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Monday Catch All-Week 3

  • June 27, 2010 8:44 am

Here we go!  Let me know what I should add to the List!

Learning Ladder Camps: call 940-210-5746 for reservations or visit online at

The Great Outdoors, June 28-2, $95:  Hands on, outdoor activities is what the Nature Center has to offer us.  With their 3600 acres comprised of forest, prairie, marsh and ricers, all of which are part of their giant classroom.  Then, later in the week, we will trek to the Museum of Nature and cience and see the Water exhibit.  They promise frogscicle, soft boiled worms and a penguin huddle.  Once we have explored Water, we may never look at a glass the same way.  The week will end with our own viewing of Grand Canyon Adventure:  River at Risk at the IMAX.  Join us for an exciting white-water adventure down the Colorado River.  Pack a lunch!

Dino Dig:  Wise County Museum, 9-12, k-4th graders, $50:  If you can name more than five dinosarus you are the paleontologist that we are looking for.  The week will be full of dino games, crafts and prehistoric fun.  Let’s all get together and meet the creatures that walked the earth first.  Did you know that there were dinosaurs in Wise County?  Well, we are about to see firsthand.  For some good old fossil fun, be sure to sign up.

FREE Kid Movie at Fossil Creek:

N. 6100 Freeway
Ft Worth ,TX 76137

06/29/2010-06/30/2010 Rugrats In Paris (G)
  Astro Boy (PG)

Decatur Library Summer Reading Program: Tuesday, 11 am:  Class is in Session!  Join us for Cool School with Miss Maria!

FREE LUNCH at Crystelle Waggoner Park:  Wednesday, 11-1, sponsored by Legend Bank

Monday Catch All, Week 2

  • June 20, 2010 10:25 pm

Here we go!  Again, if you know of other camps and gatherings, please let me know and I will update ASAP.

Learning Ladder Camps: call 940-210-5746 for reservations or visit online at

Wild Kingdom:  June 21-25, $95:  Come take a voyage into the magical world of animals in Animalopolis at the Omni.  We will see cheetahs that race like a Ferrari and bears that run their own fishing school.  Those fish don’t sound very smart!  Also, we will visit the Fort Worth Zoo and take a backpack tour.  Maybe we will see some real life cheetahs.  The week will be filled with animal crafts and we will craft our very own safari hat.  So pack your canteen, sunscreen and lunch to come explore the Wild Kingdom with us!

Baby Sitters Club:  June 21, 1-4 pm, open to 5th-8th graders FREE! If you want to start to babysit, this is the class for you!  How to safely market your business, ages and stages of development and health and safety are all topics we will explore.  Everyone will craft their own sitters travel bag filled with surprises that will keep even the fussiest child engaged and interested.  Each participant will also create their very own card with activities listed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  A notebook will be included to hold all of the new information to help you be the best babysitter ever!

Decatur Summer Reading Program: Tuesday, 11 am and 12:30 pm in the library meeting room.  Do some crazy experiments with MAD SCIENCE!

FREE Kid Movie at Fossil Creek:

N. 6100 Freeway
Ft Worth ,TX 76137

06/22/2010-06/23/2010 Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything (G)
  Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)


FREE Lunch at Crystelle Waggoner Park:  Wednesday from 11-1, sponsored by Legend Bank

Decatur Mom Club: Burger’s Lake Friday, June 25, 10-3 pm

1200 Meandering Road, Fort Worth 76114. 

Burger’s Lake is in Ft. Worth about 40 minutes from Decatur. If you have not been before, the web site has lots of pictures. Bring a picnic lunch or buy lunch there. It is tons of fun!



Decatur Soccer Camp:  Monday-Thursday from 6-8pm on the football practice fields behind Decatur High School

Some items to be aware of:

1. Snacks will be served each night.  (chips, snow cones, popsicles)
2. Water will be provided.
3. Shirts will be handed out on the last night of camp.
4. Thursday night will be “Soccer Splash Night”.  The kids need to bring a towel, and be prepared to get wet.
5. If your kids have a size 3 or 4 ball, please bring it. 

I hope everyone had a great Daddy Day, and dads all over Wise County had a day of relaxing with their amazingly angelic kids.  Hopefully that was the case anyway!  :)

Chisholm Trail Days-this Saturday!

  • June 17, 2010 9:33 pm

This Saturday, June 19th, is Chisholm Trail Days in Decatur.  This is one of those perfect Hope Floats opportunities for you to grab your kids, head to the square, and celebrate life in a small town.  Check out the flyer on the Decatur Main Street Calendar, and look at a few of the events listed below to choose your own adventure for the day! 

Petting Zoo Fun Jump Train Rides

Pony Rides & Pony Pictures

Hay Rides Stagecoach Rides Carriage Rides

Kids Games & Activities Stick Horse Rodeo

Artisans, Western Handicraft s & Pioneer Vendors

 Cowboy Poetry Chuckwagon Exhibition

 Chisholm Trail Antique Tractor Exhibit


Lone Star Legacy Gunfighters 2:30 & 4:00

Home-made Ice Cream Contest 3 PM

Kids Stickhorse Rodeo 3 PM

Fiddle Competition 4 PM

Hamburger Supper 6 PM

Tommy Hooker Band & Street Dance 7-11 PM

Memorial Day

  • May 31, 2010 1:35 pm

We attended a Memorial Day Service today at the Wise County Veteran’s Park.  I was a little tentative to take my kids, knowing the ceremony would be somber and reflective, and as always, I worried their sitting still capabilities would be tested to the limit.  But, since my dad was part of the ceremony, and my Grandpa was in town to participate, I decided it was one of those moments we needed to make into memories. 

As we arrived at the park and took our seats, I was suprised at the wonder in my kids’ eyes.  They quietly sat in their seats, and read the program, gazing around at the flags, the men in uniform, and the Memorial itself.  The ceremony began with the posting of the colors, and we watched as my Dad carried the American Flag and my Grandpa saluted that same flag–both veterans, and both there to honor their fallen servicemen.

The rest of the ceremony consisted of stories and reflections from Veterans, as they talked about their own service and the service of their fellow fallen soldiers.  It was humbling to hear these stories, and I couldn’t help but notice the emotion in the crowd as each story unfolded.  Some stories were serious accounts of battle, while others were funny times of training.  Both were stories of our Veterans; Veterans we owe our deepest thanks.

The kids actually excelled in their sitting still capabilities today, maybe even listening and taking to heart a few of those stories, and knowing a little more about our Military and the sacrifices they make for our Country–sacrifices we make note of on Memorial Day, but that we should be thankful for every day.

Wise Hoops-community service disguised as a basketball tournament

  • April 11, 2010 9:00 pm

Friday, the Decatur Jr. Woman’s Club hosted their annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament, and it was an amazing success.  The event profited over $5000 that will directly impact our local community in donations to WARM, CASA, Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, and Wise County Christian Counseling.

I worked the tournament, and in the midst of the fouls, free throws, and food, I kept thinking about those charities and the work they do for our community.  Personally, I’m not in a position to give massive amounts of money to charity-I give what I can, and and then give my time to make up the difference.  And, I can also attend fun events, and give small amounts of money that might add up to larger amounts.  They say “every little bit counts.”

Next week is National Volunteer Week, and there will be snippets of community service offerings everywhere.  Take just a moment and look around at our little town, and see if you can fit in a few minutes here, a few more moments there-or even sign up for an event or two.  You never know-you could have fun, support your community, and help make a difference all at the same time.

Another Egg Hunt!!

  • March 28, 2010 8:25 pm

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at the Decatur Civic Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, for children 5 and under. Sheriff David Walker will cook hot-dogs, and drinks, snacks and chips are provided.

Let’s face it, when you’re a kid, finding little plastic containers of candy is some of the best fun you can have.  If you have a few minutes, head out to the Civic Center this Wednesday with your little ones, and celebrate the Easter Season just one more time.  :)

Youth Fair

  • March 21, 2010 7:45 pm

Smalltowns have a uniqueness all their own, especially small towns in Texas.  This next week, Decatur will be knee-deep in the Wise County Youth Fair, which houses 4-H projects from across any spectrum of possibility.  There will be livestock for showing, cakes for eating, clothes for modeling, photographs for oogling, and many, many more.  These 4-H students have spent the last year nurturing their animals, and honing their skills to “show” during the Fair.  Judges will be brought in from the community to comment and score the entries, and also to give each kid a much-needed “job well done.”  4-H is definitely an organization geared toward the rural community, and this event allows that organization to shine.  Residents from the entire county will make time to come out to the fairgrounds, support their community, and maybe even go home with a new animal or two. 

Small town fun?  Maybe so, but worth a little field trip out there to visit with friends and celebrate the pride in a job well done.  Check out the official website for details.

Wise Hoops 3 on 3 Midnight Madness Tournament

  • March 1, 2010 9:17 pm

The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is sponsoring a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament to benefit local charities.  There are divisions beginning at 5th grade, and continuing through adult mens, women’s, and co-ed.  It’s great practice for those in the youth league, and fun competition for those of us remembering our youth.  There are even trophies for the winners of each division.  :)  The details are listed below, and entry forms are available at Fit-N-Wise.  You can also visit and join the facebook page www.facebook. com/decaturjwc for future details. 

When:  Friday, April 9.  Check-in Begins at 4; Play begins at 5.

Where:  DISD Multipurpose Building

Fees: $120 per Adult Team
$80 per Youth Team

**If you sign up by March 24th, you will receive a free t-shirt for each team member.

There will be a Free Throw and Three Point contest with prizes, and concessions will be available for purchase.

This Event will benefit the charities below:

WARM – Wise Area Relief Mission
CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate
Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Cetner
Wise County Christian Counseling

Girl Scout Cookie Time!!

  • February 16, 2010 12:25 pm

They are in Wise County, folks!  Finally!  I have an “in” with a certain little girl scout, and happen to know there are other girl scouts all over the county working hard to sell those little goodies, especially outside the Wal-Mart in Decatur.  Be sure to buy a box or two.  They’re only $3.50, and the proceeds go to the troops and Girl Scout Council for some great activities and upcoming Campouts!