Week one down…

And I’m starting to feel at home. We’re getting our bearings, finding what we need at the markets, drinking plenty of coffee, and enjoying settling in. Yesterday was the first day I felt like I could finally take a deep breath and honestly say that it’s all going to be alright. Whew! We’ve been enjoying Turkish breakfast, reconnecting with friends and of course taking beautiful walks along the Bosphorus.

The transition has been two fold for Ellie. When we are out and about she seems as if she was made to thrive in this country. Strangers upon strangers want to hold her, coo over her, wish her blessings and more, and she eats it up. If I didn’t know any better I’d say we’ve got one serious little extrovert in the making. However, at home she is showing some anxiety. If I leave the room she’ll often fuss and cry. She wants to be held much more often and isn’t too fond of playing with herself. I figure that this is a big transition time for her, so we are taking things one step at a time.

Here are some of the pictures from our fun adventures this week. I think the reason Wednesday bloomed with so much hope is because Ellie and I spent Tuesday with Elif and her Mom. It has been so much fun to get to spend time with a dear friend of eight years, and it was so much fun introducing Ellie to her Turkish grandmother!

Is there anything on Earth better than Turkish breakfast made by Elif’s Mom? Big time NO!

Ellie likes almost everyone, but she adores Elif! It’s so sweet to see them together because they can’t get enough of one another.

Turkish grandmother- Elif’s Mom! What a sweet pair.

I think Ellie is still surprised to hear Turkish terms of endearment instead of Hungarian.

It is so nice having a mule around!

Someone needs a nap after all the fun. Now, am I the only one who could NEVER sleep in this position? Babies are so funny when they sleep.

I’m teaching Ellie to drink from a cup.

Last night’s dinner- fajitas. Unwelcome visitor Mr. Caterpillar in top right part of photo. Found in one of the peppers. Eeeeww.

Today’s goal- stack the blocks. Ellie perfected kicking them, eating them, and knocking them down weeks ago. She seems to be better at deconstructing than constructing.

Everyone keeps commenting on her hair. Who is her hairstylist?

No joke- our first day here the front walkway collapsed. And no one was surprised, not even us. This is Turkey after all.

We were here for six days when we witnessed our first car accident right outside of our window. Things are never dull around here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One response to “Week one down…

  1. Fun images from a happy family to the delicious food!

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