Thomas at Three: A Video Interview

I’ve been conscious recently of the fact that I’m forgetful when it comes to recording video clips of Thomas. Whilst photographs, and even written words, serve as a wonderful record of our lives together, there are certain things that only video can capture. The actual sound of his voice. The way he says certain words. The way he moves.

I know this, but it’s still not become as much of a habit to capture film footage as still photographs. And even when I do record what we get up to, I’ve always been hopeless at actually editing that footage and doing anything more than letting it sit on a hard drive. In fact, I’ve only recently learned how to edit videos. But having learned the basics, I’ve still been reluctant to share too many. Partly because I’m conscious of my very fledgling video skills, and nothing I put together looks very inspired or aesthetically pleasing. But it’s also because I’m one of those people who really, really hates the sound of my own voice.

When I saw Chloe’s video interviews on her blog, however, I have to admit to being inspired. And now I’ve shamelessly stolen the idea; A way to edit a conversation with my little boy without my voice being included (okay, okay.. it’s in there once!) and to capture the things that interest and excite him at just turned three years old all in his own inimitable way.

So here is the result.

Given that Thomas is going through a bit of a camera-shy phase, I had no idea how it would go down. But he was surprisingly excited by the idea and co-operated for much longer than I’d predicted. Of course, not all of the answers are exactly what I might have predicted either. I’d have added his obsession with “Thomas wooden railway collection” videos to the question about YouTube videos. If I’d tried to pick his favourite book, the list would have been much, much longer and whilst his answer would have been in there, I would not have put it at number one.

However, the overall impression you might get from this video is of a boy obsessed with trains, Buzz Lightyear and counting. And that would be an incredibly accurate picture of my little boy at just turned three years old!


It’s Autumn!

I’ve always loved autumn. I’m not a fan of grey drizzle, but a bright, clear and crisp autumn day? I’d probably take that over searing heat anytime. I love the fact that the changing weather is a cast iron reason to hole up at home a bit more, with a hot drink and a blanket, and the fire going. And I love the changing colour of the leaves and crunching through piles of fallen red, gold and brown. I always have, and the kid in me always will.

I think I’ve been waiting for the autumn where I could properly share this pastime with my child ever since I knew we’d be having a baby. Last year Thomas was a reluctant participant. He still hadn’t fully got over his hatred of wellies and the look on his face clearly told me that he thought the idea of running through piles of crisp, dry leaves was a bit daft.

But this year, he’s watched with fascination as the trees have changed colour and begun to loose their leaves. He’s asked incessant questions about the seasons and really noticed what is going on around him. He’s really got on board with some autumn craft, spending an hour long walk collecting the best leaves he could find and then sticking them to sticky-backed plastic to hang on his window.

And, perhaps most importantly of all, he’s found the pure joy that is tossing fallen leaves in the air and watching them spiral down around him. And the fun that can be had by running through rustling heaps of dried leaves, kicking them up as you go.

Every time we venture outside, he can be heard declaring “It’s autumn!”

I don’t usually “do” video. By which I don’t mean I don’t record it – I have hundreds of clips of Thomas doing various things. But they all contain someone (usually me) saying something silly across the ending, or large amounts of waiting for the real action to occur. It’s just that I’ve never really understood how to edit videos, and turn them in to something other people might want to watch. But this weekend I finally took a look at the iMovie app on my phone. In the space of 20 minutes, whilst simultaneously doing other things, I’d cobbled together something vaguely resembling a presentable video. I know I’ve got a long way to go, but I couldn’t resist sharing it anyway.

So here we are… It’s autumn!

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