I was sitting in the audience at the Disney Social Media Moms conference in 2012 when Ann Foster, Director of Disney Destinations and Consumer Insight, said something that has stuck with. In an effort to point out the importance of making memories, she reminded us that we have only 18 summers to make memories with our children — 18 summers.
Like many in the audience those words struck me as I realized I was down to 14 summers left with my oldest. Moms say it again and again, “They get big so fast,” but those words struck a chord.
We try our best to make the most of our summers with trips to the beach, spontaneous day trips and lots of visits to see the Mouse.
At the end of a long week, I often feel discouraged that we didn’t do enough. But when I look back at pictures of the summer, I am reminded that while a single week may have been average, we have done a great deal over the course of many weeks. Visits from cousins, hosting a lemonade stand and neighborhood pool parties — our summer may not be grand gestures like big trips, but it is filled with great memories.
In our house, laughter is the hallmark for creating special memories and with a family of goofballs we make lots of silly memories.
Although I look forward to big trips (especially when baby sister gets a bit older), I have come to realize that we make memories every day. And since I am always there with a camera, I have photos to prove it.
Making lunchtime memorable
Now that summer has come to an end, I keep trying to find ways to help make memories big and small with my girls. Since I no longer eat lunch with my gal, I like to send little love notes from mom tucked into her lunch box. I still remember my mom doing this for me, so I have faith that even when I am not with her I am helping her make memories of her days.
Welch’s believes in the magic of “kitchen table” moments, and has been helping families enjoy them for generations. In the time it takes to drink a glass of juice or share a sandwich, a special moment can happen. That’s why 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 Sharewhatsgood.com you’ll find a variety of great content from fun family ideas to delicious recipes. You can share photos of your every-day moments and see how others are doing the same by following Welch’s on Twitter @Welchs and Instagram @Welchs. To share your every-day moments use the hashtag #Sharewhatsgood on Twitter or Instagram and it will show up in the feed. You can also find Welch’s on Facebook.
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Julie Wood says
My Good Family moment is when we all went to a water park this summer called Silver wood, and we got to swim and play with the kids for hours! It was such a fun day!
Trisha W. says
I have inlaws near there but have never been.
Kate F. says
My good family moment was going to Disneyland with my family this summer.
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Kelly D says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment is when we took my kids to the beach this summer and collected shells, went in the water and built sand castles.
Rona B says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was an afternoon, on the beach, flying our son’s homemade kite. I still have a photo to look at and remember the great memories.
Sara Grivas says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment is ongoing. We do what’s called family dinner night (once my kids got older). Even as teens and then adults, my kids loved it and we play games. What touched me most was when they just had their own babies and I didn’t schedule family dinner night, they took over and started the tradition at their houses! So, we get to continue on, but not have all the work!
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was getting my son potty trained this summer
Congrats mom!!! That is a good family moment 🙂
Seyma Shabbir says
I love waking up every morning with my sons running to my room and kissing me good morning!
D SCHMIDT says
Just spending time with my children and seeing them do things they enjoy is my #ShareWhatsGood
Cynthia R says
my #ShareWhatsGood family moment was celebrating my niece’s first birthday
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was visiting the restored Jersey shore
Claire Rheinheimer says
The best family moment this summer was just minutes after the birth of our daughter (which my 2 teenage daughters witnessed) when they brought their baby brother in the room (he’s 2) and we all were together admiring this amazing little girl.
shelly peterson says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was watching my 3rd grandson being born.
Dawn Ganey says
Any time/occasion we can all n]be together to enjoy each other’s company is great.
Sarah L says
My #ShareWhatsGood moment this summer was a trip to Santa Fe.
Thanks for the contest.
Jessica D says
My summer moment from this summer was when I caught the first fish on our vacation
Samantha C. says
My #ShareWhatsGood moment was vacationing with my kids this summer. They had the best time ever!
My #ShareWhatsGood moment was a short notice vacation to Wisconsin. My kids got to play outside and chase lightning bugs..so much fun!!
Trisha W. says
My memory for the Summer is seeing my kids stuck in mud up to their waists. The reservoir was very low and they found a great mucky spot. Boy did they have fun playing in the mud that weekend.
Seeing all my family at my wedding!
Susan Christy says
Getting all of my nieces and nephews and their husbands, wives and kids together – lots of craziness, making for a perfect family moment.
My Good Family moment was spending the day with my husband and two kids at a local farm/amusement park. My 2 yr old and 4 yr old went on their first roller coaster ride!
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was watching my little boys catch fish while on vacation… they LOVED it and of course I probably loved it even more.
Heather Hayes Panjon says
My #ShareWhatsGood Family Moment This Summer Was Volunteering As A Family To Clean Up Local Parks In Our Community!
My good family moment was swim parties with friends!
Lisa B. says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment is when we are all together, especially when grandma or grandpa from CA are visiting!
keely hostetter says
My #ShareWhatsGood has been many moments of playing yard games with my kids and husband this summer and cherishing the moment
Outer Banks vacation with the family.
Tabathia B says
Taking my kids fishing for the first time
My #sharegoodmoment is when I taught my nephew to drive
My #sharewhatsgood moment was spending time with my kids and husband and our son’s awesome birthday party!
Dawn Sweeps says
Taking the kids to disney was the best moment of the summer.
Charlene S says
My #ShareWhatsGood moment was having a family reunion.
Austin Baroudi says
Our #ShareWhatsGood moment would be when we went to Fun Town, our local water/theme park!
My #ShareWhatsGood moment is picking my 6-year-old daughter up from first grade and hearing the good news that she aced her first-ever spelling test. She was so proud!
Our family moment was our wonderful summer vacation
Margaret Smith says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was when my sons and I visited my Dad in So. Carolina and spent a number of days with him fishing, relaxing, talking and getting caught up.
Cynthia C says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was when we all got together for Father’s Day.
Monique Rizzo says
Ours was going to the River together for a day of picnics,games and fun
Thanks for the chance.
Tari Lawson says
My best family moment was hiking into the Grand Canyon with my husband and two boys. We were all in awe of the beauty before us. My youngest even said to me “This is better than Disney World.” I will cherish that family moment forever.
PAIGE CHANDLER says
My share good moment was our family outing to Six Flags. The kids ate and rode rides having a blast all day.
My best family moment was spending time with our family at Disney World.
janna johnson says
Going to church with my Grandparents on Easter.
Taking family vacations!
Ellen B says
whole family went to NJ to see family
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Dawn Monroe says
My recent family memory is my daughter graduating.
Jayden H. says
Mine is the very first family vacation I have ever been on this summer! We went to the Black Hills! It was SO much fun!!
jeannine s says
going to the breach and building sandcastles with the kids
Vivian S says
We took the kids to Del Mar and had a fun afternoon at the racetrack!
jennie sanderson @jenpsht says
Every moment of this summer has been memorable and wonderful! My little one was able to go outside and enjoy nature, play, run! He is one and this summer was amazing, we went to the park, discovered ducks, it goes on and on! What a beautiful summer.
Renee Walters says
Every moment with my kid’s has been memorable. We had a wonderful time together at Sea World last week.
Stephanie Larison says
My daughters fave when we went to her first waterpark this summer. She was in heaven, it was so cute to see her so happy.
carol j says
our best summer memories this year were when we went camping
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment this summer was sitting outback roasting smores, as well as family vacations to the beach
Lisa Garner says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was taking my children to the lake and spending the day swimming and cooking out.
Barbara R. says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment, is my whole family’s annual summer reunion.
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was when we went to Santa Cruz and got to have a bonfire on the beach. It was amazing and beautiful.
kathy pease says
Our #ShareWhatsGood family moment is when we sit out in our backyard around the fire in our firepit 🙂
Amy M says
Just silly moments in the garden, goofing off together…
We just had a great time at the beach!
Karen Drake says
My best summer memory is of going to the lake with my daughter, we stayed until dark, we were having so much fun we didn’t want to leave.
tina reynolds says
taking the kids to the nickelodeon amusement park they had so much fun
cassandra mccann says
my sons frist words
Ashley h says
Everything has been great. Love times when all the family gets together and has a cookout.
Brittney House says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment, is relaxing with the family after a long day at work and watching movies on the couch.
This summer I welcomed my third little one in to our lives…a boy. I have two daughters already. While every moment I cherish with my babies, it was such a sweet thing to watch my babies cuddle with each other each morning over the summer. Talk about feeling blessed as they all sat there in their jammies with freshly opened eyes looking to me for that first hug of the morning that would set the tone for the day. I’m blessed.
My favorite family moments are eating meals with my parents.
Melinda Stephens says
Ours was when we took our son to the park and he discovered the splash pad. So simple and so fun. We go all the time now.
Sarah B says
We had a great family vacation this summer – but I think I loved our Labor Day picnic just as much!
Deb S says
My #ShareWhatsGood moment is a great day at the beach with the kids.
Kat Emerick says
I have one granddaughter who lives very close to me and My #ShareWhatsGood moment is when she comes sometimes on the weekend and spends time with me and once in awhile I take her shopping and out to lunch. We look forward to this.
Our moment is at the dinner table together each night, sharing our days and laughing.
Barbara S says
exploring Chelsea NYC to find great books & vintage clothes together!
April Willard says
Having dinner every Sunday at the in-laws we love being with family!
Natasha Tucker says
My #ShareWhatsGood moment was taking my son to florida to see the yankees play for the first time!
Our best family moment this summer was camping. It was a lot of fun and the kids can’t wait to go again! #ShareWhatsGood
melina r says
our sharewhatsgood moment is taking them to the local water park. They had sooo much fun.
Our s was spent camping and having fun outdoors. Swimming in the river, making smores, and geocaching! Lots of fun.
Miz Vickik says
4th of July fireworks by the water!
This summer I sat on a private beach under a cloudless full moon sky with my favorite person. It was so beautiful!
my fave is when were all here and enjoying each others company
susan smoaks says
last month for hubby’s birthday we had a nice bbq
Vikki Billings says
Celebrating my grandchildrens birthday and spending time with them, my very special memories!
Going to Florida and getting engaged! We will be a family soon!
Sky Kory says
My #ShareWhatsGood is going to the beach and spending time with the family!
Buddy Garrett says
We helped our daughter move into her dorm at college.
We used the fire pit and relaxed by the pool!
Trisha McKee says
My #ShareWhatsGood family moment was the day we went swimming, fishing, and hiking all day. We were exhausted but so happy.
Christian Alejandro says
Our #ShareWhatsGood is a summer cookout or day at the beach.