And we mentioned a road bump - namely, our visa application. Bernadette, Maria and Kelly have all their ducks in a row for the visa. Richard's chest x-ray had an "anomaly". Our doctor believes it's just a nerve ending, but it has to be checked by a specialist before he can sign off on it. The specialist had no openings until almost February. We think that should still leave enough time for visa processing, etc... but in reality, we have no idea how long it does or may take.
And lastly, in what is almost a Christmas miracle, our classically aloof cat, Splat, was invited to move into a new home (much thanks, Karen) AND our now feline-free home has been promised to Theresa and Matt, who will wed on May 22 and begin domestic bliss in our house on the 24th. Cats, house, furniture - 3 headaches all nicely checked off our list!