Top of the morning to you! Happy St. Patricks Day friends!! This is one of my favorite holidays and has been for a while. I think it’s because my maiden name is “McP” at least that’s what I’m blaming it on! Every year I try and make it a priority to celebrate in some matter.
Some highlights of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the past:
Girls trip to Nashville, a pub crawl through Oakley, trivia night with green beer, and heading to a local bar just the two of us!
The last two years have been a little different than the previous:
Two years ago I was pregnant, so no celebration happened. Then last year we wanted to get out and partake but we had little Mr. Parker with us. The best thing about breweries in Cincinnati is that they are very family friendly. No judgment bringing your kids to get a drink and celebrate! Also, can we please look at how little Parker is in these pictures. He was only 5 months old, what happened to my baby?!
With being pregnant this year and Parker being a little older, we still wanted to go out and celebrate this holiday. We decided to have a family fun day and went to the parade downtown. After the past couple weeks of busyness, which will continue up through May, these days are becoming even more important.
Our first stop, Findlay Market! It is a public market located in Over-the-Rhine which has farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods. We have yet to have anything that wasn’t delicious from the market. This time we were just looking for fruit and bread. I highly recommend Blue Oven Bread Bakery if you ever go down there. Our favorites are their English muffins, almond/regular/chocolate croissants, and Seedy McSeed. If you go during the summer Findlay is packed with people, food vendors, and everyone just enjoying themselves.
Next, Cincinnati Bell Connector Ride! The connector opened back in 2016 and is a convenient way to get around the city. We have taken it multiple times over the past couple of years and highly enjoy it. Yesterday, we were headed down to The Banks for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and decided to park at Findlay Market. Due to having the streetcar we were able to park farther away and still made it in time for the parade. Parker loved the streetcar, he even held on for safety without being instructed. This kid just cracks me up, the things he does, who even knows where he learns them from.
Finally, we made it to our final destination: St. Patricks’s Day Parade! This was Parker’s first parade and it had been a while since I had been down to this parade. A fun fact about myself when I was younger, I did Irish Dancing for McGing. I actually danced in St. Patty’s Day Parade about 20ish years ago. (Ah! Makes me sound so old!) We met one of my best friends, her husband, and son down at the parade. She is actually having her second baby on Tuesday so it was good to see her before then!
Getting two toddlers to stand still and pay attention to the camera is getting difficult. The parade behind us for sure didn’t help.
The parade was just a great time. It happened right when it was nap time, but the boys did wonderfully. I believe snacks and a cookie probably helped with that! Parker loved the music (he was definitely dancing), flags, balloons, fire trucks, streamers, and so much more! I can’t wait to take him one day to my absolutely favorite parade, Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
I would say our family fun day was a success! The one thing I have learned over the past year is not to have too much expectation for the day. Somethings are going to come up that are out of your control and you just have to go with the flow. I also learned that a family day doesn’t have to be so extravagant. Most weekends are spent at home just spending time together and we still consider that a family fun day. Just do what works best for your family and don’t worry about what others are doing.
Have a lucky day with your family and friends!!