I let the kids play on the school playground for a bit after school, because it's quite warm, and is supposed to be (literally) freezing this weekend. Now, off to piano lessons!

You guys may or may not remember when I did a sponsored review and gift code giveaway for LiveOn back in February, but I can assure you that it happened. As part of my compensation for the post, I had the opportunity to box up all of the video tapes I had recorded memories on before we had things like iPhones, and have them converted to DVD. I sent my box of tapes in, received a box back about a month later and … put it on a shelf and forgot about it.

This past Saturday night I was looking for a missing electronics charger (per usual) and came across the box of my old tapes and the new DVDs. I suggested that we watch them and the family was all for it. First up, our wedding ceremony from over twelve years ago. Twelve years ago! The kids had never seen the ceremony and were pretty excited to spot so many family and friends of ours. I started to get weepy, because it’s what I do, and I said to the kids “This is how you guys came to be!”

Matthew: “Yep! We started practicing that very night.”

And, laughter replaced tears.

From then, we popped in the DVD of baby Graham, followed by toddler Graham and baby Nathan, followed by super-chatty Graham and crawling/babbling Nathan. We all laughed, and teared up, and just sat there with stupid grins on our faces for HOURS. As we turned in for the night, Matthew thanked me for taking the time to videotape all of those clips. They are something so very, very special, and something we can’t go back in time to take.

Emily was born after the digital age, so we spent Sunday afternoon going through some external hard drives and watching clips of her in those same baby/toddler/preschooler moments and, you guys. I can’t stop smiling about it all, and I’ve told almost everyone I’ve spoken to in the past few days about it and now I’m telling you: Sit down and watch the videos you’ve taken. If you’re in the baby/toddler/preschooler time of your life, take videos. A few minutes here and there reall add up, and years from now, you’ll be so glad you took them.

(Tip: State the date when you’re recording. It makes it easier to know when the videos were taken and how old the kids are.)

I haven’t had time to do any video-editing of the new footage to share here (because we’ve been too busy watching them)(and, you know, life), but this weekend saw us looking up old videos that I have posted in years past and I just need to share them again. Because HOW CUTE ARE THESE CHILDREN?

Giggly girl:

We can dance if we want to:

The most fitting theme song EVER for the two-year-old set:

Don’t Stop Believin’:

There are so many more. SO MANY MORE, and I couldn’t be happier that we have them.

*This is totally not a sponsored post, believe it or not. We just finally watched the DVDs and I feel compelled to give a shout out because of how awesome they are to watch (over and over).

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  1. Hannah November 20, 2012 12:29 am edit

    Great post, Angella. We don’t have much video footage of our boys because we didn’t have a video camera when they were little, but we do have some from birthdays and trips that friends recorded for us. Like you guys, we had a night where we all sat down and watched them again, and it was fantastic! I really do need to get them all put onto DVD though.

  2. angella November 21, 2012 7:09 pm edit

    I highly recommend it. :)

  3. Kristabella November 20, 2012 12:14 pm edit

    Awesome!

    My brother and SIL just had their 14th anniversary and decided to watch their VHS tape of their wedding with Skyler and Noah. And I guess Noah was like “Is that Auntie? She looks spiffy!” HA!

  4. angella November 21, 2012 7:09 pm edit

    Hee. Awesome!

  5. Kami November 20, 2012 12:16 pm edit

    So true! I found a video the other day and had to put it on FB for that very reason. Time to pull out ours that we painstakenly converted to DVD ourselves…wish I had known about this service then:)

  6. angella November 21, 2012 7:10 pm edit

    I wish you had, too. :) Hooray for old footage!

  7. Elaine November 20, 2012 4:28 pm edit

    I got caught up watching videos like this a couple of weeks ago, one night. Two hours later… oh my gosh, SO very glad we have them!! These are fabulous and SO fun!! :D

  8. angella November 21, 2012 7:10 pm edit

    SO fun! I was mesmerized, as were the kids.

  9. JennyBean November 20, 2012 6:45 pm edit

    These videos affirmed for me that you have the coolest family ever. The boys’ moves in the second video had me laughing hysterically, and Matthew is awesome.

    Now, where are the videos of YOU dancing? :)

  10. angella November 21, 2012 7:11 pm edit

    Ha! They’re probably on FB. ;)

  11. amanda November 20, 2012 10:43 pm edit

    I want to have a dance party at your house! Those videos are awesome. :)

  12. angella November 21, 2012 7:11 pm edit

    Come on over! It’s a lot of fun. :)

  13. Steph November 21, 2012 11:32 am edit

    Giggling babies are the best!!

  14. angella November 21, 2012 7:11 pm edit

    Aren’t they? That video gets me every time. :)

  15. Rhi November 21, 2012 2:20 pm edit

    This is awesome!

  16. angella November 21, 2012 7:12 pm edit

    I need to share clips from the other set, too. Sigh. :)

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