Family movies are favorite viewing material in our house. In the busy days leading up to Christmas, the kids had been begging and asking to watch family movies but we weren’t able to make it happen until this weekend.
The fun begins when the kids try to agree on what era of family life we want to watch: the pre-Anna years or the pre-Anna and Michael years, what ages, what season, what holidays and what favorite moments.
Highlight moments are the “ouch” dance, the bowling video and the broccoli face movie. There is no limit to the number of times we can crack up and rewatch the same silly scenes.
Holidays and special events are always fun to watch but the best movies are always of the everyday stuff. As toddlers, I recorded the songs they wouldn’t stop singing, the daily afternoon dance fests in the family room and the chatter from the high chair.
There are so many moments we caught on tape (yes, tape, the old fashioned way to take family movies) that we had forgotten about. Things we thought we’d never forget like the funny pronunciation of “ball-al-let” and “pregament”, the joke retold a million times and the preferred outfits and pajamas bring back a warm rush of feelings.
The time together snuggled up with my babies, grinning back at my babies, is truly special. It slows us down and reminds me of the sweetness of time, the preciousness of the everyday moments.
Record your family movies without abandon, tap that iPhone and capture the Itsy Bitsy Spider, the ABCs and playing with Play-Doh. Don’t stop when your kids grow, capture the newly composed piano song, the pretend restaurant game and the play they made up and rehearsed all day complete with costumes and props.
I love to get the real-life stuff, I sometimes turn off the volume so they don’t hear the “plink” of the recording beginning. I “sneak” record my daughter cooking and singing a beautiful song she wrote. I hit the red button during dinner time, a funny discussion or when our younger two stuff their sleepers with pillows and bounce off of each other. [Here's a short 2 second video of me getting caught recording.]
I really value recording family movies to hold on to all those daily moments, the big and the small. One day we’ll look back at the ages they are now and laugh at all those things we’d forgotten. We’ll have a new secret family lingo for our favorite funny moments, the moments that we’re living right now.