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Old 10-23-2019, 07:04 AM   #1
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I remember a lot about my childhood, great memories and my parents did a great job at keeping thousands of photos and pulling out there brick size video camera to capture everything for later on in life.
As a teenager I always heard the ď old people ď saying time flies by and one day you will have kids and they will grow so fast and you will be 50 before you know it.
Iím now a father of two, my boy is almost 5 and my daughter is 2. They are gods greatest gift to my wife and I and I want to capture as much as I can.
We take lots of pictures, and videos and keep lots of special things.

I just want some advise and want to hear some of the things yíall have done with your children to capture the good times and ways to show them old memories as growing up.

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Old 10-23-2019, 07:12 AM   #2
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Just spend time with them. They don’t care doing what usually. Some of the things I did was things my wife and I also loved like camping, fishing, hunting, etc. Attend all their events and just let them know your always there for them.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:12 AM   #3
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My wife has made a couple Shutterfly books from vacations, I don’t think they cost much.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:19 AM   #4
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Pictures and videos are good but don't get caught up in trying to catch every moment on film. Spend good quality time with them and build memories that will last a lifetime.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:23 AM   #5
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We planned a vacation every year, something out of state, a cruise, a snow trip, fishing trip in the mountains, or Disney or something like that. they will remember the trips more than they remember a weekend at the lake, select baseball, basketball or any other sport. I'm 50 and my kids are grown, and it goes so fast, just try to have a balance between work and family.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:32 AM   #6
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All kids are different but mine absolutely loved travelling and camping in our little 5th wheel.

We would get somewhere and while I was getting things set up they would be roaming and making new friends (mine were a little older and always in sight)

I am 49 and my kids are 23 and 20, time does go quick
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:39 AM   #7
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I don't think you can. That's why they call them memories. Some of the best memories to me are the ones that just happen. Like playing cow ****z baseball in between hunts. We had a little cow mud on us when the game was over.

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Old 10-23-2019, 07:39 AM   #8
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I'm an old guy. We have stacks of VHS tapes and several photo albums. They are just collecting dust. My son is 32 and can remember almost everything on them without watching them. With him being our first and only child we videoed everything. With our granddaughter, we take pictures here and there, but we don't go nuts with it. I'm not saying to not take pics and videos, but you don't need to every time they poop their diapers. The memories will always be there.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:49 AM   #9
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If you haven't already, buy extra cloud space to keep more photos. I made the mistake of being cheap on this for a few years - deleting photos instead of paying more. I regret not ponying up sooner...
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:54 AM   #10
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I Did not travel and take my family out of state I think that’s a big mistake they need to see our country. I’ve been to Alaska twice bow hunting and fishing I’ve hunted Kansas Illinois and Nebraska did not take my kids or family on any of those trips. I look back and say now that I was greedy and should have taken them .
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:54 AM   #11
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The best thing you can spend on kids is... time.
The wife and I raised 3 sons and could not be happier. Took many pics and videos.
We had them outdoors every minute we could and now the part of waiting for Grand kids. Hunting/fishing trips, motocross tracks for them to ride. Of course all the shooting and archery. None of it would have been possible without the cooperation of my wife.
All the best to you and your family. Time does fly. Enjoy life as best you can.
Because we all die. It is how you live that matters.
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:55 AM   #12
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I Did not travel and take my family out of state I think thatís a big mistake they need to see our country. Iíve been to Alaska twice bow hunting and fishing Iíve hunted Kansas Illinois and Nebraska did not take my kids or family on any of those trips. I look back and say now that I was greedy and should have taken them .
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:03 AM   #13
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That whole " before you know it you will be 50 " is absolutely true. I turned 50 just a couple weeks ago.
My kids are 11 and 12 and that happened faster than turning 50. It's crazy how fast time started rolling by once I had kids. I hate that it's going by so fast so I spend every day with my family. If I'm not at work I'm at home.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:24 AM   #14
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At 55 I agree it goes fast and your kids are grown before you know it. Make the most of it while you can!

One bit of somewhat related advice I have is protect those pictures and videos you spent a lifetime collecting! In a couple of hours Hurricane Harvey took just about every picture my family had and also everything my parents had. We still have the memories but the pictures and stuff are gone!
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:27 AM   #15
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Eat supper together at the table every evening.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:18 AM   #16
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Pictures and videos are good but don't get caught up in trying to catch every moment on film. Spend good quality time with them and build memories that will last a lifetime.
This is something I struggle with. I have 2 girls, 2 and 5, and my wife is always taking pictures and videos on her phone when we are doing stuff. And she sometimes gets upset I'm not doing the same and I tell her Im just trying to enjoy the moment with them. But at the same time when those pictures pop up in my memories a year later I enjoy the pics so I see both sides of it.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:23 AM   #17
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One thing I learned by watching my dad is don't live to work. Work to live. We didn't have a lot when I was young but we spent a lot of time hunting and fishing. I lost my dad when he was 60 to cancer but he was sick for several years before .. give them memories not material things.. they will thank you later..
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:28 AM   #18
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The best thing you can spend on kids is... time.
The wife and I raised 3 sons and could not be happier. Took many pics and videos.
We had them outdoors every minute we could and now the part of waiting for Grand kids. Hunting/fishing trips, motocross tracks for them to ride. Of course all the shooting and archery. None of it would have been possible without the cooperation of my wife.
All the best to you and your family. Time does fly. Enjoy life as best you can.
Because we all die. It is how you live that matters.
This.

My son will be 17 in December. I spent about 17 years of my near 20 year career working evening shift and weekends. I missed A LOT of mon-fri stuff, baseball, tae kwon do etc.


But we always did a summer vacation and took him. We've done several states and even Alaska and the last 2 years we spend 3 days dove hunting for his b-day. Day after Christmas we leave for Estes Park so he can see real snow. We fish and hunt a ton so I hope he remembers all that stuff when Im gone. I hope to get him half the memories I have with my dad
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:30 AM   #19
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You can never get back time, make the most of it with your kids while you can
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:35 AM   #20
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Take pictures/videos of everything and get it saved on a safe storage device..

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Old 10-23-2019, 09:40 AM   #21
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I have the DPS video of my daughter driving to work, speeding, and getting pulled over by THP on IH-35. It's funny as heck and I never will let her live it down.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:44 AM   #22
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A budy and I did some drinking thinking to this. Conclusion was as you age you have more memories to compare against time. When you were younger you had less memories to compare against time and that is why it seem so slow up until your late teenager years.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:50 AM   #23
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There is one thing I wish I had done. Most of my photos are on digital media, taken and stored on SD cards and computers. Over the past 60 years computers have crashed, jump drives and SD cards have been lost or misplaced; many were on floppy drives etc that I cannot even view anymore because my newer computers canít read them. I wish now I had had my pictures printed and put in photo albums. The Cloud is nice and easy but at the time those little 4inch floppyís were easy too, so were 8 tracks and such. My suggestion would be print your most valuable visual memories and put them in albums. You wonít regret it I promise. If you get lucky and live to be my age, those albums will be invaluable to you and your kids and grandkids. Take the time to preserve your memories as hard copies.
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:04 AM   #24
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I try to make prints of pictures when I can. Also I have written letters to my kids at each birthday that I will give them on their 18th birthday. It’s nothing crazy but I try to capture what they are going through and big changes that happened that year.
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:26 AM   #25
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You can never get back time, make the most of it with your kids while you can
I wish my father would have been able to see this thread
He spent most of our childhood in a bottle, and any time spent with him , was also spent with some fluzzy he was hanging with
My grandpa and uncle were around but both have now passed away,

Even today he really doesnít make much time for my sisters children or my family ( kinda sad really )
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:33 AM   #26
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If you don't have it, get a cloud storage like Google Photos. They have unlimited pic/vid storage and you can access it from any device.
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:41 AM   #27
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Wife and I have 6 kids, 4 girls, two boys. The girls talk MORE about a one day trip to a Hawaiian Falls water park than they do about a week long Disney Trip. We now plan short trips like this versus the 'big' trip. They do grow up fast.
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:53 PM   #28
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:58 PM   #29
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5+ hours I watched the Astros last night.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:14 PM   #30
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We planned a vacation every year, something out of state, a cruise, a snow trip, fishing trip in the mountains, or Disney or something like that. they will remember the trips more than they remember a weekend at the lake, select baseball, basketball or any other sport. I'm 50 and my kids are grown, and it goes so fast, just try to have a balance between work and family.
Once they hit school years you have 12 summers/ trips you can take them on.
Plan accordingly
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:24 PM   #31
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We make a calendar every year off Shutterfly so we can look on last years memories. We then keep them like year books. Give them your time and don’t over book yourself with activities.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:38 PM   #32
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This day and age everyone wants to "capture" things on their phone...especially their kids. Look at sporting events or concerts. We are guilty of it as well.

I think we should do a better job of putting the phones down and just soak it in. Be Present!
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:53 PM   #33
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There is one thing I wish I had done. Most of my photos are on digital media, taken and stored on SD cards and computers. Over the past 60 years computers have crashed, jump drives and SD cards have been lost or misplaced; many were on floppy drives etc that I cannot even view anymore because my newer computers canít read them. I wish now I had had my pictures printed and put in photo albums. The Cloud is nice and easy but at the time those little 4inch floppyís were easy too, so were 8 tracks and such. My suggestion would be print your most valuable visual memories and put them in albums. You wonít regret it I promise. If you get lucky and live to be my age, those albums will be invaluable to you and your kids and grandkids. Take the time to preserve your memories as hard copies.

X 2 That is good advise
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:30 PM   #34
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Just spend time with them. They donít care doing what usually. Some of the things I did was things my wife and I also loved like camping, fishing, hunting, etc. Attend all their events and just let them know your always there for them.
I'm not a father yet, but I have been deprived of time with my father while growing up so I do know how it effects the children. My dad was traveling for work 3/4 of the time. As I got older, when he did come home, we would work around the farm. I learned so much from him, cattle, fences, built our barns, house etc. I do credit him for teaching me how to work HARD.

But as I look back at genuine memories one specific day comes to mind. We went fishing early one morning in a 14' jon boat that my grandfather gave us so that we would spend time together. I was probably 8 years old at the time. I remember cutting through the waves, feeling like we were going 100 mph, soaking it all in. I believe that was the one and only time we took it out but I never had so much fun with my old man before and would've gave anything to stay in that boat with him forever. I'm not sure if it was being on the water or just being with my dad that embedded this memory into my mind.

To this day, him being so consumed with work (still is) has negatively impacted our relationship. We don't talk much, maybe once every 6 months and when we do it's a bit awkward.

So in short, I agree that time is key. Time is the most expensive thing each of us have and it is overlooked by the majority.
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:55 PM   #35
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Pictures and videos are good but don't get caught up in trying to catch every moment on film. Spend good quality time with them and build memories that will last a lifetime.
This. And I like annual events and family traditions
I missed some time with the kids, but most of it was working
Never missed games & practices or dance recitals & competitions.

It goes super fast.
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:14 PM   #36
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This is good .

I agree good thread.

I do not take many pictures but hopefully make many memories. We do many day trips locally and several times a year take a multi night trip somewhere. I keep hoping they will remember the memories. We often reminisce about the trips but never go and pull out the pictures.
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