Wednesday, 16 June 2010

V is for …

 

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…vacation – yes I know it’s not been very long since the last one, but it’s been three months since we last went away and I owe to my poor old weary body – and brain – to take a break.

This time we’re off to visit the friends that I described in this post here, the lovely Missouri Arkles. this will be the fourth time we’ve visited with them since way back when  it all started but this year we’re going to be doing something a little different – we’re heading off on a road trip! We’ll fly into Kansas City via Chicago and they’ll meet us at the airport with the plan to head to Mount Rushmore and the surrounding areas for a week and then back to their home in the south of Missouri in time for 4th July!

The plan is for Son2 to join us a week or so later. I say plan because he has unfortunately fallen foul of the US immigration system by deciding that he would like to visit the US for a year. He couldn’t wait to apply until we came back, despite well intended parental advice, and has had his application turned down, all because he couldn’t prove he had a job to come back to after his year is up. As a result he had to reapply for his ESTA which permits us to travel on the Visa waiver programme for up to 90 days and, you’ve guessed it, this was refused as well. However he has a small glimmer of hope, after speaking to a very helpful person at the Dept of Homeland Security, he can apply for a Visa again but with more preparation. Trouble is, he now has 14 days jury service which leaves him very little time to get to the US Embassy in London for another interview – and another big dent in his finances.

So Vacation and Visa all in one post – fingers crossed everybody please, he is desperate for his holiday and even more for his year out!

As ever this is linked to Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday – pop across for a look at the other entries.

:::::I’ve set the coming weeks to autopost – I probably won’t be able to visit as I’ll have limited internet access ‘cos I’m not taking the laptop, so if you’ve visited me and I don’t repay the visit I apologise in advance:::::

16 comments:

  1. Please miss, what does "Vacation" mean?

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  2. I hope you have a great trip! And I hope that your son gets his visa issues worked out, that must be a nightmare. I think that you'll only be about 18 hours North of us on the 4th, you should come down to Rockport and visit us at the Art Festival :) Kathy

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  3. Your trip sounds like it will be wonderful.I have never been to Mount Rushmore.

    I hope things work out for your son.

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  4. Have a great time on your vacation to Mt Rushmore and southern Missouri! Hope your son is able to get his visa and join you.

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  5. LOL @ Jaydubblah and 'vacation'. Hope your son gets his visa sorted and that you all have a good HOLIDAY :)

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  7. sounds like a great vacation, hope the visa comes through :D

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  8. oh I sure hope his Visa comes through ... Have a wonderful vacation!

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  9. What a fun and excited stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "V"!

    Vacation! Oh, I love it!

    Fingers crossed that the visa comes through.

    Travel safe! Come home happy!

    And thanks for linking up!

    A+

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  10. Have a good trip and I hope it works out for your son. Great V post.

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  11. Have a safe trip-- Mount Rushmore is amazing! Hopefully your son will be able to join you.

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  12. Happy V-Day! I hope both the Vacation and the Visa go okay!

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  13. Sounds really exciting, reminds me I've not had a going away holiday since 2008 now :(

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  14. Sounds like a fun trip. Have a terrific VACATION! ~ Sarah

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  15. Heather, have a wonderful vacation! you and your body deserve it....haha....

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  16. I don't understand everything in this post, but I wish you well!

    Best wishes,
    Anna

    Anna's V-word

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