my husband and i live 800+ miles away from both sets of parents. this isn't usually a big deal, thanks to daily phone conversations with my mom and plenty of skype chats with everyone -- until the holidays come around, that is. we usually travel to visit our families over the holidays, and when i see how excited jack is to see his grandparents and how much fun they have playing together, i get a little sad that he might be missing out on seeing them more often.
(jack with my parents, last thanksgiving)
it's been nice to be able to develop our own little family traditions and routines on our own, independent of any other family around -- but i'm not gonna lie, i totally feel jealous when one of my friends mentions how they "dropped the kids off at the grandparents for the weekend" or i see them schedule a weekday playdate with local family members. i'd kill for some free babysitting! ;) really, though, i do wish jack could hang with his grandparents more often -- he's lucky to have super cool family who loves him, and i always like having people around who think my kid is as adorable as i do.
want more perspective on long-distant relationship building? check out the midlife guru's post about grandparenting.