Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tricky Little Leprechauns

There's just something about having little ones that makes holidays just brim over with excitement. I love getting things set up and all ready the night before, and am just GiDdY with the thought of how their faces will look when they wake up in the morning and see all that the day will have in store for them! I love to watch their eyes get big as they slowly turn their head from side to side, trying to take in every ounce of the world I've created around them, and then...the smile.

The smile that says what no words in my language could say. The smile that leaves them speechless, as if saying the words they're thinking would break the spell of the magic that surrounds them. The smile that makes every moment of the previous late night of preperation worth it.

And then comes the laughter.
The laughter that starts in their heart and comes from deep within their chest. The laughter that is contagious as it fills every corner of the room. The laughter that is priceless because it comes from the mouth of a child.
Your child.

And that is why I do this. Decorate, craft, use that dusty old right-side of the brain, and go hog-wild crazy for holidays. For those moments. And I believe moments make memories.

Looking for some ideas to create some memories with your about some of these fun St. Patrick's ones!

Last year we woke up to find our kitchen had been turned topsy turvy by those tricky little leprechauns! How do we know it was them you ask?

I think their little green footprints they left across the kitchen floor gave them away! (Just washable green fingerpaint-mine was the Crayola brand. Just curl your hand up into a fist for the foot part and use your fingerprint to make the toes!)

A whole trail of them as a matter of fact that led to...

...the refrigerator!

"What did he do?! What did he do in the fridge?!" Tyler was screaming. We opened it up to find that the leprechaun had turned our milk green! They thought that was so awesome-especially Tyler since his favorite color is green-and thoroughly enjoyed drinking it and having it in their cereal that morning for breakfast!

When Tyler went into the bathroom to get dressed he screamed to me, "MOM! There is green pee in our toilet!" What?! That tricky leprechaun went potty in our toilet and we thought it was very rude that he didn't flush away his business!

We were so excited when we saw this green footprint on the fireplace since our trap is sitting up there and hoped that we had caught the tricky little man that had wreaked havoc all over our house!

Awww! It looks like we almost caught him!! Better luck this year!

That afternoon a couple moms got together and put together a little St. Patricks day party. We had a yummy green lunch and then did some fun activities. We started out by painting some Blarney stones! These weird squinty eye people are me and my kiddos...we may or may not have the ability to be in direct sunlight without shrieking in pain-vampires much?

A little clover face-painting :)

Next we made some clover necklaces...

Lastly, we did a little scavenger hunt. We heard a knock on the door and found this clover from Larry the Leprechaun...

We followed 5 more clues till we found the last one where Larry had left the kids a pot of gold!

They had an awesome time and had lots of fun stuff to bring home!

I feel like the LUCKIEST mom in the world to have these two bugs in my life!

I know I said this would be my last St. Patrick's post, buuuuut I totally forgot I have just ONE more thing to share with you! Are you totally sick of this yet?!?! Ha ha, well if you have a little girl you just might want to check back tomorrow for a last minute, easy peasy holiday skirt idea! ;) Thanks for reading!


Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

You are such a wonderful mama my friend! I can't wait till the day I can put all the kiddish ideas running around in my head to good use! Something tells me if I tried suprising the hubby with planted green footprints & flipped over furniture there'd be a police report filed or something. Meh, not as fun with out kids! LOL

Jessica :) said...

Such fun ideas! The footprints is a lot of fun. I never would have guessed how they were made. {I am curious though, did you spend a ton of time the next night cleaning them up? Ha!} I am going to have bookmark {or pin} these ideas to use them in the future. I just love that you can make even a plain old, boring, no-one-ever-does-anything-for-it holiday fun.

Jessica :) said...

Oh, and those pictures of your kids are adorable! Love the last one of your little girl. That face gets me every time I look at it!

Trina said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I used the footprints idea for my daughter and she was excited. It was my first time doing something like this and it was fun to watch her excitement.

Trina said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I used the footprints idea for my daughter and she was excited. It was my first time doing something like this and it was fun to watch her excitement.

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