Thursday, August 20, 2009

Welcome Abram Jonathan!

Abram Jonathan Brawley was born on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 12:59am. He is healthy and happy and cute! He was 8lbs 1 oz and 20 3/4 inches long. I was so stoked to not have to be induced and we are all recovering nicely. Stay tuned for more pictures. . .

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bubble Bubble!!

Oh. My. Word.
Jon and I are so thrilled!!
We figured out how to make our favorite treat right at home:
The Japanese school-girl obsession that is Bubble Tea (to quote my friend Steve).
There is an Asian Supermarket right down the street from our house, so after doing a bit of online research we figured out our list and headed down to "Fubon". When we walked in it reeked of fish--I think our kids thought they had just stepped into a foreign country!
We quickly found what we needed: the tapioca "pearls" (called Boba--this is what makes it Bubble Tea), the flavoring we wanted (Mango!), and of course, big fat straws to drink it with.

We got home, I made some sweet iced tea, mixed in some half & half (it has to be milk tea for me to drink it),

cooked up some delicious Boba (10 minutes boiling time, 10 minutes to steep with the lid on),

stirred in a little mango flavoring and voila! (oops, can I use French to describe this Asian delight??) it was ready. For the price of 3 bubble teas at a tea shop, we can enjoy about 50.
Now the only drawback is all the calories involved...
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Friday, August 07, 2009

Pizza, Disc Golf, & Friends

I grew up going to the same church in Redlands, California, where I also met Aimee and Jeff Walnofer. They still live in Yucaipa (right outside Redlands) and every summer Aimee plans a surprise vacation for her family (Jeff and two kids: Tobias and Delaney). This year they returned to Oregon and we got to see them for Flying Pie Pizza, disc golf (where Jeff got a hole-in-one and has the pictures to prove it), and some good catching-up time for me and Aimee. We had a great time!!

Ava and Delaney share a love of drawing
They kind of look like they could be sisters!
Jeff & Aimee

The four of us (well, 5 if you count that big belly)
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Monday, August 03, 2009

More Teeth (or lack there of)

Ava has lost three of her teeth in only a few weeks! These last two were just within a couple days of each other...I guess one couldn't live without the other.