We love to film interviews with our boys every year and have gotten it down to a science. Today I’m sharing the list of questions we always ask them — and details on a super easy way to record & share interviews with your long-distance family members. (Hint: there’s an app for that!)
Last week I shared on Instagram about how we do birthday interviews with my older boys each year. Basically, every year around their birthday, I sit them down in a semi-cleaned-up living room and ask them the same list of questions. I just film it on my iPhone and then save the clips in a "birthday interview" file on my computer. We've been doing this for 4 years with my oldest boy and already these videos have become family treasures that we all love to watch over and over -- I know I will be so happy to have these when the boys are grown up.
I'll put the full list of questions we ask down below, BUT here's what I didn't share in my IG post: there's a super easy way to save these interviews & share them with family members. Have you heard of the Family Tree app?
I actually discovered this tip last month when my cute 84-year-old grandma was visiting. I don't see her very often, and I'd been meaning to ask her some questions about her life -- growing up in Hollywood, going to Disneyland the month it opened, what it was like during World War II. Then I realized it would be even better if I could record our conversation, so I'll be able to hear her voice and her stories after she's gone! So, my mom and I sat down with her and I interviewed her using the Memories section of the Family Tree app.
The app makes it super easy -- just find the person you want to record in your family tree, go to the Memories section, and tap the "+" button. You can add photos, write a note, attach a document or -- my favorite -- add audio. Just hit the record button when you're ready -- you can tape up to 15 minutes at a time. Then it will save the file on that person's family tree so you or your family members can play it back any time. Or you can save the file to your phone or computer.
So, if you're going to record your kids' interviews, maybe you could do it on your Family Tree app! Super easy to share with grandparents, or always have it accessible in a safe place.
And, here's the list of questions we ask our boys every year:
What is your name?
How old are you?
What is your mom's name? What do I do all day?W
What is your dad's name? What does he do all day?
Who are your brothers? Can you tell me something about them?
What is your favorite color?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What is your favorite scripture story?
What's your favorite animal?
What's your favorite thing to eat?
What's your favorite book?
What's your favorite toy?
What's your favorite snack?
Who are your friends?
What is your favorite song? Can you sing it for me?
Where is your favorite place to go?
What's your favorite cereal?
What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?
What's your favorite thing to do with Dad?
Nothing cuter than hearing their funny answers in their cute little boy voices. Hooray for interviews!