In 25 minutes we were able to complete all of Davis's paperwork for a passport, social security card, and certificate of birth abroad -- less time than I typically spend renewing my driver's license at the DMV. How is that possible?
Our trip to Edinburgh was a great success. The car we got this time was a roomy Vauxhall wagon with a third row of seats that could be collapsed to create a large trunk perfect for our double buggy. We were able to find the Embassy with no trouble and ample parking was available. It was so refreshing to walk up to a building flying Old Glory outside. After we took care of Davis's US documents, we drove through Holyrood, which is the residence of the Queen when she stays in Scotland (except for the time she spends up by us at Balmoral Castle, of course). We didn't visit the residence itself. Instead we drove through the property which is like the Highlands in miniature right in the middle of the city. It's rugged and beautiful and Trey was dying to climb the mountain. Hopefully he'll get a chance when we return to the capitol in July.
Our last order of business was a quick trip to the National Library of Scotland where Trey needed to consult letters for his research. Once he was done perusing the manuscripts, we found a great playground nearby so Addison could get out a little and swing on the swings. The boys did amazingly well considering the 6 hours of driving to and from Edinburgh and then all the driving we did in the city. I'm always pleasantly surprised by their travelling resilience.
In 6 weeks' time, Davis will receive his passport, and then we will start the process to secure his visa.