We've just returned from celebrating Chinese New Year with my family in Calgary. It started with excitement:
Followed by opening of ang pao:
Then there was the feasting!
My mom made Peking duck. Part of the meal involves wrapping the meat and vegetables (carrot and cucumber) in a paper thin pancake with hoisin sauce.
It's very tasty! However, we had to be careful as Erin became Little Miss Manners, and made sure our elbows stayed off the table.
After the meal, everyone looked a bit solemn with heads bowed, but they were really just engrossed in solving some 3-D puzzles that Roger bought.
Hans and Dianne, consider yourselves forewarned--I'm pretty sure Roger will be bringing these puzzles out for you guys to solve when we come and visit!
After the puzzles, things got markedly smellier when my dad brought out the durian which only he and Roger partook in.
The stench was enough to send people home!
Some of you may have noticed that Brendan has become much better at smiling in photos!
All I can say is he learned from the best!