#AtoZChallenge: ‘G’ is for Gotcha

We enjoy playing pranks in my family. We will often make up the most ridiculous things and see how far we can take it with the other person without cracking up. Since none of us are very good at keeping a straight face, we don’t usually get too far.

For example, recently I pranked Little Man by telling them they were postponing the filming of Star Wars Episode 9. This was my one and only April Fool’s Day joke. After setting him up by telling him they were having trouble securing permits to shoot, which is believable enough I suppose, I followed up with, “And they’re recasting Kylo Ren as a female. They need a female villain since Phasma is out, so they’re going to redo the role as Kayla Ren instead.”

No, it doesn’t! I can’t remember what else I told him, but eventually I had to break it to him that it was an April Fool’s Day prank, since I never cracked up and he never called BS.

We used to prank my husband’s mom a lot, so naturally Little Man wanted to get in on the action. A couple years ago, he had recently acquired fake dog poop and a crawling toy cockroach, so we talked about how he could get her with those items. After thinking about it for a bit, he told me he had some new ideas:


We then had a talk about what’s appropriate to joke about.

The next time we went over to my mother-in-law’s house, LM ran in and told her he had to do a number two really bad. After he went into the bathroom, he called her for help.

Yeah, she freaked out big time. Well done, kid!

Baby Girl is working on her pranks. She usually tells us something random and then yells, “April fool’s!” no matter what day it is. It’s all kinds of cute.

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

15 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: ‘G’ is for Gotcha”

  1. LM is fun! I missed! That’s so good, I want one of my kids to do that to their Mamaw.
    The others engage in prankdom. I do not. I am not included, as I do not approve, as I am a sissy pants with trust issues. lol

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    1. We love practical jokes, but have to be careful not to cross the line. I played an April Fool’s joke on my stepbrother when I was 15 and he was 8 by putting a rubberband around the sink sprayer, so it sprayed him when he turned on the faucet. He cried and I felt terrible, never did that again.

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  2. I like the part with Baby Girl just saying anything and then yelling April Fools. That cracked me up. My kids used to do that with Knock, Knock jokes. Knock, Knock – Who’s there – Donkey – Donkey who – Donkey going to kick you – Ha-hah-ha, and I am thinking what the heck? That makes no sense!!!


  3. I haven’t done an April foods joke in a long time, but we did a few when the girls were younger. My favorite was when they shared a room and each had a twin bed, we switched them into different beds during the middle of the night so they woke up in different beds. Weekends In Maine


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