April is Here! Did you get fooled?

April First.  I’m not sure where the concept originated (and I’m not curious enough to Google it) but an entire day devoted to tricks and playing pranks on people is…not entirely my cup of tea.  I’m not a prankster.  At.  All.  But I do think there is something to be said for getting out of the normal routine and adding some fun and laughter into life, even if it involves some (harmless!) trickery.  And frankly, when I helped the kids “leprechaun prank” my brother on St. Patrick’s day and then he retaliated by covering their room in a maze of crepe paper and silly string, it made for a really fun day – a day my kids will remember for quite a while.  Can’t pass up another opportunity for that, now can we?  Besides, the kids already talking their grandma into buying them silly string 😉 I will leave most of the April Fooling to the kids and my brother, content to play assistant to their plans as needed.  But running across all those crazy “April Fools Pranks for you kids” type posts on Pinterest the last couple of weeks did put me in the mood to do a little something.  So I pranked their lunchboxes. Last night, with my little guy in tow after a quick round of team soccer photos, we made a last minute stop at the grocery store.  I headed down the candy and cracker isle and let my son pick out a few treats for himself and his sister (is it more diabolical if they unwittingly participate in the trick?).  I tried to direct him in the process to ones with packaging I could easily open and reseal, like those great movie theater-style boxes of candy.  Then after putting the kids to bed, I drug the husband into the kitchen and instructed him to start opening the boxes (carefully! and from the bottom) while I pulled out the healthier food.  Each of the treat containers got an “April Fools!” note and a new item of food, then were resealed with double stick tape (worked perfectly!). IMG_3397 When the kids open up their lunches, they will find this.IMG_3398 When what they really get for lunch is this IMG_3395AI kind of wish I were there to see the looks on their faces.  But I’m sure I will hear all about it when they get home – which will be soon!  Oh wait – I think I just heard my son walk in the door.  I will let you know how the rest of the pranking unfolded later. Happy April Fools!  And as a quote I ran across this morning said – I hope it is filled with laugher and fun. I’d love to hear your favorite trick or plans for today.  I can always use more ideas for next year…

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