I love doing fun things to celebrate special days. We eat heart shaped sandwiches to celebrate Valentines Day, I made a red and green lunch for Christmas and we always cover The Goose’s bedroom with balloons to celebrate his birthday. And, since I recently learned that I am 42% Irish, I figured we should start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, too!
I searched Pinterest and found a few really cute ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – and we had a lot of fun trying all of these St. Patrick’s Day treats!
If it was up to The Goose, he would buy lunch at school every day. It’s not that he doesn’t like homemade lunches. It’s just that he gets bored with the same sandwich, vegetable, chips combo everyday. Sure, I change it every once in a while, with a Lunchable from the grocery store or some chicken nuggets in his Thermos. But overall, lunches were pretty much always the same.
But then I saw the Yumbox and knew that it would be the answer to all of our problems.
Ever since The Goose started first grade, he’s been obsessed with losing teeth. Everyday he checks to see if any of his teeth are loose yet, gently tugging on each one to see if they move. And everyday he is disappointed to find that all of his teeth were still intact, and nothing is moving.
But, at his last trip to the dentist that something changed. Apparently he DID have a loose tooth… he just didn’t know it. It was right in the front, and when the dentist wiggled it for us The Goose’s eyes got really big. Apparently, he had felt the wiggle before, but didn’t know what it was.
When I was a kid, it always bothered me that I never really knew what my heritage was. On my mother’s side there were rumors that we were part Native American, French and German. And I had no idea where my father’s family came from. (Though, from their last name, I suspected English heritage).
As I got older, I became even more curious. Especially when I moved to the Detroit area and found that there were so many clearly defined ethnicities. I had friends of Irish heritage who could participate in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, I had friends who were of Polish descent who would make a special trip to visit the Polish restaurants, and friends from Trinidad, Albania and even Canada who all kept the traditions of their ancestors alive. And I always felt left out because I didn’t know the parts that made me, me.
For the past few days I have been up north, leaving The Goose and his dad home for a ‘boys weekend’. While they both assure me that they miss me, I think they have been having a lot of fun together while I’ve been gone. They’ve been eating pizza, hot dogs and elephant ears. They’ve played a little too much on the iPad, watched a little too much TV and eaten more than one bedtime snack. And they have been doing some other things, too…
On Thursday night, The Goose was excited that his grandma was at our house to pick him up at the bus stop. He was super excited to see her, in part because she has never picked him up from the bus before, and in part because he was hoping that she would bring her special bag of board games that she always brings when she comes over to watch him.
It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, and I have a good excuse for being gone for so long…
A few weeks before the Christmas holiday, orders for my Etsy shop started pouring in. I sold so many sets of wool dryer balls that I ran out of wool and had to take a quick trip to Frankenmuth to buy 20 more pounds (which is almost gone already!). Then I spent day after day making more dryer balls. I was making dryer balls for hours on end, and I was barely keeping up with demand. On my busiest day I shipped 11 sets of dryer balls – that’s what I usually ship in a month!
My family shares an iPad, and my six year old son has been asking for a tablet of his very own. Since receiving his VTech InnoTab Max, he’s been in heaven. He has enjoyed playing the games that were pre-loaded on the tablet, using the movie maker, taking pictures and sending text messages (just like we do on the iPad!).
Pros: The tablet is very sturdy. We’ve only had it a few weeks, and you’d never know by looking at it, but he’s already dropped it several times. It also has an attached stylus and a handle so that he can carry it around more easily.
Every year, The Goose asks for a Pinata at his birthday party. Last year we were all very disappointed with the Pinata at our Chuck E. Cheese birthday party. There were a lot of kids and not enough candy for everyone. A lot of the littler kids didn’t get any candy at all – and that is no fun for anybody.
This year, since we decided to have his birthday party at home, we decided to make a homemade pinata. I did some research on the internet, and, as it turns out, making a homemade pinata is really simple – and really fun.
This past weekend, we held The Goose’s sixth birthday party. Last year, we had his party at Chuck E. Cheese, and while it was fun, it was a lot less memorable, and not quite as fun as he expected. So he decided that this year he wanted to have his party at home.
We spent a lot of time talking about he wanted to do at his birthday. He wanted a bounce house, water balloon fight, birthday cake pops, bobbing for apples, pizza, hot dogs, techno music, black olives, tomatoes, bacon ranch pasta salad and a pinata. Obviously, he had high expectations, so we had to pare them down a bit. This is what we decided on.
My family loves fall – and all of the fall traditions that come with it. We love jumping in leaf piles, trick-or-treating on Halloween and carving our jack-o’lantern. But our most favorite fall tradition by far is our annual visit to the cider mill.
Ever since The Goose was a toddler we have visited the same cider mill (Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill), we’ve eaten the same kind of donuts and taken the very same pictures. I love seeing how he has grown, year after year. I love comparing the pictures, looking for similarities and differences.