Chilly – Wordless Wednesday

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Benson and Ryan braving the winter’s cold. Remember to layer up and stay warm everyone!

This week we are featuring a photo from Feed Me Dearly. Oreos make all memories taste better!

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Thanksgiving Beyond the Feast

When family gathers together over the holidays we make memories beyond the delicious food.  Rachel from Tools 2 Tiaras shares her favorite Thanksgiving memories and how her family made them possible.

While most people take the time to establish a menu and make lists of the ingredients they need from the grocery store, our preparation involved much more than food. When my kids were little we always had to plan a fun activity to do. This involved something as small as making our own name tags and decorations, but could go as elaborate as choreographing our own dance routine.

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Watching old home movies can make you cry from laughter and reminiscing on the sweet memories is priceless.  I encourage you to read the rest of Rachel’s story over on her blog.  Can you imagine half of the family re-enacting the scene from Beetlejuice right as everyone starts to eat Thanksgiving dinner?  Running around the table singing Day O, The Banana Boat song by Harry Belafonte.

Secret surprise, Rachel’s grandma spontaneously joins the fun!

Which memory are you reliving this Thanksgiving Day?

Fore! – Wordless Wednesday

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A group of our YesVideo employees bonding at our recent San Francisco outing at Urban Putt. 

This week we are featuring a photo from Simple Sojourns.  This old rustic barn has probably lasted more than one lifetime filled with many memories.

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Reliving Wedding Memories

Often a bride and groom plan their wedding for months, put effort into all the details and hire a videographer costing thousands of dollars to document their big day. Once they get back from their honeymoon, if they are lucky, the videographer will have their wedding video ready for viewing. The anticipation builds to see the action live on their TV screen, seeing the many details they were too busy to appreciate in the moment. The smiling faces of their family and close friends supporting them in their union are precious memories captured that are priceless.

Then life gets busy… The videotape is put away on a shelf to collect dust and be lost in the world of outdated media. Soon the VCR becomes obsolete and they can no longer relive their big day.

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Sara from Sensibly Sara shares her experience preserving her wedding video. Sara explains how she wanted to avoid the heart-breaking option of tossing out her old media that she could no longer view – so she digitized her special memories with YesVideo!

I can’t tell you how much fun I had watching my wedding video all over again! My husband and I got married on a very windy day so you don’t really hear anything, but that’s completely okay with me.

When was the last time you watched your wedding video?

 

Family Style – Throwback Thursday

Gathering around the dinner table to share some great food and good laughs with the people we love – it’s the one thing everyone looks forward to each holiday season.

What are you thankful for this season?

Heroes – Wordless Wednesday

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With Veterans Day approaching, we’ll always be thankful for the men and women who serve our country.

This week we are featuring a very adorable moment captured by Nanahood.

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Invest More Time Making Memories – Less Time Cooking

When you think back on Thanksgiving Day, do you remember the sleepless night preparing the dinner, the juggle of making several side dishes with only one oven, and the constant hoovering in the kitchen to make sure everything is cooked to perfection just to clean up the mess after everyone eats?  We want you to make some amazing stress-free memories this Thanksgiving, so let us provide the meal!

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Memories are made when families come together around delicious food that warms the belly and the soul. There is no better delight than sitting down to a feast without the exhaustion of cooking it! Spend your time this holiday visiting with the family, reminiscing on funny moments and sharing stories from childhood.

Limit your time in the kitchen by entering to win a Honeybaked Ham dinner.

This time, our dynamic duo is accompanied by some fantastic side dishes. 7 lb. delectably glazed HoneyBaked Half Ham, 3 lb. sliced and glazed Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast, 2 quarts of our hearty Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, 2 quarts of our famous Made-From-Scratch Stuffing, 2 quarts of our Cranberry Salad, 1 quart rich, Turkey Gravy, one of our gourmet mustards and a jar of our Cranberry Walnut Chutney. This Combo will make any day a holiday.

Includes:

  • 7 lb. (approximate) glazed HoneyBaked Half Ham
  • 3 lb. sliced and glazed Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast
  • 2 quarts Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
  • 2 quarts Made-From-Scratch Stuffing
  • 2 quarts Cranberry Salad
  • 1 quart rich Turkey Gravy
  • 1 gourmet mustard
  • jar of Cranberry Walnut Chutney

*dependent on availability in your area – substitutions may apply, meal will have a value of $125

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Emotional Video Memories

Many families have old VHS tapes sitting on a shelf collecting dust or in a box tucked away in the closet.  We often forget what precious memories we have stored on those old media formats after years or not watching.  Momma Lew shares her emotional connection to video memories.

Every time I visited my parents and saw the countless number of VHS tapes from “back in the day”, I just couldn’t help be reminded of how they were longing to be watched. Now that my children are getting older and asking questions about our family, I wanted them to see first hand what I remember. The only way to do this was to get on the ball and get these VHS’ transferred. My fears were set aside the moment I decided to have YesVideo help me uncover these wonderful memories.

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Head over to Momma Lew’s blog and watch the two video clips she shared with her readers.  Nothing tells a story better than watching it yourself.

Bear Hug – Wordless Wednesday

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An adorably captured bonding moment between Adriana (in blue) and her baby sister.

This week we are featuring a photo from Feed Me Dearly.  Making childhood memories…

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Taking a Trip Back in Time

My dad loved Disneyland probably more than I do today. He was a young adult when Disneyland opened in 1955 and was able to see Walt Disney’s dream come to life. My dad visited Disneyland often and was always taking pictures and videos of his adventures. Sadly, my dad passed away in April 2014 and with his death left an big hole in my heart. While helping my mom clean out my dad’s office we came across several reel to reel movies. Luckily my dad was a technology geek and he still had a projector in perfect working order. We turned it on and threaded the film strip through the sprockets and were instantly transported back in time to Disneyland 1964.

Having a working projector for the reel to reel film is rare and while we watched the movies the film kept slipping out and we had to stop watching the movie to fix it. Having a service like YesVideo is great because once the film is transferred I can share clips on Social Media, email them or embed them like I have done here.

In this clip of Disneyland from 1964 look for Mickey Mouse on the bottom left at the Main Gate at the 9 second mark of the clip.  You will take a quick ride on the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad and get a glimpse of the Frontierland station which is now the New Orleans station.  Leaving the station  you will also see the Haunted Mansion building which was completed in 1963 but didn’t open as an attraction for another five years in 1969.

During this clip you will get a glimpse of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad pulled by the E.P. Ripley steam engine.  The E.P. Ripley was one of two operating steam engines on opening day in 1955. There is also a scary looking character walking around on Main Street, U.S.A.  For a time the Phantom of the Opera could be found in front of the Main Street Cinema.

The Moonliner standing 76 feet high can been seen as my grandmother walks around to check it out.  This symbol is no longer at Disneyland and was torn down and now Innoventions stand in its place.  However a replica standing just 53 feet tall sits near Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port.  You can also take a quick ride on the Submarine Voyage.

The Monorail Blue can be seen zooming above Tomorrowland.  Monorail Blue was in service at Disneyland three weeks after the Monorail Red in 1959.  You will see guests riding on mules in the Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland, this attraction is now home to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Lastly you will see a view of Disneyland from the Mark Twain.

This clip shows the Mark Twain and the Jungle Cruise which look pretty much the way they do today.  It’s fun to take a trip back in time to see vacation videos of years past. When my 8-year old saw the video she asked why everyone was so dressed up at Disneyland. One of the other aspects that I enjoy from watching these vintage videos is to see how much of Disneyland of the past still remains, and still looks the same. When I saw the Mark Twain sail by in this video it looks just like it did when I saw it last weekend.

Guest story and memories shared by Dawn Dawn Cullo from IAmAMommyNerd.com

When was your first time to visit Disneyland in California?