Monday, September 29, 2008

Practical Jokes

I love a good joke and every now and then--if I see the opportunity--I will pull a funny one on Don or the kids.

Last night, the three oldest boys were having a "sleepover"--that means they all sleep in one room together with sleeping bags on the floor, etc. They had been "asleep" for awhile and when I came upstairs to take a bath I could hear them talking and giggling in Andy's room.



I went down to the basement storage room where we have every conceivable Halloween costume in boxes and I found a really scary werewolf mask. This mask:

Scary, right?

So I put it on and got down on my hands and knees and started scratching at Andy's door. I could hear them saying "What is that?" and then Patrick opened the door and I crawled in really fast making weird growling noises.

It totally scared them--for a split second, then they were all laughing hysterically. They loved it! One of them said "Mommy, you need to do that more often!" LOL!

That reminded me me of one of the best April Fool's jokes I have ever played on them: One year, April Fool's Day came during their Spring Break--I think they had a couple of days left on vacation. So they came downstairs and were all having breakfast in their pajamas and I sneaked my cell phone out and called our home number.

I answered our home phone and said stuff like "Really? Why? OK--yes, I understand!" Then I hung up and told the kids it was the school calling to say Spring Break had been cut short and they had to go to school right away. I was like "Come on! Get dressed! Get your backpacks! We have to go!!"

They freaked!

They all started crying and screaming "It's not fair!" Andy threw something across the room.

Then I said "April Fool's" and they thought it was the funniest thing ever!!

I'm so mean! But they really did love it--they love being surprised--even if it's a joke.

Speaking of surprises, I have a super secret plan in the works right now--not a practical joke--but a fun surprise I'm planning. I can't wait to tell you all about it...stay tuned in the next couple of weeks!!
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21 comments:

Ronda's Rants said...

I am not a practically joker per se but My hubby had just gotten a new truck and this was a time before my sons moved out so they were still at home.
My Hubby hadn't put said new truck in the garage the night before so...the boys moved the truck and walked home. When Hubby got up and couldn't find it...we all pretended that it must have been stolen! We thought it was funny...Hubby was mad for quite some time...thus ending my career as a practical joker!

Ronda's Rants said...

However...I love surprises and can't wait for more on yours!!!

amelia bedelia said...

You have cool stuff in your basement!!

Dee said...

You're a meanie!!! But a funny one. Glad your kids love it and appreciate it.

Lori said...

You so cray-zay! Let's hear about some of the ones the boys have played on you. And if they haven't started yet, I have a feeling you've got some hilarious payback comimg! :)

Shannon said...

You are too much!

Like Lori, I was wondering if your boys have done any pranks on you!

Brenda said...

You are the coolest mom ever!

Tag, you're it!

Jennifer said...

*giggling* That April Fools joke is so stinkin' funny- good one, Jen!

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo said...

I play jokes on my family and kids so much they may have me committed! They sure love scaring the hell out of me! I don't but they do! Thanks for sharing -- I wish I could seen their face . I wish some of your girls were close over here we would have so much fun hanging out!

Aleta said...

I loved the April Fool's joke. If I ever have children, I'm SO going to do that! I'm not good at jokes, but I used to love setting things up in the office for a good laugh - like unhooking the phones, putting plastic roaches in the cashiers draw, etc.

Jo-Jo said...

Seriously, I still sneak into my Christmas presents to see what I have. I am NO GOOD with surprises! What gives?!

Mama Dawg said...

I'm totally the same way and my daughter gets fully into the spirit of pranks. She loves 'em.

You sound like a fun mom!

Karen said...

I like your basement !!! :-)

When my kids were small, we got a new TV. It had a remote control. For ages, I had them convinced that if they said ' Abracadabraca, channel change' that the channel would magicaly change. they finally caught on to what was happening, but it was fun while it lasted !!

Can't wait to see what you surprise is...

Susie said...

I like surprised but I don't like being scared. I can't even watch horror films...it's not entertaining for me.

I can't wait to hear about your surprise.

Kori said...

You are so cool!

Z's Mom said...

Ah...you are so much fun...your family is really lucky to have you!!! :) What a cool mom!

CaraBee said...

What great stories! Your family sounds like so much fun. Would you consider adopting a slightly older (ahem, 34) girl? I'm totally housetrained and I make a mean chicken casserole!

noble pig said...

Last April Fool's I filled the sugar bowl with salt...that went over well with the cereal for breakfast...ack, they were so mad when they started eating...and I sewed my hubby's fly closed on his boxer shorts. While at work at the urinal he...well you know...he had to really whip it out...that was a good one.

Aubrey said...

How neat is it that they get to see the fun side of mom! That's great! This is the stuff they will remember forever!

Kathy said...

LOL! You are a little prankster, aren't you? Your kids friends must think you're awesome!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Oh, you are evil and I LOVE IT!