Can you believe that Sunday is already Mother's Day? Seems ever since becoming a mother myself the years fly by way too fast. The hubby said it's probably because now we have a reminder of time passing as we watch our kids grow. Makes sense to me. Now if only I could find that infernal “pause” button…
Ever since moving to Pennsylvania from the Seattle area, Mother's Day has been a bittersweet day in that I haven't had a chance to spend quality time with my mom on her (and now our) special day. It happens to be one of the days that I set aside my aversion to talking on the phone and make sure I call her to wish her a Happy Mother's Day.
With technology ever progressing, now we have the ability to have video conversations, thanks to that phenomenon called Skype.
Have you tried Skype yet? I've had several Skype conversations with family members and one video conference, and I love that you can see the person – including dorky facial expressions – of who you're talking to. It makes phone conversations even more cool and personal, like you're right there in the room with them.
Of course that means I have to be cognizant of having the room I'm chatting in nice and clean – don't want to show off the mess or clutter. Including when I happen to be a hot mess.
Recently I was honored by being chosen to be a Skype Ambassador – the timing is perfect, what with Mother's Day just two days away. Skype is currently having a cool promotion called “Mom You Rock” – you can send a video message to a mom in your life from their Facebook page for free – you choose the occasion (right now the choices are birthday or Mom's Day) and choose the tune. Create dazzling group video greetings to share with friends and family.
For every ‘Mom, you rock' video you send, $1 goes to Save the Children's Global Action Fund in support of the new MomsTheWorld.org campaign. Pretty cool, no? I haven't made my Mom, You Rock video yet, I'm going to be sure to put one together tomorrow when I can snag the hubby and kids to participate and make it extra special for my mom.
Now to get her moved into the 21st Century and off the archaic dial-up so she and my dad can be subjected to regular Skype chats. I'm working on that.
Which brings me to this week's question:
Do you Skype? How do you keep in touch with loved ones who don't live nearby?
Have a great weekend – and Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers.
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Technology is always been a part of our life since people invented it. Skype is a great idea to communicate but nothing can ever compare the feeling if you know how you love your mom this mother’s day. I think surprising her can be a good way to greet her for her special day. Thanks for sharing the idea about Skype.
I have skype but only because I needed it for my old job. I use tango alot on my phone as well as facetime and several other apps.
I do Skype occasionally. 😉
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My Mom and MIL left this world in 2006. The only peer I have is my wonderful Aunt Mitzi. She knows nothing about computer, so we communicate by telephone & a card now and then and of course my visits. I recently started to Skype, but my youngest son and I are the only ones that do it. My daughter and I did it once, but she’s always to busy with all her kids and blogging, but we gab by phone a few times a week. Have a great weekend.
That is awesome! No I have never used Skype. I really wish my sister used a computer because I would love to Skype with her.
Have a beautiful Mother’s Day Stacy!
My girls love to Skype. We Skype with them when one of us is traveling (you’ll get to experience that in August). In addition, we have a former au pair from Brazil. My little one loves to Skype with her.
Have not used skype. Keep in touch by phone, emails and texts.
Ha! My mom has no idea how to use Skype. Trust me we’ve tried. But we could chat. Let’s trade Skype addresses.
We do Face Time in our family. Since Sprite learned how to do it, she can now call her grandparents anytime on the weekends. It’s pretty cool!
Every time I get a new computer I sign up for Skype and then forget my sing in or password. Seems like I’m the only one Skyping in my realm.
Have a great Mother’s day!
I’v never Skyped and don’t think I will. I am consumed with all the other technological things I already do. HaHa
I do connect with my step-son, DIL, and grandson via FaceTime and totally LOVE that, esp. now that we have an iPad and can see things bigger. Bill & I are getting old and our eyesight isn’t so good anymore. TeeHee
Skype is a part of our live. I live in US and my parents and my siblings are in India. So Skype is a very useful and cheap communication tool for us.
I myself have been far away from my mom since a long time ago and every special occasions such as mother’s day, we would skype together and have a good time. I am truly grateful to skype because it has made me communicate to others face to face a lot easier. How else do you spend you Mother’s day? Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this!
Because of my busy schedule, communicating with my kids have been a very hard thing to do. And this mother’s day, we plan on skype-ing all we want! Thanks a lot for sharing this idea. What could be a best gift for my mother and my kids this coming mother’s day?
I don’t skype. Tried it once, and it never did work right on my computer at the time, and just never tried again.
Pretty much all of my family is on FB.
My mom left me when I was a baby, and the aunt who was my mother figure in my life passed away last year, and my dad, who was really a “Mr. Mom” passed away in Feb of this year. Other than my MIL, who lives across the street, I’ve run clean out of Mothers.
I’m lucky to have most of my family within a 2 or 3 hour drive so we don’t skype. My husband on the other hand, has kids all across Canada and uses it often. I don’t really like, I feel like I need to comb my hair and put on makeup Lol!
Have a great weekend!
Skyped yesterday with my sister and her one and almost three year old.FUN! I was even taking pictures of my nephew doing his cheese pose. Someone is always trying to mess with the computer buttons, and yesterday it was little miss trying to reach our dog!
I wish to spend time with my mom too but can’t because she lives overseas.
I’d fly over just for one day to stay with her.
That is such a wonderful thing with skype! Way to go girl!
I don’t yet skype but I use the phone and email and Facebook to keep in touch
Happy Mother’s Day Stacy. I hope you’ll have a special one!
I have never used Skype. We do not really have any family that lives far away.
Happy Mother’s Day!
I do use Skype a lot to contact my loved ones offshore. It’s better than other messaging services actually, I even hold job interviews there. But of course, I never forget to still send them emails and snail mails to reassure them of our steadfast love.
happy Mother’s Day to you and to all mom out there!
I used to then the program quit working. It bothered me so much I didn’t bother to find out why lol
happy Mothers day to you
I tend to Skype fairly often because I live far away from my family. It helps to improve communication and is a great piece of software in my opinion.
Happy mother’s day, everyone!
ii did the same too .. i loved it .. thanks for sharing …
I love my mom ..
Thanks for showing this blog …
We at at a point of time have done it… I am no different,.
Skype isn’t as great as it used to be. I use it to call my family and friends a lot but I’ve found regular distortions in my calls over the last 7 months. I hope they improve the service soon, or they may lose customers….