I got an email yesterday from the NVC -- my Visa application has been pre-approved and I've been scheduled for my interview in Montreal on December 13th! *jumping for joy*
What a relief. I finally have an actual DATE to look forward to -- and the best thing of all, is that we'll be in Chicago for Christmas :) -- assuming I pass the interview, that is.
I've been here in Mississauga for a week now, and the adjustment has been challenging. I don't have a car, so I don't have as much freedom to go out whenever/wherever I want. The up side to this is that I've been walking a lot more (pushing Xander in a stroller) and getting some much needed exercise -- we've walked to and from the mall a couple times (my sister's condo is a little over a kilometre from Square One Mall), and we've even walked to the grocery store a couple times.
The down side is that the weather is getting pretty cold, so we have to dress appropriately.
|Double-decker firetruck stroller?! Heck yes.|
The boys are still not always getting along. I just don't even know what to do about it anymore. I feel like I'm always giving Xander heck, even when he's not at fault -- poor guy isn't even 2 and a half, and he probably just doesn't know any better - plus he's adjusting to having another kid in his face 24/7 (literally, in.. his.. face), which must be tough.
I don't know if I'm just over-aware, but I feel like I'm always the first one to jump in and mediate the battles between them -- I feel like the bad guy, but someone has to do it.
*Sigh* It's stressful to say the least, and sometimes I wonder if coming here was a big mistake. Being here has caused chaos in my sister's family routine, and the squabbling-boys situation doesn't seem like it's going to get better. In fact, I'm already seeing a change in Xander that I can't say I'm particularly happy with. He's become a very different boy since we've been here - he gets angry and frustrated very easily, which is very uncharacteristic of him. We'll see if time changes things, or just makes it worse.
|In his 'spot' (i.e. sitting on my luggage)|
|At the library|
Something to look forward to
Brian will be here tomorrow, to visit for the weekend :) Oh, how I can't wait to reunite with him. He's only here for 3 days, but I'll take whatever I can get, lol. I'll be sure to post something later on, all about his visit!
Lastly, a big WOO-HOO to President Obama for his re-election! I was super nervous watching the election coverage, and I'm so glad he got the win. Feeling much better about moving to the US, that's for sure!