The Day a Magical Leprechaun Turned My Boys' Poops Green


^^I'm going to cherish this photo.  The curls.  The missing tooth.  The green eyes.  And the great outfit!^^

St. Patrick's Day landed on Sunday this year!  Jed and Levi had so much fun dressing up for church.  We bought these obnoxious bow ties at Kmart the day prior.  And Levi was very enthusiastic about pairing his bow tie with the cheap rainbow suspenders I found at Target.  I am so proud that he had the confidence to do it.  I hope he never outgrows it!  (Because those older kids, man, they seem to be so self-conscious.)

Anyway, I'm posting here to tell the story about how Levi is CONVINCED that a magical little leprechaun turned his poop green.  It's definitely a boy mom story.

He came running to me out of the bathroom with his pants around his ankles on Sunday afternoon.  

"Mom!  Come see!  A leprechaun played a trick on me and turned my poop green!"

Uhhh.  "Green.  Really?"  I responded.  It must be neon colored, I thought, because isn't all poop kind of green?

"Yeah, like bright green," Levi exclaimed.  "Come see it!"

"I believe you, Buddy.  That's really cool.  But no, I'm not going to come see your poop.  That's gross," I laughed.

He happily skipped away to the bathroom to check on his green poop again.

The Pinewood Derby


The boys got to participate in their very first (and quite possibly very last*) Pinewood Derby!  

Levi is only six and wasn't an official contender, but he didn't want to be left out of the fun.  So we bought them both some kits and sent them to the kitchen table to sand down their creations.

"Is it smooth enough now, Dad?" they asked at least a hundred times.

I can't believe how much money we dumped into these things between the kits and the paint and the weights.  I also became a hypocrite and did something I promised myself I would never do: put all the finishing touches on for them.  Yup.  I have no painting skills, but I brushed on some gold flames and hot glued those pipes.  Per request, of course.  So I guess these are my derby cars too!  And admittedly, they are equal parts Bron's cars as well, he being the driving force behind this task and all the time and work he put into those silly pieces of wood.

Sooo… the pinewood derby cars are actually a family project!

They're pretty cool.  The boys are pretty proud.     

Jed and Levi both had a blast racing their cars last night.  The cars kept getting faster and faster with every run as the kids tweaked the wheels to make them run more smoothly.  It's definitely a night Jed and Levi will be talking about for a while.  Glad you had fun, boys.  

*I say "possibly last" pinewood derby because the Church is giving up the Scouting program next year and creating their own program for the youth.  I wouldn't mind doing another round of derby cars but it wouldn't break my heart either if we never had to make any more.    

Snapshots of Life Lately: Wrapping Up Winter


Conrad snuggling with Teddy Bear and his blanket on the couch to watch his favorite show: Curious George!  He has now moved on to binge watching Mickey Mouse Club House, which he delightfully calls, "Mickey Mouse House House!"  We are officially in new parenting territory now: the tv can be used as a babysitter while I shower or get something done.  Yippee!

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