When daddy's away in Minnesota for work, we love that we still get to see, talk and interact with him each night. He packs a bedtime story book into his luggage and each night when he talks to Annabelle she asks him to read a story from it and so he does. He even shows her the pictures on each page.
When he talks to Jane they usually just sit there and make funny faces at each other :). And they laugh. Because that's what three-year-olds love to do with their daddies :).
Can you tell she's just loving being able to see and talk with dad? They SO look forward to this time of night for this very reason.
Elisabeth generally gives updates on her day. Charles will usually read him his homework book. Once the kids are in bed I call Scott and we do facetime or whatever the google version of that is called, and we visit while I finish up simple chores like folding laundry or wiping down kitchen counters and then I take the phone back into our room where we read scriptures together and say our couple prayer. I love that we live in the day and age that we do which makes necessary long distance travel a lot more pleasant and really not so bad. Don't get me wrong, we'd much rather have him here with us in person, but it certainly makes these times apart less painful. Only another month or two of this week-home, week-away stuff! And really, it's only 4 nights away at a time and then we get him for days and nights. We can do it!