We Love you so much.
Monday, December 20, 2010
We Love you so much.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
So the waiting began and the yelling went in waves. It was pretty hilarious. One lady had a group of about 4 other ladies who were adamant about getting off of the plane. Inevitably someone would yell stop arguing because the baby is trying to sleep (meaning Micah). Which I was thinking, "please leave us out of this, I really don't want to go there."
When Micah started to get fussy the girl next to me took Micah and walked the aisle with him, (mainly because I was wedged into my seat due to my carry on bag being at my feet). Of course she told everyone on the plane that he was an America baby, and his name was Michael. (We'll be using the local equivalent name for him.) After about a million announcements that we would leave in 20 minutes we finally left after 3 hours of waiting on the plane. We arrived to a foggy Nineveh 5 1/2 hours after boarding the plane. I was very thankful they didn't make us get on the ridiculous bus and go to the building that is 50 feet away. I'm almost positive there would have been a riot. Thankfully Micah and I were pushed through the lines, quite literally and after we got our bags and stopped at all the little desks, we were out of there, PTL! It feels great to be home.
|These two were happy to see each other.|
Saturday, December 18, 2010
We are so glad we went to see her, and even more thankful we flew. Calvin ran to her and gave her a BIG hug, it was super sweet.
They picked us up from the airport and took us back to their apartment. The company her husband works for owns a hotel in the same complex of their apartment so they arranged for us to stay there. Did I mention we planned this trip two days before going? We also couldn't find any hotels in this city online, so we weren't sure where we would be staying. It was perfect; we checked in and then headed over to her apartment for "breakfast" which was really closer to lunch time. It was wonderful as we love Turkish breakfast.
It was so neat to see her happy and in love. Her husband really is a sweet guy and loves her and takes care of her well. After we ate they took us to Cappadocia and it was so cool.
We stopped for chai in a city where her husband had a friend who owned a cafe, then headed back to their city. We enjoyed dinner with them at the hotel then went to their place for chai that evening. Her husband's family came over, and they were very worried Micah was cold since he wasn't bundled up enough, even though he was sweating. Both boys melted about the same time so we said goodbye and went home.
The next day we joined them for brunch and then our friend had to go to some parent teacher conferences at the school she worked at. Calvin enjoyed the break from people trying to kiss him and hug him. I'll tell you his blonde hair sure attracts so much attention. Everywhere we go he has people trying to take pictures of him or with him, it's crazy.... but I digressed. It was a beautiful day so we headed to a park, found a bite to eat and then came back to the hotel to rest. Our friend returned and chatted for a while before they said good bye as they needed to head out of town for a funeral. They ordered us dinner at the hotel, and then we headed to the airport, 4 hours later we were home in bed. It seriously was the quickest trip I've ever had flying somewhere. We are so thankful we went to see her and hope to visit her again, only next time we'll stay a little longer.
Friday, December 17, 2010
While Marvin's family was visiting, we all went to Chora Church.
We walked on the old city walls. This one freaked me out a bit, but I'm glad we did it, and glad our kids weren't any bigger and could be carried the whole time. I have a healthy respect for heights, especially with no railings to stop little ones from falling.
|I'm so disappointed this picture didn't turn out better; I was trying to capture the two covered ladies who were smoking the nargala pipe. I just thought it was rather odd.|
We didn't stop for kumpier (loaded baked potatoes) but come on isn't this clever? It almost made me want to stop but I needed a more discreet place to feed Micah.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
You're first month was a busy one. You won us all over with you sweet chubby cheeks, squeaks, yawns and how content you were in our arms. As we adjusted to deciphering your cries and needs, you adjusted to having your big brother love on you any time your eyes were open.
|2 weeks old|
|7 weeks old|
As I look back at your one month pictures you were so tiny, because you are officially a chunky monkey at 2 months! At your last doctor's appointment shortly before we left Istanbul (7 1/2 weeks), you weighed in at 11 lbs. 14 oz. and 22 inches long. Again you were a super traveler as we headed out east to visit a sweet friend and again on the long journey home, you don't know how thankful we are for that. You finally got your visa and we made it home and you are settling into a good predictable routine now. You are starting to reach for toys, after your big brother showed you how, but are surprised when you finally get what you are staring at. You love lights and are pretty mesmerized by our Christmas tree. Your smiles sure melt our hearts, and I love our times when you want to talk, but that's usually when the house is quiet. It's so good to be home and to introduce you to our normal life. You're growing up too fast, but I'll treasure these days forever.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Okay so after a long blogging break, it's time to play catch up...................starting with our vacation
After our day of touring Ephesus, we decided to head to a little village near Selcuk. It was a sweet little village filled with homemade crafts and all the usual tourists' souvenirs.
We grabbed a bite to eat for lunch before heading to Izmir by train. Our hotel was a breath of fresh air after being on the move for a while. It was nice to be able to nurse Micah in a proper chair, and without using the nursing cover. Micah and I needed a little break from touring so we just hung out in our hotel, while the rest of the group explored a bit of Izmir.
They headed to the water. Found a sidewalk that made my MIL a little motion sick, took a carriage ride and explored an old bazaar, while I napped, read, and enjoyed some travel channel at the hotel.
When planning this trip Marvin and I both felt like flying back would get us home quickly, and it wasn't too much more expensive. Little did we know fog would decend on Istanbul and that our flight would be cancelled. Thankfully we were able to get on a later flight that was delayed, but we finally took off around 12:30 a.m. Our nephew was playing football that night and we were able to get free wifi before we passed through security. Our computer speakers are pretty weak, so John played sports announcer and gave the play by play.
Both boys were troopers; Micah was a bit over stimulated, but hung in there. Calvin did a great job playing in the airport and entertaining himself, while we waited, finally we decided we didn't know when we would actually leave so it was best to put him to bed. So here is his make shift bed, in a corner under a tree to help shield his face from the light. In less than 5 minutes he was asleep. I'm so thankful for flexible sleepers; I'm not sure what would do if our boys had to be in their room to fall asleep. It sure would make traveling a little harder.
We finally arrived and unfortunately our new flight arrived on the European side, and the bus/ferry that we usually take from that airport wasn't running, so all of us squeezed into a taxi. It was quite the ride.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
In just a few hours I'll be HOME (insert lots of jumping up and down)!!!!
This whole being separated from your family stuff isn't fun and it will be good to give my other guys big hugs.
I have a whole list of things I'm looking forward to here are just a few:
A big hug from Marvin and letting him get his arms around his growing cubby baby boy
Having my One minute with Calvin again at bedtime
Introducing Micah to friends and our family there
Starting life as a family of 4 at Home, in our typical environment and routines
Cooking in my kitchen, with spices, good pots and pans and knives
Grocery shopping in a place where I have trusted brands and products I love
Being able to communicate beyond hello
Seeing our neighbors
Getting my mind back in language learning, its way too hard to do here
Sleeping in my own bed
Our tiny little apartment, it's a breeze to clean
My kitchen aid mixer, can you tell I'm thrilled to cook again in my kitchen.
Starting to use our cloth diapers
My sewing machine
Opening my birthday package, the fabric I ordered for my birthday this summer finally arrived!!!
Studying or snuggling on our couch after the boys are in bed
Decorating for Christmas
Pray that we have an easy flight and not to many problems going through passport control and customs.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Marvin's parents graciously agreed to bring a few bags of things we needed, and a few things we really didn't need but were sure enjoyable. (Everyone at thanksgiving said thank you for the imported treats!)
They also brought a few a lot of gifts for Calvin, I seriously think his toys about doubled and he hasn't even opened all of them. We had to save a few for Christmas.
He loved everything and thank you to all who send something for him.
Here's he is opening his birthday gift from my parents. He loves his book. It was so cute that when he opened it and he heard my parents voices he said, "Hey that sounds like, Gramma and Grampa Bares". It thrills my heart to know that he knows the sound of his grandparents voices and knows who they are, praise the Lord for Skype. He almost has his entire new coloring book colored too; he had fun coloring his favorite Cars.
Marvin's folks brought a ton of gifts most of them he has not opened, I'm looking forward to spreading those out and seeing his reaction them. He loves his Cars book; it's sort of a where's Waldo book. I wish I would have recorded grandpa and him reading it as they did it often. It seemed to be THE book he wanted to read with grandpa.
One unexpected gift came from our nephew's girlfriend, she's so sweet and oh how she has blessed Calvin. He loves his CARS; he now has all his favorite characters. It's been so fun listening to him play with them, and even though they look like certain characters he even pretends they are different cars. He's such a hoot, one day I even found him putting them to bed using a pair of his undies as a blanket. That boy has quite the imagination, I love it.
Friday, November 19, 2010
We would highly recommend the place we stayed, it's only a block away from the train station and within walking distance to several places in town, and just a short walk away from public transport to get you to various surrounding places. The staff spoke English, the rooms were clean, they had a great breakfast every morning and the price was very affordable.
Ephesus is a place we've wanted to visit for a while now but just now have had the opportunity, and I'm glad we did it, even if it meant traveling with a newborn. We hope to go back when the boys get older, because even though Calvin had a blast climbing on and jumping off of marble columns, he didn't quite appreicate the history behind those columns he loved to climb on. The beginning of November was absolutely goregous, and it wasn't peek tourist season, a double bonus.
We also were able to stop at a place that makes carpets, they gave us a great lesson in how they make them and let's just say it's amazing. We all were impressed by this demonstration and we were not pressured into buying, which is rare among those selling carpets. We would love to buy one, but really do I want to worry about cleaning spills out of such a piece of artwork.....someday.
I'm too tired at the moment to put these pictures in order, but it gives you an idea of what we saw,