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Skype Stay Together Part 2

Thanks to Skype for sponsoring today's Stay Together discussion! 

Recently, I shared how my kids and their cousins stay connected through video messaging.  It made their visit over the 4th of July so much fun.  The kids greet each other with bear hugs and then go right into their inside jokes.  They don't skip a beat.

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I just can't tell you how happy it makes my heart to see these cuties all together.  Our biggest challenge of the long weekend was walking through our Michigan beach town.  Everyone wanted to hold hands with everyone else.  It was adorable!  At one point my sister-in-law and I were herding a little circle down the sidewalk.  We truly believe it is keeping the kids connected while we are apart that keeps their bond tight so they can have this much fun when they are together.

Besides keeping the cousins connected, Skype also helps us stay connected to my husband's parents that live 500 miles away.  From showing off home improvement projects to the children reading stories that they composed for Young Authors, it is great to stay connected with the little things across the miles.

It was recently my mother-in-laws birthday.  We had a great idea to turn the above photo of her grandchildren into a framed piece of art.  Knowing she would love it, we really wanted to see her reaction when she opened the package.  With the magic of video messaging, it was possible!  Seeing her tear open the paper and see the personalized photo was the best feeling.  She told us how that was exactly what she wanted and we were even part of the conversation about where the new picture would be displayed.

When I was small, my grandparents moved to Arizona.  We talked on the phone all of the time and, despite the miles, were super close.  But there were so many times I wanted to show them something - a project, an award or just see their faces while we were talking.  We are so fortunate to have video messaging and similar services so our families can stay connected.

What is your Skype Stay Together Story?  Skype as a really fun contest going on right now and you could win a $10,000 travel voucher to see your family!  Here are the details for the Skype Stay Together Contest.  Hurry, the contest ends July 22nd!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skype via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skype.

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Thanks to Skype for sponsoring today's discussion.

These are The Cousins.  Their dads are twins and the best of friends.  Born in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, The Cousins are super close.  But live 500 miles apart.

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Despite the mileage, it is important to our families that they grow up knowing each other.  Really knowing each other.  More than visiting a few days around the holidays and on summer break.  We want to watch the kids open their birthday gifts, hear all about the dance recitals and softball hits while seeing their excited little faces spill the details.

How are these little cuties 6 and under able to keep up with each other's lives and grow to be the best of friends?  Video calling.  Skype has an inexpensive plan to let families stay together no matter how many states or countries are between them.

My girls know that on Saturday mornings after breakfast, we can call their aunt, uncle and cousins and the kids can talk together in their pj's about what cartoons they've just been watching and what the weekend holds ahead.  With video calling, the girls can sing Happy Birthday to their favorite just turned three year old guy and include all of the cha-cha-cha's they want.

Thanks to Skype and video calling, our families can stay together and The Cousins can stay close.

That's our Stay Together Story, what's yours? To view all of the Skype Stay Together Stories, visit http://skypestaytogether.com/ - you can even submit your own!  If you are the one lucky winner, you could be the 4th Stay Together family in the documentary and will also win a $10,000 travel voucher to visit their family!

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skype via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skype.

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