Friday, July 17, 2009

We made it to Seoul!

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Yes, we are here and boy are we tired!!!

After getting less than 3 hours of sleep Wednesday night, rushing around like crazy to get everything done, driving 4 hours to L.A. , a seemingly never-ending midnight flight and a bit of confusion at the airport in Seoul... we arrived at our hotel here early this Saturday morning! Yes! Somebody pinch me- we are HERE!!!

After this flight, we realized why people pay thousands of dollars more to fly first class. Being 6' 4'' Randy was not able to move the entire flight and I got to be the lucky one to sit next to the one boy who had to get up a minimum of 10 times to use the bathroom, climbing over myself and a stranger in the process. And during the entire 13 hour flight, I think he slept a total of an hour and a half. Seriously we have no idea how we are going to manage coming back home while adding a grieving baby to the mix! Let's just not think about that right now! Moving on...

It started out as a breezy, overcast day with a bit of humidity in the air. We were so very thankful that the Somerset Hotel where we are staying had our room available so we could check in and go up to our room right away this morning. It is a gorgeous hotel, complete with all the amenities. The boys can't wait to try out the gym, pool and hot-tubs! The room is a suite and is just perfect for our family- I highly recommend it if you are ever in Seoul! :-)

The view from our room
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So we unpacked, showered and resisted the temptation to just crawl into bed for the day and went down around 9:00 for breakfast. Breakfast was a smorgasbord of all different foods, from pancakes and french toast, to tater tots and macaroni salad, fried rice and even spaghetti with meat sauce or Kimchi if you so pleased!

After breakfast we headed out to explore a little. We knew that the best way to get over the jet lag is to just do everything on Korean time, even if we don't feel like it. That means eat when they eat and sleep when they sleep. So, we headed down the street from our hotel with not very much of a plan in mind- and ended up at the National Folk Museum and Children's museum near Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was interesting and beautiful, but our bodies were already starting to feel like it was 10pm instead of 10am!

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We trudged around a little bit more and looked for the subway. We wanted to be sure we know exactly where it is and how to use it, so we don't have any problems when we go to our meeting with Elliana on Monday! By the time we got close- it was POURING RAIN! Wow- it just came down really hard and of course we didn't have umbrellas or ponchos, so we raced back to the hotel and got there a bit soaked! So there ended our little outing- bummer! Note to self: next time pack multiple umbrellas... especially when coming in MONSOON SEASON!
Our time in Seoul has been an adventure already and of course the boys thought that running in the pouring rain was the best part yet!

Well, it was probably for the best anyway since we came back and put on dry clothes and have a chance to rest. Now I am sitting in bed typing this while Randy naps and I think the boys may have fallen asleep while watching a movie. :-)

As I sit here looking out the window onto this amazing city, I can't help but think of our baby girl. She is here in this same city- we are no longer thousands of miles apart. And in less than 48 hours, both of our lives will be changed forever. We will meet face to face- mother and daughter- for the first time, something I've dreamed about for a long time. I can't wait to see Randy loving on his baby girl and the boys finally meeting the "Little Sister" that we have been praying about for 5 years! I am so so glad that God made it possible for us to be here as a family- it is a wonderful feeling to know that we are all here together and will become a family of 6 here in Seoul, South Korea!

There is so much that is on my mind right now, but the lack of sleep seems to be getting to me as well, so I am going to sign off. But of course I won't leave you without pictures!

All ready to get on that plane. Korea here we come!
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At the beginning of our little outing. See the dry clothes?
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Jensen took this one of Randy and I. He did a great job!
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Being really silly with the statues!
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What a crack-up!
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Oh look there's one with me in it!
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Goofball at the children's museum.
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Some beautiful displays at the museum.

A traditional Korean wedding with a beautiful bride
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A baby's 1st Birthday is a huge deal in Korea. This little one is dressed in her hanbok at her Tol ceremony
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Nice and wet!
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One more of the palace
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Who knows what we will end up doing now. It is only 2:00 in the afternoon, so if the weather clears up we may walk over to Insadong and shop a little or ride the subway to Namdaemun and browse the markets and eat an early dinner. Either way, we might end up going to bed for good at 6:00pm! Tomorrow, we plan to ride the bus around the city for a tour, stopping along the way when it's something that we want to see. Then early to bed again, so we will be well rested for our meeting with Elliana and her foster mother!

Thank you so much for praying- we love you all! Check back tomorrow for the next update!

Candice, Randy and Boys

P.S. I am uploading most of my pictures to my Flickr account. I will share some everyday, but definitely can't post all of them to this site, but if you want to see more just click on any image and it will take you to the Korea album!

13 comments:

A Hope Found said...

Yay! You made it there safe...and without any major problems, except maybe some sore knees and stiff necks! We have been praying for you all day and hoped we would hear some news before we went to bed tonight. It looks like the boys are in rare form and ready to explore some more of the land. Hope you're able to get good rest. We love you and look forward to hearing more about your adventure tomorrow.

the howard family

Ally said...

I am so glad to see you have made it! What a wonderful journey you all have before you. I will be keeping you in my prayers. Looking forward to seeing pictures from Gotcha Day!

Big House Creations said...

So glad you made it there safely! The part about you now being in the same city as your little girl touched me. I can't wait to see her in your arms forever.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! You boys are extremely fortunate...you won't fully realize how fantastic this opportunity is until you are much older! How wonderful you were able to take them and that Seoul is a beautiful place to visit. Praying for your jet lag and that you buy ponchos!! Looking forward to next post...praying every minute.
Love, Grandma

Rhea Anne said...

YAY!!!! So glad you made it safe. Love all the beautiful pictures. The one with the headless son...funny!!! Have a great trip and can't wait to see pics of Eliana. Rhea Anne

Pamela B. said...

So excited to read this update!! This pics with the statues are HYSTERICAL!!! The city bus tour will be crowded on the week-end...if you can do it after your meeting Monday or on Tuesday you'll probably enjoy it more...it takes twice as long to get to each of the stops on the week-end. Praying for sunny skies for your time in Seoul!! Can't wait for the next update!! ~Pamela (Pamelabous, Holt BB)

Kim said...

Glad to hear you're in Korea safe and sound! Can't wait for pics of Elliana and your family! Have a wonderful time! I so wish I could be back there again!

CJ said...

So glad you made it safe and sound. Are you staying at the Somerset? The view from your room looks just like the view from our room when we traveled. If so they have umbrellas.....If you don't have one in your room ask at the front desk. We used that umbrella a lot during our trip last summer.

I am so excited for you!!!! Your boys are precious!!! They will never forget this very special trip!! Can't wait for your next update.

nates5bs said...

Yippee! So happy you are there--finally! Love the pic of headless N and of course, the pic of you, C is beautiful. A keeper, for sure. So excited for you!
-B

Our Family said...

Yay! So excited that you are finally there. Love the pictures and cannot wait to see more. :)

Carla

Dave and Beth said...

We are so excited for you!!! Great pics!! Your finally in Seoul to get your Elliana!!!! Happy tears!! Can't wait to see you there! Hope you all had a wonderful day & rest well this evening! Many blessings!!

Tina said...

Wow this is so amazing. I have been praying for you forever it seems and now the day has finally arrived. God bless you tomarrow as you meet your daughter face to face. Can't wait to see her with your family forever!

JoJo said...

How wonderful that you all traveled to Korea. I LOVE the statue pics...so fun!

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