We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day today with lots of green clothes, several pinches (despite the aforementioned green clothing), green milk, green oatmeal, kiwis, pears, apples and corned beef and cabbage. Oh and snow. You can’t have St. Patrick’s day without snow right? The snow didn’t last long but it made our adventure to Target kind of interesting and cold.
Is it me or could Henry totally pass for a leprechaun? I know he’s missing the red hair and beard, but that devilish grin of his is definitely making up for it.
Adelaide was wearing green at one point today, but the whole potty-training thing makes for a lot of clothes-changing. I feel like 90% of my laundry these days is comprised of toddler-sized pants and underwear.
I can’t not include a picture of William… but this picture is… interesting. William will only smile for me with his lips closed and eyes shut. It’s a phase.
We got our little box of caterpillars in the mail today. They are so tiny! We’ve been studying metamorphosis and the life cycle of butterflies and frogs. I had planned on getting a tadpole kit as well, thinking I could just release the frog into the wild once it grew up, but then I did some more research and found that the frogs that are shipped are dangerous to the indigenous frog population and should be kept as pets. I quickly vetoed that one. I have absolutely no desire to keep a frog as a pet, especially one that is supposed to live 500 million years. (I might be exaggerating a bit.) We watched some videos and read books on frogs instead.
Butterflies I can handle.
I’m not very creative when it comes to celebrating holidays, but I do make an effort to have a little fun. For breakfast this morning we had green oatmeal and green juice (Naked juice’s Green Machine Superfood). Then we talked about what we were going to wear for the day.
Molly lamented that she no longer fit into her green capri pants and that her friend is so lucky because she has so many colors of things. (Her friend Erin has a knack for dressing monochromatic.) Just when tragedy was averted and I had helped her to find a suitably green outfit, William lost it. He was deeply upset that he didn’t own any green pants and that I wouldn’t let him wear his green shorts. He marched around for most of the morning complaining loudly in his green Star Wars undies. With about 5 minutes before we had to leave, I threatened to take him to school in his undies and he grudgingly put on jeans.
Henry, Addy and I were happy with our green choices.
For lunch I slacked a bit and just made green milk. I started calling it leprechaun milk but then I kept thinking of a barn full of leprechauns being milked and it creeped me out. It became lucky green milk after that.
Miracle of all miracles, it was sunny today. (If you don’t believe in seasonal depression then you’ve obviously never lived in Washington during the Winter.) We’ve all been going a little stir crazy lately so I bundled everyone up (it was still cold) to clean the garage. The picture above is the “after” picture. Our garage was so messy it made me angry just to look at it. The boys had a fun time helping for awhile and then they rode their new bikes (each got a bike for their birthday) around the driveway.
Molly had a late day at school with Math Club followed by soccer practice. So I totally cheated on dinner. I just made quesadillas for the kids to eat in the car with not a touch of green.
When we got to soccer it was still sunny (though frigid) so I let the kids run around on the playground. The boys loved it and Addy loved trying to eat rocks when I wasn’t looking.
By the time soccer was over I was feeling pretty awful and sporting a bit of a fever so I took the kids to get a Shamrock shake from McDonald’s. It felt heavenly on my throat. Henry didn’t touch his and William didn’t eat much more because his tummy hurt (I tried to explain it had milk in it) but Molly seemed to like hers.
When we got home Ben took over and I curled up in bed in a ball of self pity. Ben did a great job getting the kids to bed and didn’t even complain that I neglected to make him dinner. He headed out to play basketball and right now I’m just waiting for my Throat Coat herbal tea to steep and then I’m heading back to bed.