Aug 1, 2013

Indoor Picnics, Childhood Memories, and Winnie the Pooh


One of our family's very favorite things to do is to have an indoor picnic.

We lay out a big old blanket, gather our plates, and serve up dinner right there on the family room floor. We have been doing this on occasion since Oldest was small. Sometimes it is a special event, like movie night or a birthday. Other times it is a random Tuesday and I am too tired to set the table.

Whatever the reason, our boys really enjoy dinner served indoor picnic style.

I feel and hope that this will be a happy childhood memory for them. I also kind of hope that their future wives don't hate me when they suddenly spread out a blanket and want to have a picnic indoors with the inevitability of having to vacuum right after.

Recently, thanks to Disney, I was able to create another special childhood memory with my children while sharing one of my childhood memories. Together as a little family we sat down at our indoor picnic to watch the 30th anniversary edition of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

My Little Men had never seen the original version of Winnie the Pooh. I was kind of shocked when I realized that. Especially since I can remember so vividly watching it throughout my childhood.

We decided it was only fitting to invite my Little Mens' closest stuffed animal friends to watch the movie along with us and that the movie viewing be done via indoor picnic.

 

 


Everyone was mesmerized by the movie.

They were so captivated, in fact, that the food seemed to be forgotten. If you knew my boys, you would realize what a huge deal that is.

 


Even Bean was enthralled.


I sat there and watched them watch. I sang along, "I'm just a little black rain cloud, hovering under the honey tree. I'm just a little black rain cloud, pay no attention to little me..."

I was reminded as I watched the movie of just how touching a portrayal the movie is of childhood friendship. As an adult I could visibly recognize the childhood joy and innocence found in that movie. Plus it made me remember being that young...

...yes I can remember being young...

I remember watching and wanting to live in a tree. I remember feeling a little scared and timid like Piglet. I remember being a little frightened of the big storm, just like Pooh. I even remember wanting Rabbit to call Tigger back and tell him he can bounce. After all, isn't that what Tigger's do best?

I even remember one of my very good childhood friends (who is still a good friend today) watching with me and I can still hear her voice repeating, "Tut. Tut. Looks like rain."

This movie is so much about imagination and friendship. Both so important in childhood.

I feel I was lucky to have both in my childhood.

Good friends. Hours of using our imaginations. Grand adventures never-ending.

There were doll houses made and constructed on the piano. We choreographed and executed our very own music videos.

In elementary school, there was a small group of us (all girls) that pretended to be a bunch of grumpy old men, old man names included. We would walk around the playground all hunched over with pretend canes grumbling in a way we imagined old men should sound like.

I miss the days of unabashed imaginative play, but I feel fortunate that many of the friends I had during those carefree days of childhood I can still call friends.

Luckily now I am a momma and I have young kids who remind me daily what it is to imagine. I see them play superhero, ninja, spy, inventors, and Star Wars. They build forts. They throw parties for their stuffed animals.

I get to watch the evolution of teeny tiny friendships.

Of the human variety.

And of the furry variety.


My childhood may now be a set of memories, but now I get to witness my own children create their own memories. Helping them make their own memories might just be better than reflecting on my own.

 

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117 comments:

Vicki said...

I love Winnie the Pooh! Fingers crossed...

Mami2jcn said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

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Lisa Brown said...

It is important to learn necessary skills for a happy and rewarding life.
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Elena said...

It's important for children to have friends and have fun to grow sociable and happy

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Courtney B said...

its important to have time as a child to dream and imagine :) makes you happy as an adult!

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clc408 said...

Using their imagination with friends develops creativity and social skills they will need as adults.

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One Frugal Girl said...

Every kid needs a buddy. Someone to learn and play with. When I think back on my own childhood most of my memories involve my best girl friends. I know my son will have similar memories as he grows with his friends.

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Leigh Anne said...

What a fun post! Loved reading your memories ;). I think imagination is so important! I love to see my kids "pretending"......so cute!

Corrie- said...

Such sweet pictures of this fun family night, I love the black & white! Bet my kiddos would love some Winnie too!

bayctygrl said...

friendship, imagination and adventure are important because you need to escape and explore in your mind it helps you grow and be creative and it makes life that more interesting and everything is better with a friend

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Kia89 said...

It’s important for kids because it helps to develop their social skills.
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susan1215 said...

Imagination is important for creativity and growing through adventures, which plays into their imagination. Friendships and building relationships is a necessary skill for all ages

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kellyr78 said...

It important because my children learn so much by playing together and with other kids, as well as by using their imaginations. This prepares them to be productive and happy adults.

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sohamolina said...


They are all character building traits and therefore very important.

SStockhoff said...

I was reading through the book you made us for Christmas the other day, I just needed a trip down memory lane. It was a fun trip, anyhooo I love reading these stories of yours. The beauty of family!

Kim Hardy said...

There is nothing more important than friendships and bonds while growing up and as an adult
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Tamar said...

I think it prepares them for real life experiences.
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peg42 said...

I feel that the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my kids lifes help them to develope socially and emotionally.
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Denise S. said...

These things are all important in my children's live, because it gives them confidence, fun and helps them develop and learn about the world.
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Allie G said...

Adventure brings new experiences and learning to children.

rachel said...

It helps them become more aware of others and what they need -- and adventure is a key part of being a kid!

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Michelle J. said...

My kid likes to have adventures with his friends. I love to see them using their imaginations to play new games and pretend.

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Barbara Montag said...

These three things are what help children to grown into emotional healthy adults.
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Stephanie Larison said...

Kids need to experience all this to grow and become who they will be. It also helps with social skills, independence, and confidence.

wigget said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure help develop social and skills and self-confidence

deanieanderson said...

I keep my grandson, who is 1 today, 4 days a week. He is my joy! I don't have much in the form of entertainment for him. Just thought "Winnie the Pooh" would be awesome for him to watch!

Tina said...

these things are important,help them to learn about themselves and what them want in their life
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Wylie said...

I love the indoor picnic idea. Am going to visit my granddaughter (3) in NC next week, and will definitely have a picnic lunch with her! I loved the Winnie the Pooh movie, too!

jlafount said...

Imagination lets you try to be people you aren't

JC said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are impoart for my kids because they make life richer and happier.
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Emaisgr8 said...

My daughter thrives from friendships. She learns the most by mimicking others actions. I love watching her gain skills by being creative and using her imagination.

steve weber said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

Janna Johnson said...

encouraging imagination builds problem solving skills for the future

Karen said...

Friendship teaches children to value other people :)

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Joseph Wallace said...

Friendship is important for a person to grow up and become a good person.

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Emily said...

It think all of those are valuable traits and I love that Winnie the Pooh.

StephanieC said...

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David said...

friendships are important for children bc it develops relationships outside the family for a child

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jakiesmom said...

because the combination of the 3 of them help to form his personality. He is drawn to kids who play and imagine like himself which helps him develop strong relationships
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intime said...

all three help with social skills
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Adrienne said...

friendship, imagination and adventure are very important. i remember as a child having such a great time with all 3. i loved my dolls and barbie family and i was always using my imagination. my 6 year old daughter is more imaginative with her art and drawing and her stuffed animals. she has never been big on playing with toys, dolls, barbies, etc. which i could never understand cuz i was the opposite. everyone is different though and she is artistic so that's just how she is. my 4 year old son is imaginative with his Lego Duplos and train tracks and other things he enjoys playing with. he's less artistic but still enjoys coloring also. they both love making friends at school and i'm sure as they get older they will love going on adventures :-) my daughter sure loves going on bug search adventures and looking for butterflies :-)

smilekisses said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure in your child’s life is important because it molds them to become who they are and teaches them love and acceptance.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

My four year is recently learning the value of friendship and its wonderful to see his development, he has a huge imagination and we try to enhance it at every opportunity. My two year old is the one with all the sense of adventure!

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Kerry said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are so important in a child's life because they will use all of these things throughout their entire life!
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Wanda McHenry said...

The ability to use imagination to create an adventure with their friends molds a child into a confident and well social balanced individual.

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Anna Pry said...

my kids use their imaginations to come up with adventures to enjoy with their friends

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Lisa Pecora said...

I do not have kids but friendship is very important. When I was a kid I was always with my friends, and I had a big imagination!

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Kim said...

I think imagination is incredibly important and do whatever I can to encourage imagination through playtime.
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tina reynolds said...

Imagination is so important to encourage it helps a child grow and be creative. I really think it helps them believe they can do anything. My kids and I have tea partys, and such are favorite is pretending to be a vet.

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Tony said...

Friendship, Imagination and Adventure will help a child grow and want more from life.

Diane52 said...

Friendship and imagination play critical roles in making loving humans, as evidenced by my 27 year old's nickname is still Tigger, my other son Piglet and me mom-I'm Winnie.
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LAMusing said...

Friendship is the lodestone in our lives. Creativity and a sense of adventure can spark a child to perform better in school, become more confidant, problem solve - and lead to an amazing adulthood.
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ms-texas said...

Imagination helps children become creative thinkers; friendship and adventure is an essential part of life

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Erica Best said...

I love when kids have adventures is takes them to places they may never see with out a imagination

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Aleksandra Nearing said...

I love that my daughter has stayed friends with her buddies from daycare throughout the year, even when they went on to different schools. They've maintained a wonderful bond.

ky2here said...

Our middle daughter personifies friendship, imagination and adventure. She sees the good in almost everyone and is an artist.

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bbrittbrat1398 said...

I think they all build character and help the kids live healthy active social lives.
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brendaelsner said...

Friendship, adventure, and imagination are all important aspects in a children's life. They grow emotionally and mentally and it let's them be who they are and discover themselves. It gives them skills they will need in their adult lives. I love sitting and just watching my kids use their imaginations!

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MCantu1019 said...

It helps them be good people as they mature.
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Gina said...

It will help enrich his life and make him a better & more well rounded person.

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Charity/CC said...

It builds character, creates a world of fun, and leads to a happy childhood.

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DistractedMommy said...

It is so important for kids to have an imagination. As my kids grow I see how their imagination grows too! I encourage their creativity and socializing with similar friends!

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Sky Kory said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure make a child happier and more responsible in life!

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fostering friendship, imagination and adventure in a child will create an adult who is caring, giving, open-minded, and non-judgmental.

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Julie Goetz said...

I want my daughter to find happiness and with that she will need to make many friends. Her imagination is important so she can dream big.
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Mihaela Day said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills

Bonnie Caselman said...

The importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in your child's life never stops. Even as they grow older these precious qualities help them through good times and bad.

Emmy Coffee said...

Seeing the imagination in my three and five year old kiddos is simply amazing. Do you remember the power of imagination? "No, that dining room chair is not just a chair, Mom, it's my Corvette!" And studies have shown that a healthy imagination in children leads to better skills at coping, creativity and problem-solving as they grow up!

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Karen Drake said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are so vital to children growing into productive, well adjusted and happy adults.
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angie lilly said...

I think that those three elements go hand in hand! With friends you find adventure using your imagination! All three are so important to having a well socialized child and a well balanced adult!
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Susan Smoaks said...

I truly believe that friendship, imagination and adventure are of the utmost importance in our child's life. They help with growth and maturity and help keep life fun and exciting.
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Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children to be well rounded.

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Betty C said...

Imagination helps build creative adults.

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Crystal M said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are some of the most important things in my sons' lives- they mean that not only are my boys developing their creative and social skills- but they are more importantly enjoying their childhood years :)

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It is important for kids to learn these skills for success in life.

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saturdaynightfever said...

The little one already has quite the vivid imagination!

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slehan said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are all important for kids (and adults, too) We take a daily hike around the lake and see what adventures we can have.
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Thomas Murphy said...

Its very important that my kids have fun with there imagination and go on fun adventures with there good friends.

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bettycd said...

Friendship is so important all thru life. Friendship, imagination and adventure sounds like what a child needs to grow up happy and find what they are passionate about.
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Ashley Morrissey said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are the three best things when you’re a child. Friendship for when you’re feeling lonely. Imagination for when you’re feeling bored. Adventure for when you’re feeling a little..well, adventurous! ;)

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It helps them become creative and kind adults.
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