We have been doing lots of Saint Patrick’s Day activities at our house. You may remember that earlier this week we made a Leprechaun Pot of Gold. Well today I am going to share how we used that to have a fun treasure hunt in our back yard. (more…)
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Well…it’s Freebie Friday, and I actually didn’t make a freebie this week.
Life has been busy here, and I have been, well, uninspired! I do have a project in the works, but it is a bigger project, so it won’t be ready any time soon. So what I decided to do is share a few FREEBIES that other amazing bloggers have shared! And they all have a St. Patrick’s Day theme! Can you believe St. Patty’s is just a few weeks away!?
(I found the above FREE printable at Simple As That. I LOVE it!)
Some St. Patty’s Crafts:
The Younger is sick, so I haven’t been able to do much in the way of posting. I thought I’d pull out an old one from the archives to share for now
I’m trying to get a jump on the next holiday! The Oldest loves the idea of leprechauns and magic, so this is a great holiday for him. The Youngest, of course, just enjoys doing anything crafty, so she is easy to please.
I started out by cutting green hearts out of construction paper. I did it the easy way; fold paper in half, cut half a heart shape, then open. I let her use the glue stick again and the glitter, and I gave her the hearts one at a time so she wasn’t overwhelmed.
She really liked the different colored glitter (gold and some white left over from Christmas), and she spent a good deal of time putting glue on the paper, dumping the glitter on, then rubbing it to see what would happen. (more…)
We are as non-Irish as you can get, but judging by my wee lass’ commitment to St. Patty’s Day traditions, you’d think our family sprung straight out of a field of 4-leaf clovers. It must be the fact that one of Eliza’s best friends is wholly Irish that’s rubbed off. Whatever the case may be, she’s been abuzz with talk of leprechaun traps and wearing green to bed to ensure a windfall of good luck.
However, around these parts, leprechauns are about as reliable as the Tooth Fairy. I guess in reality it does take a lot of magic to pull off these escapades, because Rob and I fail in our imaginary roles on a regular basis. As Rob is first to rise in the morning, the night before I had carefully instructed him that he was to place gold coins under each child’s pillow and then place the remainder under the trap in our backyard.
This morning our green-clad girl stomped into our room near tears. “There’s nothing under my pillow!!” she wailed. I shot Rob a look that clearly indicated our luck was about to run out and called a Code Green. As he scrambled to right our wrongs, I distracted the kids. Magically, Rob was able to trick them with the same bait & switch techniques we employ with forgotten tooth money. Coins were mysteriously tucked INSIDE pillows, and the trap was laden with loot. And just like that, our mornin’ went from the bottom to the top.
About to open the trap! Can you feel the excitement??? (more…)
Another year missing my little redhead on St. Patrick’s day.
“Look, Mom! I found a four leaf clover?”
“Yeah. Well, it only has three leaves, but I’m pretty sure the leprechaun took the fourth one… It’s still lucky, right?”
There were also two Cheetos under this trap last night, but they are gone today, so….
Today was especially awesome because at school we had a HALF DAY. That means that I spent most of the morning with my Hispanic students working on a variety of Irish-themed worksheets until the sweet sound of the noon dismissal bell.
The half day was made even better by the fact that it was unseasonably warm and sunny in Illinois today. A half day off of school that is warm and sunny is just about as good as it gets.
Until I had lunch with a good friend and we shared multiple cups of coffee and a few laughs.
And then the day got even better.
I came home to the smell of corned beef and cabbage (courtesy of my husband who has become quite the little chef during his domestic stint).
And the day got even better. (more…)
Some time this year, I found out that my great grandmother was Irish, 100%. How I didn’t know about this earlier is devastating because I could have been really celebrating the day of the Irish all along. Legitimately. Eh, oh well. No skin of my back. I’ll start celebrating today. Sans beer. Ok, maybe just 1 beer and I have food coloring so you better believe it will be green beer! No worries, this will happen after the kids go to bed.
Since the kids are like 1/32 Irish, I got them shirts. I normally wouldn’t have but how can I deny them their heritage? Right? We even have a green tricycle to boot!
March has always been a fun month for my family. There’s a lot of Irish heritage on my mother’s side, and she has red hair, so she’s always been proud of it. The green takes over the house in March.
My oldest brother has auburn hair, and when he was in 6th grade he was on the short side. He decided that year that he wanted to dress up as a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s day and take a pot of Werther’s original candies to school. Mom thought it was a great idea. He apparently told some kids during his lunch period they could have his “gold” if they caught him. Pictures of him being chased outside the school made it into the yearbook.
That was one of the things that has made me (more…)