December 5, 2015
Pudding and singing

In the morning, Elizabeth had skating. In the afternoon she went to the Nutcracker with Grandma. Apparently there were polar bears and it was awesome!

I made the Christmas pudding using pumpkin flour and zucchini (hope it turns out...). It's a wee bit after Stir Up Sunday but first chance I've had this year. Everyone duly stirred, even Amelia!

I made some extra carrot cake to take over to our new next door neighbours and Auntie Janice made some cookies. Janice, Matthew, Elizabeth and I knocked on the door intending to drop stuff off but we were surprised when an older Asian man came to the door instead of the British-accented, Indian-food cooking man and his imminently pregnant wife that had been described to me by others. It soon became clear that he not only didn't speak any English, but he also couldn't open the front door.

Many incomprehensible gestures were made through the door. So awkward. Finally he located a key, opened the door and stood there expectantly. I was already a bit embarrassed and ready to bail but Janice kept her head and whipped out the Google translation app. "Korean?" she asked, showing him a translated welcome to the neighbourhood message on her phone. He shook his head, but eventually she figured it out (Chinese!) Technology for the win!

Time to dash off for choir rehearsal at church with Amelia while I practiced my latin chanting and not lighting my hair on fire. Margaret, Janice, Brendan and the kids all followed later. I enjoyed the service very much, though I gather Matthew was not terribly well behaved... Amelia decided she needed Mommy towards the end of the service so I ended up processing out with nursing child.

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