The day we left, Hugo and I went to the Post Office in our town to mail four boxes to Japan.
Here's the grand total. Not too bad...
Ten bags all ready to go!
Cute, hip limo driver. Keep both hands on the wheel, dude.
We stayed over in the Airport hotel the night before our 6am flight to SFO. ...
Our boys popped out of bed no problem! The first of many pleasant surprises of the day. These guys were amazing travelers. Here we are getting ready to check in at the Gold check-in line .
Check in was smooth; it felt great to unload those 10 bags! We had ample time to inspect the must-see display of irons in the airport. (Kurt, you would love this.)
The plane to SFO, watching Shrek, Forever After. Let's see if Darrin can finish that book this year.
When you take boys on their third plane trip of their life, even small things seem exciting. After discovering these fold-down trays, Max showed me how you can press a button on the armrest to turn on--wait for it--a LIGHT over head!
Watching movies on the individual screens. Max and Hugo saw Ratatouille, Iron Man, and Clash of the Titans. Alek watched Ratatouille three times. All the boys enjoyed using the music stations. Alek informed his brothers that "CHANNEL 19 HAS OPERA!" but eventually settled on chamber music (!)
These exhausted boys turned into puddles any time we stopped moving in the airport. Here is Alek, as I arrange the baggage delivery service.
Don't be fooled by this smile in the shuttle from the airport to our Kyoto hotel. Minutes later, Alek was zonked on Dad's lap and Max finally started whining. But, I couldn't really blame him....75 minutes was a long ride.