Friday, March 19, 2010

...a wee bit of Irish...

...through family, friends and experiences in my neck of the woods...

My hubby is mainly of Portuguese ancestry...but they do have Some Spanish, maybe a Fraction of French...and somewhere along the family lines... there is a wee bit of Irish.

When he was a little boy (and after getting spankings or reprimanded...which he says happened often... and that he deserved every bit of it...well...except for the times that he says he got in the way of his brother getting a lickin', so ended up getting a lickin' too :o)... he would look at some old baby photos and "know" for certain that he had to be adopted!

He had light reddish/blondish hair and was very, very fair, compared to his older brother with dark curly hair, so he thought he was an adopted child that got all the spankings.

(Too funny to think about, especially, since you take one look at him and he looks like his dad and you can definitely see he is related through and through!)
 ~Check out this late 1970's family photo ~
(does anyone else remember wearing shirts with big collars?)
(My Mr. B is in the top middle)
My sweet sister-in-law has quite a lot of Irish in her blood. My brother and SIL named their little girl "Brecken", which is Irish for "freckle"... How cute is that!
Here's this little Irish/Filipino/German/Chinese/Spanish sweetie~

(These are recent photos of our niece Beautiful Brecken and nephew Cutie Crew).


This night scene postcard of River Street in Savannah, Georgia has a bit of the green shining through...

We live in a town right on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia.  Before moving here, I never realized just how celebrated St. Patrick's Day is in Savannah! ...but an example of this... schools in the area and surrounding area are closed on Mar 17th (they gave in to having St. Paddy's day off, since a lot of students end up going to the huge parade).

This taken from ABOUT.COM contributer Sheridan Alexander:
"The St. Patrick's Day celebration in Savannah is the city's largest annual celebration including the second largest St. Patrick's Day Parade and by many accounts the largest St. Patrick's Day street celebration in the United States. Likened by some to Mardi Gras gone Irish, the spirited St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah go on for several days, attracting roughly 400,000 Irish and honorary Irish visitors each year in addition to local revelers. The comparison to Mardi Gras ends when it comes to displays of public nudity, however, which in Savannah according to authorities can "get you arrested."

...A humongous crowd on Riverfront Street, after the parade.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Savannah Waterfront Association

The fountains flow with glistening green water.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee

This week is also Spring break for Heartbreaker... so with some good college friends, they'll get a chance to experience some Idyllic Irish Imagery...around Savannah. On Saturday, they arrived to our home and stopped to eat dinner on their way to the condo on Tybee Island.  And then after spending St. Patrick's Day in Savannah on Weds, they came to the house for dinner.

(I love the last photo silhouette of the 8 boys taken on the beach at sunrise).


I am joining in with Jenny for
Alicia for 
Midday Escapades for
The Best Hearts are Crunchy for

Here are some Celtic/Irish inspired artwork.
(Click on each to see a closer view)

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
~an Old Irish Blessing~

Blessings & Aloha!

(OOOHH! one more exciting bit of news...our daughter and Son-in-Law found out He was "Matched" for his  Residency in Dermatology!  We are very proud and excited for them...If you have time, take a peek at "theluckiestmrs." blog and guess where it will be...


mavericks_mommy said...


Happy Friday Follow!! Im a new follower!

Mavericks Mommy

Postcardy said...

I am surprised there is no school on St. Patrick's Day. Savannah sounds like a fun place to be for St. Patrick's Day.

Unknown said...

follow you from follow friday! You have a great blog. I would love if you come follow me!

Hazel said...

What a doll! Thinking you are adopted is hilarious. I used to complain I was adopted, blaming my being an only child when I was a kid lol...

Thanks for dropping by at my nook. You got a very interesting blog.

Unknown said...

That's Funny !
I'm a Brazilian so I speak portuguese, but I'm living in Ireland with my 2 irish kids and my irish Fiance...I'm a little bit irish too!

Following you from FF,


Half Brazilian-Half Irish

More Than Words said...

Oh my goodness...he thought he was the adopted son who got all the spankings..aww!! :)

What a great picture! His brother looks Italian! Such a good looking family. Good genes that has passed on, too!

Anonymous said...

I wish St. Patty's were a bigger event where I live, but it's not. :-(

I love the name Brecken, too cute!

wonderful post Maria!

Muthering Heights said...

LOL...I am seriously cracking up at the 70's picture!!!!

LV said...

Banks and post offices seem to close for everything, but did not know anything closed for the 3-17 date. Just depends on the location and what the town wants I guess. You great hubby must be a truly kind and understanding fellow to allow you to share his life with all of us. I enjoy reading about your wonderful family.

The Rantings of a Drama Queen's Mum said...

Hi. I'm following you from Friday follow. I love the name Brecken. I've always wanted to go to Savannah.

~ Regan said...

Hello again, Maria!! Hope you had a wonderful St Patty's day! ♣Erin Go Brach♣!~!

Brecken (just the sweetest name ever!) and Crew are adorable!
I love your claddagh drawing... It's perfect!

Betty said...

Thinking he was adopted was such a funny story.

I had no idea Savannah was so Irish.

Bearly Sane said...

Sounds like St. Paddy's is fun in your neck of the woods!
Love the postcards in the previous post...they're very colourful and make me feel like taking a holiday.
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Laurencita said...

Yes, they really looked alike and very!

Unknown said...

Cute pics! So funny he thought he was adopted. I also LOVE the name cute!

Bacardi Mama said...

Loved the pictures. Savannah sounds like the place to celebrate St. Patty's Day. I always love my visits here. Have a great weekend Maria!

Veronica Lee said...

Love your blog.

Following on FF!!

Beth Niquette said...

Love the postcard, and the picures were delightful--they kind of remind me of the pictures my family has of all of us in the 1970's.

Happy pff!

Jenny said...

What a lovely, lovely "I" post!

And I adore the name Brecken.

And I love your pictures.

And I love your stories.

And I love your blog!

A+ and a big hug for your persistence in finding all the great pictures!

Serendipityissweet said...

What a great collection of photos! Lovely post :)

Jen Price said...

We don't usually celebrate St. Paddy's day but this year I decided to make an Irish meal. It was fun! I love the crosses, by the way!

I've heard that Irish blessing before! Love it!

Kristen Sambs said...

LOL, thanks for posting pics of our Cuties :) Looks like the name "Brecken" was very like and may be on the rise in the popularity chain!

Lots of Love,
your SIL

Unknown said...

Brecken is the cutest name.......I love the green water in the fountains...HOW FUN!

yonca said...

You have a beautiful family! I don't remember wearing shirts with big collars but my hubby does. He is 10 years older than me:) Have a great weekend!

Mary said...

Who knew Savannah was so Irish! Happy PFF!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

What a lovely family! Great old & new photos.

Snap said...

Happy PFF! You have a lovely family and I really enjoyed the St. Patrick's Day card and story about Savannah ... who knew?!!!!!! What fun!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

What a lovely post full of dear loved ones and their photographs. You have a sweet family and I have enjoyed visiting with you!

Kindly, ldh

Kel said...

Great Post. Just swinging by to wish you a happy weekend!

Steph said...

What a wonderful post! I especially love the old photos and family stories. And what a cute-y you have for a niece. I also clicked over and read your engagement story. How sweet and special (and ready to be engaged after only one month). And look at y'all now. :) I am enjoying your artwork immensely.

The Four Week Vegan said...

His baby pics were very light, but yes he certainly looks like one of the bunch in the family photo. I would never have guessed that about Savannah and St. Paddy's Day - very interesting. I have to say, I just love that your son and all his buddies came to hang at your house for spring break - very cool.

Veronica Lee said...

Thank you for all your cool comments!!

I'm glad we 'connected'!!

Debbiedoos said...

What a wonderful Irish post indeed! Glad you came over, better late than never is what I say! I love the picture of River street and the old photos!~

Sarah said...

Cute post. How fun to be in Savannah for the St. Patrick's Day parade!

Anonymous said...

I so enjoy reading your posts and seeing the pics and sketches. Your Mr. B is very handsome and Brecken (cute name and meaning) and Cutie are adorable. Blessings & Aloha!

Amanda Lee said...

Wow! I had no idea the Savannah celebration was so huge! Cute kiddos, lovely sketches-- what a unique idea!

Witchcrafted Life said...

What an immensely fun post, I love seeing people's old family photos (and newer ones, too!). That girl, who is blessed to have such a wonderful mix of nationalities running through her, is too adorable for words (as is her name!).

Thank you dearly for your recent comments throughout not only this month, but 2010, sweet friend. They truly mean the world to me and always love it when you stop by Chronically Vintage.

Giant hugs & joyful Monday wishes,
♥ Jessica

Anonymous said...

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myletterstoemily said...

what a fun post about your
sweet husband and his teeny
irish roots.

a little irish goes a long way!

such a charming heritage.

congratulations to your son
and his new derm. position!


santamaker said...

Hi, thanks so much for your visit. I have been so bad about commenting lately, sorry it's been awhile ! I enjoyed catching up on your posts. My Kristin has spent the last two st.patricks day in Savannah and said it is the wild and crazy! How exciting for your oldest..almost finished with dental school! My youngest just assisted her friend with the board practical. She said it was intense!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I do so love the Celtic/Irish artwork! My childhood in Ireland was largely sheltered from massive St Patrick's Day celebrations it seems. I've never seen anything quite like it! :)

I'm sorry I'm late coming around this week. I've been playing catch up for a few days!

Debbie Petras said...

I hadn't realized how Savanah celebrated St. Patrick's Day but it looked like a fun celebration. How fun that your son and his friends had such a good time. They look like good kids. And wow; would I love to go to Paula Deen's restaurant. How far in advance do you need to get reservations?

I always love your artwork. Miss Talent is your name. :)

Sending you a blog hug,

Vicki/Jake said...

Late getting here but wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I too love your artwork..very talented lady! And what a good looking bunch you are! I'll come back soon a go through some more of your posts.
Great pictures too!

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