I was born on the 22nd day of December. People often say to me, “That must really stink to have a birthday right before Christmas.” And when I was a child, I certainly agreed. But now I’m a lot older and a little bit wiser, I actually like it…and I know there could be worse days: The day of Christmas. February 29. Or April Fool’s Day.

My husband was born on the first day of April. While he spares me the details, he does admit it could be pretty painful growing up. It’s pretty painful growing up anyway, but I’m sure it’s even worse when you’re the butt of everyone’s jokes on the very day everyone should really be celebrating the fact that you were born.

He’s a good sport though. And what’s that they say about he who laughs last has the last laugh? Something like that…

Here’s how April Fool’s Day plays out at our house. Starting with his former seminary teacher (yeah–seminary was a long time ago for people our age, but the guy still remembers to call), who usually calls around 5 a.m., the phone rings all day. Family, friends and former students (my husband has taught elementary school for almost 20 years) are really quite unsuspecting when they dial our number. And because they so are intent on wishing Shane a big “Happy Birthday!” they are caught completely unaware when he spins some yarn sooooo big. I’m not bragging when I tell you my husband is usually the guy with the biggest fish and the biggest fish stories, but on this day he really takes the cake (he prefers homemade cheesecake, thanks for asking)–and he has people falling hook, line and sinker.

On the first day of April I’ve birthed 10-lb. babies that weren’t due until August (never mind that gullible callers somehow begin to believe they are talking to him in the hospital when, in fact, they were the ones who dialed us at home). I have had multiple births multiple times. I’ve even given birth to babies we weren’t even expecting yet. Everything from helicopters to elephants have landed on our front lawn (well, I’m never exactly sure how the elephants allegedly arrive). There may have even been tornadoes involved a time or two (Debris! We have debris!). You name it. It happened here first. On April the 1st.

One of the most fun April Fool’s pranks occurs when it’s time to pass out my husband’s birthday presents. Every year the pile of presents somehow magically gets bigger just before we break out into song. I always know I didn’t put them there. Shane always opens the ones from us first before he moves on to the “mystery gifts,” which actually end up being for us from him. The kids love it, and well, I usually come out OK, too.

But the best joke ever was the one we pulled together, long before we were husband and wife. At the end of March the two of us went to a park in Provo, lined ourselves up with a tripod in front of a big tree, and took a photo of ourselves–wearing sunglasses no less. We carefully crafted all the right phrases–“please join in us in celebrating our mirth”…”for time and all hilarity”–before we printed them on parchment paper. Then we mailed out about two dozen fake wedding announcements to family and friends, just in time for April 1st. Many of them fell for it; a few were quite disappointed when they realized it wasn’t for real; only a couple of people got mad. But most of them had a good laugh and all of them forgave us when, two-and-a-half years later– and after I returned from serving a mission–we sent out real invitations.

We hired a professional photographer for the engagement photos this time. But imagine who got the best laugh when, as the photographer set up for a pose at local park, Shane and I both started giggling. We had just realized at the exact same time that we happened to be standing in front of the very same tree…

So, tell me your stories. What’s the best April Fool’s joke you ever fell for? What’s the best one you’ve pulled on someone else? Did you ever pull a prank in which it turned out the joke was on you? What will you do this year to celebrate April Fool’s Day?

Who will have the last laugh…?


  1. Elizabeth

    April 1, 2008

    How about the time my parents got us up for school an hour early, fed us breakfast, dressed us, and let us walk to school, only to find the playground deserted? Something like that?
    We walked back home, still completely clueless. A friend of mine saw me walking by her house, and came outside in her pj’s, shouting “Hey! What are you doing?! It’s 7:30!”

  2. Julie R.

    April 1, 2008

    When I was in high school, we lived in an old house on an Air Force base. The house had all kinds of quirks, and we never knew when something was going to break. One April Fools’ Day, I hopped in the shower, and the water was orange. ORANGE! I figured our pipes had rusted out, until I realized I smelled oranges.

    My mom had put orange-powdered Kool-Aid in the shower head. Lovely, sticky way to start my day.

  3. Jen Galan

    April 1, 2008

    I will always remember coming into my mom’s room to tell her the baby wasn’t in her crib–and my mom’s panicked jump to the bedroom, near tears. Apparently that was the year that about twelve kids from CA got kidnapped. Apparently that was NOT a good April Fool…

  4. Lisa

    April 1, 2008

    I’ve got nothing. But I am proud of my youngest who has been planning her own joke on her friends today. We’ll see how far it goes and how well it went over….She didn’t learn it from me I am ashamed to admit.

  5. Claudia

    April 1, 2008

    My mother put Milk of Magnesia in my brother big glass of milk at breakfast. Each of our kids has phoned us from college to announce a non existent crisis or engagement. I suppose the best one was making a chocolate marble cake with cotton balls rather than white cake batter. Mmm good.

  6. c jane

    April 1, 2008


    Your husband being born on April Fools Day is further proof that God is in charge and things are right with the universe.

    There was no other day for that man to be born, I am convinced!

  7. Emi

    April 1, 2008

    How about the April Fools when I had my 6 week postpartum visit (after having given birth to a fertility baby), and announced to my husband and family that the Dr. found me to be miraculously pregnant? All were shocked, excited and horrified… for a few hours. When the real news came out that I, in fact, was not pregnant, they were just plain mad.

    It was worth it!

  8. Wendy

    April 1, 2008

    I didn’t come from an April Foolsy kind of family–what fun I missed!

  9. Carrie

    April 1, 2008

    Earlier today:

    My friend telephoned: I need to ask you for a VERY PERSONAL FAVOR.

    Me: You need to borrow a tampon?

    Her: No, but close. I need you to pee on this pregnancy test so I can play an April Fool’s joke on my husband.

    (I’m due in about 3 weeks…and the prank worked.)

  10. Emily C

    April 1, 2008

    Carrie, that is HILARIOUS.

    My jokes are never funny. So I’ve stopped trying. I’m sure once my kids are older it’ll be an exciting day of the year, though.

  11. Justine

    April 1, 2008

    My kids are older, and I’m still just boring enough to make it just a plain ole’ boring day.

  12. Dalene

    April 1, 2008

    Oh my, that pregnancy prank sounds hysterical!

    All I managed this year was to buy pink balloons with “It’s a Girl!” on them for his birthday (and wonder why I never thought of doing that before) and pack his presents in those puffed corn thingies that look like packing peanuts. When he opens them (we’re running a bit late tonight) the kids are going to grab them and eat them.

  13. Azúcar

    April 2, 2008

    My husband never falls for anything on April Fools, I’ve given up trying.

    I like the year that my sister hilariously swapped the salt and sugar jar contents, only to forget when she made pudding that night.

    (The pudding was beyond awful.)

  14. b.

    April 2, 2008

    I agree with cjane.

    One year, Hoss called me on April 1st from St. George. He said, “I’m going into surgery, I fell and have an open fracture of my elbow. It’s going to need setting and plastic surgery.” I was at work and totally didn’t believe him so I looked his name up in the computer……which later, almost got me fired. Stupid HIPPA.

  15. Geo

    April 4, 2008

    Not a single trick this year.

    Oh, most of my best tricks haven’t coincided with April 1st. I’m a Fool unto myself.

    I called my mother from college way back when and told her I was pregnant. This was when I was still single. She fell for it. Oh, baaad idea! I had some serious damage control to do after that one!

  16. Geo

    April 4, 2008

    By the way, happy birthday to your honey and that was a TERRIFIC post!

  17. Dalene

    April 4, 2008


    Thanks Geo.

  18. Melinda

    April 4, 2008

    I was unfortunate enough in college to wreck my dad’s new car during spring break in LA.(We lived in Idaho.) I called home on April 1st to deliver the bad news and no one would believe me!

    I kept telling them that they were going to feel pretty stupid when they saw the car with the headlights duct taped on.

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