Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hey, Look What We Got!

Okay, really it came addressed to Collin, but I'm taking the credit, since I did all the work. All he did was stand that and make that adorable face. :)

You know, for something that has totally consumed the last two and a half months of my life, I expected it to be a little, I don't know...greener. Ah well, one more step down. On to a social security number!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What Goes Up

After a VERY long day of weekend errand running, I remembered that I had to stop by our local party supply store to pick up a few things. Collin usually loves it when we go to this particular store. Why you ask? Because the always give him a balloon.

This time, our cashier extraordinaire, didn't just stop at the typical "what's your favorite color?" that we're used to. This girl was determined to put a smile on the face of my, now completely exhausted and dangerously close to a public meltdown, little boy. Collin's entire face lit up when she asked "which do you like more, cowboys or pirates?" Game, set and match to you my new friend. If you've talked to Collin in the past few months, he's no doubt told you about his new favorite Disney Cartoon, Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Meltdown avoided.

When we got home, Collin played with his balloon for a little while, then let it go. It, of course, floated to the highest point of our vaulted ceiling.

Where it remains. To this day. Day 26, to be exact. But as they say, "what goes up, must come down" some point, right? Right?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Round and Round We Go

It all started with a conference call. A conference call with instructions on how to obtain a green card for my son (and the other 1000+ children who were evacuated out of Haiti on Humanitarian Parole after the earthquake). Here's what I learned: #1, If I wrote "Help Haiti Act" on one particular line of his application, we would be spared the hassle of having to obtain evidence of Collin's original citizenship and #2, A WHOLE lot of parents are planning vacations abroad in the near future (I'm not one them...*sigh*)

I filled out all the appropriate paperwork on Collin's behalf, including the questions that made me laugh out loud like, "Do you plan to commit espionage while in the United States?" or "Did you sympathize with the Nazi party in the 1930's?" When I came to the "applicant's signature" section of the form, I left it blank because, well, he's three. Thinking logically, or so I thought, I signed instead on the line that said "signature of person preparing form, if different from applicant". I thought that was me. I mailed the form and other required documents to our semi-local Citizenship and Immigration Department. And waited. But not for long. Ten days later, the whole kit-n-kaboodle was returned to me with a rejection notice that read "applicant has not signed form". And another *sigh*. To make a very long story short, we cleared up the application fiasco and a month later got a notice that Collin was due at another USCIS office for fingerprinting. Yep, fingerprinting. For my three-year old.

He was a little apprehensive at first, unti I assured him for the 47th time that no one was going to "poke" him. After that, he thought the big biometric scanning machine was cool. Until the agent showed him his biometric fingerprint and tried to tell him it was a picture of his finger. Then he looked at us both like we were completely crazy and asked if it was time to go home yet. Are you feeling my pain yet? No? Well then let me tell you about round three of the green card marathon. Last week, I got a letter that his application was no longer being processed because I needed to provide proof of his Haitian Citizenship. Say it with me now... *SIGH*

I admit, by this point I was getting a little snarky... My response, which of course had to be in writing, went something like this: "Dear Sirs, My son was a victim of the CATASTROPHIC earthquake that decimated an ENTIRE country. The building that housed Collin's birth certificate, if it existed to begin with, which I doubt, literally crumbled to the ground. Ergo, no bith certificate. Nada. Zilch. Zip." Okay, I may have edited it to sound less like a whiny teenager and more like a grown up before I sent it. But that's what I wanted to say. Stay tuned, I don't think our merry-go-round ride is quite over yet...