Carpool Karaoke, Elementary School Style

The scene: the after-school carpool, yesterday. The characters: A second grade girl and a third grade boy who are totally inseparable, except when they’re screaming at each other. Today they’re not screaming, so they’re inseparable. Oh yes, and me. All of us masked, because COVID. Girl: “Ooh, Mrs. Basi, you CAN play Story of My…

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When Kindergarteners “Play” “Baseball”

Watching kindergarteners “play” “baseball” is a one-hour comedy routine. Among the gems: – a cute little boy who hits the ball, stares at it open-mouthed, and then, with all the parents shouting for him to run, runs…to third base. – Having been thrown out at third, everybody says, “First base, buddy! First base!” He proceeds…

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Boys Will Be Boys

The wadded up piece of paper shot across the music area right in front of me while we were kneeling for the Eucharistic Prayer. A minute later, Alex started snorting. I looked at him with a scowl developing, and he whispered, “Was that Michael’s nametag?” And I realized: yes. Why, yes, it was. My kid…

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An Unexpected Aldi Hack (i.e.: Friday Funnies)

I stumbled across a wondrous thing yesterday: how to get through the grocery store in record time. I’m sure it’s going to be universally useful to every person who reads from the fount of world-changing information known as Kate’s Blog. How To Get Through Aldi In Eighteen Minutes Step 1: Invite over two extra elementary school-aged…

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Photo Friday Funnies

If you’re on Facebook, you already saw these, but it’s worth preserving in our family history this way, too. Two nights in a row, this week, we went upstairs to go to bed, checked on the kids, and discovered this: By morning, it looked more like this: Happy Friday!

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Friday Funnies, Courtesy of Oldest and Youngest

At bedtime during Spring Break, Alex remakes Michael’s pajamas to more accurately reflect his brother’s life and times.

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Hulk Update

Julianna, standing in the jewelry store while they’re cleaning Daddy’s ring: “I need a strong man to hold me.” Of all the random things Julianna has said in her life, that one takes the cake. It was so random, I looked around the store for a sign to that effect. (Because that’s what she does.…

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When you go visit the farm with boys…

When you go visit the farm with boys, you just never know what you might find waiting in the driver’s seat when it’s time to go home.

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Kate’s Universal Laws Of Parenting

Ear infections always and only come up after the doctor’s office has closed for the night. Or during a 20-inch snow storm. The child who gets chronic ear infections is inevitably the one who’s also allergic to penicillin. Paperwork is evil. Where children, there noise. If no noise, beware. Just because they don’t react doesn’t…

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