I’m headed to Orlando with Mom It Forward, staying at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in just over a week, and we can’t wait. We know we’ll make plenty of great memories, but more importantly – I want to enjoy them and be part of them!
Tips For Capturing Meaningful Moments
Pass the camera around. Mom isn’t the only one who can take a photo. I’m finally in photos now (sometimes) because I let my kids take a picture. Or my husband. Or I ask strangers, who are always happy to help.
Put the camera and phone away entirely. Too often, we miss enjoying an event because we’re working on capturing it on “film” or are responding to texts or email. We have hours blocked as technology free on vacation where the focus is on us and capturing the memories in our brains – and we enjoy them so much more!
Keep a journal. When traveling, the wee ones have journals they write in each night. Some of their favorite memories are ones I’d forgotten that we revisit later and aren’t the ones I’d expect.
Roll with it. Trying to create “perfect” usually ruins the moment. Your kid stuck his tongue out? Remember the personality quirks of your child and celebrate. Don’t make everyone cranky by trying too hard to make things look fun!
Remember the little things. Sometimes it’s catching kids holding hands as they walk or their first taste of a new treat that makes for the best memory. What you capture doesn’t all have to be Momentous with a capital M.
Plan but be flexible. So you thought you were spending the day at the pool but it’s raining? Relax. There’s always more fun. Use Plan B and find a way to enjoy the day no matter what.