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Heather Spohr is a writer and philanthropist who writes at the blog The Spohrs Are Multiplying. She is a top fundraiser for the March of Dimes and the President and Co-Founder of Friends Of Maddie, a charitable organization that supports the families of critically ill babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She has spoken at numerous conferences, on CNN, and before members of Congress.

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You Have To Project

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Have you ever seen those lists with the title, “You Know You Were Born In The [insert your decade] If…” that seem to come out every fall? They have items like, “You know you were born in the 70s if you…had a swatch phone!” or “You were born in the 70s if you thought Atari was state-of-the-art!” Stuff that future generations can’t relate to. Well, someday, my daughter will read a list for her decade and one of the items will be, “You know you were born in the 2010s if you…have always been able to instantly see photos and videos!”

At the age of eight months, my daughter started grabbing for my camera or iPhone after I took a picture. I quickly realized it was because she saw me looking at the photo on the screen, and she wanted to see it too. Now, whenever I take a picture or video Annie immediate says, “Mama, I wanna see dat diddeo.” When I was a kid, watching a home video required unplugging the cable box and plugging in the special video playback machine. The wires were always a tangled mess, and it took thirty minutes at minimum. It made watching home movies an event. Now, my kid can just grab my iPhone, touch the screen, and off she goes.

On the one hand, that’s awesome. I love that technology is moving in leaps and bounds, because frankly? Setting up that video playback machine was a pain, and my dad was always fuming at the end. But on the other hand, the specialness of it is gone. There’s nothing particularly exciting about sitting on the couch, watching a video of yourself on your mom’s phone. And, if I had a third hand I’d say I’m not particularly fond of letting my two-year-old play with my phone. It’s an expensive adults-only toy and she always finds a way to rearrange my apps and change my phone ringer.

But I digress. I head that the Sony Handycam had a built-in projector on the camera, and while I was curious, I was also a bit skeptical. It sounded cool, but I was pretty sure Annie wouldn’t be impressed. Luckily, I was wrong. She thought the projector was amazing. I set up the camera and Annie’s favorite chair, and when I pressed play on the camera, she went nuts.

annie watching annie

She wanted to watch videos over and over, and shrieked with glee whenever I turned the projector on. She kept jumping to her feet to touch the projected images.

dat's me on da wall!

This is the experience I wanted her to have with home movies. And, this is the experience *I* wanted to have watching her watch home movies. The best part about the projector? She doesn’t ever have to touch it, so I don’t have to worry about anything getting rearranged or deleted!

Want to capture your own family memories on video? We’re giving away two Sony Handycams! To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on this post with an answer to the following question: What’s your favorite memory from this year?

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18 thoughts on “You Have To Project

  1. Colleen Chafe says:

    My favorite 2012 memory is a trip to DisneyWorld with my almost 5 year old daughter. It was pure magic seeing it through her eyes. I so wish we had more than photo memories of it!

  2. Meg says:

    My favorite memory of this year was watching the joy & thrill on my daughters face as she went down a mini waterslide, over & over, at Sesame Place.

  3. Mindy says:

    My favorite memory was spending the day with my family and my brother’s family in Disney World. It was a fantastic day.

  4. Sara says:

    My favorite memory of this year was taking my 5 year old to an amusement park and seeing the glee on her face when she realized she was tall enough for most of the rides. Watching her and my husband enjoy rollercoasters together was very special, especially as it was the week before she started Kindergarten.

  5. Beth shelton says:

    Walking my oldest daughter to kindergarten the first day of school!

  6. Kelly says:

    My favorite memory from this year was watching my little brother get married. Not only was that moment amazing enough in itself, what made it even better was that he married my best friend from college & now she is part of my family.

  7. Megan says:

    Watching my three girls play “school” together… Hilarious and it makes me so happy!

  8. Dee says:

    Volunteering at Girl Scout day camp this summer was definitely the high point of my year. It was exhausting leading a unit of 14 fifth graders, but it was also so much fun! :o )

  9. meghan says:

    My favorite memory would have be going to the beach with my extended family.

  10. Kelly Coleman says:

    My favorite memory was seeing my little brother walk down the aisle & become a husband. Making it even better, he was marrying my best friend :)

  11. Katie says:

    The look on her face is just pure joy. So so cute and such a neat feature of the Handycam!

  12. Amy says:

    My favorite memory from this year is that we finally took the kids to Disney World. They had so much fun!!!

  13. Amy says:

    My favorite memory from this year was going to Disney World for the first time with my kids.

  14. lilcg says:

    my favorite memory this past year was my 3 year old daughter’s absolute joy when we took her on a cruise. everything from the boat itself to the little boxes of cereal were the greatest thing ever as far as she was concerned. her delight was infectious

  15. Betsy says:

    My favorite memory was by daughter’s arrival via accidentally unassisted homebirth — my husband was amazing. I wish we had it on video!

  16. Teri says:

    Definitely watching my daughter wave hi to her in utero sibling on the ultrasound and watching the baby wave back!

  17. Angel says:

    My favorite memory this year is the chance to actually being able to hear my eight year old son actually speaking for the very first all thanks to his speech therapy (he has autism).

  18. Giselle says:

    My favorite memory from this year was spending time with my 90 year old grandma!

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