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How a Home Movie Jump Started My Blog

Our big crew loves creating family memories.

One thing I’ve always been big on is documentation. Whether it’s with the written word, pictures or videos, capturing memories is important to me, never more so now that I have kids. Often, I’ll take whatever video and photographs I’ve managed to capture of a particular event, then cut, splice and rearrange them until I’ve come up with a movie that I hope will capture the essence of what just happened.

Now that the triplets are getting a bit older, they’ve taken to such movies, even more than I would have thought. They’re always wanting to see the one of Daddy’s Appalachian Trail backpacking trip, or the one I made when I took Alli boat camping last summer. But their very favorite home movie of all is NOT one that documents a red-letter event. Nope. It’s one that captured something quite mundane — a random night they spent with their daddy when they were 18 months old. Caroline had taken Alli to soccer practice which left yours truly in charge of the wee threesome during the whole bath / dinner / bedtime gauntlet. And things didn’t start off so well.

In fact, it was SO bad that I decided there was something oddly funny about the whole deal. So I busted out my Sony Handycam and started filming. The next night, I went through and edited the footage into 40-ish clips that I strung together in a manner which I felt captured the magic that sprang from the mundane that night. Proud of my effort, I uploaded it to YouTube.

A few months later, I started my blog and embedded the video there. And somehow, someway, our witching-hour adventure caught the eye of Ashton Kutcher who not only tweeted my video, but also sent me a little message within that tweet. And Aylssa Milano (who’s always been the boss in my book) wound up tweeting about it the next day. Check it out:

So that was kinda cool, I thought, that my penchant for documentation led to a cyber-brush with fame. One ancillary benefit was that my blog readership picked up. In some ways, the movie of that random night jump started my (oxymoron alert) blogging career.

But that’s not why I like it so much. I like the video for the same reason the triplets do. It’s fun to go back and look at yourself during a moment in time. Because even if that moment doesn’t seem very noteworthy as you live it, the real magic comes in re-living it. Over and over.

I’ve embedded the video after at the end of this post if you’d like to take a peek.

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Now, here’s that video:

 

Read more of JCO Multiplied:
How I Met Your (Single) Mother. And By Met I Mean Married
Dogs vs. Infants
15 Things Every Stepparent Should Know

8 Reasons Family Road Trips Kill Your Soul Dead
Raising Pretty Girls
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