One thing you miss being so far away from your grandchildren is hugging and snuggling with them. Joanne's term is "huggling". Sometimes you have to be sneaky about it, especially as they get older. It's almost like when you were dating and you'd fake an arm stretch to get your arm around your date. They get too smart to get their picture taken in such a compromising way
Sometimes its worth reading a book just to get them sitting beside you or on your lap.