Family Night: St. Patrick's Day
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

(No, she's not. Except in the general sense that "Everyone is Irish" today.)

This week Family Night fell on St. Patrick's Day!

Our lovely centerpiece:

There's a local park that the kids have labeled "The Green Park." So it only seemed right that we visit The Green Park for a picnic dinner on St. Patrick's Day. On the drive to the park, we talked with the kids briefly about how St. Patrick brought the gospel of Jesus to Ireland. (We talked only briefly because my knowledge is limited to what I was able to Google today in the two spare minutes I had to do my "research.")

I had the bright idea to make some green applesauce. I used way too much green food coloring; the kids may have a green tongue for days. Not long after the picture below was taken, Lauryn dumped her applesauce all over the quilt and all over her brand new tennis shoes.
Self-talk: Keep smilin' mom - stained green tennis shoes aren't the worst thing in the world.

Back at home the kids made leprechaun puppets. They were a little freaky looking. But I suppose leprechaun's are a little freaky. So it's all good.

While the kids waited for their turn to take a bath and get ready for bed, they played with green play-doh. I promise you that Ryan's play-doh creations are better than mine. I can make a snake and.....well, just a snake really. Here's Ryan's alligator:

Right before bed we ate green sherbet, that the kids decorated with a skittles rainbow.

This was cute in theory, but in reality a terrible idea. The skittles immediately froze rock hard in the sherbet - I'm relieved no one broke a tooth.

Lastly, we played "Hot Potato!" with a real potato. I was totally winging it trying to give the kids a short history of the Irish Potato Famine. Amazing how those history facts just keep sailin' right on out of my brain. Making room for t-ball practice schedules and storytime finger plays I suppose.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Blogger Foresterclan had this to say:

The "green park" is where we had our first (an only :( ) picnic with you!! And I think lauren spilled something on our blanket too. Of at least someone did.

Love the green applesauce idea. and the green shurbet, I love your commitment!

March 17, 2009 at 11:09 PM 

Anonymous Kenny had this to say:

Wow, the green park looks nice. I didn't know they had trees in West Texas. You learn something new every day.

Oh, and tell Jonathan I'm looking forward to seeing his leprechaun puppet. :)

March 18, 2009 at 12:04 AM 

Blogger Catrina had this to say:

Oh.My. You've outdone yourself this year, Mom. I was lucky just to get my kids in green. Oh, and I recognize the lovely shamrock centerpiece. Gotta LOVE the dollar store!! And from all of the pictures I've seen and all that I've heard about Lubbock, that is a mighty green park indeed!!! Great job!

March 18, 2009 at 12:33 AM 

Blogger Vanessa had this to say:

You are so creative! What a fun night.

March 18, 2009 at 12:35 AM 

Blogger StephCliff had this to say:

Ryan's alligator is very impressive!! I'm with you - I can make a snake. And maybe a salamander (take snake & add a few leg stubs). That's about it!

March 19, 2009 at 9:16 AM 

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