Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Staying in Touch with Family ideas this 2010- THE TOP TEN IDEAS

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We are all busy.
BUSY is a word that we throw around without much thought in life...
It is important to find the time for family no matter how BUSY we are.
It is important to connect and feel tethered to our lives.
How do you do it?
Here are some cool ways we are trying to stay connected
and some awesome ideas I have noticed in the blogosphere:


The family meeting:
Seriously. We need a come to each other night once a week. Family dinners are ace but I think one night a week as a family is so important. Make it a movie night or a round table meeting with ice cream at the end. Just do it.

Smartphones:
For reals. Mom and Dad can stay wicked in touch with what is going on with smartphones. If We did not have blackberries in our house we would not be as in touch as we are.
Life is easier with the technology we have.
For real.

The family notebook or sketchbook:
Love the idea of a family notebook to write to each other- leave messages, ideas, problems. Questions...OR just cool art like this family.
Ownership is a big thing here. Buy in comes from use.
It is awesome.

The calendar of Life
Buy a gorgeous calendar and display it prominently in your home.
Even little ones can see their names and start to understand the concept.

Busy Body Books are great because they separate everyone
and make it a at a glance station for the family.

Little Love notes in lunches
Don't forget to woo your mate. Woo your kids too. Love. Spread it around in wee notes tucked in lunches or pockets. It means the world to them. Leave a word of the day written on lunch bags. Tell a joke on a napkin. Tell yr spouse little saucy sentences on a tiny slip of paper. GO!

Blog it baby!
The big and small parts of life can be documented and shared with loved ones near and far.
We all know the power of the blog. This year let younger members of the family start a blog or teach grandparents how to blog to tell the history of their lives to the family. Blogging is powerful.
Harness it.

Staycations local love affairs:
Explore the local amazing place you live together! Make memories by visiting one new place nearby each month. Make a scrapbook or take photos and make memories. Stimulate the economy where you live. Learn! Live!

The family that gives back together:
Find a charity and work it in 2010.
You will bond over giving back.
There are so many charities that need you!

Sykpe Time:
Faraway family no longer means huge phone bills and stress.
We skype all the time to our UK family and love it! It is simple and so MUCH FUN!

Hobby Time:
Take a leap into a new year of learning.
Photography is a great hobby for kids and adults.
Try something new together! Sushi making? Art? Sports?



Check out the Family Connections Group at BlogHer for more ideas!

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135 comments:

nikid said...

Hello! Thanks for the contest - it is a great one! I have quite a few things that I do to keep my family in touch! There are four of us, Me, my husband, and my 2 boys (7 & 3).

1.) We keep mini-mailboxes in our bedrooms. Everyone is required to write a letter or draw a picture to every family member, once a week and leave it in their mailbox.

2.) Once a week we make popcorn and crawl into my bed and watch a movie. (kids choice)

3.) Date night: We have a family date night twice a month. We have an ongoing list of places where we would like to dine. So we choose one and off we go!

We also do the usual: eat dinner together, read books together, etc..

nvarrent(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

numsi said...

Hello! Great contest, lovely post. My family are all in the UK and I live in the US and have a 2 yr old and a 4yr old. In addition to sending back photos and videos of the kids to the grandparents, I have taken to recording snippets of them on my iPhone and emailing them to the family. Then the grandparents get spontaneous bursts of singing or discussing (or arguing!) which give them a glimpse into the daily life of the kids, without the performance that inevitably takes place when I take out the camera. Also they love to hear that the kids talk about them, unprompted.

Rachel said...

My family plans meals, vacations, and weekends together. I love including my four year old especially because she has great ideas that break us out of our usual routine.

elisabeth said...

Reading together as a family, for sure. As my daughter gets older (she's 11) we've started some of the classics.
Reading gives common references, great conversation, and snuggle time (increasingly rare).

Jill said...

I'm going to try my best to get my family together for dinner as often as possible so we will have time to discuss our days!

jillk77 at aol dot com

Kelsey Kim said...

We eat dinner together every night, and my husabdn and do a date night often.
micahandkelsey1@cox.net

Mami2jcn said...

Family movie night is a fun way for us to stay connected.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

I blogged about this:

http://grandgiveaways.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/sprint/

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Mami2jcn said...

Tweet:

http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/7748871283

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matt0701 said...

I'm a techie, so my tips revolve around using technology to stay connected with family. We don't live real close to our family and we often feel out of the loop on important news in the family. I've found the following tools to be a great help in staying connected: Myfamily.com (forum based), Facebook (quick status updates), Skype (voice and video), and Email (quick way to send messages).
mattschmunk at hotmail dot com

Deb said...

I like the idea of a shared hobby. My sons 16 & 20 share gaming and a few pursuits, and in previous years I felt too busy to join them, and happy they had an awesome sibling thing going on. But as they pull away, older (sob), I wonder if we could craft a shared hobby? One thing we are doing is that we had so much fun playing board games over the holidays that we are having a family (and invited friends sometimes) game night on Wednesdays. Last night, Monopoly. I totally lost, with only the light blues and one "Get Out of Jail Free" card as my lucky breaks. 16 yo friend kicked our poor socialiast booties ;)

Melinda said...

I plan to start a game/movie night once a month, and family dinners are a DEFINITE!!!
mjf926 at gmail dot com

missris said...

Since I live far away from my parents, I've found it harder to keep in touch. I talk to my mom on the phone almost every day but my dad is not a phone person. I've started emailing him every day with a fun link or article, which usually prompts at least one reply (or a whole email chain). As an added bonus, I'm way more up-to-date on my current events!
thisris at gmail dot com

Cheryl said...

My best tip is to schedule time on a calendar, like I have resorted to, to keep in touch with family. Life gets hectic and time flies, so to stay connected I have time scheduled on my calendar to call, email and Facebook my family.

With my immediate family (my husband and kids) we make a point to call and text in every few hours or so throughout the day. We also have family movie nights once a week to unwind together.

Cheryl said...

Tweet

http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/7775101385

The Active Foodie said...

Through blogging!! Now everybody in my family keeps up with what i'm doing through my blog! :)

bargaingirl said...

Facebook helps keep extended family up to date and we sit down for family dinners together almost every night.

Ashley said...

To keep the family connected, pick atleast one night a week to do something fun as a family – go to a movie (or rent one), have a family game night, etc. And make sure to spend time together talking everyday.

oldnavyash@aol.com

Ashley said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/smash906/status/7800754847

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Anna said...

since my family lives a long way from me I like to use Skype to call them from my computer- that way i can use my webcamera and we can talk forever without worrying of any fees
ann.altima at gmail dot com

Carolyn said...

We meet at a local restaurant on Sunday nights when everyone is in town and have a smorgasboard of appetizers and catch up. Love having family night to keep up with everyone now that the kids are older and moved out.

Lim said...

Alon the lines of hobby time, see if you have (or can develop) shared interests. Go fishing, or make a dress. Watch the game, or a cheesy musical.

If your family has been in the same area for a long time take a ride (gas prices permitting) and share stories. Have them help you put together a photo album.

Go thru their yearbook and your yearbook from the same year in school together (just going thru theirs may seem a bit nosy.)

Annette D said...

We try to eat dinner together every night and TALK to each other. So many people are so busy that they don't even have time to sit down and talk to their family members. It is so important to talk to your kids to find out what they are doing, what they are thing about and what their hopes and dreams are.
jedoggett@embarqmail.com

Mindy said...

1) Eat meals together
2) Game night/movie night
3) Read before bed
4) Vacation
5) Go to Church & pray together

mdmerenghi@gmail.com

Rachel said...

Tweeted

Anne said...

what a great contest!
We love to prepare and eat meals together at our dining table. I read recently that dining rooms were going 'out.' I love mine. It is really a place to bring the family together.

Shel said...

My brother and sisters and I decided that it's not enough for all of us to just get together on the holidays and that we want our children to develop relationships with their cousins that go beyond the holidays.

Once a month we're all getting together and having a movie/dinner/game night. Everyone brings a dish to share and their favorite game or we rent a movie to watch as a family.

We have a blast together and so many laughs..even my teenage son is making sure he schedules himself off from his part-time job on "family" night.

While its great to talk on the phone and connect with Facebook, seeing each other face-to-face makes us a much closer family.

For February we're planning a Valentine's Day family party. We're all buying each other those cute Valentine's cards like the kids hand out in class. We have to write down two "nice" things to say about the other person and we're all decorating our own Valentine's day card boxes. We're planning on renting some "chick-flicks" much to the horror of my son, husband and brother.

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/7870070924

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Shel said...

Blogged:
http://auntiethesis.blogspot.com/2010/01/giveaway-round-up-01-14-10.html

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Artistic Cook said...

we sold our TV, which really encourages family-togetherness

artisticbaker at gmail dot com

Artistic Cook said...

blogged!
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Artistic Cook said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/artisticbaker/statuses/7909738986

LV said...

Here are my plans:
1) family plan on the cellphone
2) regular dinners as a family
3) outtings

LV said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/LisaSVance/status/7918001351

miss_moneymaker said...

A family that eats together, stays happy together.
I think it is a good idea to try and always eat at least 1 meal a day together to connect and talk about each others day.

sarahjd766 at yahoo dot com

miss_moneymaker said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/miss_moneymaker/status/7920678835

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Kim said...

I stay connected with my sister who lives in another state through Facebook. We can just jot down our thoughts to share with each other immediately and there's no pressure to answer right away. We chat back and forth all day long, but in little bits. Of course, when we really want to chat, we pick up the phone!

Kim
turtles8861(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenny B said...

we have a family website that we use all the time to keep everyone in the loop with pictures and news. But our favorite way to stay close is to go on trips. Although it takes a lot of work with our 2 yr old quadruplets, it's worth it so they can get to know their grandparents, great grandparents and great great grandma better everytime!

jennyhasquads (AT) yahoodotcom

carmen said...

Love it! One of my favorite ways to stay connected is taking trips together. In fact, next week my husband and I are traveling to FL to visit his grandmother. And I'm totally excited about it!

carmensechristjunk at gmail dot com

Mindy said...

We love to eat supper together as a family. Whenever possible, we try to travel in the same vehicle. Saves on gas money, gives us more family time! Also, it allows us to just talk and catch up on the day. I love to hear from my family all about their days. When the weather is nice, we love to go on walks together.
joyful[dot]too[at]gmail[dot]com

awendybird said...

We try to have a family night once a week. We aren't always successful but we feel it is important enough to keep trying!

Debbie said...

I am texting my college kids and also keeping up with them through facebook. I love family dinner time with my two that are still home. Plus, we love to play games together.

Annette D said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/8011928553
jedoggett@embarqmail.com

Tegan said...

Very best tip for keeping my family connected in the new year...SKYPE!! Set up a time each week to video chat with all the family is fun and the best thing to do, next to being physically in the same place, which can be hard. I love video chating with my family. Also, keeping instant messenger open all day, so family can leave messages as well as chat through out the day when we are lucky enough to be around at the same time.

Tegan said...

tweeted!
http://twitter.com/EpicTegan/status/8015424894

Cookin' Canuck said...

On the weekends, we like to go for family bike rides or hikes. We haven't done as much of that this winter, but I vow that we will get back into it. Not only do we get to spend time together, but it's also a great way to stay in shape and burn off some energy for the kids.

cookincanuck@hotmail.com

samantha said...

My son's only two, but I have always asked to 'speak' to him while I'm at work and he's at daycare/grandma's house/with my husband. Now he's actually talking back like a real conversation, but I think it's important for him to always know I'm thinking about him even if I'm away. Plus I miss his tiny voice!

samanthajocampen at gmail

Joan said...

We try to have our kids friends over as often as possible and then watch movies, play games, or do special stuff. The kids are more willing to do stuff with us if their friends like it.
jberntson@back2basics4kidscom

wigget said...

we like to play games together

plmeek said...

All of my family live across the country. In keep in touch with them with weekly phone calls and Facebook. Facebook is great for getting daily updates.

DG said...

weekly dinners as a family - crazy as it sounds I don't know a lot of people who do this frequently and a lot of good connections and conversations spring from family meals :)

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DG said...

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DG said...

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Melody said...

Family dinners and a date night for mom and dad!

Deb said...

My family knows the importance of keeping in touch. We make a point to reach out at least once a week, if not more often. Sometimes there is no news, or nothing much to say, but just hearing that person's voice lets you know they are safe and sound. With the kids, texting is the way to go. I've found that my children reach out to me more in texts than they ever do by actually talking.

Deb said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/tnshadylady/status/8116073458

Deb said...

blog link here
http://tnshadylady.blogspot.com/2010/01/staying-connected-with-so-many-tools.html

Chacoy said...

My family and I are always trying to find ways to keep "connected" it is hard and easy in a way with all of the technology.
I am a firm beleiver in having our family around the dinner table, even though it is only my son and I we will sit and eat and talk about how are day is going and if we are done talking about our day, we laugh and joke about other stuff;}

Cecilia said...

Dine together every day! Take advantage of technology: facebook, skype, email, etc. are all useful tools for keeping in touch.

Night Owl Mama said...

WE get together for bowling once a month and do movie, game night on Sundays

And of course there is all the conversations we hold on Facebook.

Night Owl Mama said...

http://twitter.com/Nightowlmama/status/8222855259

Nelsby said...

For the first time since college, I once again live in my hometown -- where I was born and raised. Theoretically, this makes it much easier to stay connected with family. However - as we all know - life can get in the way. In 2010, I have resolved to do a better job at staying connected with all of my family. I will make more time to visit with my loved ones...no excuses! Additionally, we plan on hosting a big family dinner at least once a month.

Thanks!
Aimee
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Nelsby said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/8240469370
Thanks!
Aimee
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

The Mom said...

After being cooped up inside all winter, we plan on taking nightly family walks once spring gets here. Instead of plopping in front of the tv, we can get out and enjoy conversations with each other!

happyenchilada said...

There is one thing that I have started recently that has brought me closer to my kids and it's so simple..reading to them even though they're older. I used to read to my kids all the time when they were little but homework, me working nights and crazy schedules sort of phased it out. But recently. I've started reading a chapter a night of the Percy Jackson series to my two youngest (8 and 11) every night. My oldest who's 12 has already read them and loved them but even he listens in sometimes (perhaps to extend his bedtime!) And I am so surprised at how much they enjoy it and how much I missed those quiet times with them, laying all snug the bed looking up at me with far away eyes as they imagine the words I'm reading. I know alot of parents read to their little ones but everyone should try my simple example...it truly does make us closer

kessandcrystal(at)aol.com

happyenchilada said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/happyenchilada2/status/8250978139

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EZ and RJ said...

i am keeping in touch with family via phone, e-mail and blogging! facebook is also a HUGE way i keep in touch with both family and friends. i love being able to share pictures on there!

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Megan said...

My sister and I tend to have trouble catching up, so we've been making an effort to facebook chat once a week to catch up and keep informed on each others lives and families.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

make time for eachother- plan family nights- movies, games, making pizza

jewelknits said...

Because I still have 2 children at home, and 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren who live in their own homes (thankfully, still in the same city), we keep in touch by visits and by almost daily telephone calls. I also have a get together each week: craft day, family game night, movie night and everyone gets together and has some fun!

Karina said...

My husband and I have family night every Monday. Games, talking, eating, fun

momznite said...

One way we connect is by cooking together and inviting friends to come taste the results.

Erin said...

Our schedules are so random we can't have a set "family night" but we do pick projects to do with the kids once a week. This week is cleaning out the basement week. Last week was make pizzas with faces. Just random stuff.

M said...

We make certain that we eat a meal together. This is at the dining table, with place settings, courses, and no tv.

Artistic Cook said...

I like to use Skype to call them from my computer- that way i can use my webcamera and we can talk forever without worrying of any fees

BookGirl said...

For Christmas 09, I bought my mom (who lives in another state) a netbook, to encourage her to email. We now email each other several times a week, in between our weekly phone calls.

Clara B.
cboza@vna1.com (that's a numeral "1," not a letter "l," in "vna1.")

JC said...

Definitely write and call for overseas family members. Email, Skype, Flickr...etc. I basically use every technology you can think of. For family nearby, we'd visit and get together during holidays.

JC said...

tweet.http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/8694421518

JC said...

Blogged.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2010/02/giveaway-cheeky-monkey-play.html

CMC said...

Choose a hobby that you can all enjoy! I show and breed dogs, and that really keeps us together. The boys are involved with caring for the dogs, socializing pups and Junior Handling. It began as my hobby, but it spread through the family like wildfire. It has really brought us all closer!

spitfyr323 at hotmail dot com

CMC said...

Tweeted:

http://twitter.com/spitfyr323/statuses/8721653637

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Carolyn G said...

I have family and friends all the world so it's tough to eep in touch but we have moved into using technology to do so. We use Skype, blogs, emails, facebook and twitter to keep connected.

Carolyn G said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/carogonza/status/8729560506

Carolyn G said...

blogged http://theartofrandomwillynillyness.blogspot.com/2010/02/v8-fusion-blogher-ends-29.html

The Queen Of Free said...

We have weekly routines when we spend special time together.

jennifercausby at hotmail dot com

The Queen Of Free said...

I tweeted. http://twitter.com/JCausby/status/8729612947

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Sara A Broers said...

What a great contest! Both of our parents are Winter Texans and we do communicate through Chat on Facebook. We also have two websites through MyFamily.com that several family members visit regularly- photos, recipes, family news, etc. With all of today's technology it's very easy to stay in touch. Oh yeah, and our handy dandy cell phones with text messaging- it's a techy world we live in.

saramomof2ia(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amber said...

Make dinner as a family together, it makes the meal that much better :) Social networking is great too for family that lives far away.

Thanks!
shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Amber said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/8729901046

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Victoria said...

We have a big calendar with all of different events on it and we all text each other! We also love going to the movies together on Saturday afternoons. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Dolphin Girl said...

We spend our weekends together, eat dinner together, and we email pictures to our family afar so they can keep up with our life.

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

One tip I have to keep family connected is to take about 1/2 hour each and every night to touch bases and see how everyone is doing...if they need to talk, etc. Of course more time is good too, but to insist on this really does help.

mandjregan at gmail dot com

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/EightyMPHMom/status/8776700265

Romapr said...

My best tip is to make sure to have at least one night a week reserved for family time. If a family can't commit to this than one night every two weeks. Each member of the family gets to take turns picking out the activity. It doesn't have to be expensive; it could be playing family games on the wii or renting a movie together. It is all about making the time together! This will maintain closeness.

Lydia A. said...

We use Skype video chat when we are away from each other and have as many meals together as possible!

Lydia A. said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/princessla66/status/8788854591

angie lilly said...

This year we are making a concerted effort to watch TV a lot less and actually talk to each other!
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

angie lilly said...

I tweeted this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/FotoMacro/status/8809526565
Angie
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Scott said...

One thing we are doing differently this year is to have more meals at home and have them at the dining table instead of at the computer and TV and that way we are not so distracted and can actually catch up with each other every night.
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

Scott said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/RePurrPussed/status/8809637981
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

jewelknits said...

I blogged about the giveaway here:

http://jewelknits.blogspot.com/2010/02/february-1-2010-monday-giveaway-roundup.html

Anne J said...

Family dinner is a big way for us to stay connected, and we eat together almost every night and talk about our days.

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne J said...

I blogged
http://lunaj1456.blogspot.com/2010/02/keep-your-family-connect-and-win.html

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pixie13 said...

We have dinner together & I try to find movies that appeal to both a teenager & a preschooler.

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pixie13 said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/pixie13sweeps/status/8818844641

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pixie13 said...

blogged
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Kris said...

My family has discovered video chat via oovoo (which allows for multiple video screens at once) or skype. Since we are spread across the country from Hawaii to NYC and in between it helps us keep up with the rapidly growing little ones.

kristilynngibson (at) gmail (dot) com

Sue said...

We eat breakfast and dinner together every day. We have a family game night. I try to have one of my kids cook dinner with me every day.
Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Candace said...

My best tip to stay connected is to spend quality time with each child individually. Find out what interests them and spend time doing that activity. To stay connected to your spouse it is definately important to have a nice weekend getaway w/o kids or at least a date night w/o the kids.

candaceotto32 at yahoo dot com

Candace said...

I blogged about this giveaway.
http://cace-readysetwin.blogspot.com/2010/02/200-visa-gift-card.html

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Stephanie said...

My best tip is to not have earbuds or headphones on while we are in the car or working together as a family, so no one is in their own little world. We also do not have television so that helps us stay connected by just spending time together in the evenings.

Laura Stewart said...

I am trying to get all of my family on facebook mobile and texting!

Amy said...

Our kids are grown, and 1 lives out of state, so cell phone calls, texting, emails, and facebook helps us stay in touch on a daily basis. We’re all busy, but we keep up-to-date with each other’s lives, so we feel like we’re never far from each other.

Amy said...

Tweeted:
https://twitter.com/amylou61/status/8839626300

Angela G said...

My kids are 6, 3 and 6 months so I stay connected with them by getting down on the floor and playing with them. We always have a blast!
ag1414@hotmail.com

Amy said...

Blogged:
http://fibrofoggy.blogspot.com/2010/02/9-chances-to-win-200-from-blogher.html

Angela G said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/ag1414/status/8840914817
ag1414@hotmail.com

VickieB said...

My son is grown and the family is scattered. I have a personal blog and a personal Facebook account. We keep in touch using those, email and the phone.

VickieB said...

tweet http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/8842706357

VickieB said...

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Eve said...

we keep connected through emails, social networks, and phone calls.

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Eve said...

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Eve said...

tweet:

http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/8845600446

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Nancy said...

We try and keep connected through phone calls and emails. Hate to say it, but email seems so much easier with everyone's busy schedules and the different time zones we live in.

burlap + blue said...

I think nightly famiy dinners are the best way to keep the family connected!

annalene said...

I stay in touch via cell phone. When my family is apart this is the quickest way to get in touch with anyone, plus its always nice to hear someones voice rather than through something like email.

-annalene
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The Mommy-Files said...

I am going to make it a goal to use webcam a lot more with my parents, sisters, and friends. I'm also going to make more of an effort to IM them and talk on the cell phone. :)

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Lindsey said...

We can't always have dinner together but my family eats at least one meal together a day. Sometimes my husband works late so we have breakfast together before he has to go. Its a great way to stay connected.

Anne J said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/8872290730

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Julie said...

I have lived out of state from my mom,sis and immediate family for over 25 years. We stay connected through phone calls, emails, cards and visits 3 times a year

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tina reynolds said...

family far away we send cards and emails the hubby kids and I go far a walk every week with no distractions it makes great family time and it is free! eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

i tweeted
http://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/8874425690

redfuzzycow said...

we stay together by cooking together at least once a week

petteytiffany@yahoo.com said...

the texting: we stay connected by texting