So, this post is from last year, but has never officially appeared on the site before. Weird, right? We like to keep you on your toes around here! We obviously now know that we were right about the success of Pinterest, and we also know that just like last year, we are slackers at holidays that people on Pinterest make look easy!
There is this new little website, you may not have heard of it yet, so go ahead and write it down now and thank me later for the tip. It is called Pinterest, and I am pretty sure it is going to be *really* popular. I kind of have a sixth sense about these things, so chances are it will probably be the next place where you
waste all your time find lots of great ideas for your house and recipes for your family.
Right now, it is flush with suggestions for how to properly celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and not just by having green beer or Irish beef stew, but by doing crazy, kooky things to freak your kids out like having them think an actual leprechaun came into your house and messed things up or left a pot of gold.
Great, so now I have the added pressure from Pinterest to give me ideas on how I can make this holiday extra special for my children. You know what I remember from St. Patrick’s Day when I was a child. Wearing green. And how when you wore green no one would pinch you.
Let me get this straight. So, in December, I spend many, many nights coming up with hiding spots for Little Elf, the cleverer, the better; because that Little Elf needs to be wacky, you know, no sitting quietly on a bookshelf for him. Oh no, he needs to be making snow angels in flour or taking a “bubble bath” in cotton balls or riding around in the Barbie car stealing time with Ken’s best girl. You get the idea, right? The girls love nothing more than the excitement of waking up morning after morning to see where Little Elf will be next. Thank God for Robert and his Elf hand surgical skills, because our Elf has the ability to hang from places most elves don’t due to the tiny magnets Robert carefully sewed into his hands.
Then in February comes Valentine’s Day, and I am supposed to start all over again. Carefully crafting a V-day box for school, buying individual, adorable Valentines with candy or stickers or tattoos to attach to each one, plus of course, buying other stuff for your kid to have waiting for them on Valentine’s morning – making it almost like a mini-Christmas/Easter celebration, because you know it is a really long time between December and April, and my kids probably need something new to help them wait. Not to mention the fact that I sometimes daydream about whipping up some heart-shaped food (it has only ever remained a daydream) or thinking that if I really love my children, I should turn their cereal milk pink.
OR, I could do what I actually did, which was cobble together Emma’s Valentine’s box with appropriate themed wrapping paper (I don’t totally suck here, people!), let her slap some heart stickers and bows on it, and then spend the rest of the evening thanking the baby Jesus that Abby’s Bible-beating preschool makes their Valentine container for them. I can then get them dressed in red and pink clothing and send them out the door with a kiss and a hug – totally fitting with the theme of the day, I might add. But afterwards, I peruse Facebook and Pinterest for an hour to see what all the world’s better mothers did for their children.
Now I am faced with St. Paddy’s Day, because it wouldn’t be a month on the calendar if there wasn’t a “special day” waiting to remind me how much of a slacker I am. I remember last year when I thought I would be all super mom and dye the toilet water green, because those silly little Leprechauns had obviously been up to their tricks and not only did my children not even notice, but when I finally pointed it out to them, Emma basically said, “Oh, I figured you had finally decided to clean it or something.”
So, this year I am going to stick with the classics. I am going with wearing green, and if I am feeling extra loving that day, I will buy some Lucky Charms for their breakfast.