So the kids made Leprechaun traps at a craft hour at a friend's toy store. I was just looking for something fun for them to do but it left them with these expectations of a Leprechaun coming and getting trapped. Especially my son. He *REALLY* wanted to trap a Leprechaun and for the two weeks we had the trap before St. Patrick's Day he was obsessed with it, and constantly talking about catching his Leprechaun. I told my husband "Dang, I just wanted to go do a fun craft, I really didn't intend to start a new holiday with them."
But somehow the Leprechaun used his magic to turn into a Lego after he got trapped. This is the cutest thing, he even has little Lego "gold" that goes in his pot.
Girly's Leprechaun got away but a lucky 4 leaf clover necklace fell out of his pocket. We are unsure if it was the same Leprechaun that fell for both traps or two different Leprechauns. But the kids had a good time, and I was able to fulfill expectations for a reasonable cost ;)
Hubby and I were kind of torn on whether to "do" the holiday "myths". We don't want to lie to our kids, but we wanted them to have fun and believe in magic. In the end we wound up saying "Well, what do you believe?" whenever we were asked about things like Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc. And didn't give definitive answers. I don't go to great lengths to make my kids believe.
When girl child lost her first tooth she told us "I don't think the Tooth Fairy is real, I think it's just parents sneaking in with money. That night we did put the two dollar coins under her pillow and when she woke up she was surprised and I asked her "So what do you think now?" She said "Can we google it?" And we did and I read her the wikipedia article that said it was a myth and she asked if she would still get money and I said sure and she was okay with that. I told her she couldn't tell anyone because parents like to play pretend with their kids.
I kind of expected her to figure out Santa Claus after she figured out the Tooth Fairy but she didn't. One of the kids at her school told her he wasn't real. She asked me, I said "Well, what do you think?" And she said she thought he was real and she wanted to know what to tell him. I told her to tell him that as long as a child believes in magic great things can happen. I don't know how long she'll believe in magic, but I love her wide-eyed wonder while she does.
I sewed not one, but TWO projects this week!! I was thrilled!! Girl child's teacher is pregnant and will not be coming back to school after Spring Break. I wanted to send her a baby gift early, in case her maternity leave needed to start sooner. Girly went with me to pick all the fabrics and I zipped this out for her.
A minky blanket baked with leopard print, 3 burp cloths and three bibs. Girl child saw that little lamb iron on and *HAD* to get it. She was too funny. Each of the bibs is double sided as well. Minky is a pain in the rear to sew with, but it's so soft I love using it for baby gifts. Girly just about died when she saw the gift. I was glad she was so pleased, since she is a 14 year old in a 7 year old's body she can be my toughest customer. ;)
And I whipped out another baby gift. One of my husband's cousins had a baby eight weeks ago. And I kept saying, "Oh I've got to make a gift for the baby!!" And then not doing it. But since we were going to actually see them this weekend I had a fire under my butt to get it done. Luckily the baby stuff is fairly easy to do.
Three more burp cloths, these are *THE* best burp cloths, they're so absorbent because they're made out of a cloth diaper and they're super wide, so even for the SPITTIEST of spitters they'll keep your shoulder clean.
And another minky backed blanket. With robots and rocketships oh my! This is the first thing I have ever done that even begins to approach "quilting". I really want to learn how to do real quilting. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law are both doing amazing quilts and I'm totally in awe of their skills. If I can find even a fraction of that talent I'm going to be happy!
Up next? Two more baby gifts! LOL. It's a mini-baby boom around me. I'm so happy for everyone that's having babies. Even though I have a little twinge of jealousy. I would love another baby, but it's not at all in the cards for me. But I do get to go snuggle and love on my friends' babies, which is great because then I still get 8 hours of sleep ;)
This is how I found my kid sleeping on Wednesday night. Never a dull moment around here.