Our week in the Twin Cities has been great
. Though it was less than a week ago, it already feels like a long time ago that we were making daily visits to the Mexican Consulate, hoping to get official visas for our year in Mexico. A stop at the Hennepin County records office to get a copy of our marriage certificate, as they were thrown off by our different last names, a visit to a photo shop for passport-sized photos of each of us, the printing out of Micah and Zola’s birth certificates, plenty of time waiting, and $516 later, we left the Consulate with the appropriate travel documents. We need to check in with the officials in Oaxaca within 30 days after our arrival to make everything officially official.
Amidst the running around, taking care of last minute things, we’ve gotten to enjoy plenty of quality time with family and friends. The highlights include a wonderful dinner with Leah’s mom’s side of the family, a perfect evening with one of Leah’s best childhood friends, and lots of activities and just hanging out with my parents. Leah and I also got a date night. We enjoyed a nice run together and Afghani food.
My folks have been Micah and Zola’s best buddies for the past four days. Together, we have enjoyed a cookout, made playdoh creations, gone fishing, played volleyball, watched the Olympics, built a marble thing-a-ma-jig, cooked and eaten meals, and sailed on White Bear Lake. When the Olympics came to a close with the 4x100 meter relays, Micah and Zola decided our family should have a relay of our own. A number of the photos are from that event.
It’s late. We’ve got a big day tomorrow. Good night.
8/14/12 We leave for Mexico early tomorrow morning. It's hard to believe the time has come. We’ll rise at 3:30am, shower, eat, and gather our things, then head to the airport. Our bags are not yet completely packed, but it’s looking like we’ll be checking four 50-lb bags and carrying on four smaller bags. No charge. Whew! Fortunately for us, Leah’s dad agreed to bring another suitcase with him when he visits us in Oaxaca. Spread out between those five pieces of luggage are Leah’s 90 lbs of books and copies of journal articles, which she’ll be referring to while she writes her book. If all goes as planned, we’ll depart Minneapolis/St.Paul at 6:30am, stop in Atlanta and Mexico City, and arrive in Oaxaca at 6:30pm. A taxi will take us to our home for the next eleven-ish months.