First, happy news - today was my long-ago scheduled day to help out at my daughter's first grade class Valentine's Day party. I was in charge of games. Here is the "stack'em up" game. This impressive winning tower was stacked by my daughter's class BFF, a right-handed girl who broke her finger and created this tower of 12 conversation hearts with her left hand, to which all the boys in the group said, "WOW! With a broken hand!!!" Valentine's Day at an elementary school is so much more festive and zany than at my middle school. (See the girl in background who's trying to create a base for her tower? At least 2 other kids tried this approach. Good idea; just didn't work in reality. Hearts not stable or level enough.)
Then, sad news - my father-in-law passed away 2 days ago after struggling the past 3 months against cancer and assorted complications.