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This makes no sense…

  • September 3, 2012 5:47 pm

Family Movie Night:  17 Again with Zac Efron and Mathew Perry or Star Wars Episode I with the typical cast of characters…

We happened upon 17 Again this afternoon, and, as a family, got sucked into the fact that Zac Efron portrayed a magically re-encarnated seventeen year old version of Mathew Perry so he could “have a second chance to make the right choices.”  Through the course of the movie, Zac Efron awkwardly becomes his kids’ “friends,” and tries to rekindle a romance with his soon-to-be-ex-wife.  Needless to say, there were quite a few hide-your-face-in-your-pillow-because-you’re-so-embarrassed-for-him-moments.  But, all in all, a cute family movie.

Except according to the six-year-old.  His take?

“This movie makes NO SENSE!!  Let’s watch Star Wars.  At least everything in that movie is REAL and can ACTUALLY HAPPEN!”

I guess we all just have different perspectives.  ;-)


Muppet Mania

  • June 4, 2012 9:03 pm

We finally watched the newest Muppet Movie last weekend.  It was very high on our priority list this year when it was in the theaters, but we just couldn’t make it happen.  But, I must say, it might have been worth the wait.

Both my husband and I grew up (or at least we remember that we grew up) watching the Muppets every week with our families.  We both thought Kermit was awesome.  I honestly didn’t remember all the details of the show until we watched it with our own kids, and the songs, the quotes, the mannerisms–they all came back to me in a rush.  It truly was an amazing show, and now watching it as an adult, I appreciate it so much more than Dora, Yo Gabba Gabba, and my all time nonfavorite, Barney.  This Muppet Show actually had character and some grown up humor that I can even (maybe even more so) appreciate now.

Why did this show ever go off the air??

Since last weekend, my kids (the boys anyway) have been on the verge of obsessed.  We’ve tapped into You Tube and watched countless snippets of the Manamana ending, even scoring a Muppet/Star Wars episode.  You can only imagine the excitement with that one.  I’ve visited the and shopped for the old movies and even old seasons–all waiting there on my wishlist to purchase over time.  Those Muppets are proud of their work!

They should be.

This show made the family laugh together–and for this family, that is a great way to start the summer.

Indiana Jones

  • February 22, 2011 7:19 pm

Added another classic to the list tonight…Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Comment from the peanut gallery, “Are you sure that’s Han Solo?”

I think we are making good progress on our work here.

a snow day snuggle

  • February 1, 2011 10:34 am

The Scroggins Clan is hunkering down for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious kind of day!  Or week-the forecast doesn’t look so fantastic for a few days.  Hopefully we have enough hot chocolate, firewood, and soup to last us until the weekend.

I know we have enough Julie Andrews.  The Sound of Music was one of my favorite things when I was sixteen…going on seventeen, and I have it on the agenda for this snowed in extravaganza.

(And spell check knew the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Wow!)

Annie-another ‘must see’

  • January 24, 2011 6:23 pm


“It’s a hard knock life..for us…” 

We watched one of my old-time favorites this weekend, because, as you know, I think it’s super important to give that “other education” in the form of old movies, songs, and traditions.  We’ve satisfied the Star Wars and Star Trek requirements in full force, and now I’ve moved on to musicals.  Gotta love a musical.

My husband is more of a hard sell, but so far the kids are grooving on my favorites, and “tomorrow is just a day away…”

Marmaduke-the movie

  • September 24, 2010 5:06 am

Best Movie Ever?  Probably not, but definitely worth a Family Movie Night with the kiddos.  We are dog lovers, so this movie may have been more laugh out loud funny to us for that reason, but I think even if you are neutral on your level of Dog Love, you’ll find reason to laugh.  The acting is a little cheesy, even I have to admit that, but it beats Squeakuals or G-Force every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Thumbs up from the Scroggins Five…wait for it….wait for it!

Are you watching this show?

  • May 18, 2010 8:41 pm

I’ve talked about Parenthood before, but every week I fall more and more in love with this show.  It’s like Playgroup and Therapy all rolled into one hour.  The show centers around one family, following the grown brothers and sisters as they work their way through their own parenting game.  And the game is funny, intense, awkward, and oh-so-familiar.   There’s Stay-at-Home Moms vs. Working Moms-that alone can fuel enough fires for one season.  There’s teenage drama, even pitting cousin against cousins, making me nervous for those upcoming years.  There’s Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism, bringing awareness to the masses.  There’s new dad drama-and old dad drama.  And then there’s just your basic family dynamics, which honestly, just helps me breathe a little easier at night knowing my own family isn’t QUITE so crazy (most of the time anyway).

It’s a show worth one hour a week, and as moms, it’s a show we can all watch and then reflect on as we gather at the park, bunco, or conference room the next morning.  It’s a show that starts conversations, and that’s a good thing-maybe even a great thing.

Are you watching?

How to Train Your Dragon-a review

  • April 5, 2010 8:17 pm

This weekend the family went out on the town and saw How to Train Your Dragon, and in 3D no less.  I haven’t seen a movie in 3D since I was six or seven-if I even saw one then.  I honestly can’t remember.  The glasses have improved on a grand scale though, acting like real sunglasses instead of the paper ones with a red square and a blue square.  It took the entire movie for me to adjust to the 3D aspect, but towards the end I was thoroughly engaged in the intensity of the picture.

The storyline was fantastic.  Awkward teenage boy trying to please his father, finds his own way by meeting and taming a dragon, boy has to own up to his true self.  That’s a brief summary of the premise, but the emotion thrown in with the dragons, and the humor in the dialogue is so worth even non-matinee prices.  We laughed along with our kids as the boy developed a relationship with his dragon, and then took the lessons from that relationship into his school world as he “battled” other dragons.  There was even a little awkward teenage romance thrown in for effect.

Finally, an animated kid movie worth looking forward to the DVD release!


  • March 2, 2010 8:49 pm


Tonight was the series premiere of Parenthood, an NBC TV show based on the hit movie-a movie I’ve been meaning to revisit since entering this stage of life myself.  I know it’s completely predictable that I’d be all over this one, but hey-sometimes predictable is nice.  :)  Especially when the unpredictable of my life is validated through TV and Hollywood.  Tonight’s episode was pretty intense, which was also a nice validation for me.

Especially today. 

Did you watch it?  Any thoughts?

The Lightning Thief-a review

  • February 28, 2010 9:47 pm

This weekend, all five of us adventured to the movies to see Percy Jackson & The Olympians, The Lightning Thief.  Based on the book by Rick Riordan, the movie’s plot focused on Percy Jackson, the mortal son of the Greek God Poseidon.  That said, the story was set in modern times but based on Greek Mythology.  The plot weaved the two worlds constantly, and it didn’t take long before the audience accepted the premise, and went along for the ride.  During that ride, Percy Jackson was accused of stealing Zeus’ Lightning Bolt, thus causing Zeus to declare war on Poseidon.  To circumvent this war, Percy and his fellow “Olympians” battled mythical creatures like Medusa in their travels to find and hopefully return the Lightning Bolt in time.

I was highly skeptical of taking my younger kids to see this movie, given its PG rating.  We are a PG kind of family, even bumping the bar up to PG-13 on occasion with movies like Harry Potter and Transformers.  BUT, there have been a few times when my hesitance was warranted.  I specifically remember putting my foot down on seeing Monsters, Inc on Ice.  You laugh, but we were having a Monster issue at the time, and while they didn’t live in our closets, I was certain that show would plant that seed, thus increasing our Monster Factor.  Guess what?  I was right.  That week, after the show, Monsters moved into our closets.  But, my husband assured me that Percy Jackson would be fine, and the boys would enjoy the action and adventure, so I caved. 

I’ll admit.  There were definitely a few images when both the boys and I covered our eyes, but even my youngest was quickly pushing my hands out of the way because he “had to see the good guys win!”  We also had my daughter practically narrating every scary point before it happened because she’d read the book.  So, that was a bonus.  I personally liked the head’s up when Percy was headed to the Underworld.  But, overall, it was not any more intense than Harry Potter, and listening to my daughter explain the relationships of Greek Mythology to my boys was kind of amazing.

So, if you’re a little brave, I’d definitely recommend this one (finally)!  It was overwhelmingly better than The Squeakual, and I’m even thinking of stealing my daughter’s copies of the book series because I keep wondering about Percy Jackson’s future training and adventures.