Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The aftermath

How was your April Fools Day?  Mine wasn't too bad considering I'm still here to talk about it.  There were no extreme tricks thankfully.  I always wonder though what my boys could be capable of.  

In the morning I came down to the kitchen where I noticed Taylor played a trick on me.  He had every single cabinet and drawer pulled open.  Not bad for an 11 year old.  

My first attempt was aimed at hubby.  Before he got in his van to leave for work I turned the wipers on high.  I really wanted to turn the vents on high speed and crank the radio up, but all his settings reset back to the original way when the vehicle is turned off.  Technology!  So the wipers were the best I could do.  He didn't look the least bit surprised when he turned on the van.  

Strike one.

My next attempt was towards Carson and Luke.  While they were sitting and eating lunch I pretended to see a fly buzzing around the kitchen.  I grabbed the fly swatter making swings in the air and had them convinced there was a fly in our house.  Carson was getting nervous because he is not a fan of bugs that fly.  Luckily I hit and killed the "bug."  In my hand I had a raisin that I secretly tossed on the floor.  I went up to the (raisin) bug, picked it up and ate it.  The look on the boys faces was priceless.  They were all smiles and from the looks of it they thought their mom just did the coolest thing ever by eating a bug.  I had to assure them it was just a joke and not to try this for real.  Eew!

Next on the list it was my chance to get Taylor.  When he came home from school I had it all ready to go.  I put a bunch of ripped up pieces of paper in a soft plastic bowl and placed it on top of the front door that was cracked open.  The idea was that when he opened the door that the bowl would fall towards him spilling confetti down on him.  Here's where it went wrong.  He came in through the garage instead of the front door.  Aah!  

Strike two.

For dinner I decided to make the meatloaf and potatoes cake that I saw circulating the Internet.  Mine looked more like a disgusting glob of mush, but I had the kids totally falling for it, or at least the younger two.  They were even fighting over who would get to lick the "frosting" that was left over in the pan - which was really mashed potatoes.  Hilarious!   Carson took a bite and almost puked.  Luke took a bite and said it was the best cake ever - and he totally meant it - that boy is something else - power of suggestion.  And Taylor wouldn't fall for it, but said "thanks for the meatloaf Mom."  

To wrap up the evening I had one more trick up my sleeve for Taylor called the short sheet trick.  Here's how it works.    Take the top sheet off the bed and tuck the bottom end under the top end of the mattress. Pull it down then fold it back up so that the top end is where it would be if the bed was made normally. Finish making up the bed like it was before. When the victim tries to climb into bed they'll be surprised when they can't slide their feet all the way to the bottom.  It worked perfectly.  He climbed in bed and pushed his feet a few times.  He had the most confused look on his face, then he looked at me and I couldn't contain myself anymore and almost peed my pants laughing so hard.  He didn't think it was so funny and actually got upset which made me feel bad.  But in the end he was mostly upset because he wasn't able to pull off any really cool tricks on anyone.  

Oh, but next year I can see the paybacks coming in full force.  I may just have to plan a vacation around that time - sans kids!

Here are a few other tricks I found while browsing the Internet that I thought were funny but didn't get a chance to use (maybe next year!):
  • Sneeze trick: Fill a spray bottle with warm water.  Go up behind someone or as someone turns away from you pretend to sneeze and spray the back of their neck.
  • Bloody finger trick: Poke a hole with your finger in the bottom of a Styrofoam cup or use a paper cup (or small box) cutting a small hole that your finger can fit through. Pour ketchup on it and show it to your kids.
  • Ripped pants: Find a small scrap of fabric that can be ripped easily (or even a piece of Velcro). Place a dollar bill on the floor or your cell phone or anything that someone would reach down and pick it up.  When they bend over, rip the cloth and instinctively they will reach back to feel if they ripped their pants.
  • The unexpected: Gather all the cereal boxes and switch the bags so they are all in the wrong box.  
  • Who said that?: Hide the speaker of a baby monitor in a room where everyone is sitting.  Make random sounds every few minutes.  This would be funny with a fart machine too.  I am easily amused, can't you tell?
  • Rise & Shine: After your victim has gone to bed and is sound asleep, hide their alarm clock (making sure to reset it!) somewhere else in the room.
  • Toilet bubbles: Pour a capful of dish soap in the toilet. When your victim flushes they will be surprised with a bowl full of bubbles.
It really was a fun and memorable day that I am sure the kids won't soon forget and isn't that really what it's all about?  


  1. Sounds like you had a great day. I am not a fan of April Fool's day, I must admit. I am normally a very fun gal, but somehow the practical joke thing is not for me. Guess I'll live it through you from now on!

  2. Another mother! cool blog been browsing it here and there.
    Just wanted to say hi and pass along this site. its a custom
    search for free stuff and deals. with the way the economy is
    and all its pretty nice. esp. if you have kids!

  3. I'm not a big fan of April Fool's ... didn't do anything this year ... but a few of those ideas sound fun and harmless so I might have to try something in 2010.

  4. I feel so dull--I did nothing for my three boys (they are ages 12, 11 and 8). Maybe I will suprise them next year!

  5. Oh my gosh, Lynette, you are so hilarious and you are SO in for it next year.

    The only trick I played was when I told the kids that our van had broken down and they couldn't go to school after they got ready. I thought Ariel was going to cry.

    It was funny.

    Now I want meatloaf.


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