Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Not Irish


I'm sure by now it's pretty clear we are not Irish. Like not even 1%. That doesn't stop us from celebrating St Patty's day though. I think we need to start celebrating Bastille day too since we have more French ties than Irish or Mexican even though we celebrate cinco de Mayo.
Our St Patty's fun started with a ding dong ditch! The girls have been receiving little surprises at the front door every so often for a while now. They have learned that when the door bell rings around breakfast time you better go run and see what treats Gradma Nini has left on the door step!
This loot contained decorations, crafting supplies and even some patterns for American Girl doll clothes! We wasted no time getting started.
We decorated the house, and crafted some cards all while wearing our shamrock head gear!
The finished product was pretty great. We googled some Irish sayings to put on them like, "there are only two types of people in the world, those that are Irish, and those that wish they were Irish." Ha!
Since St Patty's fell on a Sunday this year, preschool decided to have a party on the Friday before. Lily was sure to wear a little green so she wouldn't get pinched. She looks pretty pinch proof to me. The naughty leprechauns wreaked havoc on her school. They left all the toys around, hung green streamers, peed green in the potty and left gold coins in the sand outside. Lily got to stay for lunch and enjoy green foods with her friends. What a treat!
 While she was at school, Gemma and I made an Irish soda bread. It was divine! Like a giant raisin scone, only better. Leave it to the barefoot contessa to get it right. Not sure she is Irish either. We all had it for breakfast all weekend and were sad to see it gone.
 After everyone was home from school and work we hopped in the car with Auntie Boo along and headed to Carp for the weekend. We wasted no time when we got there. We loaded our leprechauns in the wagon and headed for island brewery.
 It was PACKED! Guess everyone else had the same great idea. Even though we brought snacks the girls were not interested in hanging around a bar. They wanted to get back to the condo to play the new board game Boo brought them.
 Saturday was spent walking the beach and playing back at the condo. We all got some much needed R&R. Sunday morning we woke up and put on our green! No pinches for us either. Our early riser got the best seat in the house and the green cup too!
 Lily had whacky green hair! We went for a walk on the bluffs to see the sea lions and Lily insisted on bringing her pet Tiger on the walk. It was a pretty crowded day and this caused quite a stir among the other hikers. Lily assured them he was well behaved and didn't bite.
Not sure why Lily was making zombie eyes. Must be green overload. Several people asked if Gemma was Irish, guess she has the look.
We managed to set the timer and get one group shot. I was wearing green under my sweater so don't think I was the odd ball out! We finished the weekend with a good old corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot before packing up and heading back home. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Flat Charlie

A couple of weeks ago Lily got a letter in the mail. Getting mail is one of her favorite things ever. This letter was from cousin Charlie and included a special task. It contained a flat "mini-me" called Charlie. The letter asked Lily to take flat Charlie somewhere fun and then write a letter back explaining all the fun things they had done.
 Lily was so excited to get started. Making cards is one of her other loves in life.
We thought and thought about where to take mini Charlie. We had just been to the beach that weekend so poor mini Charlie missed out on that one. We decided since all kids like Disneyland, even mini ones, we should take her there. It just so happens that Auntie Rach and Benji wanted to come along too! 
We could barely wait to get inside the park and show mini around.
We took her straight to Fantasyland to see if she was strong enough to remove the sword from the stone. No such luck.
  We took her on the dumbo ride because that is Gemma's favorite.
 Rach, Ben and Gemma had a fun ride too.
 We ran into Jessie from Toy Story and she like mini Charlie too.
 I think Ben had a good time meeting the characters too.
 Tigger is such a hoot, even if he did hold mini Charlie by her head!
 Winnie the pooh was a gentle soul and Lily made sure mini was safe.
 Ben had just woken up from a snuggle nap, imagine his surprise to wake up to these giant guys!
 We rode the ship around Tom Sawyer island. I don't think I have ever done that in all the my trips to Disneyland. It was pretty fun.
 We took mini to tomorrowland.
 It wouldn't be a trip to Disneyland without a ride on the tea cups. The girls even wore some princess and fairy dresses this time. It was fun because all the employees (cast members) called them Rapunzel and Tinker bell.

 Everyone got to ride the carousel. I think this was Ben's fave. He does have some horse riding blood in him you know.
Once we were home (and recovered) we wrote a letter back to Charlie. We enclosed some pitcures of mini on her adventures and Lily drew a picture of herself with mini and Tigger and Pooh.
We were so excited to take mini on an adventure and some day when Lily has a mini me in school she can send it to Oregon and see what adventures they have up their sleeve!