Worded Wednesday: My family went to the 1920s

November 28, 2012

in Denver, Family, Reed, Wordless Wednesday

Over Thanksgiving weekend Roger and I took the kids for  a day in downtown Denver. We started out by throwing a football around at Civic Center Park on a gorgeous and sunny late-morning (Reed’s pick). At Tessa’s urging we then we switched to a volleyball, counting to see how many volleys we could get in a row (the mom may or may not be the weak link in that scenario).

Roger got to pick the restaurant where we had a yummy and healthy lunch, and then it was Mama’s turn to choose a place.

We walked to the new History Colorado Center, paid our admission and spent hours learning about life in Colorado in earlier decades. There were dozens of interactive exhibits, engaging for both kids and adults. Tessa and Reed got to drive a Model T and work in a town’s general store. We rode down a mine shaft and learned how to plant and detonate dynamite. We heard a storyteller recount her summers at Lincoln Hills, “the country’s only western resort accessible to African-Americans.” We tried ski jumping down a mountain (I made it 300 feet once but crashed and burned the second time).

But the funnest (and funniest) part was when we had our pictures taken for a 1920s yearbook in the Colorado plains town of Keota. These silly photos sealed the awesomeness into our day.

My family, if we lived 100 years ago

Did I gain two children? Nope. Reed snapped three photos, each of them wackier than the last. Even if I were in the worst mood in the world, one look at these mementos (especially my second “daughter”) would curl up the sides of my mouth. In fact I’m laughing quite hard as I type this last word!

 

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a November 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

Those are some pretty hilarious pictures!

It sounds like a fantastic way to spend a day…

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Grandma`s Goulash November 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

What a fun day! Bet you’ll be treasuring the memories for years to come.

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andy November 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

what an awesome day!!!!

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Keiko November 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

Those are spectacular. Love it!

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Addison Cooper November 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

What a fun day! The ski jumping sounds terrifying – but the (almost 100 year old) photos are awesome! It reminds me of visiting the history museum under the Arch in St. Louis.

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Connie Weiss November 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I think I’m going to take my kids there over the Christmas Break.

Those pictures are great!

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luna November 28, 2012 at 11:50 pm

truly hilarious. love that you didn’t even have to blur the faces of the kids!
such a wonderful day!

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Mud Hut Mama November 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I love those photos – so fun! What a great family day. So nice that each of you had a turn to choose what you wanted to do.

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Kristin November 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Sounds like a truly fabulous day and I love those pictures.

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a November 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Did I just read that someone’s birthday is tomorrow? Happy Birthday!

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April December 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

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Mel December 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Love the pictures. Sounds like an indoor ski jump would be my solution to never wanting to be outside in the cold :-)

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Pamela December 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I could spend happily spend many hours indulging in the kind of day you had. History provides a great way to learn and share in togetherness at the same time.

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shannon December 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

love the photos- very funny!

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Kathy December 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

That sounds like so much fun! I too love that you each got to pick something that you wanted to do on your family day and those pictures are hilarious! :)

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Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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Meagan January 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Oh my gosh, those pictures are crazy! What a fun idea.

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