And conquering 4am starts
10.07.2010 30 °C
Well we are settling in to life over the other side of the world. Yesterday our little people decided the day started at 4am - which makes for a very long day when it is raining and the small apartment walls start closing in on you. We can't even blame the call to prayer as each of the kids woke before it. Their reactions were priceless though. Toby who was in with me trying to get back to sleep said "What's that" I replied "It's the call to prayer" "Oh" he said, "Lets go pray" " We can't" I said " It's the middle of the night". Next minute Holly appeared (Matt was in the kitchen with the window open filming the call to prayer -No wonder it was so loud) "What's that" asked Holly "It's the middle of the night" replied Toby. And so the call to prayer was renamed!
Weary and banned from afternoon sleeps by a Mum that was trying regain some sleep patterns - we all headed out for a stroll to the park, however the cobbled roads were very slippery and Holly and Toby took a few tumbles so there were lots of tears. Then it started pouring so we headed for a little cafe for icecream followed by fresh turkish bread and hummus. Ths is is what we came to Turkey for - the faces were dirty but happy - chatting to the locals and watching the lady roll the bread. Holly was keen to go and tell her she was "a good maker". Bellie has quickly perfected the art of turning on the charm. She had worked out that if she goes up close to people and starts laughing they love her.
The kids made their first friend.
Aladdin with his icecream mo
Happy as - this is what we came for
School lessons have started with Holly doing her best to mould me into her beloved teacher Mrs Scott. She started a travel diary last night as a way of practising her writing. So I was told "this is how Mrs Scott would mark it and this is what she would say and she'd put a sticker here and she wouldn't do that Mum" She may have me knocked into shape by the time we come home. We are also amazed at how quickly she mastered Matt's laptop and the silly mouse pad that Matt and I have struggled with for weeks - kids certainly are adaptable
There is a TV in the apartment with Cartoon Network - however all voiced over in Turkish. It amazes us the kids actually still want to watch "Ben 10" in Turkish and protested when Matt muted it.
Right at home