St. Patrick's Day Weekend



And it's Friday again!  Little Sis is riding in her St. Jude Trike-A-Thon this morning, then her spring break begins!  Big Sis was off as of yesterday.  We have a few things planned for the week, but first, we have St. Patrick's Day.  I doubt we have much time to enjoy it, but we tend to love St. Patrick's Day.  For one thing, I celebrate all the gorgeous green.  Green is my favorite color, of course.  I also love all things Irish.  (Like my love for all things Scandinavian, my love for Irish stuff has nothing to do with my own heritage.)  Big Sis loves Celtic music, and she loves it when I find her a fun station on Pandora.  And we always read Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman, with beautiful pictures by Kelly Murphy [Charlesbridge, 2007].  This one is so beloved that it lived in the little shelf by Big Sis's bunk for nearly two years.  We have other books on hold at the library to pick up today.  Tales from Old Ireland [Barefoot Books, 2006] is a favorite from last year.  We should own our own copy.  It's so well done, and it contains a version of "The Children of Lir," my favorite sad Irish fairy tale.  I'm looking forward to reading The Leprechaun's Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards [Katherine Tegen Books, 2006].  Henry Cole's illustrations look lovely on the HarperCollins website.  And last, I thought we'd read Tomie dePaola's account of the real St. Patrick.  I think we may have checked it out before, but I honestly can't remember.  (Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola.  Holiday House, 1992.)

I don't know if I'll be able to fit in any crafts this weekend, or even some Irish soda bread making.  The girls are in a play, and the rehearsals are on the weekends.  The weather is supposed to be beautiful.  I may take them to a local parade Saturday morning, though.  We'll see.

And with or without the children, I may try to fit in one of my two favorite Irish-themed family films from the 1990s, Into the West and The Secret of Roan Inish.  





Neither of the girls have given Into the West a chance yet, but Big Sis watched The Secret of Roan Inish with me last year and loved it.  She surprises me sometimes.  It is a rather quiet, mystical movie, but she thought it was beautiful.  (Which didn't stop me from laughing hysterically at this Onion article a friend posted on my FB wall not long afterward.  Scroll down for the Roan Inish reference.)   And selkies?  They're just cool.

If you don't have access to the DVDs, Into the West is streaming on Netflix and someone has posted The Secret of Roan Inish on YouTube in its entirety.   

As always, Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!  And 


Happy St. Paddy's Day!!!


Oh!  Wait!  Don't leave yet!  I almost missed it.  A milestone has been reached. This is my 200th post!  Woo hoo!  


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  1. we have Tales of Old Ireland and the CD! The Children of Lir IS sad, Julia has deemed it 'too sad' but I adore it and the whole book, it so appeals to my fairy tale loving heart. Beautiful! Haven't seen Roan Inish ever CAN YOU BELIEVE? So want to! Have fun making soda bread! one of Julia's BFF's is half irish (her grandparents are both from ireland!) and she does irish dancing and is going to be in a show that we might go watch. then i'm making irish hand pies. i really want to watch darby o gill and the little people, i;ve never seen it all the way through! xoxoxoxoxo

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    1. Oh, I love Irish dancing! We have friends here in town who are Scottish in heritage, and they do Scottish country dancing. I think Big Sis would be good at it. Confession: I've never seen Darby O'Gill. Not even a little bit of it! Someday... You must see The Secret of Roan Inish. It's magic. It's one of my all-time favorite movies. It's pretty quiet and slow, which is why I was shocked Big Sis loved it, but she has the attention span. Her sister? No way.

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  2. Congratulations on your 200th post! It sounds like you will be busy this weekend. We have not read any of the books in this post but would like to. We have read three others and hope to read more before the day is out tomorrow. Have a great St. Paddy's Day!

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    1. I actually managed to come down with another cold - my third in two months! - so I haven't done as much as I had planned. We skipped the parade because a friend of mine came to town unexpectedly. (Always a great reason to miss an event, though!) Big Sis has been to her rehearsals, but I missed church due to being sick and we're definitely in for the night now. Oh, well! Hope you enjoy all your reading, and that your St. Paddy's Day is going well!!!

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    2. I am so sorry you have come down with a cold. At least you got to visit with a friend. I see lots of oj and veggie soup in your future. :)

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    3. The visit was lovely. She had her beautiful baby girl with her - I hope my cold did not get passed on. OJ sounds really good right now. :o)

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  3. I first heard about St Patrick's day a couple of years ago, but I love Irish and green things too. The books look awesome, and the movies too. I wish I could see them! We have a spring holiday too tomorrow, with lots of kite flying. Now weekend's almost over but happy st. patrick's day while it's still here, and happy spring and congratulations on your 200th post! Here's to the next 200 and more!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much!

      Kite flying sounds wonderful! Despite being 80 degrees F two days ago, it's cold again here. We might get a little more winter weather soon. We're on spring break, but it doesn't feel like spring!

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