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.




Another Busy Day

I am happy to report that J is home!  It seems like he’s been gone forever.  The bad news is that he seems to have a nasty ear infection.  I hope that he can get in to see the doctor first thing this morning so he can get back to feeling good again.

Yesterday was another busy day.  It began with boys dragging their heels about getting dressed (nothing unusual) then Wildman reminding me that I had promised to let him ride his bike to school several minutes before I’d normally leave the house in the car.  It had totally slipped my mind!  In reality, I probably blocked it out because riding to school in extremely humid 85 degree weather is not my first choice of activities in the morning.

I honored my promise even though I had to scramble like mad to get all of the bikes, helmets, school supplies and bike lock ready.  We made it to Wildman’s class with a couple of minutes to spare.  Thank goodness we live so close to his school!  These photos are from our return trip in the afternoon when I actually remembered my camera.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I get Cutie Pie all to myself.  We try to do lots of fun things together.  After we dropped off Wildman and rode back home on Thursday, we jumped in the car to visit Yaya.  She’s still in the hospital but doing much better.  Her blood work shows that the blood thinners are working but are not quite up to the levels that will allow the doctor to send her home.  So, she’s pretty bored.  I try to stop by as many times as I can to break up her day.

We met up with some play group friends at Gleason Park after we left Yaya.  We had agreed to meet there earlier in the week to feed the turtles and let the children play on the playground.

Our plans did not call for huddling under the pier’s roof while tossing bread out to the animals, however.  A large-ish rain cloud had settled right over the park and let loose a downpour.

The kids didn’t seem to mind the rain but when the bread ran out there wasn’t much to do at the end of the dock in the rain…

We ended up going over to the children’s area of the local library then over to the library’s park.  It had not rained there at all so the children could enjoy the playground without getting wet.

We stayed with our friends for a couple of hours.  It was so nice to catch up with everyone and let the kids play.

When lunch time rolled around I took Cutie Pie out for pizza at a cute little restaurant around the corner.  He had a blast shaking the Parmesan cheese onto his slice.  We don’t usually eat out so it was a special treat to enjoy lunch at a restaurant for a change.

After lunch we ran by Publix for a few items, I whipped up two batches of eggplant parmesan (one for us and one for my friend, B), biked back to school to get Wildman, biked home, I caught up on some paperwork and planning on some parent organization stuff for the preschool, we went back out to the hospital to visit my mom then spent the late evening scrapbooking with my friend, B.

Whew!  I am still tired this morning…  TGIF!!!!