Leprechaun Shenanigans

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

One of the fun aspects of having kids is playing in to their big imaginations. I remember when I was in elementary school, the teachers plastered the halls with little green “footprints” on St. Patrick’s Day. I was old enough to know they weren’t real, but I couldn’t wait to replicate the experience at home for my younger brothers. Now, I wonder how hard my mom must have worked removing non-washable green paint from their bedposts and walls.

We ┬áhad our corned beef yesterday, but at the last minute I decided it would be fun to treat my oldest son to some leprechaun mischief on St. Patrick’s Day morning.

Late last night I set up this scene in our bathroom. What can I say? Boys like potty humor.

leprechaun footprints on toilet seat

The leprechaun went potty and then escaped, via a piece of twine through the window, out the back door. Fortunately Mr. Boy was so caught up in the excitement, he didn’t notice that the footprints only went one way. He did wonder why the leprechaun had gotten into paint.

leprechaun paint footprints

I used Crayola washable kid’s paint, which I presume will wash off these surfaces later tonight. Dip the side of your curled hand into paint to form the foot, then use your thumb and fingers to make the toes. You can find lots of tutorials showing how to make leprechaun footprints online. Here’s one.

Some gold nuggets were left for breakfast (actually Corn Pops cereal with printable tags I found here). I also dyed a cup of milk green, but my son would have nothing to do with it.

corn pops leprechaun gold

There was also a scroll with a secret leprechaun message (my son is into languages and flags at the moment, so I thought he’d get a kick out of it). And the leprechaun had set up Pandora to blast Irish Traditional Radio. What a way to start a Monday!

Erin go Brach

My friend and reader Sophie mentioned that she was making my Cranberry Orange Soda Bread recipe this morning, and she inspired me to do the same. I took the baby out to the store to get the ingredients I needed, then whipped this up during naptime. Yum!

irish soda bread recipe

Speaking of the baby, today this little leprechaun is 10 months old! Can you believe it? And today I received some party supplies that I ordered for his first birthday. His party will involve some green, too. I can’t wait to share.

Ten Month Old Baby Boy

For good measure, here’s his big brother wearing the same sweater on his first St. Patrick’s Day in 2009. I think it was at least 30 degrees warmer outside that year.

8 month old baby boy

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day is fun and festive, too.

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