Creating Smile-Worthy Moments

I’m going to tell you all something you already know if you’re a parent. This season of life is tough. There are toys everywhere, the days are spent running around to Girl Scout meetings, soccer practices and playdates. While some days it is overwhelming, I can honestly say I fully enjoy it. Here is the thing- this season of life will be over before we know it. These days, I find myself trying to do everything I can to make the most of these days I have with my children before they are no longer little. Creating those smile-worthy moments.

From the time I was pregnant with Ada I would read out loud to her, sure it would help her to develop the passion for books that I have always had. It worked, Ada has loved being read to from the day she was born and she now has a love of reading herself (at the age of 5!). I strongly believe that books create a beautiful imagination in a child. She is forever pretending the stairs are a mountain she is climbing, or the living room is a grand ballroom, or that her bed she is jumping on is the moon. Her sense of imagination makes me so proud. Almost every night, she challenges me to use my imagination too. “Can you read me a story without a book?” was her way of asking me to make up a story for her. Together she and I explore the rainforest, blast off into space, turn into butterflies or fairies or princesses. I believe fostering a child’s imagination is one of the greatest gifts we an give them. I’m not the only one who believes this idea, my friends over at Goldfish do too!

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We were encouraged by Goldfish to create a story together as a family that was smile-worthy. So we got right to work! First we needed to decide on where our story would take place- Ada has always been a fan of stories in space, so that was what we went with. When she was 2 and 3 she would beg us to take her outside each night before bed so she could see the moon. For her third Christmas he asked for a real telescope. We were so excited to get to work on our story. I asked Ada what she though our story would be about, who would be in the story? Would it be about shooting stars, or planets? She and I came up with the idea of a cute little alien that would make friends with the Goldfish crackers.

With Ada in her best princess dress, we got to work on our scene with some materials we had. We used clay, googly-eyes, and of course, delicious Goldfish crackers. I’m so picky about the snacks I give the kids, but Goldfish are  delicious, always bakes with real cheddar cheese and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Definitely a snack I feel good about giving the kids… bonus is that they’re fun to play with too!

We had fun playing with the clay, she ultimately asked me to make a Rocket for the Goldfish to fly to the moon, and make the alien they would befriend so she could decorate him! She did an excellent job making up the story line. The alien friend is walking the moon when he hears the rocket and is afraid by these new friends he has never seen before. The Goldfish exit their rocket and are dancing and exploring and see the alien friend peeking and are afraid and jump backwards. They decide to be friends with him and ask him to play, which puts a big smile on his face! We took about 40 or so images and put them to music to create a video which Ada loved! She was so proud to see her imaginative story come to life. Seeing the smile on her face and how she lit up with pride, made me smile and fill with pride. Talk about a smile-worthy moment.

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