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Dear Diary,

This Memorial Day, I celebrated the life and legacy of my grandfather, Raymond Hopson. He served in the U.S. Navy, in one of the last all Black units before desegregation. As a little girl, I remember sitting on his lap and listening to war stories–the edited version of course–and asking him to tell me for the umpteenth time how he got a fish tattooed on his arm. Did I mention my memories of combing his silky gray hair? Wonder what his military buddies would think about that!


Thirty years later, my own curious kid is asking her grandfather questions, including one about why he jumped out of airplanes. And thanks to modern day technology, she learning how to make memories with Walmart Best Plans. My dad passed down his courageous spirit to my daughter Caitlynn, who isn’t afraid to try new things, causing me to constantly helicopter above her. Now that my dad is getting older, we want to capture his stories on our Samsung Galaxy Avant. We got connected through the Walmart Family Mobile service, just in time to make Memorial Day memories at my parents’ backyard barbecue.


For $29.88, we got Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web. That includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data, which my father needs since he finally signed up for a Facebook account. This is a perfect plan for him, especially since he’s a bit frugal. My sister pays his phone bill. In exchange, he landscapes her yard! He doesn’t mind, because he loves the outdoors. He even stops to snaps pictures with his cell phone of the squirrels and chipmunks, which my daughter gets a kick out of.

For me, the plan had me at Unlimited. I talk a lot, and my daughter not only got my dad’s adventurous spirit but also my longwinded storytelling skills. My dad won’t tell her to call back later!

Father & Daughter 2

We plan to create a photo book with our pictures. I have a horrible habit of storing #MobileMemories on my phone. But something about the grandfather-granddaughter relationship is inspiring me to make these moments last forever.

Father & Daughter

Here’s how you too can capture your adventures.

1. Make #MobileMemories

What type of memories do you want to make and capture on camera? Plan the pictures you would like to take in advance. For instance, when my daughter went to the park, I knew I want to get a picture of her making a wish on a dandelion. I also had my 12-year-old nephew, her hero, hand her a bouquet of flowers. She always plays pretend and cooks for my father, who sits crisscross applesauce next to her Kidkraft kitchen. Next time he’s over, I’m going to take their picture while she makes his eggs over easy.

2. Find a Backdrop

We live near a park filled with tall trees, bright flowers and a picturesque fountain. It’s the perfect place to set up a shoot. I carry my cell phone everywhere, so when I spot a nice background, I order everyone to say cheese! We went out to dinner last week, and a walking trail and river ran along the side of the restaurants. My father and the kids skipped rocks, and I snapped shots. With the weather warming up, we’ll take pictures at baseball games, carnivals and other outdoor attractions.

3. Edit Your Photos

Using free phone apps, you can add text and crop images. Did you take a picture of your child laughing? Use text features to tell the joke. Did you snap a shot on the first day of summer? Timestamp the image. Remember, don’t keep your #MobileMemories on your phone. Print it out, and make a scrap book.

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to your local Walmart for current pricing.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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