the field trip

So….last week we packed the car up and decided to take a little field trip with the kids

when i just couldn’t take the arguing anymore.

I don’t know about you….but in my home….we regularly have chats about what kids jail is…

and luckily for us….we have a juvenile detention center a few miles a way.

So…i packed a few suitcases…grabbed the kids….and headed right there.

I was thinking what a nice weekend it was going to be with the kids being well taken care of…

and in a secure location.

There might have been some crying……

there might have been some screaming….


there sure was a whole lot of…..

saying..i’ll never be mean again…

and i know i heard….someone say….you are the worst mom ever….

but i have a feeling…my plan worked….

because my kids have been really… the best kids ever….

since that day last week that i dropped them off at Juvi.


  1. I. Cannot. Quit. Laughing!!!! I have to be quiet or I’m going to wake up my husband and baby. When Gus gets older I am so using this tactic. I am also of the school of thought that telling your kids “if you step into the street without looking you will get hit by a car and have to go to the hospital and get a shot IN YOUR EYE!”…too much?
    I just found your blog and I love it!

  2. You are a nut! ROFL How you come up with this stuff I will never figure out, LOL Glad to hear the kids are behaving themselves πŸ˜‰ Enjoy your favorite holiday πŸ˜‰ Hugs from Conroe, TX!

  3. hehehe πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. L O V E this!!!! You are the greatest mom ever! :o)

  5. LOL, the bloggy equivalent of Scared Straight!
    Love it!

  6. my mum used to threaten me with the ‘naughty childrens home’ – & sure enough one day she packed me in the car & drove me there . . . told me to sit in the car while she went to check if they had ‘room’ for me . . .I stayed in the car crying & scared to death . . . she returned saying ‘that it was my lucky day as they were full’ – years later she when I recited the story to her she laughed & told me she was just making a deposit at the bank!! πŸ™‚

    x x Claire

  7. Freakin’ aye no way!!! I just did this with the four-year old.a.couple weeks ago! Worked like a charm

  8. oooh, I wish I had one near my house!!! Maybe it would help with the constant sister fighting we have going on…

  9. Lindsay Jo says:

    AHhahahahaha. I’m an attorney, and have done plenty of work with juveniles in these facilities. NOT a fun place to be.

  10. Do they sell straight-jackets in the gift shop?

    Happy April Fool’s Day, Kasey!

    : )

    Julie M.

  11. I’m shipping my kids over there too! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  12. perfect… scare them straight! haha love it!

  13. Cute…very cute:) But, I’ve been victim to your April Fool’s pranks before, so I’m not buying it πŸ˜‰ Happy Weekend to you, Kasey!

  14. Chrissy says:

    Ha, ha … Happy April Fool’s day to you too!!! I tricked my kids this AM … told them we were late, late, late for school. Rush, rush, rush … they would have to buy breakfast at school. Man, I can’t believe we are so late. They were shocked when I turned left instead of right to get to school. “Mommy, you said we were late!” “We are late! Late for breakfast! April Fool’s day!!” They loved it … a very special breakfast out and no one was late for school. :o)

  15. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  16. LOL… I work at a Juvenile Detention Facility and you would be amazed how many people actually want a tour of the facility to scare their kids… of course we have to turn them away… I’m trying to think if I’ve ever seen anyone take a pic by our secured fence…Love it!
    Too funny!

  17. Haaa! Thanks for the laugh! Love your blog! πŸ˜‰

  18. Hahahaha! Maybe I should try this with my kids sometime!

  19. Nearly spit my coffee onto the screen….
    You’re killing me! That humor… OMG!!
    Have a true girl-blogger-wannahave herhumor CRUSH!
    Keep up all that you do! Love your blog..


  20. April fools! πŸ˜‰

  21. Alecia Shannon says:

    LOL!!! You crack me up…I love the kiddos in that pic…sooo cute!

  22. Too funny!!!

  23. At the least with this tactic, your kids will never end up BEHIND that fence!
    Heureux poisson d’avril

  24. Funny!

  25. You are too funny! Love the post!

    Have a loveLee weekend!

  26. Honest to Goodness Kasey!
    THIS IS one of the FUNNIEST most INCREDIBLE things I have ever seen on a blog!
    Only you!
    I LOVE it!
    Did you have to get permission to take pics of this place!
    Totally a HOOOOOOOOOOT!
    You ROCK me into a SMILE every time!
    Love you for that! ;o)

  27. Too Funny! Happy April Fools Day! πŸ˜‰

  28. How the hell do you come up with this stuff?! You are too funny!!!

  29. That picture of them staring at the camera….so cute!

  30. Happy April Fool’s Day, Miss Kasey. BUT, we did pass this place on our way home from shopping downtown Chicago and then St. Charles over Spring Break and my teenage girls were like- “WHAT? turn around, Mom. Oh my God! Can you IMAGINE? ” The razor wire caught their attention for sure. So far from their reality….

    See you this weekend?

  31. LOL! My mother threatened me with the Bad Boy/Bad Girl School all the time! She even had friends that worked there. So when she drove into the parking lot one day to drop me off, I was scared out of my witts! It is only a couple of miles from my house, and I have an aunt that works there. I hope I don’t have to resort to that with my son, but I’m sure I will. Until then, I’ll keep threatening to send him to the gypsies, or the “dripsies” as he calls them. Hope they’re angels for you!

  32. Beverly says:

    Soooooooo funny. I never had to threaten my sons about reform school because their father worked at St. Charles. Love reading your blog.

  33. Katie C. says:

    First of all, this is NOT an April’s Fool joke. I hate to be the wet blanket here, BUT…………

    I have a relative who threatened two of that relative’s son’s with bringing them to a reform-type place in another state. As I understand things, the parent actually drove the many miles to that place with the first son and the son cried, begged and pleaded and his father relented. I’m not sure that said parent would’ve gone through with his threat or not, but I am thinking it was possible.

    By way of explanation, both sons weren’t real young and, from what I hear, both had experimented with drugs….an experience that I’m sure NO parent wants to learn of their child. Add to that situation, the parents were divorced, so, of course, that didn’t help one bit.

    Forward to the other teenage son. I don’t think the parent even started out on the dreaded trek, BUT the second son
    ended up committing suicide.

    This is why this is a bit touchy. Not to take away from your post, Kasey, but it’s not even been a year and it’s still a bit raw. Thank you for understanding.

    • Katie C. says:

      I think I need to make things clearer: I wasn’t saying that Kasey’s post was NOT a joke….I was referring to the sad situation that transpired involving a just-turned 15-YO young man…..handsome, witty and far too young to end his life.

  34. Barbara Nelson says:

    I am so LOL I have not heard the word JUVI in ages, such a great post Mommy Dearest!


  35. I love you Kasey — but this is awful. As a social worker who has spent a lot of time with kids who have been sent to that facility —- this just isn’t funny…………………….don’t do this moms……….we are always making memories for our kids –and this isn’t what I would ever want my kid to remember from or about me.

  36. Did you notice the outside of the detention facility has the same blue/ green color scheme as your house?

  37. Katie C. says:

    Sorry, Kasey, I WAS the wet blanket! I should’ve never posted what I did……this was a private matter and
    added nothing to your post.

    You are a humorous and meant no harm and I don’t want to drag you or others down!

    You are VERY obviously a LOVING mom and your darling kidlets know that and feel safe and secure in their environs!

    If you feel my post is too much, PLEASE feel free to delete. This is, after all, YOUR blog!

    Thank you! Kate

  38. I am a child of a mother who did this, and I turned out just lovely (thank you). Not only did I become an amazing, healthy adult, but I love my mother like I love butter on my potato. We to this day (20 years later) laugh about it. I was being a bad kid and deserved it. The best part about this story is that we didn’t have a juvi nearby, but since I couldn’t read yet my mom chose a place that looked kid-ish…the local daycare. I was petrified of that daycare building for years…even when I could read! Then one day when I was old enough to drive, I was stuck at a red light and happened to glance over and finally saw the words “Daycare.” I laughed so hard I was crying and came home and told my mom I just noticed it and we got another good laugh at it. That one threat does not make or break a child, the relationship with the parents does. I think you are a wonderful mother and your children will be just fine…maybe I little more behaved. πŸ™‚

  39. Had to come see if any readers fell for your April fools joke, hehe. I think it went down like this….. Come on kids I need to take you down to juvi… What’s juvi mom? A hotel for bad kids, so be good ;). Ok, go stand in front of that gate and look sad! Ok, let’s roll before they take mommy and put her in the slammer…. What’s the slammer mom? A place where mommy won’t get to drink her wine, bad bad place ;). Have a great weekend!

  40. Love this post. Growing up in Ireland, my mother always threatened when we were out of control that she would give us away to the gypsey’s. We had gypseys who frequented our farm looking for alms. We always believed if we got her mad she might fulfill her promise

  41. Did Mason rip is pants while climbing over the fence?:)

  42. Jennifer says:

    HA HA HA!!

  43. HAHAHA!!!! Too funny πŸ™‚ but I’m not fooled :). Have to also say your kids are the best dressed of any I’ve seen. So stylish and original!

  44. my god, I had not realised that there were people out there who not only lost their sense of humour, but actually do believe the world revolves around them?

    To those who were so offended by Kaseys funny april fools post, good luck searching for your little padded room – to expect a stranger on the internet to be tiptoeing around your feelings of which they are understandably completely unaware is I’m afraid narcissism gone mad – neither the world nor the internet revolves around you or your life experience – if you truly take yourself so seriously that you think it does, then that is your issue, and doesn’t give you the right to tell others to censor their sense of humour! if you don’t like it, don’t read it!

  45. OMG! I thought I was the only mom on the planet who regularly talked to my kids about kid’s jail AKA juvi!!! ha ha ha, HYSTERICAL….AND we have one down the street too. I so may try this =)

  46. How can people not know this is a joke ? πŸ™‚ If the kids were actually in troubleits highly doubted that it’d be advertised in this fashion …. to funny! I LOVE IT!

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