The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Titanic Exhibit

Yesterday we drove to Broomfield, CO to see the Titanic Exhibit. Years ago it came to Redding, CA and my mom went and saw it with Steffi, their German exchange student. They really enjoyed it, and at the time I wasn't able to come. I regretted it ever since as I am a big Titanic buff. It all started when I taught 3rd grade and the Titanic was one of the reading themes in the curriculum. The kids always loved the subject matter, and so did I! (I am also one of those goofy people that went and saw the movie 11 times after it first came out!)

When we arrived yesterday, we were each given tickets with a name of a passenger that was on board the Titanic in April, 1912. There were artifacts from the ship, stories and photos, etc...We enjoyed reading and learning more about those on board that fatal night on April 14, 1912. Each room had a theme, so when we were in the boiler room area, the lights were red, to simulate a hot working area, and then when the ship hit the iceberg the room was a cool blue with a huge mural of an iceberg, etc...

Unfortunately, at the end of the tour you found out if your passenger was "saved or lost." Tom and Kyle were both "saved" but Ashlyn and I had passengers that perished. This upset Ashlyn greatly and she was concerned that it meant she too would die. This of course brought on a discussion of how we all will die one day, and how any tears she shed should be for the poor people that didn't survive on the ship. We are all alive today, and we need to not take that for granted, not for one moment I told her. Then she was worried about pets on board, and "What about the cats and dogs? Who would save them?" The innocence of children is so refreshing, as I know I would have been worried about the animals too!

We went out to dinner afterwards at a restaurant called, "Bagli's" a New Orleans inspired Italian
restaurant. Besides crawfish on the menu, I am not sure what else made it New Orleans inspired, but it was a nice evening out and I didn't have to cook, so that is always a treat! :-)

Today Ashlyn has her piano recital, so we'll be in the company of musicians this afternoon! :-)

Have a great Saturday, and just a little FYI...I exercised again this morning...Did you? I have a few ideas on how we can motivate one another...check back soon! Ladies, we need to get excuses! :-)


Emily said...

Thats so neat. I never knew they had an exhibit for the Titanic.

Melissa said...

That is a great exibit! So glad you were able to enjoy it and make it a learning experience. And how great that you did't have to cook! :)

ShutUpandRun said...

Wow what a powerful experience, not to mention the learning involved. Thanks for sharing.

About the running - I would recommend trying either Hal Higdon's running program or the one found on Runner's World. They both have beginner's programs you can find on the web that outline what to do each day of each week. Most are 16-20 weeks long. I am going to try the Hanson's program, which focusses on increased mileage during the week, with less emphasis on the long runs. You can check that one out too.

Good for you sticking with it. Shut up and run.

Anita said...

I too love all things Titanic. It's a fascinating story, and so much more than any of us can imagine, each individual story that was on board. I know Ashlyn was upset, but you turned it into such a great lesson.
Ok Ok, on the getting up early and working out..........we'll see...........tomorrow is another day(in my best Scarlett accent!)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What an interesting exhibit! I'm glad you got to go. Sorry it upsset your little one, but I know you were able to help her put it all in perspective. Glad you have the piano recital and glad you've been exercising. Have I? Well... I went to the Farmer's Market with a friend who decided we needed to go to another one. We couldn't find it, so we ate... barbeque! LOL! I haven't eaten red meat in a looooooooong time, but I ate that AND baked beans and slaw AND onion rings that were amazing. Tomorrow. Tomorrow. There's always tomorrow. Tommorrow is another day... ;-)



Faith said...

That's really cool! I've never heard of such a thing before. And, I love the teaching moment you had with Ashlyn.

Sounds like you've had a great weekend!!

Lucy Marie said...

sounds really interesting. I did a speech on the Titanic when I was in grade 6. I would love to see that exhibit.

Kim said...

I am sorry that I missed this exhibit when it came to Redding. I am glad it was a good family time and dinner to go with it!
Sweet, sweet Ashlyn. The Lord gave you good words to help comfort and teach her. Hope that her recital goes well today!
You have inspired me to go walking as soon as I get off the computer.

Emily said...

Thanks for the comment.... my little boy will be 6 months old April 30th!

Jay said...


Saw your blog about Titanic pop up in my google alert. I want to thank you and your family for joining us in Broomfield this weekend. It was especially wonderful to hear how you turned the experience into a teaching moment! Our goal all along was to provide a free family event for parents to share with their children.

Have a great weekend!

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linda said...

A friend of mine just took her family to this exhibit in Phoenix. I'd love to see it if and when it ever comes to the LA area.

Taryn said...

How fun! I didn't even know there was an Titanic exhibit in Broomfield. I would have loved to see it! Have you guys been to the Molly Brown house in Denver?