ha}? So, a couple years ago I did a little research and found a way to make them myself. I have one every morning {4 points for you Weight Watchers people} and sometimes in the afternoon if I’m feeling up to it. Here’s what you need:
Milk {we use organic, fat free}, Tazo Chai Tea Concentrate {I buy organic when I can}, a mason jar, a mug and an aerolatte.
Pour your milk in your mason jar. I know exactly how much I need for my fave California mug, which is just below the neck of the jar. Pop in the microwave. I do 2 mins and 15 seconds.
Pour the Tazo chai in your mug. I fill mine somewhere between 2/3 and 1/2 full. Microwave for 1 min and 30 seconds.

Using a big spoon skim off the curdles from the top of the milk.

Then using your aerolatte, froth the milk.

Spoon the milk into the mug ….

and wahlah! Your own homemade chai. Trust me when I say it is YUMMO!

So while I’m sipping on the chai, enjoying the rain {and now watching Nemo since Evy woke up, ha}, I thought I’d fill you in on a couple things I’ve neglected to blog about. Like the Miraflor family reunion we attended a couple weeks ago.
Before you check out the pictures, a little history here. Brandon’s dad is 1/2 Filipino. His Grandpa, Bing was one of four Miraflor boys who was raised in Hawaii. Eventually Bing and his brothers all had children of their own and then migrated to California. Grandpa Bing had 8 children and his brother Moses had 6. Grandpa Bing passed away from cancer while Brandon’s mom was pregnant with Brandon. Unfortunately, Brandon never met his Grandpa Bing. Grandpa Bing’s brother, Uncle Moses, stepped in and became a surrogate Father/Grandpa to Grandpa Bing’s family. Brandon remembers spending a lot of time at Uncle Moses’s house. Well, this family reunion was for Uncle Moses’s children and grandchildren, but of course, the cousins {Brandon’s family} was invited. 
Brandon was soooo excited to go. The reunion was held at Dillion Beach, outside of Bodega Bay, and it was actually a memorial for Uncle Moses’s youngest daughter, Heidi, who died recently. Brandon hadn’t seen some of these people for over 20 years. He was thrilled beyond words to see them again. You will have to excuse our apperance. It was horribly windy and very, very cold there. Also, everyone was camping, so take that into consideration. We decided to just spend the night with my parents, since they aren’t far from there. :)

The three Moses Miraflor boys: Ronnie, Glen and Timmy

The Moses Miraflor children present at the reunion, the boys above and Ellen.

Brandon’s Uncle Abel, his dad’s brother.

Brandon and his Auntie Ellen

Brandon with Glen and his wife Debbie.

On our way home from the beach {a 3 hour drive from our house} we stopped at my parents to get the kids bathed and in their PJ’s. Here is the sunset we caught while there- the most beautiful I think I have seen in a long time. Isn’t it gorgeous?!?
And….lastly, did you see my post about our Father’s Day gift over on the Evy’s Tree blog? If not, click HERE. Well, it was a big hit. The kids were so excited to wake Brandon up SUPER early on Father’s Day to give it to him. I asked Brandon if I could share the pictures with you, but he says he looks WAY too out of it in the pictures {as it was perhaps earlier than 6 AM, ha}, but trust me when I say he LOVED the hoodie. Hopefully I can get a good picture of him in the hoodie soon. We didn’t take any other pictures for the rest of the day, but we had a great time with Brandon and his dad and family, ate at Chipotle after church and just got to spend some great time together. Loved that. :) So thankful for a wonderful husband who is an amazing dad to our kids.
Hope you all are doing fab. Big hugs to you all!!
xoxo

4 thoughts on “Pinterest, Chail Lattes, Family Reunions and Father’s Day

  1. 1
    Jenni says:

    ok, so is it bad that i am jealous over you and heather living just 45 minutes away from each other?! i wish, you girls both rock my socks!

    that latte looks divine, if you drink that sort of thing…but i don't! i will pass it along to friends that do!

    no camping for you at the reunion? good thing or you woulda missed that incredible sunset! wowzers!

    and rain!? what is that? praying for monsoon season to start soon! love those dust storms that bring a little bit of rain our way! just, oh you know, 115 today!

  2. 2
    Mandy says:

    oh how I MISS chai lattes!! I often daydream about them. :) Looks like you all had fun! xo

  3. 3
    anisa says:

    The Moses Miraflor children ;D

  4. 4
    Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: says:

    FUN post!! That latte sounds delicious, and I am sooooo addited to Pinterest! What a great reuinon, and gorgeous sunset!

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