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[Comments] (7) letters from abroad: Hello John,

Hope this e-mail finds you doing well.

After all these months, I am happy to advise you that your Indian employment visa has finally been issued.

Your families visa applications will now be submitted to the consulate for processing. I anticipate that your families visas should be issued by mid next week, however, as we have come to konw, the consulate is not predictable, therefore, I will update you once I receive approval of your families visa applications.

I thank you for your patience over all these months.

I will arrange for the return of your passport once your families visas have been issued, and we can send all the passports back to you at once. (Should you like your passport sent back to you first I can arrange that as well)

All the best, Law Firm

Of course I want my visa now! I don't dare believe the email until I hold that passport in my hands!

[Comments] (4) their eyes were watching Dalton: With our visas finally in our possession, we are ready to rock and roll! We are taking a red eye December 2 to NYC, where we will have a 10-hour layover. Plans include relaxing over breakfast at Leonard's house (Leonard willing =)) and then jaunting over to Manhatten. In deciding what would be most fun for the kids, we decided to take them to see the Christmas tree and the view from Rockafeller Center.

Then it's back on a plane for a night/day ride to Dehli, a 3-hour layover in the big taco, then a final 3-hour leg onto Bangalore. We arrive the night of the 4th.

I'm terrified for what Dalton will do on the plane. Between the teething and the curiosity of that boy, we may make more enemies than friends on that plane. But hopefully his adorableness coupled with Maggie's calm demeanor will win over the airline crowd.

Also, we get there 2 days before Rachel leaves; additionally, we will be there for Leonard's SIL's wedding in Mysore. So family reunions abound!

But before we go, I have to survive Thanksgiving and presenting at the SLC tax conference this Thursday.

[Comments] (1) flying solo: While Susie flies to NYC, I fly parenthood solo. And while Susie's flight got in early, my flight is experiencing turbulence.

I slept cold, alone, and horribly last night. But today has been better. The kids are happy and fed, though Dalton wouldn't eat the hot dog I gave him for lunch. We played with the Lite Brite (which of course Dalton tried to swallow) and threw tennis balls down the stairs for a good hour. Dalton is napping, after which we will hit the town for some shopping. Dinner tonight will be anywhere with a play place.

[Comments] (4) Cheese!-less: And here I am without a camera, since Susie took it to NYC with her. This morning Maggie helped me shovel the snow, and she did really well at it! And no camera.

Yesterday Maggie was upset we had no presents under the Christmas tree so we ran to Target to fill the void under the tree. And no camera to catch Maggie putting presents under the tree.

Yesterday morning I had both kids snuggling me in bed. A camera certainly would have captured that moment well.

Maggie has proven quite adept at the Lite Bright. And no camera to capture her artwork.

Oh well. I guess it just means we'll have to re-live these cute moments when a camera is handy!


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