Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ready to Travel!

When I was searching around about free bus day, I came upon National Passport Day news on the local county clerk's website. We've been meaning to get passports for quite a while now, and have just never made the time to all go together. For Lilli to get a passport, we have to both be there, and with government hours it's just not easy for us to get it all together at the same time. So having everything open and supposedly ready for people on Saturday it was really supposed to be an easier time for us to finally cross this off our list, too. Of course like most everything government run, the entire thing was a mess when we got there around 10:30 Saturday morning.We filled all the paperwork online and had everything together, so two separate ladies in the paperwork room just sent us straight across the hall to the photograph line - which was ridiculously long, even though there weren't a ton of people there. The hangup seemed to be the printing of pictures and how long that took. There truly was only one guy there who really understood the process, and while we were waiting in the picture line and he came and got all our paperwork straightened out and didn't seem too pleased we'd been sent to the line without having someone check our papers! I think we waited in that line about 45 minutes. Thank goodness for Iphones and apps!
They pulled you back in groups of ten for pictures, so when we finally got pulled back we were the first three in line, and Lilli was first to have her picture made. This will be her passport photo for years to come:
I'm thinking she's going to regret that one! Of course when I was having my picture made she was feeling a LOT more photogenic. Figures!!!
Once we had the pictures processed the check out line was incredibly short, so in hindsight the whole thing would have been very fast if we just went to Walgreens for the pictures instead. Oh well, I'm just glad to have it crossed off our to-do list. We don't have a definite travel plan, but we have been thinking about a Disney cruise, and since travel laws are so strict now we just really need passports to be able to jump on any last minute deals.

At least I was excited to cross this off our list.
From there we ended up at Hot Diggity Dog for lunch. The place was packed, and they have some nice outdoor picnic tables for eating. We're big fans of I Dream of Weenie and also Cori's Dog House , and this place is still really a #3 for us. They have a great menu with lots of good combos, but their hot dogs were really a little small and dry, and they don't have any kind of kids menu. I loved all the toppings on them (I had a Nashville dog with slaw, pickles and the works - the other one is a Texas Chili Dog) but really it was just a bit dry. And our total for the three of us to eat hot dogs was $17 - pretty ridiculous considering how cheap hot dogs are.
Lilli was pretty happy about the hot dog gummy candy they gave us. And the staff there was very nice.
She's all about making grouchy face these days.
We decided to let her skip afternoon nap and she helped me work in the yard all afternoon. We got my garden all cleaned out from the winter weeds and ready for springtime. In doing so I ousted several earthworms that she was MORE than happy to adopt.
It did not take long for two worms to end up being five worm (pieces). And then for her to wonder why her worms wouldn't wake up.
It's going to be a fun summer!


  1. I don't think she will regret it! She is so beautiful! We need passports too, I am dreading it even more now!

  2. It was an amazing adventure, it was my dream to be in an American musical... I really hope you are going to love what you are going to see. Flights to Lilongwe