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april first

until this morning april 1st meant only the start of a new month to the little girls. but now. now a new world has opened up. a world of little jokes and happy pranks.  

of course, it took some explaining for eve to get that the noisy balloons flying all over as she first walked out of her room were a silly joke, something to laugh at. but by the time her milk magically turned purple as it was poured onto the cereal (thank you food coloring hidden under the cereal, please be as safe as you say you are) she was giddy with the april fool's fun. cries for "more! more april fools tricks! i wonder what's gonna be the next trick!" rang out as we shuffled her off to school. 

this is what's coming next: when eve returns home she and ruth will be greeted with a refreshing glass of undrinkable "apple juice" (lemon jell-o). i think she'll be entertained. and if she greets it with a scowl (even a five-year-old forgets over the course of a day) i know i can count on little ruth to get the joke and laugh enough for everyone until eve joins in.

happy april fool's day everyone. it has been a long time since i celebrated, and never has it been more fun than today with these little girls. i can already see the wheels turning in their little heads... for now i've got to get busy figuring out a way to make something that looks like mac n' cheese, but isn't. that would blow their minds...

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hahaha. so cute.

neeaaarly as cute as ruth coming out of the bedroom with a tutu and sunglasses.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaroline

I LOVE the jello idea! I hope the girls squeal with delight when they figure it out. Over at FamilyFun.com they have more April Fools food ideas for kids. The meatloaf cupcakes are killer! Here's the link:



April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

Oh how clever! I have never liked April fool's, at least not being made the fool. This however looks like so much fun, I must remember this for next year.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

I'm a new reader. I like to think I am a crafter, and sewing is my newest love. But you do some great things, so I will be back to check out more.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterashley

I want to know what you did for the mac n cheese!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertroutay

you're such a fun mom!!
i totally forgot that today was April fools day. maybe next year...

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

watching the girls try to drink the jello through the straws and then figure it out was one of the top ten best moments as a mom. hysterically funny watching them struggle and even better when they realized the trick and we all laughed and laughed together.
and thanks for the link to the meat loaf cupcakes! (why didn't i check family fun earlier? a gold mine of ideas, including those i used yesterday) i ended up making "meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy"for dinner (cocoa rice krispie treats- which, with the help of a food processor looked EXACTLY like meatloaf- ice cream and caramel sauce) and "cupcakes" for dessert (the meatloaf/mashed potatoes). it was silly and perfect.

next year i will figure out the perfect not-really-mac n' cheese. and i will take up chip's family tradition of "poached egg on toast" (slice of pound cake- i think i'll use angel food baked in a loaf- whipped cream, apricot half, and a few black sprinkles for the pepper). this kind of fun is underrated.

April 2, 2009 | Registered Commenterkatie

what a cute mama you are. lucky kids you have.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

omg- that is hilarious. I love it! I didn't do anything with my 3-yr old and now I'm wishing I did!!! Definitely next year...

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

i totally agree that this kind of run is underrated. I love taking the excuse to be silly and laugh. I think it is what like is all about.

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

*fun is underrated
*life is all about
- why do I never look at the things I type until after I post them?? Great habit...

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

oooh how much fun are you? i want to live at your place. i've never even thought about doing fun pranks for april fools, but i especially love the tricky food - just might have to try something next year.

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

How fun to have you reply to me! So glad the girls enjoyed all the tricky treats -- your dinner sounds darling! Thanks for this and all of your awesome posts. You inspire me!

April 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

Hey Katie, I've just come across your sight via simple + pretty - and already I have fallin in love with what I assume to be a crocodile on your header to your site................., where may I ask did you find him? loving the site!!!

May 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

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