This afternoon, I heard the boys’ door open, and a tiny blond head poked his sleepy face through a crack in the door. Â As he emerged, I could hear him asking for something. Â I assumed he was soliciting his post-nap snack, but instead he was asking for Gigi and Papa (my parents). Â I explained that they weren’t here, but I’m sure we could see them another day. Â And then it hit me… SKYPE! Â It seems that now that we’re living about ten minutes from each other, we’ve completely forgotten about one of our former favorite modes of communication. Â When we lived in Illinois, we Skyped quite a bit. Â Often, I’d just turn the camera so that they could watch Ryder play. Â It really accomplished three things for us: 1) I was afforded some adult conversation. Â 2) They were afforded the chance to actuallyÂ watchÂ Ryder. Â They could see for themselves what had otherwise only been described to them. Â They could watch him in motion and hear his sweet voice. Â 3) Ryder was afforded some familiarity with his grandparents who lived thousands of miles away. Â It made a huge difference when they came to visit because it cut down on the amount of time he needed to warm up to them. Â Warms my heart thinking of those sweet memories 🙂
Anyway, with a quick Skype session, Evan was satisfied by a quick “visit” with Gigi… and then, like clockwork, he requested a snack and our visit was over. Â (Do theyÂ everÂ stop eating???) Â Just another reminder for me to take advantage of modern technology as often as we have the chance!
UPDATE: We also took the opportunity to FaceTime with our best girls this evening. Â Ryder has been lamenting about missing them a lot lately, and this morning at breakfast he even said “We’ll never see them again because we live in California now” <insert epic pout here> Â Of course, this breaks my heart… especially since sometimes it feels that way (and also especially since their mama happens to be a bestie of mine, whom I miss every day). Â So it was extra special to see their
CRAZY sweet faces this evening. Â 🙂 Â We’ll still miss them, but somehow it makes them seem a bit closer. Â So grateful for modern technology!