Our trip to Thailand was quickly coming to an end and we were all both happy and sad about it. We were excited to get home, sleep in our own bed, and get back to Oki weather (never thought I would say that), but sad to leave this restful and relaxing paradise! We had a 24 hour layover in Seoul to get through, but we all LOVE Seoul, so that was exciting! Originally our flight left at 1 am and the airport was about an hour away from the hotel. The concierge suggested that we leave an hour early and they arranged for a shuttle. Unfortunately this is where things take a turn for the worst. We had the boys go to bed around 7 and then woke them up just before 10 in order to catch the shuttle. Both boys transferred great and got into the airport with no tantrums or outbursts. When we arrived after a mere 20 minutes we realized that we were 2 hours and 40 minutes early for the flight in a packed airport with two very tired little boys. Oh well...roll with the punches! However, our fight was delayed until 2:45! So now we were 4 hours and 30 minutes early for our flight!! Ahhh!! We checked in, went through immigration, and found a few seats we could lay the boys down. Parker was wide awake at this point and Dominik was passed out on the very "clean" Phuket airport seats. The airport was packed full with Chinese people awaiting their flight, so needless to say if we even got up from our seat for a second we would loose it...even if we put something down to "save" it...it would just get pushed aside and the seat would be taken. I was so ready to be back in Japan at this point! The flight finally took off around 2:45 and we were on our way. The boys were still being little champs and were totally passed out on the plane.
We landed in Seoul and the boys were perked up and ready to play. We couldn't check into our hotel until 3 so we decided to head out and explore. Our first stop was to Costco for some good ol' American lunch. We indulged in a hotdog, pizza, and a smoothie (green grape and apple smoothie). Then we headed over to the Temple which was closed for maintenance (we have the worst luck). The temple grounds were beautiful, as was the temple. I love being able to find little sanctuaries within the hustling and bustling busy cities we have been exploring. Despite being thousands of miles from home, every time I enter the temple grounds I always feel like I'm home!
With the boys being completely exhausted (and still in their jammmies) we decided that a quick meal at our hotel and then an early bedtime was just in order. The boys were better than we could have ever asked for but we didn't want to push our luck. Despite the most delicious Korean BBQ being right at our doorstep we opted to be good parents and eat at the sub-par restaurant on the bottom floor of the hotel. I love my little family and I can think of no better way to end a great vacation than to just spend time with them! Off to Okinawa we went and back home to real life!!