Every so often, my kids get into a thing where they want to watch all our little home videos on the computer. I just open up Windows Media Player, hit "play all," and my kids are easily entertained for 30 minutes or longer.
I feel like it's not as "mind numbing" as letting them sit down to an hour of cartoons or whatnot... at least, that's how I justify it in my head.
However, today is the third day of home video theater.
And I'm realizing something.
I have a really hard time dealing with noise- I would venture to say it's the hardest part of being a mom for me; the noise level sometimes just makes me go a little crazy.
Home video days make it sound like we have not just three preschoolers in the house, but SIX.
I keep hearing someone crying or calling mommy or whatever other noises that might be in the background of the home movies, and I think it's happening in real time.
I finally had to just shut it down for a little bit this afternoon.
There is one other thing I'm realizing from watching these videos...
scrapbooking is all well and good to capture all of those sweet images of our lives, to write out my journaling and thoughts, to record snippets of our days, but NOTHING can compare to hearing your child's giggle.
And that is something I will treasure having recorded for forever.