Saturday, March 24, 2012

St Patty's Day

Growing up, our one St Patrick's Day tradition was having corned beef and boiled cabbage. Sorry Mom, but I'm NOT a fan! I've been trying different ideas I've found, seeing if some feel right for our traditions, and I think I've found a few. I've heard several places where leprechauns come at night and make a mess, but I think, what's the point? It's just more work to clean it up. Besides, our boys probably wouldn't even notice!

Well, a leprechaun did visit our house. He peed (green) in the boys' toilet and left little green footprints on the seat! The boys really got a kick out of it. I wanted to take a picture of it, but Dallin cleaned it up first thing Sunday morning. The leprechaun also left a little treasure hunt leading to their own little pots of gold (Hershey's nuggets).

Last year, Dallin's preschool had a float in the local St Patrick's Day parade, so he rode on it while I passed out candy. We had a lot of fun, and the other boys enjoyed watching it, so we decided to go again this year.

We purposely picked a spot at the end of the parade route. Only a few of the floats still have candy to give out, so we could actually enjoy it more. One group started taking the balloons off the float and tossing them to the kids. Our boys didn't get one, but a boy, about 8 years old, standing next to us did. When he saw Andrew come crying to me, he came up and gave his balloon to Andrew. It was really sweet.

After the parade, we stopped by Burger King to get our free fries. The boys got a kick out of the green ketchup. Caden said it was green because some leprechaun's got in it and had an accident. Boys! Andrew still believes it and I can't convince him otherwise! Then we came home and made our fruit rainbows. This year we did them on kabobs.

We decided to make a trap for the leprechaun. I had made the cake the night before and covered it with "grass". Dallin was especially excited about it. He wanted to make sure we covered the hole with the "gold". Seeing as it was my first attempt at piping frosting, I think it turned out pretty cute!

We went to Steve's family's for dinner, and the boys were excited to check it when we got home. Nothing. But the next morning, they found the leprechaun had eaten his way out and turned the cake into a rainbow!

It was a fun day. Now time to start thinking about April Fools Day...

1 comment:

Anna said...

It looks like your family had a great time....Brent says he remembers that Smith tradition...he disliked it just as much as you did.

...sad face...