We do periodic video chats over Skype with my parents in California and they’re a lot of fun. (The chats and my parents.) It’s mainly between my parents and the boys, and they all enjoy seeing one another and having a little conversation. I use the term “conversation” lightly, because Baxter and Lyle are rather preoccupied with the fact that they can also see themselves in a small box in the corner of the screen and entertain themselves by making faces much of the time.
A bit frustrated by this, I attempted to prepare them in advance this last time, reminding them that the point was to talk to their grandparents and listen to what they had to say, and not to spend the whole time making crazy faces. This didn’t go so well, in so far as they completely ignored my little pep talk.
However, I was reminded pretty quickly that they come by these things naturally; I managed to capture a few shots of my Dad making faces right back, much to all of our amusement, including my Mom’s:
It all comes down to genetics, really.