Fun New Years Eve Tradition

I know, I know… Christmas hasn’t even come yet.

…but we’re already less than 2 weeks away from 2012, so I wanted to share with you my favorite New Year tradition!

I love this tradition because it’s a great way to do several things I love:

1. Watch My Kids Being Cute
2. RECORD My Kids Being Cute
3. Watch My Kids Being Cute in the Past
4. Remember More (than I would have) About My Kids at Each Age

It’s our Yearly Video Interview!

Fun New Years Eve Tradition So, here’s what we’ve done:

1. When we first started doing New Years Interviews, Talia was really little.  So, we came up with a simple list of questions that she could answer (ie. What’s Your Name?  How old are you? What is your favorite color?)

2. Each year we add on a few more questions that we think she can now handle and expand the list, but we keep those simple questions on the list.  (That way when you’ve recorded several years’ worth of interviews, you can watch them back to back & see how their answers have changed.  Oh, and if you’re good at video editing, it would be so fun to cut from year to year with the same question, in a row!)

Fun New Years Eve Tradition

3. You can also add things at the end of the interview, like have them sing their favorite song or play something they’ve learned on the piano, or show you a dance move- whatever they’re up to at this age, that you haven’t had a chance to capture on video yet.  You will be so happy you have this, in the future!

Fun New Years Eve Tradition

Here is a list of ideas that you could use for your own list of questions- feel free to change it in any way you like- this is just to get you started!

1. What is your name?
2. How old are you?
3. What is your mom’s name?
4. What does your mom do during the day?
5. What is your dad’s name?
6. What does your dad do during the day?
7. What is your favorite color?
8. What is your favorite thing to eat? (what don’t you like to eat?)
9. Who are your friends?
10. What is your favorite song?  Can you sing it for me?
11. What is your sister’s name? (this is fun because they don’t always say the name correctly- for example, my youngest calls my oldest (Talia- ‘Ta-lee-ya’) “Taya”)
12. What is your favorite place to go?
13. What is your favorite thing to do?
14. What do you like about your Mommy? (Daddy, sister, etc.)
15. What do you want to be when you grow up?
16. What is your favorite book?
17. What does (sister/brother) like to do?

Feel free to add questions to the list on the fly, as you go, too. :)
Their answers to some of these might inspire you with new questions!

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Make it a Great Christmas!!

Fun New Years Eve Tradition
Heather Lynne

    1. December 20th, 2011 at 6:01 am
      Sewingk says:
      Love, Love, Love this idea. I'm a grandmother who wishes she had a record of her childern's voice as they grew. I won't make the same mistake with my Grandchildern.
      Thank you for all you do to make life more fun.
      Happy Holidays
      • December 21st, 2011 at 5:47 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        So true! They're so cute & the little stages that they go through seem like they'll last forever at the time, and then they're over, and if you don't have it recorded, you forget!
    2. December 20th, 2011 at 8:09 am
      Missy says:
      I always mean to do this throughout the year but don't get around to it. I love the idea of making it a yearly thing you do at the beginning of a new year! Thanks for the great idea, Heather!
      • December 20th, 2011 at 9:52 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        I would never do this if I didn't have a time of year attached to it! I always mean to get things on video, but rarely actually reach for it- I'm so glad I have these yearly interviews, so I know I have one chance per year to definitely get a little summary of each of my girls! :)
    3. December 20th, 2011 at 8:56 am
      shelley says:
      LOVE LOVE LOVE this. now only if santa will bring me a proper video camera. ;)
    4. December 20th, 2011 at 9:39 am
      Bobbi says:
      I absolutely LOVE this idea! I am implementing it this year. Thanks for the inspiration!
    5. December 20th, 2011 at 10:09 am
      Alison says:
      So cute! Love the video idea:)
    6. December 20th, 2011 at 7:26 pm
      Karen S. says:
      Great idea. I want to get this accomplished this year. A living record. Cool!
      Would make a great wedding present for my kids when they grow u.
      • December 21st, 2011 at 5:49 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        Love the wedding gift idea! I'd love it if I could watch a video of myself through the years & see what I was like back then! I also love watching old home videos of my hubby when he was little :) (and how fun would it be if you could see what your parents were like when they were kids?!)
    7. December 20th, 2011 at 9:40 pm
      Nathalia says:
      Loveee the ideia! I will make sure to start doing that!
    8. December 20th, 2011 at 10:36 pm
      Leah says:
      So stinkin cute.. Wish I knew this 6 years ago :-)
    9. December 21st, 2011 at 6:09 am
      Nicole says:
      I LOVE this idea! I also wish I had it about 3 years ago, but it will be fun to start somewhere.
    10. December 23rd, 2011 at 8:22 pm
      Liz says:
      This is such a cute idea, we're doing it!!! Thanks =)
      • December 31st, 2011 at 10:46 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        Oh, good! Have fun with it! :)
    11. December 24th, 2011 at 4:33 pm
      Christene {Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreat} says:
      This is such a great idea! I've tried other things, but the thought of having recorded memories of my kids from the first of the year to the next makes me so happy! I love it! Thanks for sharing and giving us questions to get our juices flowing. Merry Christmas!!
    12. December 28th, 2011 at 4:38 pm
      Tami says:
      What a great idea! We'll have to start this ... better late than never! I'd also ask what they got for Christmas - might be a nice way to remember some of those special things and when they were given, right? Maybe also who is your hero. And a few spelling words, ha ha.
      • December 31st, 2011 at 10:47 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        haha Tami, I can so tell this is from a homeschooling mom by that last suggestion ;) Cute idea to ask who their hero is! :)
    13. December 30th, 2011 at 7:52 am
      Crystal says:
      I haven't done this consistently, but I also ask what their favorite toy is (younger kids), and favorite movies or video games (older kids), and who their best friend is, who their favorite teacher is or what their favorite class is. It's also funny if you ask the kids to tell you a joke.
      • December 31st, 2011 at 10:48 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        Haha, love the joke idea- so adding that to my list to see what they come up wtih!
    14. December 31st, 2011 at 7:44 am
      Jenny says:
      Love this idea! This is exactly the idea I was looking for to start a new tradition. Thanks so much!
      • December 31st, 2011 at 10:48 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        Oh good, I'm glad you found it just in time! :)
        (although I have to admit our interviews were not 'on time' last year ;)... better January or February than never, right?? ;)
    15. September 18th, 2012 at 10:32 am
      Mollie Harmison says:
      Hey Heather! This is Mollie Harmison, (used to be Ellis). I don't know if you remember me but I was one of your roommates at BYU Idaho for a semester! I l love your idea I totally happened upon on pinterest about the yearly interview and I actually did it today with my daughter today for her 4th birthday. So much fun! Great work!!
    16. January 23rd, 2013 at 6:16 pm
      julianna says:
    17. December 27th, 2013 at 9:33 pm
      Beth Marie says:
      I think this is awesome, oh how funny it will be interviewing my toddler!
    18. December 27th, 2014 at 8:24 pm
      Joan says:
      Great idea! It is similar to something I have started with my grandchildren. I call it the Grandma Survey. I sent my grandchildren a list of questions written out and they fill in the answers. I leave a space at the bottom of the paper for them to draw a picture of themselves.
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