Wednesday, April 1, 2009


My son got behind in math the past few weeks, so he had to spend hours last night trying to catch up. Literally, hours. He left his stack of homework on the dining room table when he went to bed, and woke up this morning to find this horrifying sight:

Hot chocolate spilled all over his papers!

April Fool!

I made this cup of fake hot chocolate last week, following these directions, and I could not have asked for a better set up than him toiling over homework all evening and leaving his homework right there on the dining room table.

My daughter saw the "hot chocolate" and was inspired to trick me by pouring "glue" all over my favorite comb.

It's really some goop she made in school that looks like glue, but it's not sticky. I'm afraid she ruined it by leaving it on paper, though, because when we went to clean it up, a tiny layer of paper adhered to the goop. I wish I could remember how they made this concoction. I know it was with simple household items. I'll have to find out.

I'm home alone while everyone is off at work and school, but I'm treading very carefully. My family LOVES to trick me. I checked the sprayer at the kitchen sink first thing this morning, and sure enough, the handle was taped down. I have fallen for that one too many times to get wet again on April Fool's Day! One year my son removed all the lamp shades, and it took me several hours to notice. (After I typed that I thought hmmm, wait a second.... but I just checked, and all the lamp shades are in place!) I keep expecting to find plastic spiders in my underwear drawer or something, but the morning was going really smoothly until I walked into the dining room a few minutes ago and got quite a shock. Nothing prepared me for this!

OMG, it's an ostrich looking in my dining room window! EEEEEEE! I really did scream out loud, and I think my heart stopped beating for a few seconds before I realized it was a fake. Oh my gosh. I cannot stop laughing over this. I have a MAJOR bird phobia. They really give me the creeps, especially the big ones like ostriches. I can see this creepy ostrich perfectly from where I sit right now, and even though I know it's not real, I get a chill down my spine every time I look at it. It really does seem to be looking right at me, no matter what angle I position myself from the window. Shudder!
What kinds of trickery are you up to today?


Anonymous said...

Hahaha! That ostrich is too funny! I just might have to spill "hot chocolate" over B's Wii... hehehe..

Tricia said...

I love the hot chocolate on the math - how perfect indeed! Is the goop she used the one that includes glue and borax? or cornstarch and water? (although I think cornstarch & water has a different name... something seussian)

Anonymous said...

I adore your family.

Anonymous said...

goodness you have such a funny family!!!! i don't ever remember doing any april foolery with my folks growing up.

i totally fell for the hot coco spill until I read the story ;)

what is up with that ostritch?!!?!? who put it outside your window? and was it a picture or an actual pretend stuffed ostritch?!!?

besomom said...

The ostrich was a photocopy or a printout that my husband made. I don't know where he got the original photo. He cut it out and taped it to the outside of the window. Both children claimed to have had the original idea, but my husband says the 3 of them came up with it together in a brainstorming session.