Happy St Pancake Day

Or St Patricks day if you aren’t a confused three year old!

Our first St Patricks day in Ireland, we had thought about going to the larger parade in Galway (which was the plan until like the week before the main event) but then my Dad told us he would be featuring in the Glenamaddy parade so we switched and did that instead. 

Obviously being the ‘plastic paddy’s’ (minus Cora) that we are we had to fully embrace the dressing up. Our home dressing up box is filled with lots of green now. As usual I was blown away by how well the kiddos adapt to ‘crowd’ situations. Ok this was no where near as busy as some of the stuff we have been to, but still they are happy to walk along, and stand for a while. I think so long as the parents are relaxed and excited the kids will be too. 
Our little Irish child, Cora, all dressed up. The above photo served as her 22 week photo, can you believe? Where did that time even go?!! 
Another botched attempt at a photo with everyone looking. Currently the Sofa stands as our location of choice for group photos, Im thinking I might mix it up and look for some other locations (maybe the stairs?!) where I can fit all the kids in and there are fewer distractions for them to look at! 

We had fun with facepaints in the morning, sadly Luis didn’t keep his Irish flag face for the entire day, I quite liked it! 
Vivi, who has inherited my ‘stubborn staines’ streak (she is named Vivienne Tallulah JOAN after nanny Joan, who is pretty much the same) stood at my legs as I was facepainting everyone else shouting “meeeeee meeeeee meeeeee” Of course her flag and shamrock got rubbed off after about 20 seconds and for the rest of the day the green and orange smudge just looked like a huge bruise on her cheek. Win. 
To the Glenamaddy parade, a small village pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Can you spot Granddad Clive? Yeah. A little display of casual racism there. My sister would have been mortified at the lack of health and saftey/political correctness displayed. If you are confused as to who they are they are the ‘sapeurs’ from the Guinness advert which can be seen here (Guinness Sapeurs). Its a fantastic advert actually, I love the Guinness ads. 
The parade was really good, they had St Patrick leading it, snakes, sharks, lots of tractors, a bloke on a horse, and then a septic tank removal firm (no joke, supporting local businesses ftw) Luis and Maxis favourites were the ‘6 nations celebrations’ float who drove past chucking out sweets to the crowd. 
Im playing mega catch up this week, (hence the post waaaaay after Paddys day) busy times in the house of Clev, we had a birthday on Thursday, Maxi was 6, so Im currently drowning in a sea of Jurassic Park dinosaurs and hotwheels cars. 
Im signing off on this post about our St Patricks day with part of the prayer from his breastplate. 
The school choir sings this at most school mass’ and I think its beautiful and try and keep it in my mind when im feeling a bit lost or lonely. God bless St Patrick, or St Pancake, whichever you prefer really!!! 

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

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