why id DH pissed? i thought he wasn't sure if he wanted the family to move forward in that way. . .or am i lost?
anyway, in our news, ryan is not a finalist in the contest, but we learned he did really well anyway. on each judges short list, but they can to come to consensus on the final 4 (since 5 was chosen by popular vote). it was good to know that he did well. he's like that in a lot of contests--top 5%, but not a winner. he's disappointed.
but, on the up side, we are going to NZ anyway! our visa officer is going to give us a "full assessment" on tuesday (monday our time). we have set up to talk about this over the phone because the emails are strange. the tone is very tone-less, which you could read as curt, or just direct, or simple informational. we're thinking it's direct and informational, rather than curt or upset with us about our visa.
so, we are making plans to talk with her on monday our time (tuesday hers), where we will find that what we need to do to get the visa (if there's anything left to do--she just asked us for 3 yrs back taxes and a letter from our accountant demonstrating that i'd been in business for X years), and if there is or isn't, what the timeline is for receiving the visa.
then, we go to NZ right away. I have to go by next sunday, or i have to go into philadelphia to get my passport renewed. it dies in Feb! ok, technically end of feb, but nevertheless, i don't want to send it away now, and i can't get the emergency pass port (one day) unless we have a travel date that is specific. i know, i tried. LOL
so, that's what is going on here. we will be finished packing today, and ready to go. can't wait to be there!