So obviously we live in a different country than our immediate family, making a family-birthday party a challenge. Not so, my friends, not so! Matthew's Mum (Susan) is a professor of distance education at Athabasca University, and she has access to Adobe Connect, which is like a Skype conference call. So we had a singalong party with my sister Kathryn, her husband Dave, and Elizabeth's 3 cousins, my sister Suzie and her boyfriend Adam, my bro Chris, Matthew's Mum Susan, his Dad Holger and his dance partner, Anne, Matthew's aunt and uncle, Lorraine & Rainer, and Matthew's aunt Jolene. Our great pal Nikki was here, hence the fantastic photography of the event. (Note: This paragraph gave me anxiety over oxford commas...)
It. Was. Awesome.
There was one *minor* drawback - no one (except for Pro Star Susan) had headphones on, so everyone was using their computer's microphone system. Which meant that the feedback was horrendous and also hysterical. In Suzie's words, "It sounds like we're on a submarine". Then they sang Happy Birthday to Elizabeth, and it sounded like an evacuation alarm on a submarine. That made us all laugh, and there was no distinguishing laughter from terribly frightening and deafening alarm sound... which then made us all laugh harder, and didn't help the terror-noise screeching out of the computer.
|Elizabeth, somehow, was completely unfazed by the terror-noise - she will be excellent at fire drills.|