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Youth Fair Week!!

  • April 3, 2012 6:11 pm

This is our second official Youth Fair week to enter, and not only have we been old hats with photography and food entries, this year we entered RABBITS!  We have eight (8!!) rabbits in a massive hutch on our back porch, and have been dutifully weighing, watering, watching, and … feeding them for the past two months.  That’s one of the reasons we picked this particular animal–short shelf life.  We show two sets of three (one set for each hoodlum) on Thursday morning, and we will see what happens after that.  I’m hoping I just didn’t adopt eight pet rabbits, but I guess we will figure that out by the end of the week.  It’s been an ENORMOUS learning experience for the hoodlums, and to be honest, there have been a few tears of joy, pain, and frustration.  But, hopefully the hard work will pay off, or they will learn that they need to apply even MORE hard work in the future to ensure better success.

If you’ve never adventured out to the Youth Fair, take part this week.  Take your kids to see the animals, watch their peers show their animals, or see all the other amazing crafts, photographs, and fashions on display.  There are amazing opportunities in 4H, many more than I ever realized, and the lessons learned through independently speaking and being responsible for each project is priceless (insert mastercard commercial here).

It lasts ALL WEEK, so make your reservations now, or head on out every single day.  It’s small town fun at it’s finest.


4H Season

  • February 20, 2012 9:45 pm

It’s that time of year again! Time to start picking out recipes, finalizing photographs, and getting all those animals ready to sell! It’s a whirlwind few months, and we aren’t even the family that has steers, pig, or chickens. We keep things safe with cooking and photography. Since I’m a little nervous to have an animal for more than a month, we ate testing out rabbits for the first time. We pick them up in just over a week, and will blindly follow everyone’s lead as we figure all this “showing” out.

I’m excited for the adventure, and from what I’ve seen of all things 4H, there isn’t a better organization to teach organization and leadership. Mark your calendars for the first week in April…Wise County Youth Fair.

First Family Ski Trip Success

  • January 10, 2012 9:10 pm

We returned with no major injuries, which was high on my priority list.  But, we also returned with pretty gigantic smiles and very happy memories.

We planned the trip with two other families, resulting in a total of 8 kids-the oldest being 10-all living in one house for the week. Yes, at this point in our journey we make decisions like this because we are insane.  I’ve accepted this fact, and will continue to make similiar decisions until my children are grown and my brain chemicals return to normal levels.  On one level I recognize the crazy, but on another level I bask in the fun.

I think the temperatures started dropping as soon as we left Decatur City Limits, and the kids started their search for snow.  It didn’t really appear until we were actually in the mountains, but they figured if it was cold, the snow was bound to show up.  This was a third ski trip for my daughter, having tagged along with her grandparents a few times, but both boys didn’t really have any idea what to expect.  I mean, they expected snow, but other than that I don’t think they really understood the magnitude of the experience ahead of them.

I’ve mentioned our love of road trips before, and because of that we have become experts.  Give our kids a pillow, a blanket, and a few snacks, and they won’t complain about being in the car for hours, even days.  Add in an extra hotel stay and the Scroggins Hoodlums think they’ve won the lottery.

We finally arrived, and found our “dream house” as they called it–four bedrooms, backed up against the mountains with snow in and on every surface.  Very Cozy.  That first day we took time to get our bearings, lift tickets, ski school registrations, skis, boots, poles, etc, etc, etc.  It takes a lot of stuff to send a family of five down a moutain on some skinny flat sticks.  The kids were pumped.

We woke up early to the smell of bacon and proceeded to layer up, boot up, glove up, and coat up.  I must mention again that a family of five takes a lot of stuff to make this happen.  We finally arrived, checked the boys into ski school, and set of with our oldest to remember how to ski.  It had been fifteen years for me, so I needed to reteaching.  Just a couple of falls later, I remembered the snow plow and we were good to go for the day.  To end the day, I took the boys up a small hill after ski school and watched them skid, fall, and faceplant down the mountain–even getting a “why did you pick out such slippery skiis????”  But, a MOST patient Angel of the Slopes helped my oldest boy make it down the hill a second time, and I could see promise of future success.

The second day everyone found that success.  I stayed on the easier hill with my youngest while the rest of the crew took the older kids to the bigger runs.  I tried not to think of the edge of the mountains that were everywhere, and concentrated on getting down this particular run with my youngest staying upright.  He eventually mastered the craft, even throwing in a ski jump faceplant “because he thought it looked fun.”  Wow–that kid.

So, by the last day I had three actual skiiers on my hands.  I was actually a little amazed how fast they picked it up.  I know people say that the little kids always do pick it up quickly, but I’ve taught these kids how to ride bikes and tie shoes.  They can make the easiest of tasks look like rocket science.

We were a little teary to leave that last day–to leave the neverending slumber party, the time away from chores, and the truly beautiful scenery.  But, my husband promised a quick return, and the start of a new tradition–one he had growing up that he wants to recreate for our hoodlums.  I’m a happy tagalong on that journey–hoping to develop more skills at least as quickly as the kids do.  I’m not sure I’ll be successful, but I’ll power through a few more roadtrips, ski runs, and photo opportunities to see.


  • December 6, 2011 4:31 pm

Every year when it gets cold I think we should have stocked up on gloves, scarves, hats, and thermal undewear.  But, every year I decide not to spend the extra cash on items we “only use a few days a year.”  But today?  Today of this year?  We are freezing our phalanges off!!  Even my hot-natured middle child, who refuses to wear a jacket of any sort even when ice is falling from the sky, is cold.  I’m not complaining; I’m really not, because it does just seem like a few weeks ago that we were sweating our phalanges off in the 100 degree sweltering heat.  I’m just wishing either we could stock up some warmth for now, or that I’d had the sense to purchase those winter items.

Next year!  Next year is the year the Scroggins Clan will be prepared for the Arctic Frost that invades a few days a year!!

On a different note, pack up those winter items so you can watch the Christmas Parade in Decatur this Thursday night beginning at 6:30.  Stores will be open late, so bring your shopping list as well!  As long as we all have hats and mittens, we should be ok.  The Scroggins’ will be the ones shivering on the side of the street, gloveless.

I Believe in Santa!

  • November 28, 2011 9:16 pm

Who doesn’t love Santa?  The idea of him is magical, and the miracles that happen around Christmas feed the frenzy of Christmas Spirit.  All you need to do is watch Miracle on 34th Street, and you will want to write him a letter, address it to the North Pole, and wait for Christmas morning.

We have always invested in a Phone Call from Santa from The Warm Place, and I love the night the phone rings and Rudolph’s sleigh bells are on the other end with a Ho Ho Ho from the Big Guy.  Knowing all our little delights and struggles through the year really makes that call something special.  In the past few years, Santa has left a few things behind, such as his corn cob pipe, a boot print, and the tell tale nibbled cookies.

This year, I’ve stumbled across this website from Capture the Magic that allows you to upload a picture of your tree, insert Santa, and catch him in action!  I can’t wait to see how this one turns out!!


  • October 18, 2011 8:01 pm

It’s that time of year again!  The spooks are out gathering in full force!  Keep watch, you never know when you might be BOO’D!


  • October 2, 2011 9:09 pm

It may not feel like Fall, but according to the calendar, we are officially there.  We spent today sorting through our Fall decorations, and finding the perfect place for our pumpkins.  The past couple of years, I have really enjoyed decorating for Fall–perhaps it’s because the hoodlums enjoy the spooky-ness so much, or perhaps it’s because by the time October does finally roll around, I’m ready to somehow put the crazy heat of the summer behind me (even if that does mean I’m putting the fun of summer behind me).  I hope to finish out the spooky decorations this week so we can enjoy them for the month as we carry on some of our favorite traditions–carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, field tripping to the pumpkin patch, and our most favorite BOOing!  We have a whole month to sneak up on you with some extra special treats so be watching!!!

It’s hot

  • July 19, 2011 7:40 am

Not breaking news or anything, but man, it’s hot out there!  And, the kids are getting antsy.  We’ve done as much as we can do in the water-lakes, pools, water parks–even sprinklers, and the pools are quickly turning into bath water with the oppressive heat beating down on them everyday.  Still, summer’s not over, and we are turning our minds towards more air conditioned types of fun, but sadly those usually cost money. I was thinking bowling, Chuck E Cheese, Jump Houses (the indoor kind of course!)…but it would be great if there were free ones out there.

Any suggestions?


  • July 5, 2011 6:14 pm

We are back from our July 4th Lake Extravaganza–a little sunburned, a little sore, and a little exhausted…but a lot happy.

The Lake is one of our favorite Family Fun Getaways.  We take a break from work, daily routine, cell phones, most electronics (with the exception of late night wind downs with maybe an itouch or two), and even air conditioning.  We trade all those luxuries for lawn chairs, life jackets, tubing, swimming, tetherball, and lots of family bonding.  We share yummy sandwiches (because sandwiches are always yummier at the lake), “lake nachos”, iced drinks, good music, great conversation, and lots and lots of frozen popsicles.

It’s nothing fancy, but it’s something special.  My husband grew up playing in the lake.  He looks forward to Lake Time more than anyone else I know, and rises to Cloud 9 as soon as he sees the water line.   He can tell story after story about his cousins and their adventures in the same yard, on the same road, and in the same waters.  Before we had kids, we would spend days at the lake just the two of us–me trying to learn to ski (unsuccessfully), him cooking a barbeque treat, and the both of us planning our future.  Once we entered parenthood, our babies were on the lake before they could walk, literally.  We held our daughter’s 2nd birthday party at the lake, and my son was one month old.  All three kids have had countless baths in the Lake Sink, the same sink my husband was bathed in as a toddler.  We’ve taken unofficial family vacations at the Lake.  Cousins congregate, and new adventures take place on the same little piece of ground.  It’s almost like a continuous family reunion.  Stories are retold year after year.  Conversations are revisited, and plans are always made for the next visit–the next summer.

It’s a favorite Summer Tradition–just as special as decorating the Christmas Tree in December, or hunting Easter Eggs in the Spring.  We look forward to it every year, and always wish for more Lake Time when we leave–even with the occasional dysfunctional moments of throwing rocks at eachother’s heads (true story).  Like I said, it’s not fancy and the hoodlums are far (very far) from perfect, but between the two it’s perfect for us.

Chisolm Trail Days-this Saturday!!

  • June 15, 2011 7:38 am

It’s a Small Town Texas Event!!  Head down to the Decatur Square this Saturday to celebrate Chisolm Trail Days from 2-10pm.  There are always fun things for the kids–pony rides, bounce houses, etc, as well as grown up fun–music and shopping!  We’ve been out of town the last few years, and missed the tradition, so we are really looking forward to this year!

It’s just the second week of summer, and look what fun we are having!