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So it’s not so much that I forgot about St Patrick’s day, more that I was just going to let it pass un-noticed. You know, squished between Youngest’s circus birthday and Easter, something had to give! But then the night before Oldest spent all evening making Leprechaun traps and conjuring up all kinds of Leprechaun scenarios. He said he was bringing his trap to school the next day to set it up. His trap was more of a box.. with a note asking the Leprechaun to come to our house, complete with a detailed map. And I knew I was screwed. Dang school! Giving them all these ideas 😉 So once I dropped the kids off I ran to the dollar store. Wouldn’t you know it there are moms out there that actually plan ahead and the St Patrick’s Day paraphernalia was extremely dwindled. So I ran around the store grabbing green stuff and luckily they did have these glittery shamrocks left. Came home and threw together a “note” from the Leprechaun and had it all set up in the dining room before he got home from school.
On the way home from school I eagerly asked him, “so did you show the class your trap? Did you set it up?” “oh… no… I forgot.” (forgot?! FORGOT?! I spent half the day preparing for this!!!) Of course it was too late to un-do what I had done and when he got home and saw it all sitting there he lost his mind. “Those Leprechauns are so sneaky mom, he climbed in my backpack and saw the map!” He was very enthusiastic about bringing the note to school the next day to prove to all his friends that Leprechauns are real.
In the green the little tub that I got at the dollar store I put green skittles, green m&ms and green sour apple twizzlers, 3 water guns (for 3 boys) and the note. It would have been fun to throw in some chocolate coins like these as well, if I had thought ahead!
As referenced in the note I also dyed the milk green (which they ran and checked as soon as they read the note).
Oldest spent the rest of the night making sure we knew who to thank (him of course) for leading the Leprechaun to our house.
Download the note using the button below, print (intended to be printed as a 5X7) on cardstock and stick it on some green construction paper- and voila!
What are your St Patrick’s Day traditions?