Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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I took this picture in March 2012.

I have always loved looking for four leaf clovers. I used to spend a good deal of my recess time searching out these little treasures. I still look on my way to and from the mailbox.

Today, we will go out and collect some clovers for decoration and wear our green clothes to celebrate. I made a St. Patrick themed breakfast with green eggs and green decorations. I have a green themed dinner planned. I looked for an Irish recipe; but since my husband and I don’t really eat potatoes or bread, I found it too difficult to find something Irish we all would eat.  I am making green enchiladas for dinner instead. I’m also making rainbow cookies out of Funfetti cake mix.

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I got that St. Patrick’s day  printable free from alexandcoprintables.com

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To make Super Duper Easy Funfetti cookies:

One box of Funfetti cake mix

One egg

2 sticks of butter

Soften the butter, add egg and cake mix. If you want the cookies a little more festive, add more colorful sprinkles. Stir until well combined. Place small balls of the cookie dough on a parchment covered cookie sheet.Bake at 325 degrees until the edges just begin to brown.

I found some free printable St. Patrick Day trivia cards on Pinterest. Oh, how I love trivia. These little gems are getting placed on the table at dinnertime.

I hope that this day is full of happiness and joy!!

Snow Day

Most of the south is covered in snow. Where we live is no exception. I got up this morning and it was snowing and it hasn’t stopped so far. We have about 9 inches of snow on the ground. This is definitely the most snow most of my children have ever seen. The day is still young, but they have made snow cream and done some sledding. They came in to warm up and now they’re bundled up again and playing outside. This is just the kind of day I like. Everyone is home and everyone is looking for fun and no one expects us anywhere.

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Rock on

Maybe I’m just a big weirdo, but I seriously LOVE rocks. I have since I was a little bitty girl. My mom always had to check my pockets for rocks before she washed my clothes. I’m still likely to pick up a rock I like and put it in my pocket. I have asked for rocks as gifts.

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This is petrified wood. A Christmas gift last year.

This trait must be genetic because my Granny loved rocks too. She hunted for them on her farm in Kentucky. I always remember looking at those rocks when I’d visit her. To me, they were like fancy jewels. She kept the prettiest ones in a curio cabinet. It made them seem even more special.

When she passed away I brought some of those rocks to my house.

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Just as I’ve written about it before, like the little chair she made,  I look at the rocks she found and imagine her searching for them.

My girls have the same love of these little gems as my Granny and me. They will search the yard or wherever we are out and about. Then they’ll come in and scrub or examine their rocks with magnifying glasses to see what treasures they’ve just discovered.

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This is part of a huge rock in our yard.

Yesterday, they broke open geodes for science. The excitement of what it was going to look like on the inside was real for each of us. The hard work (and small injury of a hit thumb) of cracking them open was so worth it when the interior was revealed. They are just beautiful. I am amazed at how something that looks so ordinary from the outside can be so stunningly beautiful on the inside.  However, this is not only true of rocks, is it?!

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I think that may be why we love them so much. There is something about looking for the special, beautiful, and wondrous in ordinary things. It’s a gift to be able to look beyond the outside and look inside or even to look at all.

Backyard Campout

I do not like the cold. I’m not the biggest fan of bugs or wildlife (i.e. opossums and raccoons). Despite these facts since my children and their father along with their cousins and their fathers enjoy camping out, I gladly play along. Our backyard is wooded and provides a great place to camp. You have all the convenience and goodness of indoor plumbing while still feeling like you roughed it (a little).  So, every year or so we plan a night of camping.

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When your s’more catches fire

A few weeks ago, we had our family campout. We roasted hot dogs. We made s’mores. (Try making s’mores with Town House crackers instead of the graham. I’ve heard it’s life changing). We let the children shoot paintballs. We talked and laughed and had a great time. When it was super late, I went inside with the baby and we enjoyed the great indoors while all the rest enjoyed the other.

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Baby Boy making “fire”

 

One of my favorite parts of our tradition is making breakfast for everyone the next morning. I love this little campout tradition and hope they all want to do it for a long time.

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Food for the masses

Color Fun Birthday Party

Everyone’s heard of the Color Run but what about a Color Fun Party?! Since two of my girls (Eva and Olivia) have birthdays just a week apart, we always have one big party for the both of them (don’t worry–they each get their own special day on their actual birthday). With so many children I feel like we’ve been through so many themes already;  but this one was new to us all.

The kids used straws and blew the paint to make the most interesting and colorful little canvases.2245016

This was one of the pictures we took trying to find the one to go on their invitation.

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I made swirly color cupcakes. They didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, but the kids still liked them.
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We had color trivia. All of the birthday parties I host have Trivia. For example: What is the most popular color worldwide? and (A) Black and red (B) yellow and red (C) green and red are the most appetite inducing colors.

It’s just too good!

We had relays with colored water and buckets. We played Twister with paint on certain dots. I gave them a couple of cans of shaving cream to add to the game just for fun. We had a Make a Rainbow Race.

THEN, we had a COLOR FIGHT. 
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One of the best things was seeing everyone laughing and smiling. My dad (seen below with the white hair) had insisted he just wanted to watch; but my mother and I forced him to play along. He obviously had a great time!
073 075Everyone had a SUPER time. We provided white shirts for everyone. We also had a little outdoor shower area set up and they knew to bring extra clothes or just be ready to be really dirty. The best news (besides everyone having so much fun) was that it all washed off in the shower, which didn’t seem possible at the time.

I ordered the powder from an American based  company on Amazon. When the paint broke inside the box, they were really awesome and replaced it overnight!! We still have a lot of powder left…I just need another reason to PAAAARTY!!!

I linked the company above only because they were so great. I don’t receive anything from it. Just paying it forward.