Monday, February 11, 2008

Fun-filled weekend

This weekend was the 2nd annual AISC Charity Fair combined with the "winter" Welcome Back Picnic. It seemed to be better attended than last year and a lot more organized. I imagine each year will get better.

Saturday evening, our neighbors celebrated Chinese New Year with an 11-course Chinese meal cooked entirely by the hostess. As you can imagine, we didn't see much of her as she whizzed in and out of the kitchen. The table was full with a dozen invited guests and much talk and laughter ensued. It was a good group of people and the food wasn't too shabby either. The shrimp toast rocked, the fish was amazing, the prawns cooked to perfection, the beef and chicken were delicious... yeah, the menu didn't skimp on anything. Which reminds me, a thank you note is in order.

Sunday we didn't make it to church. Some of the brilliant people of Chennai decided a marathon should run on Sunday morning down Cathedral Road, you know, right in front of the biggest Catholic church in the city. It's the same people who plan tourist bus stops at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning at the Basilica and let black-socked-open-toe-sandaled people wander through the building snapping photos during Mass. But we did get our dose of church at our first "official" Catechism class where Rebecca and Nicholas learned with our host's son and I took her daugher with Katherine and Jonathon to play a Catechism board game. We had a good time and now I know what to focus on with the kids. Jonathon is going to do a weekly bit on the 10 Commandments and the girls will get involved with the Rosary. Wish me luck, this is hard.

Now this week the kids have IOWA testing all week. Whee.

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