Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Ya know most people think a traditional St. Paddy’s Day dinner is corned beef and cabbage, but from what I’ve read that is just a tradition in America. Over in Ireland they are more likely to have Irish stew with Irish soda bread. So in honor of them I’m making chicken (not a fan of lamb) stew and white bread…I would make soda bread but I don’t have any buttermilk. Plus Bub loves to help knead dough so it’s a fun activity for us. Like most holidays at this stage in life St. Paddy’s day could really just be any other Friday. It seems like as a parent of young children the holidays take on a different feel. First the idea of going out to drink green beer till it flows out my ears is not as appealing as it was 5 or 6 years ago. And with a toddler and infant who don’t have a clue that today is a holiday that cancels out any real St. Paddy’s day crafts or worrying about wearing green. I mean sure we could go through the motions but how much fun is it when they don’t know what’s going on. It’s like the first 2 or 3 years holidays are for us to practice and figure out what kind of family traditions when want to take from our youth and what we want to make up on our own.

Tomorrow we are having a late birthday BBQ for Ev. I’m looking forward to it! Socializing, maybe play a board game or horse shoes, and of course food. Lots of good food. Then there will also be the reactions to my new look. Hopefully I won’t get laughed at. I’m feeling pretty secure right now but a bunch of laughing people could really put a dent in that. I will also have pictures to post so all of you can laugh too!