Tuesday, April 3, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

We don't really have any solid St. Patrick's Day traditions - it seems like St. Patrick's Day sneaks up on me every year, so our activities surrounding the holiday are kind of haphazard and inconsistent.  At least we remembered to wear green!  (But we forgot to take a picture of all of us in our green.)

The kids wanted to make party favors for Grandma's birthday party (which we held on her birthday, March 14th), so I offered them a couple of choices that had to do with St. Patrick's Day in hopes we could make extras and do something fun with them after the party.  They chose to make these:

We started with mini terra cotta flower pots, painted them black, super glued rainbow pipe cleaners inside of them, and then filled them with Rolos.  It was a fun project, except for the super glue step.  I had a purple pipe cleaner stuck to my right index finger for like 20 minutes one evening.

After Grandma's party, Will decided he wanted to give one to his friend Natalie (Hallie and Natalie's little sister, Caroline, are in the same class at school and have become friends; luckily for me and their mom, Erin, Will and Natalie get along wonderfully and seem to really enjoy playing together).  After our Valentine's Day drop offs, Will's been really into door bell ditching, so we door bell ditched Natalie's pot of gold on her doorstep the afternoon before St. Patrick's Day.

The other remaining pots of gold went to Logan, Miss Holly, Miss Andrea, and Miss Andrea's daughter, McKenna.  Hallie loves her teachers, and wants to give them pretty much everything we ever make at home.  One afternoon she picked a bunch of weeds (they looked like flowers to her but were in fact weeds) and then made me keep them alive overnight so she could take bouquets to Holly and Andrea the following morning.

On St. Patrick's Day I tried a new recipe - key lime cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  They were amazing!  Or at least everyone but Will thought so.

Happy belated St. Patrick's Day from Erin Leigh!

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