Every year since Will was born I have made a DVD of our family video clips, like these. (What on earth is the point of having a camcorder if you never watch/use the video??? That would make me insane! Esp. if I let the video pile up over the years. Yes, I completely acknowledge my OCDness over this; it's equal to my digiscrapping obsession.) It's like doing a video yearbook every year. I do our clips, and then I do a slide show of our best photos set to whatever songs had meaning to us that year on each DVD. Usually I make the DVD in November, b/c I have each one run August-August. (Will was born in August, and then I figured that was a good standard, since that would fit into doing it by school years in the future, and it would also give me several months every year to get around to doing it for family Christmas gifts.) Four years in a row, I was golden.
Last year, JB bought me a new JVC Everio camcorder for my birthday, but we couldn't get the clips to work on our computer. We put off figuring it out. We put it off and put it off some more... I actually let it go for Christmas... Finally, I've started to stress myself out over the fact that it's 2010 and the 2008-2009 DVD is not done, so no more putting it off.
I always think this DVD is such a pain to sit down & start, (and it totally is for the two days (better than the two weeks it took 5 years ago for the first one!) that I devote to making it,) but after it's done? It is AMAZING! I know I have my scrapbook & website photos, but this video floors me every year. I am *always* shocked at how much younger the kids act & sound at the beginning of each one. I always think that I have remembered them accurately, but I totally never do! My memories of them then are too colored by who they have become since.
Will & Annelise LOVE watching them, too! First off, they see themselves on TV! Then they get to relive all of the cool things we've done and see all the people they love - most of whom don't live anywhere near us. It's just priceless. I am so thankful to have these movies!