I used to scrapbook, way back before Kate was born. While I never felt all that “good” at it, it was fun. So many pretty pieces of ephemera and all that gorgeous paper. After Kate was born, I tried Project Life, and I stuck to it okay for a couple years. But it was just something I could not keep up with soon after Michael was born. And by the time Thomas came around? I didn’t know where I put my scrapbook stuff.

I love taking pictures, and I love ordering canvases and prints of those pictures to display and hang on my walls. That’s about all the memory keeping I’m capable of. I don’t make photobooks. I’m not scrapbooking anymore. So I just print pictures every now and then, and, really, most of are out date by the name I get them on my walls.

Then, this year, I heard about the app 1 Second Every Day. At first, I was skeptical. I mean, how much can you capture in 1 second?! What good would that be? It turns out, you can capture plenty in 1 second. And it’s super meaningful, especially all strung together.

I’ve been using the 1 Second Every Day app for a year, and it’s easily one of my favorite things. At first I wasn’t sure what I was doing, so those earlier snapshots aren’t the best. The shots were a little dark, shaky, and sometimes going the wrong day (vertical rather than horizontal). And sometimes I’d forget.

But I kept at it, and I’m so glad I did. Sometimes I still forget, but that’s okay. I just keep going. I’d rather have something rather than nothing. And sometimes I capture kind of the same things a couple times in a row, for example, I have several shots in a row of bath time. But, again, I figure I’d rather have those videos than not.

There are two things I particularly love about this project.

One: it shows movement and growth. There’s something so fun and alive about video, and this app captures it so beautifully. And it’s so fun to see the growth of the kids. When I started this project in January of 2016, Thomas could barely hold is head up. And now he’s walking!

Two: the kids love it. They remind me to take the video. They love seeing themselves. And since it’s only 1 second everyday, it’s something that’s short and sweet, and I don’t mind watching over (and over) again.

I didn’t always remember to take a video. When I didn’t I imported one from a similar time frame. Or I stuck in a picture. At first I was super bummed about it. But then, when I strung it all together? I loved it. It didn’t matter that sometimes it was a video and sometimes it was a picture and sometimes I had the video going the wrong way and sometimes it was black and white and sometimes it was color. Because that is my life. MESSY! I’m glad I kept going.

I am back using it again this year, and it is my hope I can do all video, everyday, with all the video going horizontal. But if I slip up? It’s okay. I know I will still love it. You can watch it in YouTube here.

Have you tried this app? What do you think? How do you like to keep your memories?

 

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Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.

  • RedSoxGirl10

    I love your 2016 one! I’ve been using the app since November and I love it! I forget to take videos most days but my phone does the “live photo” thing so I use those a lot. I also take most of my videos and photos vertically, never even noticed it messes it up to go back and forth. Oh well!

    • Thank you! YES! I got the “live video” photos, too, and those really help! I’m going to try my best to get all my videos going horizontally this year! πŸ˜‰