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 We like to have fun with kid's minds on St. Patrick's Day. My mom did it to my niece and nephew and now we're doing it to Tharin. I don't know why leprechaun's are such a big deal to us but we like to make kids believe they are real and we go to great lengths to do this.  Not only do we go leprechaun hunting on a semi-regular basis in the woods, but we also create elaborate scenes on St. Patrick's Day. Tharin spent the night at Mimi's house on Friday night, so after he fell asleep it was time to get busy. We basically wrecked my mom's house.  Threw over kitchen chairs, tossed banana peels around, put green food coloring in the toilet (yes, leprechauns like to pee in your toilets and they pee green!), put string all over the living room, made little chocolate footprints on the kitchen table, spilled green 'beer' everywhere, and much, much, much more!!!

Apparently leprechauns, after busting into your house, (well, they actually sneak through cracks under doors according to local legend) like to eat your food and drink your beer, all the while making a terrible mess.  Before leaving, they always paint little toenails red!  Imagine Tharin's surprise to see bright red toenails Saturday morning.  Oh my Lord it was funny!!!! Most of them live in the woods, but the really naughty ones live in Grandpa's barn.

After the shock of all this, we had an extended leprechaun hunt in the woods. He claimed to see a fat leprechaun while peering in a hole in a big tree and we found lots of leprechaun trails to run down. We also saw some suspicious tracks down by the crick. During the hunt, he whispered in my ear, "Mommy, I'm so mad, I think I want to kill one"................um, maybe we went too far?

I hope everyone had a fun St. Patrick's Day like us!

It's also our three year anniversary of our terrible fire in Cayman and we always take a moment to remember how lucky we are to be alive. If you want to read about it and a see a bunch of fire (depressing) photos, go HERE



Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.