Clay loves April Fool’s Day! My wonderful husband is devious and secretive, but fortunately he uses his powers for good. For years he pulled pranks on me before my eyes were fully open on the first morning of April. Now he has a new audience.
Our six-year-old daughters!
He greeted them this morning dressed in a red muumuu and a tiara – and the day got “wacky-er” from there. Instead of our traditional Sunday morning breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes (whole wheat of course), he served them pink pancakes with carrot chips. Which they actually ate until we told them it was a joke!
There were little rubber mice in their rain boots, spiders and eye balls in their ice cubes, and the best by far was when Callie Jo came in carrying the plastic poop.
“Mama, what’s this?” she asked.
“Poop!” I replied.
“AHHHHH!” she screamed running from the room and throwing it against the wall.
Now, it may sound like we tortured the girls – and maybe we did, a little. But, playing is a big part of what makes us a happy family. I think it is fantastic for the girls to see their sometimes serious Daddy laughing his butt off!
They tried to pull pranks on us – and we played along. It is probably good that they haven’t figured out how to be devious or secretive … yet. My crystal ball shows a long future of pranks, going both ways!
Now that is something to look forward to!
All-in-all, the whole family had a great day. We ended dinner with Clay complaining he was still hungry; we had a fake argument that ended with me daring him to eat the dirt out of the flower pot centerpiece. He dug in, made a face and then convinced the girls to try some. It was of course “dirt pie” ground up cookies and pudding – but you should have seen their faces when he took the first bite!
Find ways to play. It is amazing how good a belly laugh can make you feel — especially when you share it with someone you love.
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.