Youtube, you complete me

I don't know how we manage to keep up with changing technology. I have boxes of photos from when Madeline was a baby. That was just 11 years ago, but I was taking roll after roll of print film to be developed. We had a video  camera too, but it took small cassettes and though they have been converted to DVD-- even that is becoming quickly obsolete.  When Sophia was born, we upgraded our technology to the new "mini" cassettes, now also obsolete.  And, of little Alex, I have videos on Facebook, though very few. 

Call me old fashioned, but I love paper. I love books, I love photographs.  Looking at a digital image is no substitute for flipping through stacks of old pictures or albums.  I try to get prints made regularly, I really do.  But, it takes time I do not always have.  Does anyone else do this anymore?

Recently I have acquired a new video camera, an SD card one. I have a youtube account. My current method is to upload camera or phone videos straight to youtube.  Youtube can be the keeper of my kin, my memories.  How long before youtube becomes obsolete too?  A while, I hope.

Stay tuned for some links.


My eldest daughter has been trying to learn Paparazzi on piano for a pageant talent competition.  This is not a piece that has been worked on with piano or vocal teacher, but rather Madeline has been learning on her own in her spare time.  She doesn't have the sheet music, and has plied it together by ear and experience. 

I am not musical, but I can appreciate how difficult it must be to begin to accompany yourself between voice and instrument.  The piece is far from perfect, and you will note our piano has a flawed string... but she is working hard and doing a great job for a novice.  And, as a mom, biased as I am, I love watching her play- and sing- and perform.  It brings joy to my heart. 


Summer List Things to Do

I just don't want to lose a single day of summer. They are too few, too precious. While school is important, I may be the only mother who feels it robs me of family time. My sister-in-law inspired me to create this list.