R’s first year.

I’ve been in the process of gathering up and organizing the first year of Ruari’s life. If  you haven’t read it before… I’ll let you know a little something about me: I tend to procrastinate on home projects. So, I really didn’t want R’s first year to turn into one of those projects! At all. I’ve finished her baby book for the first year and now I created a short little video of my favorite video clips, bits, and  photos of the first 12 months using Animoto.

This little video is sort of a mama’s day gift for me. <3 I have roughly one million videos from R’s first year that are just sitting there on our mass storage drive. Doing nothing. I attempted to make a video montage on my old PC for her first birthday… it was an absolute frustrating disaster. I spent so much darn time on that thing and didn’t have anything to show for it since I couldn’t figure it all out. I think I’ll need to create a few different Animoto videos of my girl. I think next up is a food themed clip, then a year 2 video. I so wish I knew about this site when Ruari turned one and 2!

So lucky for me this was surprisingly simple and I’ve watched this video I made about 4 times already. Makes me smile/tear up! I can’t believe how small she was….


I really hope you enjoyed. I had fun creating it. I shared it with Ruari… she liked the first minute, then got distracted by something shiny and wandered away…. but, I know she’ll love it in the future. Do you have a ton of videos just sitting there? Doing nothing? Am I the only one? Anything to make my life easier is good in my book.

Plus, one more thing Animoto wants to share something with you all:

GIVEAWAY: One winner from my blog will receive a coupon code for a one-year subscription to Animoto Plus! (You’re also welcome to use this code: CleverFL to get a free full length video. Use it! It’s a great deal!)

For a chance To win just comment below answering this question, “Who are you making your video for?”

- Chelsey

Visit Animoto to create your own video slideshow as easily as I did! I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, and all opinions expressed here are my own. Be sure to check out the #CleverVideo twitter hashtag to see other Animoto videos around blog town. Giveaway ends on May 6th. 



18 Responses to “R’s first year.”

  1. What an amazingly lovely video. Just the sweetest thing ever. Hoping you're feeling better (if not, hoping you do SOON!)

  2. Karyn says:

    I would love to make a video of my baby that is due at the end of the month.

  3. Missa says:

    I would love to make a video to share with my whole family, especially my grandparents. They have dial-up internet so their connection is too slow for our YouTube videos on a regular basis. One short montage would work great for them!

  4. Lovely Liz says:

    I would make a video for my husband and my first 2 years of marriage…including our bulldog and pug of course ;D

  5. I would love to make a video to share with my inlaws. They would love it :)

  6. Meghan says:

    Aw, how sweet! I'm in the same position- I have a TON of videos of my first son and tried to make something but failed. And now I have another son so I really have a lot of stuff I'd like make something out of.

  7. Ivori says:

    Super cute video. She has such a cute little pucker lip =) I would love to make some videos of my son's first couple years…

  8. analee says:

    i would make one for myself, of my children, of one day in their life. i need a moment stolen to remember forever. they grow way too fast. your video is lovely. you can really see how your photography skills progressed as well! great job!

  9. Sweet video and congrats on your little one turning one! I'd love to work on making a family video–we have four kiddos and love watching home movies!

  10. sabrina says:

    Another first birthday here!! Baby boy turns one next week! :)

  11. I would love to make a video for my mom for Mother’s Day of special moments we’ve shared together.

  12. Shoni says:

    I'd love to do what you did and make a video using clips from my boys' first years. Sigh. I'm so technologically slow when it comes to video. Thanks for the chance. :)

  13. Dana says:

    So cute! I love the photo of her grabbing her little tummy rolls.

  14. Esther says:

    My son's birthday

  15. Emily says:

    I would make one for my son's first birthday as well :-)

  16. MommaExpat says:

    I'd make one of my son for me, my husband, and when he's a bit older, for my son as well. We've watched videos before, he's gotten a big kick out of it!

  17. Heather says:

    I would love to make the video for myself, and then share it with our family who lives across the country. How beautiful!

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