We’re coming down to our final two weeks in Houston. In some ways, it feels like forever ago that we traveled to NJ and put an offer on a house, but now the move is coming so quickly!
A few of the things I’m going to miss the most:
- Warm winters- I haven’t unpacked my coat since we moved!
- Fresh avocados, oranges, and mangoes
- The running path right out our door
- Neighbors that all hang out together in the evenings (hoping this will be the case in our new neighborhood!)
- So many friends we’ve bonded with in the short two years we’ve been here
- Nearly a dozen playgrounds within a one mile radius of our house
- Being within walking distance to an awesome toy store, half price books, and a dozen restaurants
- BBQ, well… maybe I won’t miss it too much, but my husband certainly will!
Despite our mixed feelings, I am thrilled to be just 2-3 hours from our families again so we can catch more of the family gatherings, baby showers and parties.
Thankfully, our three year old (L) has remained close to both set of grandparents despite the distance and I credit most of it to Skype. Although we talk to them on the phone fairly often, L loses interest quickly or occasionally refuses to talk altogether.
With Skype, she is fully engaged. She loves showing them her latest art project or twirling around in a new skirt. She transitions into “show off” mode and sometimes starts a whole show of gymnastics, music and dancing. Other times, she’ll continue playing quietly in the background but will join the conversation when she has something to say.
This ability to keep in touch face to face has helped her sustain a closeness to them in the long gaps when we’re not together.
For more stories on how others use Skype to keep in touch, check out the video below or at http://skypestaytogether.com/
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What resources to you use to keep in touch with family or grandparents? When is the last time you moved?