We got passports.
For the whole family.
Big Daddy and I have been talking about it for a while. His was about to expire, and we discovered that mine had expired, but was still barely within the time to renew without having to start from scratch. That, coupled with a soon-to-be proximity to our neighbors in the Great White North, pushed us to Just Do It.
So we filled out all the forms online, rustled up the required documents, had two sets of pictures taken, and wrote out a half-dozen checks.
In about 3 weeks we should have our passports back, and we'll be ready for travel!
We didn't HAVE to get them just because we'll be 20 miles from the Canadian border. We could have secured passport cards and called it good. But we like to be prepared. And coupled with Big Daddy's rather rash pronouncement that should I keep my job for another 2 years, we WILL go on a fabulous foreign trip after graduation - well, what can a girl do? The siren song of Europe is playing, and I rather enjoy considering the possibility that 2 years from now we could be basking in the glow of the Sistine Chapel and filling our bellies with all the gelato we care to eat. Have you had pizza in Italy? It is an unparalleled gastronomic experience.
The Amalfi Coast. Can't you smell the briny sea?