Our traditions start the night before when we set the trap for the Leprechaun. This is a tradition we started when Emme was in kindergarten and talked about how someone in her class tries to catch a Leprechaun every year. Apparently if you leave some money out the greedy little leprechauns will come and take it away. The point is to try and trap them. If you are lucky enough to outwit the leprechaun and he is there in the morning then he will trade three wishes for his release. If he manages to get away though, he'll usually reward you with some sort of "treasure".
This year's trap consisted of a colander propped up by a spoon (and my running journal). We left a pretty hefty reward (there are even some Chuck E Cheese and car wash tokens in there) for the sneaky little guy and were feeling pretty optimistic about our chances:
We were, however, outwitted yet again.
After checking for leprechaun treasure, it's on to the green breakfast...
this year was green pancakes with green syrup and green milk.
Then a quick picture before Emme and Calvin headed of to school. This will be Calvin's first St. Patrick's Day at school and he was so excited to see what kinds of green clothes and St. Patrick's Day tattoos all his friends were wearing... I tried to explain to him that not everyone is quite as
neurotic eccentric ambitious as we are... hopefully he won't be too disappointed.
Tonight, we'll have corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread. Since we don't drink, which is kind of a big thing for most on St. Patrick's Day, we'll celebrate with a nice cold bottle or two of root beer and "green soda" aka Sierra Mist for the kids.
And, just for fun, here's what I would have worn had I been racing in some awesome shamrock run or had I not run in the dark this morning. Pair it with some nice knee socks with shamrocks on them and you're good to go! I just wanted to share because I think it is an awesome St. Patrick's Day running outfit... maybe next year.
Anyway, Happy St. Patrick's Day... do something green to celebrate! Or, better yet, get hooked up with your very own awesome arm sleeves from InknBurn... today is the last day to enter my giveaway!