S: St. Patrick's Day 2006
FC: "May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night." ~Irish Blessing
1: riday, March17, 2006, was a special day. Leprechauns had been sighted earlier that morning down by the creek at 16096 Greenwood Rd, Monte Sereno, California, and glints of gold had been seen in unlikely places. Duncan and Dylan got up early that morning to see if the luck of their Irish ancestors was still strong enough to allow them to outwit the fairy people.
2: Duncan didn't waste anytime looking for his pot of gold. Even the hiding of his clothes by the leprechauns didn't slow him down. Not Duncan Oliver MacGregor Black!
3: Dylan's pot of gold was a little harder to find. Lawrence O'Arabia Giraffe collaborated with the fairy folk on this hiding place. | Now you see him ... now you don't.
4: Later while Dylan and Duncan were at school (Mom made sure they were wearing green so they didn't get pinched - or punched - by nasty classmates), Mom got the house ready for a special St. Patrick's Day Party.
5: The Giraffes love to dress up and can't wait to welcome the guests. | Lawrence O'Arabia and Lucinda O'Leary are careful to not step on any leprechauns.
6: While Mom was out shopping, leprechauns completely covered the windows with shamrocks. | Everyone will get a pot o' Lucky Charms for a snack too before the big hunt for the Leprechaun's gold.
7: Every guest will get to have a special friendly leprechaun mascot to help them today. Note that the shillelagh is carefully out of the way of the guests. We don't want any unexpected shenanigans from any of the wee laddies.
8: Yummy pseudo-Irish treats are waiting for the hordes - green grapes, mint merinques, green tea, Irish breakfast tea, cookies, and green jello with gold dragees (edible). It was all magically delicious.
9: Oh, no ... all the wee mortals are arriving and me with not a bit of me own hair combed.
10: 4 leaf clovers are hidden everywhere. The guinea pigs refuse to give any hints, at least, not without a green bribe. Lettuce anyone? | Evan found one of the luckiest of 4 leaf clovers. Sean found a golden shamrock hidden at the bottom of his green jello. How lucky can you get? | Let the party begin!
11: Erin Go Bragh! | Hark!.. I hear the sound of a harp and a bodhran ... the little people are here. Let's go find them.
12: While the kids were lured downstairs by the sound of fairy music, the not so wee guests enjoyed their treats and a cup o' tea (and a bit of blarney, no doubt).
13: Follow me wee ones. Let's go downstairs for more revelry.
14: Downstairs D | Everyone gets a chance to use their lucky leprechaun because its twin is hidden under one of the Irish bowler hats.
15: Find your matching lucky leprechaun under your hat. | Time for a ceilidh ... hope the lads don't turn this into a donnybrook.
16: Everyone found their inner Michael Flatley and ... | ... Riverdanced those balloons into oblivion.
17: Remember, when doing a traditional Irish jig, no hands or arms allowed ... to be sure, perhaps we'll allow a few modern moves.
18: After getting our blood boiling with some wild dancing, we all exited to the backyard. By chance, a light rain had fallen that sunny day causing a rainbow to sweep across the backyard. For a small window of time, we mere mortals could see the hiding places of all the leprechaun gold. Shiny gold and green coins were found by all. Later that evening, after the guests had departed, the family sat down to a nice meal of corned beef and cabbage, with horseradish and mustard. There was even some green jello left for dessert.