Topic: BIG changes afoot !!
I see that Dec 17th was the last time I posted anything on here so I guess I'll have to do some summarising to bring everyone (if anyone reads this) up to speed.
This past month since I posted has seen a lot of things take shape on many different fronts. Our visa application is at its final stage, our wedding date and venue are all set, my days at IBM are numbered. Basically.... everything is changing and luckily, its all for the better.
Anyways... on with the summary !!
A few days after my last post I flew out to spend Christmas and New years with Debs, Bekah and their family. Christmas day was spent at Debs' folks where we met up with her sister Sonja. brother in law Jimmy and their kids Maggie and Noah. It was really nice to spend christmas together and interesting to experience what Christmas is like stateside. The main difference I found was the food. No turkey but baked ham with lots of side dishes to tuck into.
New years was quite a quiet affair which was all we really wanted. Just being able to see in the new year together meant we really were'nt looking for a big party or anything. We had high hopes for 2005 and it got off to great start when on Jan 6th we received notification that our visa application was leaving the USA and was on its way to the US embassy in London.
By Jan 15th I'd been contacted by the Embassy with some more forms to fill out and by jan 31st I'd been issued my interview date !! Feb 24th is hopefully the day when I'll get the final nod and rubber stamp in my passport to say that I've been issued my K-1 Fiance visa. I'm not anticipating any problems at the embassy stage at all so on Feb 1st I handed in my notice at work. My last shift for OAO technologies at IBM Greenford is Feb 27th and my employment with them officially stops on March 2nd. All things going to plan I'll be leaving the UK on march 11th to start my new life in the USA with my future wife and step daughter.
Once I got my interview date through, Debs went ahead and reserved a date for our wedding at one of the venues we'd looked at over the summer. It was great to finally have a date to work towards (April 29th)and we're really happy that we were able to beg borrow and steal the money we needed to hold the wedding and reception at the beautiful Larimore plantation house just outside St. Louis (Larimore House). Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and we'll be able to have an outdoor service.
More exciting news came earlier this month when Debs booked tickets for a flying visit to London. American airlines were offering a stupidly cheap fare from St. Louis to London Heathrow so she'll be flying in late next Friday (Feb 18th) and flying back again lunchtime on Monday (Feb 21st). That weekend also happens to be my Grans 80th birthday so about 16 of us will be converging on a country hotel in Dorset for the weekend. It will be great for Debs to meet some more of the family and also a good opportunity for my Gran to meet debs again before our big day. Sadly my Gran doesn't feel up to travelling to the wedding in April so It's nice she'll get to see us both beforehand.
The final bit of news is that my sister finally started moving her stuff into her newly decorated flat today. She is on half term holiday all next week so will get all her appliances and bits and bobs moved in there this week. She's really excited to finally have her own place. I think mum and dad will find it strange to go from a full house for the last 3 years, to having both me and my sis off doing our own thing again. Luckily they had the same adjustments to make when we were both at university, the difference being brighton wasn't 3500 miles away !!
That I guess brings us pretty much up to date. Apologies for the huge gap in the posts. Things have been kinda hectic around here since I got back in the new year. Watch this space to find out how my interview goes.