Before lunch, we met up with other families from our travel group:
Then, we had lunch (Chinese food, of course!) and the entertainment started. The lion dance and dragon dance are everyone's favorite. Sophie stood on my lap and watched intently, clapping and smiling the whole time. She really got into it this year!
We also did some shopping there, picking up a nice silver fortune cookie (about three inches across) that opens to put little notes in, some nice note cards with Chinese characters on them, a book for Sophie and a bracelet for EJ. We won a prize in the raffle again this year - an 8-pack of tickets to Davis Farmland, which has a nice farm and water play park, as well as a giant corn maze in late summer and fall. So, with 8 tickets, we'll be able to visit twice and do it all! We also won an item in the silent auction - it's a beautiful book published by the CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs) about their International Adoption program.
Our friends Jose and Brian of San Francisco (formerly of NH), visited over the holidays: