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April Blogging Challenge 2k18 (Day 1)

Hello all, and welcome back to the April Blogging Challenge!

Every year, mom, Jenny, and I blog every day in the month of April. This year we roped Amy into joining as well. Here is our current posting plan:

Sundays: Me

Mondays: Mom

Tuesdays: Jenny

Wednesdays: Me

Thursdays: Mom

Fridays: Jenny

Saturdays: Amy

That’s all for now. Please enjoy this photo of the Smucker siblings being goofy on Easter, and tune in tomorrow on for day 2 of the April Blogging Challenge.

The April Blogging Challenge

Welcome to the April Blogging Challenge!

In previous years, Mom, Jenny, and I took turns blogging every weekday in the month of April. We called it “MOP,” which stood for “Month Of Posting.”

This year we changed the name, after having a Facebook discussion about it.


In the end we decided to scrap the acronym idea and just go with the simple, straightforward, April Blogging Challenge.

Every single day in the month of April, including weekends this year, Mom, Jenny, or I will write a blog post. Mom will post tomorrow over at, and Jenny will post Monday at

Happy April, and I’ll see you again on Tuesday! (Unless this is an April Fools Day joke, which it probably isn’t, but you won’t know for sure until tomorrow.)

The Month of Posting, 2016

Last April, as you may recall, I participated in something I called the Month of Posting, or MOP, for short. Basically, it went like this: I would post every other week day in the month of April, and Mom and Jenny would alternate posting on the days I didn’t post.

In essence, April was filled with many Smucker ladies writing many blog posts. And we decided to do it again this year.

Of course last year everyone thought it was an April Fools prank but it wasn’t. It isn’t this year either, but you can think it is if you like. I guess you won’t REALLY know until Monday morning.

Food for thought: If it is morally okay to lie on April 1 because it is culturally accepted, is it morally okay to lie all the time in a culture where lying all the time is culturally accepted?


MOP April 1: Meeting the Princess

Although last year I pulled off one of my best April Fools Day pranks ever, this year was kind of a dud in that department. My physics professor told us that Hillary Clinton was breaking up with Bill. That’s about as exciting as things got.

Honestly, I didn’t have time to think up a great prank, because I was desperately trying to spend as much time as possible with my Aunt Rebecca. She stopped in for a couple days, at the last minute, full of the most dramatic and interesting stories I’ve ever heard first-hand.


Me: Oh Mom, can I use your camera to take pictures for my blog today?

Mom: Okay.

Me: Can you guys like, pose with your tea or something?

They posed with their tea.

Mom: Oh, make sure the tea pot is in the picture!

(The cute tea pot was a gift from Aunt Rebecca.)

We spent the afternoon sipping tea and making broccoli salad and eating supper, and then in the evening we went to Jefferson Baptist Church to see their production of Beauty and the Beast.


Yes, the evenings are sunny. This winter I would leave for school in the dark, and by the time I came home it was dark again, and I find myself marveling at the sunny mornings and evenings, appreciating daylight like I never quite did in the past.

Me: Let’s take a selfie.

Jenny: Okay!!

Me: But I’m going to make my facial expression exactly like I feel right now, so it might be kinda weird.

(I was quite tired and zoned out.)

Jenny: Okay.

(And then she put her feelings into her facial expression too.)


The play was brilliant. Just lovely. Afterword a pack of little girls took turns getting their picture taken with Belle.


Some littler than others.

When I got home and sorted out the pictures, Jenny said, “so did you get any good ones?”

“I don’t know how to tell if it was a good picture or a bad picture,” I said. But when I looked closer, I’m pretty sure I did take a bad picture today.


Blurry = bad, right? Can a cute face make up for that?

You may be thinking, “Wow, she really IS a bad photographer. Who would pose their models by a stove, of all things? Find a mural or a chain-link fence.”


There is a method to my madness. Our last stove broke while Sarah Beth was cleaning it, so of course we tease her about it, and today we showed her our much lovelier new white stove, and I just HAD to photograph them together. For the blog.

Which turned out blurry. But I mean, you can still see the girl, and the stove, so whatever.

That’s all for today. Since I am a typically late poster, I’m afraid east-coast readers might get these a day after they’re supposed to go up. If that bothers you terribly you may rectify the problem by moving to Hawaii.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Jenny’s post over at Dreaming of Dragonflies!