I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, a gift code to giveaway, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Now that I have turned the big 5-0, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on mine and my kids childhoods. I remember my mom cooking and baking a lot and she was our Campfire Girls troop leader. We were the house that all the kids in the neighborhood came to and mom was always there with a baked treat and Koolaid. We also took a lot of family trips, both local and out of state where we could all be together. With 6 kids, you can imagine what meal time was like! We had a pass through window from the kitchen to the dining room and I can see mom passing huge plates, trays and bowls of food from the kitchen to my older siblings to take to the table. Everything mom made was from scratch and we would eat together as a family at least for the evening meal. This was the time we could all share about our day, talk about things to come and discuss any family issues we had. It was the one time we all felt truly connected. When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to make sure my kids also had a big basket full of memories to look back on with fondness and laughter! One staple we always had at our table were products from Welch’s, especially their Concord Grape Jelly which we slathered on mom’s homemade biscuits and rolls.
Making Family Memories
When I had my first daughter, I was a single mom for the first 10 years, so money was pretty tight. Some of my fondest memories with Chelsea were spent doing silly things that cost little or no money. One of my favorite was a day when she was about 6 and we had planned a picnic and when we got everything packed up and ready to go, it started to just pour! Poor thing just began to cry because she had looked forward to it for so long. So, of course we got the blankets out and made a picnic in the living room. We told stories and jokes and laid on our backs, looking at the “clouds” and describing the shapes to one another. When it got dark, we then counted the “stars” and told ghost stories until we both fell asleep right there in the middle of the floor. That was the best! At the age of 26, Chelsea still talks about that day as one of her favorite! With the two younger kids, we eat together at least 4 nights a week and we have a tradition where we will go around the table and tell about one thing we shined at and one thing we felt we could have done differently or better. It gives a perspective into each other that I do not feel you can get with just casual conversation. One of our favorite things to do is snuggle up in Mommy’s “big” bed and watch a Disney movie with a big bowl of popcorn. Even at 12 and 15, the kids still look forward to our weekend snuggle fests and if we miss one week, you can be assured we do not miss the next!
Because I looked so fondly back on the trips we took with my parents as a kid, I want to pass that on to my kids as well. I try to make their birthdays special by taking them somewhere different that I know will make a great memory for them. This year for Henry’s 12th birthday, we took the family to the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN (home of Dolly Parton). We had the BEST time going through and looking at all the artifacts, movie memorabilia and the “cold” room that has water the same temperature as the water the night the ship sank. It was by far one of the most interesting and cool places we have been and plan to go back again next year. What does your family do to make those sweet memories and special moments? How to you steal away an hour to spend with the family? Do you make cookies, grab an ice cream cone or have a camp out in the back yard? Welch’s has just launched a new movement called “Share what’s good™” It’s all about sharing those special moments that occur each day with family, friends and loved ones – whether it’s at home or on the go. At the Welch’s Sharewhatsgood.com website, you can find a ton of great recipes, family friendly content and ideas for family fun. You can share photos of your every-day moments and see how others are doing the same. Just use the hashtag #Sharewhatsgood on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram so others can enjoy seeing how you make your family memories. I added mine, so I want to see yours too, okay? Now get out there and make some memories!
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