|The youngest four (they call themselves 'the Fabulous Four') building sand castles. Aug. 2011|
|Me - taking a break from filming - getting a kiss from my girls!|
We spent two and a half weeks there while work was being done on our house. I captured tons of photos and video of the kids playing on the beach, jumping in the waves, and relaxing.
|Cool picture of brothers chasing each other - use your imagination to guess how funny the video version was.|
Unlike the home movies my father took decades ago, I have no reels of 8 mm film to deal with. The first video camera Coach and I bought years ago saved images on little cassette tapes. When that camera broke, we invested in a digital video camera. Since that purchase back in 2010, all home movies are uploaded to our home computer. It has been gnawing at me that our home computer could crash and we could lose all of our movies. In order to avoid that scary scenario, I began editing and burning those movies to DVDs.
My movie making software required more space on my hard drive than what I had available, so the first step in my project was to create space on the hard drive. In hindsight I wish I would've reached out to Best Buy and asked for suggestions. Non - technological me decided to back up my photos on flash drives, check that they were deposited at Snapfish, and purge those files. I thought I was being careful.
A few weeks ago I realized that through that process I had inadvertently deleted all of our home movies from May 2011- Jan 2012. Let's just say it was an emotional weekend. I've tried to keep the whole disaster in perspective, but as an admitted home movie addict - it bums me out.
My hard drive has been sent away by Best Buy in order to try to recover the files. I have heard it is a costly process. Perhaps I suffer from some unnamed diagnosis - like 'this does not compute' syndrome. I simply can't put a price on getting those movies back.
I'm guessing that I deleted them in February, but I really have no idea. Fortunately, I have a million photos of those months. I'm guessing that I could create a flip book of the pictures to recreate the action I've lost.
|Riding the waves on a big tube - Aug 2011.|
I'm still crossing my fingers that Best Buy works some magic for me. Each day that goes by with no contact from Best Buy makes me wonder: is no news good, or bad? And with just the thought of it -there's the pit in my stomach again!
In the meantime as Mother's Day approaches, I am NOT feeling like mother of the year. As the protector of our family memories, I failed.
Too bad we can't just dress the kids in similar looking bathing suits and try to recreate the lost scenes. Families recreate still photos of siblings all the time on Facebook or in funny Christmas cards. We'd have to try to get invited back to this same beach house, and I suspect that we broke too many things for that to be possible.