It turns out that having a laser engraving machine in the family means endless possibilities when it comes time to give a gift. However, it also has made our family gift giving somewhat predictable...I think the family knows now that the chance of receiving something engraved for their next birthday or Christmas is pretty high.
So this week for my Dad's birthday, I tried to think of something sort-of unique and hopefully meaningful. We have these really cool wood-encased flash drives in our gift shop, and I thought it would be cool to not only engrave something on one for him, but to make a birthday video to save on it.
So I found a bunch of fun facts from the day he was born, pictures of him and our family and put it to music that was popular the year he was born ("Tossin' and Turnin'" and "Blue Moon"). I then had the kids sing a song and tell what they loved best about Grandpa on video and put that at the end. Apparently, Austin likes it when Grandpa "tricks him".
Unfortunately, the "free" movie-making software that I downloaded is only free if you are okay with a GIANT logo over top of your video. So that was lame. Guess I'll stick with Windows Movie Maker next time.
In spite of the fact that half the pictures where covered up, I hope he liked it. We had fun making it. Happy Birthday, Dad/Grandpa!
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