Flying, settling in, etc.

So the beginning of our flight went okay. The kids went to sleep and it was smooth sailing for the first probably 15 hours, I’d say. They slept, ate, went on “walks”, and we’re doing alright. Once we were landing in Tokyo, all hell broke loose pretty much. They were mad, hungry, tired, and annoyed they couldn’t play in the airport. Aubrey sat down and did some sticker art for a while but was very upset because Oliver was being a tiny monster and going all Godzilla on her art project.

Once we got to Tokyo we had to go through security again which is so hard with two kids and TONS of stuff. We are SERIOUSLY downsizing. I can’t ever imagine bringing this much stuff ever again. I had a hard time parting with things but now I am saying oh well, goodbye because no. The Tokyo airport was beautiful and I am truly heartbroken that we had NO time there and that the time we did have was spent (honestly) being upset. I did manage to grab one trinket which I’ll share a picture with you guys, below…

From Tokyo to Manila was awful. Aubrey was so nasty to the flight attendants *we had a car seat argument – Aubrey and I* to the point where I had started crying because I was just embarrassed and exhausted. The language barrier was also very difficult to deal with because they were telling us we couldn’t have a car seat on both aisle seats (myself in the middle) because it was a safety risk and I was trying to tell them we couldn’t have them side by side because then we can’t buckle them. Aubrey ended up getting her wish and not sitting in her car seat since we just couldn’t make it work which made me more irritated. The flight attendants were all so sweet even though Aubrey was a super evil diva.

While we were on the second plane, we did get to eat. It was like falafel? with rice and broccoli and a roll. I only ate the rice, broccoli and roll because I’m a chicken…haha. Joey and I both ate that. The first flight they gave us a pasta dish to share which was actually good and even came vegan butter which like what!? Otherwise we mostly ate snacks I had packed, which I did a pretty great job because 1 and a half small meals over the course of 22? hours is kind of sucky.

Oliver was very upset most of our 4 hour flight from Tokyo to Manila. He was tired, wanted milk, and was done sitting. Thankfully, they ate from their lunch boxes and then we all fell asleep for two hours.  During the time we were on this flight, they were giving out yellow cards that people were filling out but when they asked Joey, I guess he wasn’t sure if we needed them so he said, no thank you. Turns out we needed them and had to fill them out *bags in hand with wild running children* as soon as we landed in Manila. We also had to fill out more cards and get our passport stamped before we could get our bags and leave. They already had our bags on a cart for us by the time we got downstairs and we were able to get a Taxi pretty quickly! No problems loading up, no problems with the car seats, etc. It was great.

I was anxious about getting into our Airbnb. The man and his wife(?) met us here and helped us with our bags, brought us up, showed us around, gave us some tips, etc and then left. We proceeded to unpack some stuff and try to relax. I pretty much brought Oliver right to bed and he slept pretty well! From midnight(ish) to 3:30AM and then from 4:30AM to 7:30AM. I spent the hour he was up unpacking some more while he played. Aubrey had a hard time I guess, Joey was up with her while Oliver and I slept, but he got her to sleep after a little while.

Today was rough. It started out pretty well, we went to Starbucks right across the street got some coffee and then ran into a 7/11 to get water because tap water is not drinkable here. Not even to brush your teeth!! The kids were great for that. Both in good moods, both ready to explore, totally fine. Once the afternoon came though it got hard. Mostly emotional for Aubrey and I. Both of us tired and grumpy. It takes a toll on both of us because we tend to butt heads quite a bit. We are going through some rough things with my attitude and hers severely clashing and I am honestly not sure how to fix it but I am going to take the opportunity that I have right now with Joey being available during the day to try and work on it. Oliver was being a bully (also tired.) Aubrey kept him from his nap (singing obnoxiously loud and refusing to quit) and they really needed to get outside and play but it was rainy all afternoon.

We made the best of the day and went out and walked around anyways. Thankfully after a while Oliver finally got tired enough to sleep and has been out since. Since Oliver had gone to bed, I took Aubrey to play at the playground then back up to change and back down to go into the pool. She was exhausted and threw a huge fit about wanting to be worn in her Tula while we ran to the grocery store downstairs but Joey’s back has been hurting from carrying everything so we told her we could’t do it since Oliver was asleep on my back. Thankfully we were able to calm her down after she screamed for probably 15 minutes and were able to run to the grocery store to grab a couple things *during this time she fell asleep.*

Now both babies are asleep, we ordered and ate a pizza and are now getting ready to sleep. I am exhausted. I am emotionally and physically drained and ready for some serious sleep.

Tomorrow we are hoping to explore more and also hit a grocery store that is more “american.” See if we can find some more things to eat. Especially for Aubrey since she has been going through a picky phase…







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