The Leprechaun Hunt, and The Fess Up

Once a year our house is vandalized.

We wake up to find little green footprints all over the counters, the floor, even the refrigerator.  Our milk has turned green, the eggs are green and even the pancakes are green.

Throughout the day we try to catch the culprit.  Generally we don't succeed.  At least not alone.  Around twilight time we call in some recruits.  We find the trail, and then...
Thank heavens for cousins!
On top of it all, it is Keith's grandfather's birthday.  That is right, Jeffrey's father was born today many years ago.  Well, not that many, but enough that he is old enough to be a grandfather.

So, I gave him a custom clipboard.  He is a cartoonist for a newspaper so I glued a newspaper to the clipboard, cut out the cartoon he is the most proud of, and voila!  A custom clipboard for him.  I still need to add a few more finishing touches onto it, but I think he liked it.  I think it is a little plain, but I had to remember;  it is a clipboard for a guy.  They tend to like things simpler and not super cute.  At any rate, I sure enjoy making them.

In other news, I was always told a goal not written down is just a dream.  And all goals need some accountability.  And since I am being completely honest here {see my last post} I may as well continue with that process.

Today I had to run to the store.  I was out of spray paint, and I needed some to get the gift done for my father in law.  While I was out, I became embarrassed.  Why?  Because I currently weigh more than I ever have in my life.  I don't have any clothes that fit me right now, I am still wearing a lot of my maternity clothes.  Now I know that my body is recovering from being pregnant for over a year.  Yeah, it was fun.  So I am not being too hard on myself.  But, I was seriously embarrassed.  I didn't like going out and being seen.  Sad, but true.  Jeffrey and I were talking about it last week, and we decided I need a little motivation.  Since I need more and new clothes, we decided every time I lose 5 lbs I will get a new shirt, or article of clothing.  But along with goals, I need accountability.  So, from now until I get down to not being embarrassed any more, I am going to report every friday.  I will do it at the end of my post, so as not to force anyone to read it if they don't want to.  I will put down how I am doing with exercise and cutting out sweets, and smaller portions.  Because let's be honest here.  I really enjoy food.  I love the flavors and textures and smells, and when there is something I like, I just want more and more.  And when it comes to sweets there is no hope for me... unless it was contaminated with peanut butter.  I am safe then.  So, every Friday will be my fess up day.  Please help me remember.  Thanks!

And happy St. Patrick's Day to you too!


Anonymous said…
How fun! We used to do the hunt too, but never with green footprints! Way to go mama!

I like the idea of a new article of clothing. It serves two purposes- getting you motivated, and getting you clothed in clothes that fit. Sounds like a fun adventure!!!
Malinda said…
Oh my goodness! I love the little green feet! Good luck with the whole diet thing...I love when you have a reason to buy yourself something...especially when you've earned it!!
That is such an awesome St. Patty's day tradition for the little ones! Never seen that before... can I borrow it for grandkids someday?
I'm your newest follower and be back soon to collect more awesome ideas from you! :-)
tinahead81 said…
i can't wait until the kids are a little older to do something like that!! how fun!

LOVE the clip board! i always have to remind myself when i make something for the hubby that he probably wouldn't like ribbons and flowers and stuff!! lol

good for you for taking the first steps! i JUST threw out my last pair of maternity stretchy pants--david is almost two! just take it one day at a time!! find pics of the clothes you want and tape them around the house!!
Noodle said…
K so I'm dumb I just made the conection of your last name and the cartoon guy... ? I'm slow... I think that my brothers or at least Monte was friends with Jeffreys older bro... I have to acountable too or I never get stuff done...
Emmy said…
Oh I have been meaning to tell you, in Target I saw some decorated clipboards, but not nearly as cute as yours and they were $10 each! Totally thought of you when I saw them.

What sort of paint did you use for the footprints?? Such a cute idea
Susan Anderson said…
I bet he LOVED that clipboard. Perfect gift.

Gina said…
The clipboard is such a cool idea! I am trying to track down the perfect bday gift for my BFF who is anything but girly and impossible to shop for. I wish I could make something cute like that!
Katrina said…
That is the cutest idea! How did you make the footprints??

I completely know what you mean about going out and being embarrassed. I've gone out clothes shopping and was so down on myself I just hid in the dressing room and cried. My son is almost 3 and I still don't feel great about my body!
Lara Neves said…
I am a horrible sT. Patrick's Day mom! I hope I can remember to do this next year!

And seriously, I look at pictures of myself after I had my first two kids and wish I was that fat now. The third one did me in. I'm working on it, but it's so hard!

this is the post about my hike and some photos too,
please have a look when you are free!
thank you for caring!
you are so very creative!
loved the cute arts...
happy Friday!
Laura said…
Oh my gosh that is the cutest idea ever!! I am so stealing that next year. :)

I hear ya on the weight baby is 18 months and I need to get my butt in gear! I joined a gym 3 weeks ago and have been going at least 4 times a week though so hopefully the weight starts coming off. I'll be waiting for your updates on what *you're* doing each week. :)
Shelby said…
Oh my....this is SUCH a cute idea! Way to go momma!!
Unknown said…
That looks like fun, here from Jingle's.

Keep the FUNNIES in your weekends!

Em said…
when i was student teaching in college a teacher i worked with did those feet in her room the night before. the kids went crazy!!! it was so fun. i had totally forgotten about that!
Lorie said…
VERY FUN! Thanks for leaving a link!

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