Waking up Christmas morning in Thailand was definitely different. But as long as the kiddos had gifts in their stockings, they didn’t seem to mind.
After scarfing down the cutest pancakes ever, we all got ready to head out on our final excursion. We took vans into town to Discover Catamaran for their day trip to Phi Phi Islands.At our first stop they unfurled this amazing blow-up water slide that went from the top deck into the ocean. The ride was epic!
We stopped again after lunch for some more snorkeling and the entire fam got in this time. Both of the boys loved being in the ocean and Everett was an expert snorkeler by now!
We docked just off the island and got to spend a little time walking around town. The kids bee-lined to the nearest ice cream stand. Go figure!
Back on board, we started our trek back to Phuket and got to watch the sunset from the upper deck. If you make your way to Thailand, put this day trip on your to-do list!
We had a few days left of our trip and we spent them hanging at the house by the pool and getting spa services. Not too shabby.
The adults even got to go out for dinner on our last night there. It was much needed and the food at The Cosmo was delish!
On our last day at the house, we were shown how to make a few Thai dishes and sides. My favorite was Pad See Ew, obviously.
Our flights home were a little crazy. We left Phuket at 11 p.m. and arrived in Shanghai around 5/6 a.m. Then we had a six hour layover (yeesh!), followed by a 12 hour flight to Chicago. We arrived in the CHI a little before 10 a.m., but then had the LONGEST WAIT EVER for our bags to finally show up. We finally got out of the airport around 1 p.m. and started our long (and very sleep deprived) drive home. All in all, Thailand should definitely be on your travel list. It was absolutely beautiful and we would go back in a heartbeat. Well, maybe after some much needed rest!
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I N S T A G R A MWe had quite the weekend, complete with the boys checking out @catholicyouthcamp, brunch at @tupelohoneycafe and rounded it out with Brookie’s dance recital.Ice cream with the cousins to celebrate Fitzie’s last day of school. Kindergarten, here he comes!It was Everett’s turn to take the field last night. ⚾️ I love watching this little lefty play!First and only joint Puppy Dog Relays for the Branstad boys 🐶🐾It’s baseball season and Fitz couldn’t be happier!God bless Everett Meyer ✝️ Especially after the great bell ring of 2022 🤦🏼♀️🐰🐰🐰🐰Yes Day was a success, and I am still tired. 🤪Just a pile of little boy sweetness. Trying to freeze time 😢
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