This post is sponsored by Legacybox. Thank you, Legacybox!

When my brother and I were growing up, my parents were great about recording moments. My mom was a fantastic photographer, and my dad had a few different video cameras. Over the last 10 years, I have painstakingly gone through thousands of old photos, scanning and restoring them. I’ve made tremendous progress on the pictures, but I never knew what to do with all of our old video tapes…until now.

I was contacted by Legacybox to see if I’d be interested in trying their service that digitizes home movies and photos. I didn’t need any images digitized, but I immediately thought of all the tapes just sitting in my parents’ closet.

Legacybox sent me a kit with everything I’d need to transfer my tapes. I put barcodes on everything so they’d be identified to me.

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After a week of deliberation, I settled on the tapes to convert. I wanted to make sure I did a good mix of things the whole family would enjoy, plus memories that would be precious to us. Plus, with my mom’s birthday coming up on October 24, I wanted to include a few things that would be fun.

I loaded the tapes into the kit, and sent it back to Legacybox to be digitized.

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ready to ship!
Ready to ship!

After a few weeks, my box with all the original tapes was sent back, along with DVDs copies of each tape AND a thumb drive that also held copies of each video. And you guys, it’s been SO FUN to go through these!

There’s a sweet movie of my brother and I searching for eggs on Easter when we were 2.5 years old:

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There is also a 3.5 hour tape that has highlights from the year my all-star softball team won the National Championship – INCLUDING SPARKY ANDERSON’S RIDICULOUS SPEECH!!!

And I now have copies of both of my mom’s game show appearances! In 1983 she was on the show Tic Tac Dough:

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My dad even got a shout-out in the audience!

It's Kirk!

And the following year, she was on Wheel of Fortune:

wheel! of! fortune!

I also digitized a trip my family took to Universal Studios when I was 8, a video scavenger hunt we did for my brother’s 16th birthday, one of my voice recitals from when I was 16, and an audio recording of my brother and I singing Christmas songs when we were four. It’s so much fun to share these with Annabel and James. They can’t believe they can hear what we sounded like when we were younger! I’m already sorting the next round of videos to digitize – including some from Mike’s dad!

I HIGHLY recommend Legacybox. They have amazing customer service (you can track your package from start to finish), and clearly take great pride in their work. My biggest regret is not transferring the videos sooner, as some of the quality had degraded. And I don’t want that to happen to you, so we worked out a deal with Legacybox! Click HERE to get your Legacybox! Use the code: SPOHRS at checkout to receive 40% off your order! Offer expires 11/15.

Have fun preserving your memories!