My sister used to make a newspaper for our family on occasion. She wrote some articles and the cat wrote the rest and she'd type it up and hand it out. It was the best thing.
The girls put a ton of work into their Games Day, even making the ribbons themselves. I completely understand why Karen felt like writing the paper was a chore when so much of her free time was being spent working on it and she felt like she had to do it. I get that way about my blog and my knitting sometimes, and I'm a grown adult!
As far as the subplot about Andrew not wanting to switch preschools, I can't believe Karen was the only one who thought he should visit the new school. I have to believe that Lisa was already planning that, but let Karen think it was her idea. And since the books are from Karen's perspective, we weren't told that Lisa already thought of that.
"If you wore them, they would be goofy pom-pom socks. When I wear them, they will be stylish and fashionable pom-pom socks." -Pamela Harding