The first day was a lot of traveling and waiting in airports. They had some Legos to play with which kept them a little occupied.
On plane two of the day. They got new earphones and stayed awake for almost the whole plane ride from Seattle to London because they got to watch movies and cartoons!
We landed in London at Heathrow and had a 12 or 13 hour layover there :(. Since our flight wasn't a connecting flight we couldn't check in until two hours before our scheduled departure time. We were thinking of taking the metro into London and doing a bus tour, but with all of our luggage and being super jet lagged we decided against that. We thought that we'd hang out in the airport the whole time. The only bad part was that since we couldn't check in yet we had to stay on the perimeter of the airport. Luckily, they had a place to sit and some good restaurant options.
We finally left for Prague and stayed at a hotel near the airport. The next day the Stone family came and picked us up to head to Krumlov. We mostly just hung out at the Stone's house. We didn't want to stress ourselves out with a lot of traveling, which worked out perfect. Plus, it was nice to just hang out with friends.
|At a manmade lake in CZ|
|Exploring the woods by the house|
|Making hot dogs for lunch|
|Enjoying a movie with the kiddos|
|At the mirror maze in town|
|Climbing at the playground in town.|
After trick or treating we went to a restaurant in town and had an Italian dinner!
The weather was great and we had a bbq. Z and Nathan were very into building.
|This is my buddy Tiger|
|We went to the Tea House and he slept the whole time|
|Enjoying some tea at the tea hosue|
|Playing at M & Z's school|
|Little Red Riding Hood|
|Z trying to get Tiger|
I then took a bus, the metro, and a plane all by myself to meet Christopher in Paris! I was very proud of myself (and I wasn't too stressed out!). The boys stayed with Crystal and Sam and it was our first time both being away from them for more than a day.
|This view was a block from where we stayed|
|We went on a bike tour of Paris & stopped here to take some pictures|
|Julia Child used to shop at this kitchen shop|
|Celebrating Martinmas at the kids' school|
|Heading by to Prague|
We had an overnight layover in London, so we decided that this time we would check out the city. We were staying in a hotel that was close to the airport. There was a free bus to and from the airport where we got on the metro into the city. Once there we got on one of those hop on and off buses to get a tour. It was a little bit rainy, in the evening, and the boys were whiny so we just stayed on the bus. Our tour guide was really unenthusiastic and then Christopher started asking him questions and the guy opened up about there being a death in his family. Well, just having someone to talk to was all this poor guy needed & wanted. He perked up, started giving a really good tour (probably better than he does even when not sad). At the end it was like him and Christopher were good pals! Some people that were on our tour commented how it was the best tour they've had of London. After the tour we went to a restaurant the tour guide recommended. It was good food, but it was more like a bar and there were so many people and loud music so we had to scream at each other to talk.
We left London and had a layover in Chicago. Christopher's brother Mike met us there and we went out to lunch. Then we got on a five hour flight home! Luckily for me, the ice storm that was in Portland the day before we landed left and the weather was just cold, which made for an easy flight and landing!