It's a major Dinglet bday season! My dd turns 10 on Friday too. Our anniversary is a couple days after that.
And yes, Plady, I feel that grief, too. It runs back and forth between me and both kids, and some days, it is so hard. And I also feel like I have to negotiate and soften dh's experience with it (because he clearly doesn't think about it as much as he reacts to it). Some examples? Orthodontics, foreign language aptitude, athletic skills/interests. It seems so silly.
MelW, I liked what you did there. Running on themes this week, huh?
So I think we have the visas sorted. That is, I have mine, and we got the kids' at least applied for, possibly also approved, yesterday. I don't know how it ended, though, because I bailed after 5 hours to get home and help the kids with their work...and then I wasn't going to ask dh how it went when he got home. He's had a ridiculous week, in terms of work, and I like to encourage him to drop that baggage at the threshold. Regardless, I have a visa on one of my new passport pages (yay, even if they spelled my name wrong on it, I totally do not care), and I am sure they are better about grace with kids than with adults, and we are not driving to Oman.
The break in weather is allowing me to focus on school with the kids and still get outside in the afternoon without the weather being too hot for a nice run. Plan is to get out again with the kids this afternoon.