Swinging solo: Video Love Letter #1

Lil’ J has loved swings since she first learned to sit up. The higher we pushed her the harder she’d laugh.

The other day we made a quick stop at the park because I was doing some filming for work, and she noticed a swing!

I’ve been trying to teach her how to swing by herself for months but she refused to really give it an honest try. I taught her how to swing on her stomach, and that worked for a hot second until she decided that was lame.

I told her we didn’t have time for swinging, but she didn’t take no for an answer. I gave her a push and walked away and a couple moments later I notice she was swinging by herself!

I already had my camera out but decided instead of taking pictures I’d record some video of it. And of course I couldn’t just leave it at that.

I may suck at scrapbooking, and not be good at turning photos into some marvelous keepsake but by golly, I can whip up a video.

Here’s the first of what I hope will soon become a regular (for special occasions like these) video love letter series.

I made two versions, slightly different. One, with her name, just for her, and this one. I’m sharing cause #1 she’s freakin’ adorable and the world could use a little more sunshine like this and 2. I’m hopeful it’ll inspire other parents to get creative with journaling. You don’t hafta be Martha Stewart and crafty to make something cute.

I did this all by myself with no professional equipment. If you have questions let me know, I’d be happy to share some tips.

Oh, and I know her hair is a wild mess in the video but I promise we did it the next day. See, here’s a photo to prove it.

biracial little girl

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Thanks for sharing that precious memory!! You did a GREAT job with your video journaling and I know you (both) will appreciate it for years to come! <3

Kesiena says:

That was touching and beautiful.

Exactly as beautiful as I envisioned a video love letter would be 🙂 Great job, Jenn.

Heidi says:

hi! i have been a fan of your blogs for a long time now. Love the video, I would like to start something like this but to catalogue my girls in their infancy until they grow. How did you do it etc? Tips welcomed xx

Dina says:

What a beautiful idea. It would be great if you can give us a few tips on how we can start this !?

Sharon says:

Okay, you made me a puddle. That is possibly one of the most touching videos I’ve seen in a long while. I had tears.

jessica says:

I love your video…you are so professional! BTW…I love your hair, it looks great.

So lovely! I’m the same, photography and video any day, but I will never attempt a scrapbook 🙂

Renee says:

I love watching videos of Lil J, but this one made my day :’)

toi says:

beautiful. merry Christmas to you and family 🙂

AM says:

That was absolutely beautiful and touching – what a treasure… made me realize how important it is to cherish each and every moment. (i even teared up – I would love tips on how to accomplish something like this myself). thanks for sharing!

Seana says:

Oh my word, that was amazingly gorgeous and you have me crying! As if that girl could be any cuter, you go and put her sweet little voice on here! ‘Im gonna get you birds!’ Most precious video ever!

Sonia says:

Dang it Jenn!!… You are so good at documenting with videos that it almost makes me mad!! haha.. Seriously love this and Lil’ J’s laugh is ADORABLE!! Good Job Mamma!!

RICKA says:

Love! You are super mom. Seriously. Okay, please post a “how to” on replicating something like this. I have a gazillion photos and videos accumulating, with no idea what to do with them all.

Emily says:

This is awesome! You did a great job! And, you do a great job with your photo projects too…Lil J’s love letters, Big T’s 365 project. Keep it up and keep sharing. 🙂

Neatha says:

Since no one else asked I wanna know how to make a video like that! Lol it is beautiful.

Dina says:

How can we make a video like this . It’s beautiful

Ronda says:

This is so beautiful…definitely something she can treasure forever! Please provide a “how to get started” tutorial.

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Okay. Seriously. I can’t even handle this. I HAVE to learn how to do this!! I have TONS of short little cute videos of Dom that I would love to edit into a little love letter. Or multiple love letters! DEFINITELY doing this!

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