We got off the plane and were welcomed to the good ol US of A by Mr. Obama. It seriously felt like I needed to get out our world map and mark America off of our list, it felt like we were coming for the first time.
While the two big boys were both born on the mainland US (Peyton-Texas, Conner-Colorado). We moved to Maui when Peyton was just 2 years old and Conner 8 months. So they have never really lived here, and have no memories of the time they did. (Trek was our only Maui baby:) All they know are the beaches of Maui and living overseas. While Maui is still America, it seems like a world away and actually is, and feels very much like a foreign country when you are there. So to be here in Colorado in the heart of America with Targets, and parks, and cities, and diversity is a real treat for all of us.
I am so excited for the time we have here!
We spent the last day in Bangkok at a giant play place in the mall. Our plane did not leave until 11 pm, so we had all day. I wanted the boys to have fun and get to move around since they had 32 hours of plane travel ahead of them. We found the perfect place, and spent almost 8 hours playing at the play place.
It was pretty freakin awesome. It had pretty usual activities, as most family fun centers, and very well kept. It was very diverse with a shopping center/food making lane, jumpy castle, long running blow up course, 2 playgrounds and an activity center. It was really nice to spend all day there. The boys wandered or ran to each activity at their own pace. When they got tired from jumping they would go play with the blocks. Basically I wanted to move into the play place. Peyton and I wondered if they would notice.
We were basically the only ones there all day which was kind of nice. You have to take out a small loan to go here. It is just in the mall, but holy cow expensive. Most Thailand mall play places are $2-$4, this one was $10. The parent cost $3 to get in and then we each had to pay $1 for socks. After I got over my panic attack of spending $30, I mean seriously, its not Disneyland, I forked over my money and we ran in. It was so worth it. You could leave anytime you want and come back, so we just stayed all day, leaving a few times for food and to walk around the mall.
I have to warn you. I was once a world class gymnast and am about to wow you with some amazing flips on this jumpy thing. Peyton caught it on film.
Ok, not really. For those of you who know me in person, you rolled your eyes as soon as you saw gymnast, I am the farthest thing from it. But man was that thing fun and I made the boys laugh at my simple somersault attempts.
I bought a book before we went in, thinking I would spend a lot of time in the parent area relaxing and reading it while they played. I got in a few chapters, but kept being pulled away by my mini chefs.
There was some serious cooking going on that day. Since it was only us and couple other children, the food areas stayed spotless and totally organized. The boys LOVED this part of the place. They spent over half of their time cooking sushi, cake, and burgers for their hungry mama. I love me some plastic salmon rolls.
We talked about Trek a lot while we were there. His absence was felt extra that day. There was so much fun to be had for a 2 year old. He would have loved it and could have been totally free with no rules, a dream place for a little toddler. We wanted him there so badly.
The outfits were too much for me, seriously, I was dying from the cuteness. They did not even dare create a dish in the wrong outfit, it was serious work, with money, and chef like focus. I had so much fun watching them here, and was reminded how important toys are to development, we have missed that on our travels.
We took a break in the middle of the day for lunch. We of course got Thai food, our last day! (enter pretend crying for real sadness) We will miss it and made sure to order all our favorite foods.
Conner has lived off of Thai omelets for the past year, thankfully I learned to make them, so I can help him out if he gets a craving:)
I savored every delicious bite of my Pad Thai
We left the mall at 6:30 pm and headed to the hotel. We packed up and loaded up into the shuttle van. We left Bangkok. I was happy and in the moment, the boys were beyond excited to see America again, it felt like a new adventure.
snapping one last photo of us in Thailand on Jarrett’s phone
The Bangkok to Tokyo flight was flawless. We all slept and were happy. We got into Tokyo and walked around the terminal trying to decide what to do for the next 8 hours of our layover (and celebrated our anniversary! Happy 9 years to my super BFF who I get to spend the rest of my life with-i love you Jarrett). We found an empty waiting area and the boys played for a couple of hours, while Jarrett and I read and took turns nodding off.
I had read about Day Rooms at the Tokyo airport where you could sleep and shower. They are uh-mazing! For a room for a family it was $20 for the first hour and $10 every hour after that, we planned on getting 2 hours, but were sleeping so good, I called an extended it for 2 more hours. Plus we all needed showers since it was going to be over 40 hours of travel time. Waaaay too long to go without one.
there were no windows, so it was pitch black, perfect for sleeping during the day
And then we were off to America!
We got in last night met by Papa T and Nana, it was a breath of fresh air to see them and be somewhere familiar. We all slept like big babies last night. We got up this morning and the boys and we headed out to some of our favorite American places, Chickfila and Target.
I tried to dress the boys more appropriately for a nice city, but his is how it ended up. Maybe another day, or in 5 years-haha! Conner even has his Nerf gun bullets in his pants, oh my, at least I had a body guard.
oh yeah! Chick-fil-a baby
They are quite too big for the cart-haha, but they insisted. I told them I used to wish they would sit in the cart so nicely when they were toddlers, back then they never wanted to:)
wishing you a beautiful day and I might see some of you around Denver, especially if you are at Target, Chick fil a, or a Starbucks:)