Making friends with the people in the pew behind us.Carson loves it when you blow raspberries on his neck.The Del Castillo row.TK and Kindergarten classes:Second grade:Avery was also part of the Nativity scene:The closing number was a rousing rendition of Go Tell it on the Mountain.
Cousin Lauren came over to make snow globes. She was really good with the hot glue gun.Avery found a small stegosaurus for his snow globe but then went back to more important things. Note the Play Dough dinosaur foot nearby.This was also delivery day for a Christmas dress I made for Sophia.Layers of nylon chiffon, netting and tulle for the skirt – a new sewing experience for me.Carson is really good at crawling now.
Tonight was the Christmas Hay Ride parade in Rio Linda. Everyone seemed to really enjoy this event, so I’m sure it will become an annual event. There were more than 60 floats.I rode on the Rio Linda Elverta Historical Society float so my perspective was a bit different. The brightly-lit Archway:I think John Todd (former 4th-grade student of mine) was the MC near the judge’s stand:The parade started at Westside School and ended at Depot Park, but the tractor and trailer went back to Dry Creek Ranch House for storage. The ranch house with its Christmas lights:
Ade had to drop off some things at her daughter’s house in the Bay Area and asked me to go along. This was a great way to make the drive go faster and we got to cover so many topics of conversation. On the way back, we stopped for lunch at Amici’s in Vacaville – delicious New York-style pizza.Please notice, I’m not using a cane. Hurray, I’m getting better!
Last night Phyl and I were supposed to spend the night at the cabin of some friends in Old Greenwood, but the weather was going to be very cold with icy roads. Instead I spent the night at Phyl’s and made the dinner I was going to make at OG – the same dinner as Thanksgiving.After dinner, Phyl and I tackled a new project: Chocolate Covered Cherries. The recipe came from Merrilyn. Step 1 – make sure the cherries were dry.Wrap in fondantand chill overnight.This morning, we dipped them in chocolate.Now they will sit for a couple of weeks to let the fondant turn into a liquid.
I ordered my drink at the drive-through. I had a personal cup, so I gave it to the young man (Corey) who handed it to the barista. Corey stayed busy tending to tasks at his station, then he saw me holding my card for him to take. “Oh, I guess I should let you pay for your drink.”
Me, “You don’t have to if you don’t want to. I’d love to have a free drink.”
The first thing I did when I arrived was to tell Phyl she was going to kill me for choosing Thursday at Merrilyn’s instead of going for an x-ray of my left hip. This gathering was just too important to me, I’ll go tomorrow morning. She rolled her eyes and gave me the finger wag! Delicious appetizers: Apple Gruyere Tarts, Sausage Crescent Rolls, Chicken Wings!Merrilyn’s Banana Bread for dessert:Always so fun much fun! Dave and Phyl loaned me a cane – what a difference it has made in my ability to get around.