After the baptism we all went to my Tia Ines' house for dinner. As you may know I come from some serious Latino blood, and that means a lot of things...nice skin color, dark hair, strong family ties, strong will, dancing, music and FOOD!
These are my Abuelita Hernandez's famous chicken enchiladas. She made this batch especially for me (no onions).
This is the ham. Not just any ham...but THE HAM.
I am not a ham kinda girl. I'm very particular about my pork and how it is prepared. This is the ONLY ham I like. I'm still not sure how they do it...brown sugar, pineapple, cloves...all I know is that it is DEILICOUS!
And this is the crew that agrees with me.
The best part of being together, besides the food, is just hanging out with each other and getting caught up on everything that is going on in our lives.
This picture is missing my youngest brother Ben. He was coaching his wrestling team, they had a tournament in Portland that day. We missed him.
I love when we gather for these special events. Now that we are all grown up and have separate lives in separate cities, it allows us to spend time together and nurture our relationships.
These pictures makes me laugh. It is Maya and Eden with my cousins Aby and Pochito, they are playing in my grandma's electric chair.
Aric and Pochito getting crazy right before bedtime.
Here is Tio Rico getting the giggles out of Eden.
And here are some cute pictures of Maxo.
There was a special presentation made by Uncle Al to Manuel.
Now that he will be passing the sacrament he needed to look the part...all smooth and clean shaven.
The next day we got to share a very special moment with Manuel.
It was time to say adios to Senor Mustache...
He was such a good sport...
Aric had to make sure those side burns looked just right.
Manuel took some time to mourn the loss of his first sign of manhood.
Tia Ines was THRILLED!
And the girls even approved of his new look.
Tia Ana and Uncle Al celebrating their mission accomplished.
I love my family and the time we get to spend together is truly precious. The efforts and sacrifices made to be together are completely and totally worth it.