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Diving into Summer at Water World

The other day I took the kids and a friend each to Water World, a HUUUUGE water park just north of Denver that’s been serving families since I was a kid.

It’s nice once in awhile to be the Cool Mom. Often I’m the task master, making sure that each summer day has a bit of care and attention to the kids’ minds, their bodies, and our house/yard (translation: not on screens all day). When Water World invited us to come for Blogger Week, all of us were excited.

Disclosure: we were guests of the water park.

We parked (free!) and lugged our stuff in. We were allowed to bring in our own picnic, though the water in my bottle was dumped out at a security check point (apparently, people have tried to sneak in vodka.)

In past years, my kids have gravitated toward the milder rides. But now, as a tween and a teen, they headed right for the steep, whirly, swirly, wavy, deep, action-packed water rides that exceed my meager level of courage. Both Tessa and Reed recommend the Mile High Flyer, which you can experience via video by clicking.

water world slidewater world refreshwater world funimages via Water World

A storm moved through mid-afternoon, so we took cover under one of the many sheltered areas. We looked at empty Thunder Bay wave pool and the dark storm clouds and joked about being caught in a sharknado.

True to Colorado, though — if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 (or 30) minutes, which I’ve heard said about dozens of other places — the sun came and we continued having fun.  If the sun hadn’t reappeared, Water World would have issued us rain checks to come again another day.

We finished up tired and happy. Can’t ask for a better way to spend a summer day. As for being a Cool Mom the rest of the summer?

1 day down, 77 to go.

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My Particular Shade of Gray

Aging is a humbling experience.

(I see teens and twenty-somethings who primp and angst about their appearance and want to yell at them, DON’T YOU REALIZE HOW GOOD YOU LOOK WITHOUT EVEN TRYING?)

First it was spider veins showing up on my thighs.  Then crow’s feet near my eyes. I’m emotionally bracing myself in case I one day sport a turkey neck.

Great. Our bodies are ultimately conquered by creepy-crawlies and carrion.

The latest offense is my hair. I can no longer pretend I don’t see, um, SILver. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Should I Go Gray?

I stopped coloring a few years ago when I first noticed that winter was coming. It was fine when I WANTED to color, whether that was to don a more chestnutty brown than I had naturally, or a reddish mahogany that was more striking than my genetic coloring. But HAVING to color, having to hide the fact that hair-by-hair, my pigment factories are slowing down production, well that’s not fine.

I didn’t want to be one whose face and hair looked like they were minted in different decades. Have you seen examples of ladies who appear to have 30 year old hair and 60 year old faces? If I wanted the parts of my head to age together, I’d need to stop coloring and let the gray start to show, if only to match my face.

Now, though, I can now imagine myself coloring again. And it’s not because I’d be coloring my hair to look younger, but to look, well, purplier. I’ve never taken my hair lighter than it is because I would never strip my color to do so.

But now, now that my own color is planning a final exit and eventually won’t be present to be stripped? I began to wonder how could I turn the lemons of not having color into lemonade — maybe even LAVENDER lemonade.

Once my hair goes all gray, I can see myself doing this.

lavender hair

Or maybe this.

taking gray hair purple

My daughter is petrified that I’ll actually do go through with this plan Mommmmmm, what will my friends say??

Which simply adds another hashmark in the plus column.

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