Friday, March 26, 2010

Of Leprechaun Gold and Burlap Bags

St. Patrick's Day was quite enjoyable this year. I have been making a better effort this past year to do a bit more for some of the holidays I don't normally celebrate much. I don't know if it is the long winters here where I am looking for any excuse to party, or if I just want the kids to have some fun memories...either way, it was fun, and we like to have fun!

Anyway, the kids woke up to a trail of gold leprechaun dust going from their bedroom to the kitchen table, where there awaited a crock full of chocolate gold coins and a baggie of green drink. (Pistachio pudding mix--just add a teaspoon or two to a glass of milk--it's really quite delicious!) Arden had to draw a picture of a rainbow which he taped to the table and put the pot on. Cute.

To end the day, we enjoyed a wonderful party at Kayla's house (sorry, I forgot the camera, so no pics.). She had made a delicious Irish stew and soda bread, and we had green drinks, and lots of yummy green deserts. The kids had a leprechaun hunt and found more gold coins, and played a rousing round of hot potato. The adults played the candybar game with lots of green packaged treats, and we all enjoyed a game involving throwing miniature burlap sacks across a line with miniature pitchforks (kitchen forks). Apparently, that used to be a popular game in Ireland (not using the miniatures, of course.) It was a lovely day, and one of the most fun St. Patty's Days I can remember. Thanks, Kayla and Ben!

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