I grew up in a family of six kids. Five girls and one boy in a 3-bedroom brick house with shaggy brown carpet and a pink tiled kitchen.
I have many memories of that place. Of my childhood.
- Shimmying up and down the doorways so that my head touched the ceiling.
- Playing Super Heroes with a towel cape tied around my neck.
- Riding bikes in the alley behind our house until dusk.
- Building secret clubhouses in the closet and creating complicated coding systems for sending notes
- Transforming our bunkbeds into trains and funhouses.
- Creating circuses in the backyard for our parents to attend.
- Escaping to my special thinking spot up the tree in our backyard.
It’s fun to think back on those times. To remember what we did (and what we didn’t do – I don’t have many memories of watching TV or going to the mall, for example).
And it’s always somewhat fascinating to watch the few videos that we have from that “era.” I look at myself – that little blonde-haired sunbeam with mischievous green eyes and a smile that filled a room – and I wonder how much of her remains in me. In many ways, she reminds me of my daughters. Innocent. Chatty. Outgoing. Kind-hearted. Wanting to be the center of attention…
I’m so glad my parents thought to pull out the video camera back then. It was probably a huge honking piece of equipment – difficult to carry, difficult to use. Yet they still managed to take some footage of our day-to-day life, of the “ordinary” (which somehow is quite extraordinary).
Technology has come a long way since then. I have a video camera too. But it’s so tiny that I can slip it in my pocket.
Despite its’ small size, the Vado HD ($229.99) is a power-packed and feature-loaded gadget. It records in HD resolution up to 1280x720p (If you don’t know what that means in tech terms…you can take comfort in the simple fact that it takes high-quality footage). And you won’t have to read the instruction manual to know how it works. It’s super simple – only a few buttons to push. Of course, the biggest benefit is that it’s so lightweight and portable. You can record everything one-handed…a big bonus if you have a baby in your arms, but want to capture the antics of older siblings.
The Vado HD is a fantastic gift option for a mama or mama-to-be – whether she’s tech-savvy or not. I’m thrilled with mine. Now I just have to remember to use it more often…
After all, I have no shortage of available cuteness in my house:
YOUR TURN: Do you record your children? If so, how often do you pull out your camcorder…once a day/week/month?