Saturday, March 17, 2012

Got Green Bloghop


Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. In honor of St. Patty's day Mark Koopman is hosting the Got Green Bloghop. Hop over to his blog, check it out and become a follower!

The details:
What does St. Patty's Day mean to you?
I'd love to hear your Irish stories. What your traditions are? What do you cook? What are your favorite memories, or future plans to visit the Emerald Isle?


My favorite St. Patty’s Day memory is easy. When I was in kindergarten we left the classroom like we always did for lunch. We pushed our chairs in and formed a single file line as the teacher escorted us to the cafeteria. On our return, the classroom was not how we left it. The pushed in chairs were pulled out, some placed on top of our tables others laid on their sides. Gold glitter was sprinkled across the floor and green shamrocks were placed in various places around the room. A note on the chalkboard advised us that a Leprechaun stopped by and hid a Pot O’ Gold and we had to find it. It was filled with gold chocolate coins that we got to take home to our parents along with the coolest story ever about how a Leprechaun came to visit. 

I used to celebrate St. Patty’s Day twice a year. My parents have their boat at a marina/restaurant and have been a part of this marina for twenty years. The owners are Irish, but since boating season doesn’t start until after St. Patty’s Day they always celebrated it in July. On the deck they would have Irish step dancers, bagpipe players and an Irish Rock band who sang drinking songs while holding their beers up high.  Every year we would go with my grandparents and have a traditional Irish meal. My grandfather had red hair, fair skin, freckles, the brightest blue eyes, his nickname his whole life was ‘Red’ and he was Irish and absolutely loved his heritage. I always sat with him and watched as he downed one of the strongest Irish coffees I have ever come in contact with and the smile that would permanently form on his face. When he passed away I stopped going. It just wasn’t the same. 

Today on the actual St. Patty’s Day I will be doing what I have done for the past several years. I will be spending the day at my boyfriend’s parent’s house celebrating not only the holiday, but his mother, Patty’s, birthday as well. It’s her birthday, but she will be cooking corn beef and cabbage (which I will politely decline as I do every year. Sorry just not my thing), we will hang out with family and throw back a few beers. For me it’s perfect. 

What are your St. Patty’s Day Traditions? And if you don’t have any, it’s never too late to start making some :) 

I can’t wait to hop around, but I will have to do so later when I get home. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. Have fun and be safe!

17 comments:

  1. This is precious! Twice a year? Now that's the way to celebrate! I love family and memories and traditions... so special. Love it, Theresa :D

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    1. Family and traditions are what I live for :)

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  2. Oh my gosh, the marina thing sounds like so much fun! What a great grandfather.

    No real traditions for me. Sometimes I wear green so as not to get pinched ;)

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    1. It was a lot of fun, especially getting to sit outside on the water in the middle of summer with a drink in hand. Oh wow summer can't get here fast enough.

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  3. I don't really have any traditions for this holiday (or any holiday for that matter) but yours sound like a lot of fun. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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    1. I turn everything into a tradition. My Bf makes fun of me. He's like we had a bagel today is that going to be a new tradition. He thinks he's funny ;)

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  4. Getting pinched for not wearing green is one of my memories. A green magic marker fixed that problem.

    Love your photos!
    Visiting from Mark's blog.

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    1. I have never heard of this getting pinched tradition. Maybe because I always where green?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Love that memory, what a cute idea! I don't really have any traditions for this holiday--although hubby went around pinching me and the kiddos until I changed their shirts and put some green earrings on, lol!!! :D

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  6. What a great memory to have with your grandpa :) Happy belated St. Patrick's day, hope it was a good one!

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    1. Happy belated St. Patrick's Day to you too!!!

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  7. Hey Theresa,

    Your Granddad, Red, sounds like he was a hell of a guy (reminds me of my old Grandpa Jack.) I would have loved to have had the chance to drink one of those Irish Coffees and listened to him share a story or six.

    Thanks for O'hopping with us :)

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    1. He really was! If you had a chance to have a drink with him he would have chewed your ear off. I never met a person with more stories in my life. My only regret, not writing them down.

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  8. Congrats on Second place!!! :)

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