Our main St. Patrick's Day tradition has become creating our own unique leprechaun trap. I'm not going to lie, I almost forgot this year because we had a crazy day-before-St.-Patrick's-Day and we didn't even remember until late afternoon that the next day was St. Patrick's Day. Luckily, though, we remembered with enough time to craft a new spin on our leprechaun trap. In years past, our trap has been box based. This time, we tried to be a little sneakier. We found a tupperware we weren't emotionally attached to (there are some tupperware containers that we are, in fact, emotionally attached to), created a false lid for the container, then filled the container with Elmer's Glue. On the top of the lid, we sneakily wrote "Reed and Asher Banck Keep Out" and added a few coins to entice the leprechaun to enter our trap. Reed really wanted to try using a sticky mouse trap, but we didn't happen to have a sticky mouse trap and had already been out a few times, so I talked him into the glue. We went to bed certain that in the morning, there would be a wee little leprechaun man trapped in our container.
You would think we had learned our lesson from years past and not let our hopes creep up quite so high. We failed to catch the leprechaun. He crafted a ladder out of our own false lid, took our coins, and got out of the glue before it had a chance to harden completely! Drat.
He did leave us a handsome pile of chocolate gold coins. We think these coins were a consolation prize, since we were obviously so close to catching the leprechaun. He knew we'd be bummed we didn't get to keep all his gold, so he left us this gold treat.
After checking the trap, Reed knew exactly where to look next: the potty.
And then the milk. We were happy to see the leprechaun followed the tradition of his brothers before him and magically turned both green.
Before we left for school, I attempted to get a picture of all three children looking at me and smiling, cutely posing with their gold coins. I was obviously wildly successful (ha). I did notice that Lila wore the same shirt this year as she did last year (it's a tunic type top, so still fits--none of her other clothes from then do). It may be time to invest in a new green shirt. Maybe next year!
While Reed was at school, Asher, Lila, and I had our own mini-session of school. We'd cancelled Buddy School because of some mysterious illness that has been plaguing our house, which made Ashie kind of sad, so we decided to do our own school! We played with some St. Patrick's Day school manipulatives I made a few years ago, read a St. Patrick's Day book, made a cute rainbow craft, did a green scavenger hunt, and said a little St. Patrick's Day poem. Asher made his own activity for us--a G and Gr (for Green) word game. He had a green paper and, as we came up with words that started with "g" or "gr," he would write them down. I was actually really impressed with his spelling (he spelled everything on his own and, while we do a reading lesson every day, we haven't worked on spelling in a while), so I thought I'd share: gold, good, got, gut, goo, gate, gras (grass), grape, grate, green, gron (I'm pretty positive he made this word up--but he did spell it phonetically correctly!).
Due to some illness that's been floating around our house, we had been on a BRATY (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, yogurt) diet for a few days. I was planning to keep that going for dinner, but Reed was basically devastated when he heard we weren't having a green dinner--so we made pizza rolls with the dough dyed green. We even branched out from our standard pepperoni and cheese to try ham, pineapple, and cheese. Lila and I actually had a very enjoyable time assembling the rolls while the boys watched "aftenoon show" (Phineas and Ferb, their latest favorite). Our dinner was totally anti-BRATY, but we did pair it with bananas and applesauce, so there was that.