Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Irish Luck

I realized early in my relationship with Billy that being a Murray was synonymous with being Irish.  And St. Patrick's Day is a big deal.  A holiday that had passed me by for years is now one that I fully embrace. 

As soon as March arrives we're wearing green, growing shamrocks and listening to old Irish records Billy's parents gave us (plus a The Elders and Black 47 too).  My kids look forward to "the Irish season" so much because they know it means a lot of Murray family time!

The first week in March we took a walk up the street to introduce the boys to someone who is special to their Dad and me.  Ian Byrne (lead singer of The Elders, the Irish band that played at our wedding) opened a custom shop and gallery called Off The Floor Woodworking just a few blocks from us.  It was great to see him and show him just how much our lives have changed since our wedding day!
"Where are we going, Mom?"
Horrible iPhone pic, but it'll have to do.
 His work is beautiful and we left with a one-of-a-kind handcarved box to give Fletcher in honor of his baptism next month.

As our Irish celebration continues...there's this guy.  Wearing a normal outfit for the month of March at our house.  You'd think we were headed to the parade.  Nope, just a regular Wednesday in March.

Our family festivities began on Snake Saturday with the parade in Brookside, followed by a corned beef and cabbage dinner at our house and finally a breakfast at Murray's Tables & Taps on actual St. Patrick's Day.

How lucky we were to celebrate our Irish pride with my sister-in-law and nieces from Tennessee this year.
Billy and Kim so happy to be together again :)
PopPop helping Max score some candy.
My little lucky charm enjoying the parade.

Heading back home.  Sullivan, eating two suckers at once, in true fashion.

Double stroller.  Three kids.  It works.
Max picking up some tips from the big boys and our basketball star, Ella!
Fiona and Fletcher getting acquainted.
The oldest and youngest Murray cousins.
Lots of sweets!

Enjoying time with Mimi outside.
Tackling cousin Finn!  Poor guy.
The Murray brothers!
Sully...doing what he does best (eating/relaxing/being cute).
Max and Keegan

Fletcher-man with Aunt Lisa.
Sullivan was helping Dad take the banner down, but got tangled in it :)
The Murray kids with Mom and Dad.
May the luck of the Irish always be at hand.

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