Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Preserving Memories

Most of my childhood memories are captured on VHS tapes, living somewhere in my parents house in Fresno.  I've been saving all my pennies to try and convert these tapes to DVD as soon as possible.  It'd  make it so easy to watch them, even though we do have a cranky ol' VCR we could use.  You know how folks like to ask what you would preserve  in a fire?  I guess it'd be my lappy (since it houses all my college/post-college pics), but if I was at my home in Fresno, it would definitely be my parent's wedding album, my baby book, our Easter pictures, and on and on.  Captured memories to me are priceless.

My amazing uncle managed to bring a fun family memory to YouTube.  Isn't it amazing how technology allows us to do awesome things like upload a decades old video (taken with who knows what kind of camera!) to YouTube?  Preserved, forever, on the world wide web.  It's a goofy little moment actually, a tree chopping bet that happened in the 1960's in Rainbow Oaks, CA.  Much like the moments I share with my sissies, it's a fleeting moment most wouldn't consider important or monumental; but often it's those little slices of life that end up making the best memories.

 
My Papa is the strapping, (almost) bald guy in the brown/orange-ish shirt.  He passed away in 2008, making this video even extra special.  Love ya fancy schmancy tools of the 21st century!

Have you had success bringing your family memories to the 21st century?  Do share!

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    1. Thank you! I love the power of YT :)

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  2. This is so important to me!!! I love the thought of being able to preserve these memories we are making and to look back on the ones we already have. Family history is SOOO important! I actually made a little video diary about this topic just the other day (well... I mentioned it anyway lol) you can view it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H5H_ighL2A&feature=g-upl&context=G23ec35bAUAAAAAAAAAA

    Anyway loved this post!!!

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    1. Goodness I just loved your video!!! Family history is so important, and I'm glad we have all these neat tools to preserve it :)

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  3. How precious ard these memories! Love that you love your family do much.

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    1. Haha I am definitely obsessed with my fam :)

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  4. Wow...this video is so touching Bethany. I've always thought one of your greatest (and many!) admirable qualities is the importance you place on your family. This post is clear evidence of that :)

    When my grandma passed away, my cousin and I converted old slides into digital photos for a collage. Slides as in projectors slides! It was really fun trying to decipher the photos by holding them up to the light.

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    1. Jo that is so so cool! Were you able to convert the slides yourself, or did you have to take them somewhere? I know my dad has a bunch of slides of his parents. And thank you so much for your sweet words... I don't think there is anything like family and a shared history :)

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  5. awww how sweet :) Memories are definitely important to preserve! I'm glad yall were able to bring this to the 21st century :)

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    1. Thank you! I love how the internet allows us to do all these awesome things!!!

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