12 March 2008

Capturing A Leprechaun

It's Wednesday, and that means it's WFMW over at Rocks In My Dryer. I almost didn't participate, but then I remembered that next Monday, everyone is a little bit Irish, so I thought I'd share what the Monsters and I do to celebrate.

I am Irish...my grandfather was a first generation American and my mother grew up in a town that was Irish-Czech in its history. So there is a lot of pride in their Irish history. However, my Irish has been severely diluted by the addition of my dad's German heritage and the Monsters are a Heinz 57 mix due to the conglomeration of their father's heritage.

When the Monsters were little, I decided to make a big deal out of St. Patrick's Day and pull that piece of our history into the Monsters' lives. It started out with green milk at dinner and little pieces of chocolate disguised as gold coins left around the house.

However, one year the Monsters were taught at day care that if you catch a leprechaun, he must give you his pot of gold. The Monsters immediately conceived the idea of creating a "trap" to catch a leprechaun on St. Pat's. Before they go to bed on the 16th, they set up their "trap", and "bait" it with "gold" The gold has been anything from yellow Lego pieces that I invariably step on the next morning, to torn strips of yellow construction paper.

The first year the Monsters thought of this idea, I thought it was very clever. They thankfully had been talking about it for days before St. Pat's, so I was able to stop by Target and pick up some sort of a "prize" for each of them. I've been doing that ever since, but now the prizes have escalated to CDs or other items more enjoyed by pre-teens than toddlers.

The Monsters have never caught the leprechaun who visits our home. Each year, they wake up excited to see if they have, but they find that their "trap" has been demolished and Sean the Leprechaun leaves them a note telling them "Good Try!". Sometimes Sean's friend Paddy stops by instead. This fueled their excitement the first year, and the traps have grown more elaborate ever since. Their single-mindedness toward catching Sean was very much like their excitement in waiting for Santa.

Both of the Monsters now know (or are at least very suspicious in the case of my 10 year old) that the Easter Bunny, Santa, the Tooth Fairy and Sean the Leprechaun are not real, but the magic of St. Pat's continues the tradition of creating a trap and Sean leaving a prize. It's something that I've come to look forward too, almost as much as the Monsters, and I hope it is a tradition that they continue when they have children.

So that's what works for me when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Head on over to Rocks In My Dryer to see what works for other busy Bloglandians.

Until later...

05 March 2008

Wedding Gift Help

It's Wednesday, and that means it's WFMW over at Rocks In My Dryer. This week however, it's a back-wards WFMW and that means that you can offer help and tips to those of us needing questions answered.

We've all been under the weather for the past two weeks and there were times when I'd have felt better if someone had just placed me in a coffin and buried me. Luckily, that's behind us...or at least it seems that way.

Unfortunately, it means that my grandiose plans for my cousin's wedding gift will not come to fruition. I just don't have the time any longer to cut out and put together the quilt I'd planned. You might ask why I left it until so late, but I'm a card-carrying member of Procrastinator's Anonymous, so that explains everything.

So, I need help. Besides cash (which I may have to fall back on), what is your favorite wedding gift to give? And what was the best gift you were given when you were married? You know, the one that really meant the most to you, the one that makes you think fondly of the person who gave it to you every time you see it.

Any help would be appreciated on this! I think the illness stripped all creative juices from my brain.

There's more help to be given over at Rocks In My Dryer this week too, so head over there and see if you can help anyone else out!

Until later...