Hey Beth Anne,
We actually leave... tomorrow! I should be packing (I'm nothing if not a procrastinator!
) but I think I'm in still shock over everything I need to do by tomorrow morning. I'm just sort of sitting here, staring at the computer, and sneaking left-over Smarties from my kid's Valentine stash. I know I need to get to my act in gear because those bags aren't going to pack themselves...
We're going back and forth on the waiver. I've heard it only saves you 2 weeks... and if that's the case, then we'll probably wait the whole 2 months. Sandwich is going with me on the second trip, too, and I'm not sure if they'll grant her the waiver. Plus, it's easier for us to go ahead and book my husband's vacation for a definite date (2 months from now) instead of waiting until the last minute. However, if the waivers start coming back quickly and save us a month then I might consider it. I'm sure that the moment I see Naveen I'll be calling home and begging my husband to just let me stay until I can bring him home.
Regarding the iPad and such... I'm pretty technologically challenged, too. The iPad was bought solely for our oldest son to use a communication device, but we sort of all claimed it for ourselves. It's not 3G, so I'm not even sure if it'll work in India. Gosh, I never thought of that. I had to buy a video camera yesterday (we don't have a smartphone either... flip phone all the way, baby!) and the lady said, "Do you have a SD card" and I had no idea what she was talking about. That's why Sandwich is going with me... 'cuz she's smart!
Hopefully I'll be able to blog while we're gone and give the scoop. We'll see in a few days how that works out.