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My daughters are going to be four in less than two months. How that times goes so fast is beyond me. We have thousands of photographs uploaded. We took hours and hours of video. We made DVDs for the first year of their life. Then we stopped.
For some reason, our "anybody can make a video" in iMovie on the Mac computer wouldn't work. (An error regarding the size of the video or lack of space on the computer.) So, the video transfer to DVD didn't happen. Videos waited on the computer. It's a permanent item on our to-do list to make the DVDs. Every break I had from school, my husband reminded me of my one and only task: figure out how to make the DVDs.
I failed. I didn't figure it out. I didn't make the DVDs.
Over the next two years, we crammed whatever video we could on the video camera knowing the video space was filling up. Thankfully, we also both purchased iPhones, so short videos were easy to collect. Yet, we still had the looming task of making the DVDs.. (And now the idea of assembling all those iPhone videos seems daunting!)
My husband finally did some research this week and tackled the project on Saturday. This led to pulling out some of the original DVDs and sharing them with the girls.
The girls love hearing stories about when they were babies. They also love looking at Grammy's scrapbook of each of them as babies. They have not watched any of the videos. They have not seen me pregnant. They have not seen themselves in action as babies. Then to watch the videos, we were all enthralled. And then I started crying.
"Mommy, why are you crying? Are you okay?" M. asked with concern.
"Oh, I'm okay. It's just so emotional and to see you both so little and healthy..."
"But, why are you crying?" She asked again.
"She's crying happy tears, M. She's just so happy that we have both of you," Daddy interjected trying to help explain while I tried to get a hold of myself. I don't think M. really accepted that answer, but to make me feel better, she wiped my tears from my cheeks and snuggled into me to watch more baby videos.
I am so happy those DVDs are being made. More movie time on Saturdays. More special moments to relive. More tears of joy.