Sunday, January 25, 2015

APPROVED!

WE’VE GOT OUR GREEN CARDS!!!!  

Good things come to those who wait….and don’t give up….and are as stubborn as a mule! (That would be me) 

I have been banging on about wanting this to happen since I was a teenager. It has taken a LONG time to get to this stage. There have been loads of people who have helped us, and a couple people who did not help. So many forms which have had to be completed. So many documents have had to be collected, or notarized, or verified, or have equivalency tests done on them. 



Combined I have had close to 90 texts or emails from USCIS. To go from enjoying living here but with the nagging worry that it could all come to a crashing halt, to now just being able to enjoy living here, is a wonderful feeling. Now we are done with USCIS, well, until we need to replace the kids green cards when they turn 14, and then again when we apply for citizenship. I’m not sure what to do with myself now that I no longer need to check our case status online 900 times a day, and spend time going through various websites looking for information that could help our case. Guess I should get a job…...

But of course before I do that, I think we need to have a party.


Plus, I can now start the 5 year countdown to citizenship. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Another Road Trip



Since we arrived in the US we have made a point of traveling and seeing as much of it as possible. After all, until we have the green cards in our hands, we have no idea how long we will be here. Plus traveling places in the US from the US is a lot cheaper than doing it from the UK!
This past weekend for example we drove to Florida and visited Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

We went to the beach in Jacksonville and then to the Tallahassee Museum. (Ben built their website). 

There is still a lot of the US left to visit and hopefully we will travel during the year.
A drive in the car for a few hours is cheaper than flying, and not too stressful when the kids have something to occupy themselves.

(In our case Z & K entertained themselves watching movies on the iPad and reading magazines).

14 year olds & Green Cards

Did you know that you need to get a new green card when you turn 14? Do you know the reason why? No really, I'd like to know why. ...