St. Patrick's Day is soon to be upon us. I have felt rather lackadaisical about it this year. For the last several years, my friends and I have recognized the day by having a Irish food and music together, presumably while wearing some sort of green. Of course as it stands with Caleb, I think of ways to make the time recognizing the holiday more intentional. Besides, Caleb is half Irish and so this is something I want to get better at in the years to come. It's just another way to recognize part of his heritage.
Anyway, as I said, I have felt lazy about it this year. Luckily, this hasn't stopped me from doing a few easy, cheap, quick things for the holiday.
First we made a rainbow out of Fruit Loops. We divided them up into piles by color, and made the rainbow row by row, then finished it off with the clouds. This didn't last even two full days before I made him through it away. He kept picking the Fruit Loops off and eating them. It was still fine while it lasted and worthwhile to do.
I didn't have St. Patrick's Day decorations besides a "Luck of the Irish" clover sign. So, I entered the store of TJ Max and braced myself for their rows of unorganized clutter. I know lots of people like stores like that (such as Marshall's and Ross, etc), but I'm sorry, I can barely handle it. However, TJ Max came through with an inexpensive "Bless Your Little Irish Heart" sign and a wreath that could work for the holiday and spring in general.
Today, I printed out these two green papers with a synopsis of the history of St. Patrick I got from the Happy Home Fairy blog. I also printed out this image and put it on our Shamrock wall to explain how the leaf was used by St. Patrick to illustrate the trinity.
Last of the decorations, we made our "Pot's of Gold". Again, the idea was derived and adapted from the Happy Home Fairy, a mom blogger who has tons of ideas and crafts for all kinds of things and holidays. I printed the below image and mounted it on the wall. Then I cut out black pots and gold from gold glitter foam. I glued it together and wrote on the pot "Caleb's Treasures" and "Mommy's Treasures" and mounted our Pot's of Gold by this inscription about how we are all God's treasures.
Here are what our Pot's of Gold said. We just wrote down things we love. Some of my points I don't want to admit. Like sweets? A treasure? Really? :/ I just love my chocolate. Sigh.
Caleb's Treasure List:
- Daddy's house (though he's never been to his dad's apartment because it's in LA and they usually hang out at his grandparent's house, so I don't know what he really meant).
- Gold and leprechauns
- My house
- My family
- All of the toys at Target
Mommy's Treasure List:
- My friends
- My family
- My friend's kids
- Nature and Art
Another activity we've done, is make St. Patrick's Day sugar cookies. We also made some T-Rex's, cars, and Caleb's personal favorite, worms.
We decorated them two different times, once after we made them, and today after his nap with his dad. Caleb wanted to decorate cookies with Spencer, and so decorate they did.
Above you can see that Caleb made the flag of Ireland, and he also did a T-Rex, which he caked on with as much sprinkles of every variation possible. He is holding it up in one of the photos and it is barely recognizable with the sprinkles that cookie took on.
Oh, and we also wore silly green mustaches. Because, why not? ;)
I do still plan to make green slime soon to continue our St. Patrick's Day activities. And we may have a little party on Monday here at home, as it is a tradition. But we will see about that.
Here is my St. Patrick's Day post from last year. We still have the same books I posted about in last year's post and have used them this year as well. I have my eye on a few other books, but I will wait on ordering them for another time.
So, that's what we have been up to with this holiday so far!