A while back I wrote a post about Squishy Baff and our fun filled experience with it – you can read it here.
The kids and I tried it out one crazy night and eventually with a little help from Nana J, it lead to filming a segment on NECN’s Does it Work? with Leslie Gaydos. This past Tuesday the kids and I reinacted our experience with Squishy Baff for the camera – we are now TV stars, or so we like to pretend.
To be honest, I was so completely nervous that I worked myself into a migraine by the end of it. I’m not much of a camera person unless I’m the one behind it. I’m also not one for conversation with people who I don’t know very well. I’m so much more eloquent in my head than I am out loud. Words tend to get lost as they make their way from my mind to my mouth and I end up saying the dumbest things, then I start to panic because I realize what I said and then a pause turns into seconds and my mind goes blank and that’s when it becomes clear that the person I’m talking with probably thinks I’m one gum short of a full pack. Thankfully, I was met with kindness and understanding during the filming and I couldn’t have been more appreciative.
My children, on the other hand, are like little running faucets. Words come spilling out of their mouths informing everyone around them of every thought that pops into their adorable, little heads. Unfortunately, that sometimes means giving out information that would normally be private to our family – very embarrassing and sometimes hard to explain. Other times, like Tuesday, it means they can thrive when they find themselves in a new situation. They were fabulous and I was so proud of them, in fact I envied their ease as they performed in front of the camera effortlessly. They really enjoyed every minute of it and when it was finished they chatted about it for the rest of the day, dancing around with excitement.
Little Miss Fancy also enjoyed the fun even though she was behind the scenes. She recorded the whole event on her camera, finding tiny little spots to hang out in so she could get some great shots. She walked away with some good pictures, she’s quite the little camera-wo-man. I think she may have a natural talent and good career ahead of her if she ever wanted to take it in that direction. I was very impressed.
Overall it was a great experience, something for us to talk about in the years to come. We learned a couple things too like it takes a lot of filming (hours actually) and a lot of different shots for a two minute segment and the more light on a person the better they look on TV – oh how I wish I could have lassoed the sun and dragged it closer to me! Oh well, I was promised I’d be edited in a way that would make me look like a genius, too bad I can’t edit live conversations like that.