In memory of

Kim Messner Lux. A classmate of Justin and Thais, a mother of 2 daughters, and has lived in Rio Linda her whole life. So many people came together today to celebrate her life.
So many friends were there, including Lucy Reed (black & white top):

The back room at the American Legion Hall was a bit less crowded.

Tim & Maria, daughter Leslie, Wendy

Many old friends I haven’t seen in quite a while.

Patsy & Bill Berry

Linda McCrackin, Val Sills, me, Tom McCrackin

Chinese New Year

This afternoon, Avery showed me how to make a Chinese lantern like the red one he’d made in school that day. He told me he was born in the Year of the Rabbit, and wrinkled up faced and kind of harumphed, “I wanted to be a dragon” 😦
He asked me what sign I was – a rat. The look on his face made me think he’d decided his sign could have been worse. From there, he wanted to to learn how to write the Chinese characters for all of his favorite signs, so we looked things up on the laptop, he wrote out the characters, and we practiced saying the words in Chinese (because the computer pronounced it first).

Helping out

96 cupcakes and a few sugar cookies today! 48 chocolate for the St Ignatius Super Bowl Party and 48 white/confetti for Carson’s birthday party tomorrow. Thais will frost them. And a few sugar cookies just because.