It's April, Fools!

Today, April Fool’s day, was Jared’s birthday.

I asked the students in our advanced class to drop him a little birthday note, and some of them went above and beyond in their creative foolin’. He got a bunch of fake-support emails in his inbox today, with a little, “Got ya!” at the bottom of them. The best was this morning.

I made pancakes and scrambled eggs (go me!) for the kids, and then sent Rowen up to get him (he got to sleep in til 8:30), and he came stumbling down to the kitchen still groggy from sleep, and headed for the laptop on the counter, which after seeing that the kids have breakfast, is the first thing he checks on.

He made this kind of noise (shall we call it a strangled gurgle?) that made me turn around from my pancake flippin’ wondering, what the heck? Then he turned around and walked to the fridge with this weird look on his face (like both his stomach and his heart were in his mouth, mayhaps) and said, “I just got a really bad email.”

I went over to look at it, and saw this:

I just spent 2 and a half hours on the phone with Dell Support and they were able to narrow down the reason my computer crashed. A virus I downloaded enclosed in my Digi in Deep class materials. I now have to my computer in to be repaired and have probably lost EVERYTHING! All due to your site.
I would like my money back in full and if you fail to comply I will post on EVERY scrapbooking website about the POOR customer service at I will post in Digishoptalk AND Creating Keepsakes. Please take this matter very seriously and I look forward to your reply.

He was back at the laptop and starting to kinda freak out when we both noticed the scrollbars (I  had a little advance warning from the thread in the MB last night, so I wasn’t too panicked - some of the students had mentioned that they’d fool him with fake emails hehe).

WAAAAY at the bottom of the email was the joke:

SIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!! APRIL FOOLS!!!!

Happy, Happy Birthday Jared!!!!!!!

Seriously though, thank you for all you do. You keep the spraground running smoothly and we greatly appreciate all your hard work!

THANK YOU and have a special, special day!


It was classic. I have never seen Jared so panicked. She got him good. It was awesome!

His inbox has been stuffed full of greetings and well wishes today, so THANK YOU to everyone who emailed him, I really, really appreciate it!

I made him a card with this poem on it:

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
-e.e. cummings 

It isn’t one I was familiar with, but it’s so perfect.

Here he is saying bye to Rowen on his way to work this morning:


She is holding her toy-of-the-moment, a stuffed Little Engine that Could, patterned after the artwork in this version.  She LOVES it. Case in point:



And last night, the kids went sailing in a ship made of a Zappos box. There will never come a time when two kids fit into the same shoebox. I am totally at this stage of life where I’m constantly running for my camera, or reaching for my iPhone - just relishing their sweetness and wonder and crazy antics.


Funny of the Day 

And let’s not forget about the words that have us laughing every day. Elliott got the Funny today.  We went to a Mongolian Barbeque for dinner tonight, and Rowen was really getting into the spirit of April Fool’s:

“Daddy, there’s a Care Bear on your plate!”

(daddy acts surprised) “Whoa, what!”

“HAHA! April Fools!”

30 seconds later…. 

“Daddy! Your head is all wet!”

(daddy acts surprised) “Whoa, what!” (this man can muster excitement from some depth in his soul, I tell you)

“HAHA! April Fools!” 

So Elliott gets in on the act:

“Mama!  There is wet in your hair!”

(mama, not to be outdone, acts surprised) “Whoa, what!”

“April Wheels!”