Do you Skype?  This is such a great tool - Lori and I use it all the time to video chat with my Dad, her Mom, our grandkids in Reno...and the best part is, it is a free service!  Last Christmas was our first away from our daughter Ashley who is still living in Fresno.  We actually Skype'd with her as we all opened our gifts together.  Not the same but the closest to "being there"!  And with my Dad, well it's been over three years since I've seen him, but with Skype we all sit and talk for a good time at least a couple times a month!  If you haven't tried it, you should!  It's a great way to keep in touch with friends and family.  And some of the new smart phones use it too with the front facing camera's, it's great!!!