Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Little Late Night Perspective

Okay, I've done it again..... after meeting Miles yesterday we came back to the hotel and while Dustin uploaded all of the pictures and videos, I fell asleep with all of my clothes on - around 6:30 p.m. I guess yesterday just wiped me out. It is almost midnight here now and I decided to get up for a bit in hopes of sleeping in. This was also the first chance I got to see the video of Miles since I was out like a light by the time he finished them.

Yesterday morning we got up and had an amazing breakfast at our hotel restaurant. After that we headed to Seoul Tower in Namsam park. I knew that the trek was uphill, but I didn't realize that it was REALLY uphill. I've never climbed so many stairs in my entire life. This is me when I felt like I couldn't go anymore - only to find out later that we were about 1/20 of the way up the entirety of the stairs! However, getting to the top was well worth it. Once there we saw the wall of love notes that I've read about. People lock their love notes to each up there, all along the wall. I surprised Dustin with our own little threesome of locks that had our names on them. Maybe some day when we come back, we'll be able to find them again.
Once at Seoul Tower we also went up to the observation deck and had a snack at their cafe, which was also fun and really interesting.
After that we walked around the city a bit until utter exhaustion set in. We then headed back to the hotel as we waited for a very important meeting. Dustin was so nervous - does anyone remember our wedding day?? - a very close comparison for nervousness coming from Dustin, except I don't think he actually threw up this time.
I wish I could write in this blog how meaningful and important and beautiful that one hour of my life was, but I would never do it justice. There is no way to describe meeting a person you have loved for so long for the the first time. If it is any indication how overcome we were, we really only took the photographs that you see below. You would think that we would have been shooting constantly, but I think that we were both so taken by the moment that the camera just got in our way. In fact, you'll notice that the only picture I took of Dustin and Miles is completely blurry....(I thought you'd like that Mark), so even my instincts were out of whack. What surprised me the most was that he was FAST and EVERYWHERE! At one point he was wrestling a stuffed Pooh that was bigger than him. His uncle Colling would have been so proud. :)
Afterwards we went to a street vendor for a little snack since we could finally think straight and realized we were famished. Our plans were to go back to the hotel, post pictures, and then go out to eat at this great restaurant we've heard about.....that was until I completely sabotaged our plans with my messed up sleep schedule.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) we are going to go shopping like crazy. I already told Dustin to wear his most comfortable tennis shoes because the plan is to hit up some of the local markets.
On Thursday we have a luncheon where they honor the families and then afterwards we get to see Miles again - and then take him back to the hotel from there. We are very excited and nervous all at the same time. Our first night together.......wow.


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It's a good thing you weren't practicing those naughty jet lag sleep patterns while we were in Europe. :)

When did you get those locks? So cool. I can't believe you made it up the hill. Was it worse than the SF hills? You needed a restorative nap and cookies.

We're getting really jazzed up here at home to meet Miles. Trip D and I had dinner together and talked of nothing else. We also picked up Sophia and did a little comparison. I think the 2T clothes are going to work! :)

Psyched about your shopping day. Do you think they have any red wine or cool t-shirts?

Still reeling over the sweet videos of New Miles. Thought about them all day and made my students watch. :)

Miss you guys. Enjoy yourselves tomorrow.

Alice said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Have been trying to send you comments but am technologically deficient. Jade is helping me now. We loved the pictures of all of you and especially beautiful Miles! Can't wait to see him in person. Alice

Tom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have been sitting her crying my eyes out! I am so happy for the two of you and I can't wait to meet Miles.


Ro said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Tiff, I look at the pictures of Miles and just cry. What a wonderful family you now have. Blessing and prayers


Katie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I cannot believe that you actually WALKED up to the top...we took the cable car like normal people! You must be pooped out - that's a LOT of stairs. I am so jealous that you knew about the love locks - I would have taken some up with us too if I would have known.

Get some rest and enjoy your day of shopping - you'll find some great stuff!

Katie M.

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I made some students (and Brett) watch too! I picked up some Panther gear for the little (or not so little) guy right after school. I will have to check on some bigger Cubs duds!

I think I have watched the videos a dozen times. I can't get over the fact that Sophia will be moving like that soon. Miles is like a preview for what is in store for us as well:)

I'm glad your trip is going smoothly. Enjoy every moment, it goes by quickly - even though it feels so long sometimes!

Can't wait to see the three of you!!