At 2:00am last week on a Wednesday, our little family of three, left the States for Seoul, South Korea.
We drove for 45 minutes to the airport, boarded a couple hours later, and flew on a 2.5 hour flight to Dallas, Texas.
Ava did pretty well and enjoyed being entertained by the stewardesses. You can’t see them in the picture below but they were having fun watching her walk the back aisle and then collapse on the floor for a couple minutes before getting back up again and waving at everyone. 😉
Once we arrived at the Dallas Airport, we had a few hours to kill before our last (16 or so hour-long) flight to Korea. My husband took us to the USO, which was the best decision of our day. 🙂 We were warmly greeted and our 20-month old was given a little kitty beanie baby, which she was thrilled about. They had all sorts of drinks and snacks, a playroom for Ava, a little theater room, small library selection, and a computer room, as well as free toiletry items in the bathrooms and free diapers and wipes!
This was the setup for the last flight, which I boarded early to set up Ava’s carseat and get everything situated. It was right next to the bathrooms which is a good and bad thing. Good to be close for when you need it, but bad when you need to sleep and everyone else needs to use it. It tends to be louder near the bathrooms (those things are loud when they flush! haha).
Thankfully the seats had movie screens and a great selection of movies. The flight was exhausting and sometimes felt like it would never end, but honestly, Ava did very well all things considered. I used some Plant Therapy “Calming the Child” essential oil on her and it was a big help. She slept twice on the plane for a few hours each time–praise the Lord! The second time she woke up, she was so groggy, that she just quietly sat in her carseat, hugging her Hello Kitty blanket and watching 3 or 4 episodes of her favorite Disney show–Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. 😉 Towards the last couple hours of the flight, I ended up injecting myself with all the coffee I could find. Haha!
Once we landed and went through customs, we got to the far corner of the airport where our bus was to be and realized we had missed it by 5 or 10 minutes, which meant we had to wait for 2 more hours. We boarded the bus finally and I honestly don’t remember how long the ride was because I dozed off and on for the whole trip. It was at least an hour I think? We made it to Dragon Hill Lodge and got set up for the night after my husband had to attend a couple meetings, but I remember feeling a huge sense of relief that night, laying in the most comfortable hotel bed in the world (or so it felt after a 20+ hour travel day!) and thanking God that we made it safely to the country that held the next big adventure for our family. PCSing (with a toddler) is never easy, especially when moving to another country, but it’s worth it! Can’t wait to share our adventures with you all in the near future!