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Worded Wednesday: My family went to the 1920s

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!

 

Perfect Moment Monday: We are Young

Most days, as soon as the alarm goes off I pull on yoga pants (and shirt), wake the kids and get them ready for school. About the time they’re pledging their allegiance, I am setting up my laptop in my home office.

But once in awhile, I actually go to work and must begin the day the way I used to: I shower, pick something out of my closet that is on a hanger, and do my hair and makeup. I had one of these days in November, and instead of guiding my children through each step of their prep, I focused on mine.

Would my kids rise to the occasion?

I made sure Tessa and Reed were awake before I stepped into the shower. Would you believe that not once did they storm through the door and complain that one was breathing on the other? Would you believe that after I dried myself off and crept into the hallway to see what was going on in the kitchen, that I saw Tessa rinsing Reed’s cereal bowl and loading it into the dishwasher? That I saw Reed making a lunch for Tessa? That they were collaborating with each other rather than tormenting each other?

I was in shock. And I broke out into a huge smile.

Tessa and Reed had a soundtrack for the morning blaring from one or the other’s iPod, perched in the kitchen docking station an causing them to rock out. At the moment I peered down on them, “We Are Young” by fun. was playing. It’s a song we all love to sing together in the car, but in this scenario it held new meaning.

We are young!
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter
Than the sun!

(Not the get-drunk-til-you-can’t-get-yourself-home meaning that the video portrays.)

Ladies and gentlemen, I saw with my own eyes that I am raising independent, cooperative and compassionate human beings. Who so totally rock.

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Perfect Moment Monday: That’s my kid!

While Mom is busy figuring out how to tell you her news, Tessa and I are going to tell her perfect moments this month. Why? Because we caused them. She tells us we rock and sometimes we do.

My turn first because I’m the youngest. I’m 9.

Pick Six

It was a warm and sunny Saturday morning and I had a flag-football game. We were late getting there (thanks, Mom!) so I ran right onto the field as soon as we arrived. Oh, yeah, I stopped to put on my hula skirt.

My team started on defense. On the second snap, I saw in the eyes of the guy I was covering that he was gonna go wide. Sure enough, he did, but I was so on top of things that I PICKED it. I leaped and the ball was in my hands — my very first interception! Not only that, but I ran it in to the end zone for 6 points.

You shoulda heard my mom. I was kinda embarrassed but kinda proud. “Yay, Reed! THAT’S MY SON!” You woulda thought I’d just won the Heisman.fall flag footballMy league doesn’t keep score, but the players do. My team, the Broncos (of course!) ended up winning 42-0.

I like being the source of my mom’s perfect moments. Sometimes I get mine from her, too.

Now I’ll turn over the mike to my sister, Tessa (she’s 11).

Serve Five

Right after my brother’s game, we hustled off the field to have a quick lunch. We drove to MY game and were on time (thanks, Mom!).

My team is new and we’re still figuring out the basics of the game and how to play together. We’re lucky during a practice if we can get a string of 3 or more volleys. It was no surprise that we lost Game 1 badly to the Orange Shirts.

One thing I do well on the court, though, is serve. So I was hopeful by Game 2 when I rotated to that position that we could make up some of the score gap.

volleyball serve

(You can’t even see my lightning-fast serving arm!)

My first serve goes right to the other team’s center court. Two Orange Shirts lunge for it but not before the ball hits the floor. Point!

I draw back again and serve. This time the ball goes to the back corner. They must have thought it would be out because they let it go, but it stays in. Point!

On my third serve, the Orange Shirts return the ball, but my team is able to volley back and we score again. Point! A fourth serve leads to another point.

And a fifth goes over the net, two Orange Shirts lunge for it ——- and both miss.

Boom! The ball hits the gym floor and the crowd goes crazy. I can’t believe I made all 5 shots! Me and my mom jump up in the air, her in the stands and me on the court, both giving a thumbs up to each other. I hear her say, “Yay, Tessa! THAT’S MY DAUGHTER!”

It was a perfect moment for both of us. And we won that game!

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Both Reed and Tessa are studying in school how to write for impact. This sporty weekend was great fodder for telling their stories with oomph and pizazz. I’m so proud of them for, well, just being them.

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Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between.

On the last Monday of each month we engage in mindfulness about something that is right with our world. Everyone is welcome to join.

To participate in Perfect Moment Monday:

  • Follow Write Mind Open Heart.
  • Write up your own Perfect Moment and post for September.
  • Use LinkyTools below to enter your name (or blog name), the URL of your Perfect Moment post, and a thumbnail image if desired.
  • Visit the Perfect Moments of others and let the writers know you were there with some comment currency.

Once you make a Perfect Moment post , you may place this button on your blog.What Perfect Moment have you recently been aware of? Visit these moments of others and share your comment love.

The next Perfect Moment Monday event will begin October 29.