As I mentioned last week, our family video is done!
I think it feels like a bigger deal this year because it was the first time it had to cover both kids…and allllll the adorable, ground-breaking (kidding) things they did over the past 12 months. Sure technically last year’s video included Finn, but he was so tiny and immobile, the video was pretty much the usual Ethan Show. This year I wanted to touch on major events in each of their lives while making the movie feel comprehensive and about our whole family.
I’m pretty happy with the result!
(If you are viewing this post through email on a mobile device, you are probably seeing a nasty little message about a Flash player. Just click the title of the movie to watch on the Vimeo site.)
Evidence of another awesome year.
I think my favorite parts of this year’s video are 1. Ethan learning to ride his bike, and 2. The clips of Ethan and Finn playing. They don’t always get along, but for the most part these little peeks give a true depiction of their interaction and it is exactly what I’d always dreamed brothers would be.
Oh and the part with Ethan crying and telling me I “broke his heart” by letting his toad go, I could watch that drama unfold 50 times and never stop laughing. He gets a pretty big kick out of that little scene (now, not so much in the moment).
Want to see a few more videos? Check out my Videos page!
And PS, I get a lot of questions about how to do these video compilations without it taking a) video editing expertise and b) a million hours, so I’ve put together another post that I’ll publish later this week that shares a few tips.
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If I accomplish nothing else this week, finishing our yearly movie is an annual battle I’ve once again conquered. It’s done! Hours of video edited down to nine enjoyable minutes set to kicky music. I think my easy access to Yuengling here in Florida helped my production speed.
For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram (which you totally should), the kids and I are spending the week in Englewood, Florida with my snowbird parents. This marks their third year of escaping Nebraska winters and you won’t hear me complaining about the free childcare place to stay. Sure it’s rained 60% of our trip so far, but, to be fair, it’s January and it hasn’t stopped us from having fun and making the most of the dry spots. Like Tuesday at the beach.
Finn continues to be our fearless one, sitting right down at the water’s edge, digging into a sand pit while waves of ice cold water wash up against his little legs. All he needed was the red shovel and a few shells out of which he could sip some sea water and he was happy. This was his first real trip to the beach (not counting the time he was four months old) and it went better than I’d ever imagined. I’m thrilled we have at least two more ocean-based trips planned this year.
Ethan made a friend within four minutes of our arrival at the beach, a six year old who was all about running, digging, and splashing in the frigid sea. Ethan has a love/hate relationship with the ocean, sometimes he’s diving right into the waves and other times he won’t submerge a single toe. This week he was one with the water, running in up to his waist with no problems. Here’s hoping this attitude sticks.
During the rain we’ve managed to stay entertained, there was even some swimming at the outdoor (85 degree) pool this afternoon. But in the end the boys are just happy to see grandma and grandpa again so soon after the holidays, and I’m grateful for an escape from winter. A main event was introducing Ethan to lobsters. We headed over to Twin Lobsters, just down the road, and picked up a few. He loved everything but the eating, I think the cooking process and fact that he’d been playing with that lobster just 1/2 hour before dinner was a little too much. For a kid that can take down as much sushi as me, I figured he’d love it, but oh well. More for the rest of us!
This meal just made me wonder, why aren’t we dipping more things in melted butter?
Rain or not, it’s all shorts and flip flops down here and it feels great. And tomorrow is supposed to be dry, so the beach is in our sights.
So while I’d planned to make this post all about our yearly video, I’m going to stop here and save that for another day. Stay tuned for lots of tooth-losing, bike-riding, learning-to-walk, brother-snuggly cuteness in my next post…hopefully sooner than later. I’ve been slacking out here lately.
Thanks for sticking with me!
And if you just cant’ wait another second to see our family in video, check out our past cinematic efforts here.