Thursday, July 12, 2012


It was a spontaneous decision to have this picture made. Yes, it's cheesy, touristy, and a waste of time and money!  And worth it all!

Visiting the grand kids and their parents in Colorado every summer is a super-duper treat. There's nothing like the pure COOL air of that western mountain state to make the triple digit heat in OK a distant memory, even if it's only for just a few days. Adding to that pleasure is spending time with our eldest son, his beautiful wife, 5 perfect  and hilariously funny Braner kids and their 3 best friends. Staying at Camp Kivu along with a hundred or so teen-agers, their college-age counselors, camp staff, 1 dog, 1 baby deer and various visiting dignitaries is delightful. All ingredients for a great vacation!

 Making family memories is the goal of the trip, and we always come home with MANY!  Pictures preserve the good times.

On this particular day, Honeybuns and I divided the kiddos by sex and took off.  He took the boys to Durango Mountain Resort (formerly Purgatory!) for some high in the sky bungee jumping, panning for gold and alpine racing,  the girls and I spent the day in downtown Durango, SHOPPING!   After trying on and buying shoes, cheap jewelry and good smelling potions we happened by this photo shop. It's right there on main street, I don't know how we missed this in years past.

The girls couldn't believe we were actually going INTO that place. Their eyes lit up when they saw the variety of dresses and themes offered. We could choose between styles, Wild West, Victorian, or Sexy Barmaids.  I voted for "barmaids" but they wisely refused and convinced me that was a bad idea. Maggie wanted to spin a parasol and her BFF Hallie opted for the silver derringer, Victorian it would be!

It was a giggling chaotic time as we wrestled into these outfits.  The gals at the shop brought us lace gloves, hats, chokers and itchy heavy dresses.  We were transformed back to the glory days of 1890!

After a fun time of posing and pretending while the photographer snapped away, we decided that today's t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops were more our style, AND the reality of corsets "cinched" the deal.We agreed to be thankful this style has "bit the dust." 

1890 just wasn't the greatest time for comfortable women's fashions!

That hour or so turned out to be the best memory of the day!  The girls couldn't wait to get back to camp to show this picture around.

I treasure this image, a reminder of a perfect day with two precious girls that are "loved to the moon and back."

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