Meg O’Malley’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

We have an awesome Irish pub and restaurant in our area called Meg O’Malley’s.  As you would expect, St. Patrick’s Day is their specialty.  They’ve been putting on a party in downtown Melbourne since last Friday.  Most of the festivities have been geared toward the adult set with rivers of flowing green beer and limitless pints of Guiness.  On Wednesday, however, the all day St. Patty’s party was very kid-friendly in the daylight hours.

Several preschool moms decided to go to the festivities after school and invited us along.  I called my friend B to see if she and Moose would like to join us.  They happily agreed and rode over to the party with us.

There was an Irish band and cute Irish dancers.  My boys surprised me by loving the Irish dancing show.  They didn’t want to leave!

When we first arrived, however, most of the children didn’t know what to make of it.  They thought playing in the shrubs was more entertaining.  Wildman found an old hair clip buried in the leaves.  Awesome.  Needless to say, I had to bust out the hand sanitizer more than once.

Before the Irish dancers went on stage, the children were allowed to climb up there and dance.  It took Wildman a while but he finally decided to boogie…

The crowd was huge for noon on a Wednesday.  I suspect that many, many of them were playing hookie from work/college/school…

There were many colorful characters to be seen like this guy in the puffy shirt and kilt with Lambchop

He had a knife stuck into the top of his boot/knee sock.

There was plenty of green beer and Guiness to be had but I refrained.  Cutie Pie and Wildman shared a Sprite.  I consider that green beer for kids 🙂

We had a great time at the St. Patrick’s Day festival yesterday.  Can’t wait to do it again next year!


Peanuts for the Squirrels

Cutie Pie and I went to the park with Cousin B on Tuesday morning to feed the squirrels.  This particular park is practically infested with squirrels.  They are everywhere.  Probably because people like us come around with peanuts for them.

The boys thought they were hot stuff with their individual baggies of squirrel chow.

We set out to find some furry friends but were quickly distracted by the play structure…

Once the boys got some climbing out of their systems, we set a few peanuts out on the picnic tables then stood back to patiently wait for some action.  It didn’t take long.

The boys were so excited.

A few blue jays swooped down to steal some of our peanuts as well.  Who knew they liked them too?

The children loved watching the animals scurry after their treats but perhaps the most fun was the act of throwing the peanuts.