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A few things Irish...Hockey Wife Tales style!

March 17, 2011

Are you wearing green? Is the corned beef in the crock pot and the Guinness beer chilling in the cooler?  Well must be St. Patrick's Day!  For some of you, maybe you will pull out the one green item you have in the back of your closet...something you only wear once a year so you won't get pinched.  Maybe you are like Megan Fox, and you borrow your 8 year-old's t-shirt...and it f*cking fits!
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Now I am regretting the second Guinness I have just consumed (thank you, Megan)!!

Anyhow...every year my husband gets a copy of the dates for the upcoming season sent to him.  As soon as we get this schedule, I narrow down a few important dates to see if my husband will be home or away.  These dates include...
  1. My children's birthdays
  2. Christmas
  3. All-Star break
Ever since I can remember, my husband and I have celebrated St. Patrick's Day instead of Valentine's Day.  We exchange gifts, give each other cards that profess our love to each other, and we drink Guinness while we dine on corned beef and cabbage.  
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Of course it is not that we are jumping on some green bandwagon...we really do have reason to celebrate.  Our love was built on both of our love of anything Irish.  We both have Irish family roots.  My husband's mother was born on St. Patrick's Day.  We have similar tastes in music, such as The Waterboys.  I have had a four-leaf clover tattooed on my foot since I was eighteen (and a shamrock on my back).  I offered to buy him a Bushmills the night we met. (My favorite hard beverage...stirred not shaken please!)    We  honeymooned in Ireland.  Our children both have been given irish names.  Let's be honest...who wouldn't want to find a reason to dress like this?
This is my son on St. Patrick's Day when he was almost one year old!  

That day we took our children to the local Irish pub to have a traditional Irish breakfast (skip the blood sausage please!).  As we walked in the place went nuts.  Here he is next to one of the bartenders showing off their matching green mohawks and guinness shirts!  Supposedly, this picture is framed on the wall of the husband and I are so proud!
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From the moment you walk in our house (where ever that might be for the hockey season) is obvious that this is a home that takes their Guinness Drinking seriously!  Our framed artwork consists of prints by John known for his Guinness Beer art.

As most bad parents do, we let our daughter take a sip of Guinness, upon her insistence, when she was almost three.  I can tell you she didn't like the taste of it, and this is how I know...

One day, after we had just returned from a two-week trip, I was sitting in our living room talking to my sister on the phone.  I heard my daughter make some strange gurgling noises and was acting like she was gagging.  As she came in the room, I could smell a putrid smell on her.  My immediate thought was that she had consumed a poison of some type.

ME:  What is wrong? What did you drink?

HER:  GUINNESS...(she said it as though she had just consumed a near fatal dose of arsenic!)

ME:  Guinness? I tried to think what poison could be mistaken for guinness....OH MY GOD, SHE DRANK OLD ENGLISH!!
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Then I found it...My daughter had found a sippy-cup of old milk (over two weeks old) and had taken a sip.

(I will wait for you to stop gagging)....

In my daughter's mind, the only thing more disgusting than drinking two-week-old milk...would be Guinness!
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Do you get excited for St. Patrick's Day in your house?

For my husband...
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May your morning after St. Patricks Day find you well!

I didn't forget about the second part of the Heart Throb post.  If you missed the first part, then you MUST CLICK HERE!  

Since I forgot today was St. Patricks...I have pushed the post to Saturday morning.   Get your teen heart throbs to me...and I will be sure to add your blog link to my post!  Thank you to those who have sent their teen idols in.....too funny!  I have hidden the comments from readers that shared their idols....I think I am going to make a little game out of it...with links to everyone's blogs!  


KY ✈ said...

Your son is the cutest!!! I love the mohawk!!!!

KT @ KT's Refinishing School said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! J and I have always celebrated the day together with corned beef, cabbage and green beer :) The first few years we went out to eat our traditional dinner but the last few years we've been enjoying the feast at home!

Hope you have a great day!

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Chrissy said...

Love the pic of your son with the mohawk!! So cute!

Big Fat Gini said...

We love St. Patrick's Day too, but only because it's our "I Met You Today Anniversary." Which is probably lame and cheesy but it gives us another excuse to have beer without guilt. Even though we're more of a Shiner family.

Love the picture of your son with the mohawk! Cuteness!

TexaGermaNadian said...

OH MY DEAR LORD. Sooo gross. So gross. Poor girl. But that is hilarious she thought the rotten milk was guinness! Haha. We don't do too much, especially over here where they have NO idea what the heck this holiday is. Have you ever been to Dublin to the Guinness factory there?!?! It was awesome, if you are a fan, you have to go :)

Ross said...

I beg someone to top that! how gross!Happy St.Patrick's Day. I'm Irish myself so this is a big day in our family as well.

Sarahcaiafa said...

Love the picture of your son in the mohawk. I am half italian half irish. I will be doing our traditional dinner tomorrow since we have single soldiers coming. I did a small one for tonight just the beef and cabbage. No soda bread, no boxty and none of the other stuff. The minute my kids hear irish music they stop and do their white boy funky dances. Cracks me up every time.

Enjoy your beer. Was bummed the irish pub here doesn't do green beer. I am with you on the blood sausage. We love Gilroy as well.

Rancher Mom said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day Hockey Wife!! May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends! (Now to go throw the corned beef into the crockpot, yummy!) And I will keep an eye out for Guinness memorabilia for you.

Missy said...

Aww your little one is so cute!! I haven't been out for St Patricks day in a whle as it alwys falls on a school night (sometimes teaching has its down points!). However I remember some great nights out when I was at Uni for it!! Oh the memories! It's so sweet how you and your husband celebrate it so much - have a fun one!

Ada said...

Oh dear. That story about the your daughter's tippy cup is hilarious. I've got to say, I'm with her on the Guinness. I may be Irish, but I've never cared for the stop. Hoping you have a very, very Happy St. Paddy's Day filled with all sorts of new memories! Slainte!

Mrs. Hyde said...

Your daughter is right. Drinking Guinness IS like drinking two-week-old milk. Gotta love those Irish Car Bombs, though.

ixy said...

Old milk - ew! You poor daughter - I feel the same way about beer too. I've never been able to take even a sip. As soon as it gets close and I can smell it...gravol time.

Hockey Wife said...

Happy (belated) St. Patty's Day! Check your e-mail and get excited! ;)

Kaylah said...

I did the same thing, except it WAS Guinness and not 2 week old milk! Hehe.
Perhaps it will turn her off beer and she'll skip the whole rebellious teen thing! ;)