Bonjour! Ok, I want to keep you up to date with every step along the way. Right now I am determined to get our passports squared away. No, it’s not exciting, but I wish I could find something along these lines to help me while going through this. I’ll write it while it’s fresh so I never have to say “well, I think I had to do this…” If none of this junk interests you, hang in there. This is all a means to an end. Soon enough we’ll be in Europe finding hidden gems to tell you about and laughing about our unfortunate incidents while traveling.

Today I started some of the legal steps. My desk started as a mess and I bounced back and forth between tasks so often that I forgot what I was doing more than once. While I worked, Finn was determined to get his hands on any paper within his reach. Eventually, it started coming together. I used manilla envelopes and lots of Post-Its to organize. I couldn’t live without Post-Its.

We’ll eventually need long term visas, but before we can get those we need up to date passports for everyone. This requires birth certificates for each child, which we don’t have for two of them. So first step: Birth certificates. These you can request from the county in which the applicant was born. The price is completely different in each state.

Then, I filled out a passport renewal form for myself and new passport applications for the littles. Carlos is a permanent resident, not a citizen so it gets complicated there. To make everything more simple, he’s decided to apply for U.S. citizenship. This will make coming back to visit family easier, and he will be able to get a U.S. passport. Other than the big chunk of money ($725) I don’t think it’ll be too big of a deal.

So, birth certificates, passports and citizenship. That’s where we are right now. We’ll keep you updated on the process. I’ll list a few helpful links below. Au revoir!


U.S. Passport Info

Citizenship Info

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