Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy April!

On the night of March 31st, under cover of darkness, I eye-bombed our house. That's right.



what the? putting googly eyes on some of our framed pics was my fave.

i think this little guy is super cute.

Australia is alive!

the peephole is a worried mouth

"what are you plugging into my face?!" said the t.v.

Jacob's contribution. "Clocks have faces" he said.

almost looks like an elephant?

on april fools we watched General Conference. And Pres. Monson watched us, too.

Benjamin LOVED finding all the little eyes. He had found 90% of them by the time we sat down to eat breakfast and was so preoccupied with the hunt that at one point he spit out some of his cereal saying,
"I think I just ate an eye."
"No, honey, I didn't put any eyes in the cereal box."

You know what I loved? That I got to take credit for it. So many of the cool things we do on holidays get handed to Santa or the Easter bunny or whatever. This one? All mine. And I was a very cool mom.

I also dyed the toilet water purple with a few drops of food coloring.
"What's going to happen when I pee in it?" Benjamin asked.
"I don't know. I've never done this before." I said.

Benjamin's preschool spent the week prior to the silly holiday discussing how this Sunday was for playing jokes on people. He definitely wanted in on the action. So while Dad was downstairs we stuffed the toes of his shoes with tissue paper. Unfortunately Benjamin was so excited about it that he didn't really let the joke unfold organically and ruined it just a little. Still. It was fun and harmless and easy.

By about noon Benjamin was hounding Jacob to play a joke on him. 
"Play a joke on me, Daddy! Play a joke on me!"
"We'll see," was about all Jacob would say. I could tell he was uninspired. So later in the afternoon when Benjamin was grouchy I poured a few Teddy Grahams into an opaque bowl and told Jacob to take them to him.
"I brought you some raisins for a snack!" said Jacob. Then, the reveal. 
That one was a big hit, too. 

I have a tradition of writing something untrue in my journal on April 1, and this year was no exception. I like to make these things fit in seamlessly, so I wrote about our day and how my ankle was feeling better until the evening. I stood up after finishing giving the boys a bath and felt a painful twinge (true). This twinge knocked me off balance and into the tub. I was soaked etc etc. (not true).  The joy of this tradition is that at some unsuspecting moment, far from April 1 I will reread this and totally fool myself. It's pretty fun.  

I hope you had a fun first of the month and if you didn't pull any pranks on your family here's a good one I read about -- just slip a raw egg in amongst the hard boiled ones this Easter. Someone will get a little surprise! :)


Cami said...

Alysa, you are such fun! This is why I miss having you around more often.

Jenni Elyse said...

Ha ha! That's so awesome! I love the googly eyes on President Monson. How fun!

Jenni Elyse said...

I also wanted to say that I love your journal tradition! And, I love that you celebrated April Fool's. I never do. I need to remedy this. :)

Annaliese said...

Um, this was pure genius. I'm horrified to admit that I completely forgot about April Fool's this year.

Marisa May said...

I need to write down the googly eye idea so that I remember to do that next year!

Ashlee said...

Oh it turned out so cute! What a fun mom you are! I was such a dud I didn't even do the toilet water a different color.

I loved that President Monson watched you too! Haha!

Crys said...

So creepy! My kids would have loved it!

llcall said...

Ha! You are a fun mom! I'm impressed at your devotion to that little holiday.

Ashlee said...

I just showed this to Jack and Aly. They thought it was pretty funny!

Bonnie said...

This is so clever and I'm totally going to steal your idea! Thanks!