Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This week began with Wildman asking J if he could build a leprechaun trap.  After much thinking and a quick trip to the party store for supplies, we came up with this box contraption.  The Guinness and dollar coin were the bait…  We set it up on our back porch last night to see if it would work.

This morning the boys awoke to see that the trap had indeed been sprung!  But the leprechaun still managed to escape…  He left behind two hats and a bunch of golden coins though!!!  The boys were thrilled.

Cutie Pie and I went over to Meg O’Malley’s to meet our Thursday Morning Playgroup.  St. Patrick’s Day is the ultimate for Meg’s!!!   They host a huge weekend-long party that spills out of the restaurant and bar and into the lot out back!.  There are Irish bands, Irish dancers, rivers of beer, corned beef and cabbage, hot dogs, crazy people in green costumes…  It’s a lot of fun!

All seven moms and their children managed to score a big, round table!  That was no small feat given the crowd in attendance.  It great catching up with some people we hadn’t seen in a while.  As a special bonus, the weather was perfectly warm and sunny unlike last year.

Cutie Pie and I had to leave Meg’s around 12:30 in order to get to Wildman’s school by snack time.  Our kindergarten room mom is out of town and asked me to help out with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.  I suggested bringing in the old favorite– “magic leprechaun powder” (lime jello) to turn applesauce green!  Mrs. Lacy had never heard of this snack and readily agreed.

I dropped off the snack supplies yesterday morning while the children were on the playground.  Mrs. Lacy staged them this morning so that it looked like a leprechaun had left it for the children.  So cute!!!

Wildman and most of his classmates loved this treat!!!  Of course, there were a couple of applesauce haters in the crowd but there were sugar cookies and chocolate gold coins for them 🙂

After snack, the children got up to dance a little Irish jig for me and Cutie Pie.  It was adorable!

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day has been just as festive!

May you be in Heaven a full half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.




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!