Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brazil Turkey Friendly Match

Last night I took the kids to watch their first real football match (soccer for you N.Americans). It was a friendly match between Turkey and Brazil. The stadium was packed 80,000+ people and the fans were fantastic. They loved Neymar of course and by the end of the match were chanting his name and boo'ing the Turkish players. I asked the kids to predict the score before the match. Lucy thought it would be 2-0 for Brazil, I thought it would be 3-1 for Brazil and Oscar predicted 4-1 Brazil. The score ended up 4-0 for Brazil. What a fun night! Love this city! We even got to take the boat across to the Asian side to watch the match.

The kids at the famous "Bull" in Kadiköy

This guy had great face paint. The way Polis should actually be spelled in English!

3 Neymar's!!

They had a Turkish flag for every fan! Sea of RED!!

Happy fans!

Look at all the flags!!

Oscar and I having a good time


Go Turkey Go!

Neymar Jr. FANS! The Turkish fans were joking with us. 1 Neymar Jr. is tough but 3 Neymar's. . we can't handle it!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Back on the Bikes in Belgrade Forest

We went back to Belgrade forest on the weekend and had another great afternoon.  This picture sums it up nicely!


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

What Can I Do?

I can't say I have heard this song too many times in my life, but for some reason lately it keeps coming up.



Now I'm not a huge Corrs fan or anything, but it's a catchy tune I suppose.  I must have heard it a month or so or something because last week in Abu Dhabi I heard it and it sounded familiar.

But imagine my surprise when just the NEXT DAY while in Doha, my Kenyan taxi driver had a Jamaican rap version of this same song on the radio.  I was in the cab just smiling to myself.

Time to buy the song or something I guess. . . .




Monday, November 03, 2014

Family Bike Ride in Belgrade Forest!

On Sunday we headed out to the Belgrade Forest a huge forest about 35 minutes away from our house in Istanbul.  We loaded up the bikes and the kids and gave it go!

The kids LOVED it and had a blast exploring the trails on 2 wheels. Yay! Finally!

After that we shared a fire with the local guards of the forest and made hot chocolate. Yummy.

Looking forward to going back next week.

Lucy flying up the trails

Yay Biking!


Taking a break to explore some fallen down trees and other trails.

Exploring!

Mushrooms!




Oooommmmmm!

Yummy picnic in the sun with some wild cats!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Happy Halloween!

We are very lucky to have good friends who work at Roberts College and invite us to their fantastic Halloween Party! The kids can even go 'real' trick or treating. A great time had by all.

Here are some photos from our Halloween in Istanbul. The weather wasn't so great, but it didn't deter our eager trick or treaters!

Libby and I went to a Halloween Art party earlier in the day.


The shop owner reading 5 little Pumpkins to the crowd

Oscar's Costume

This is who he is supposed to be

This is the shopping mall near our house called Zorlu. They have fitting decorations these days for all the rain we have been getting!

Oscar and his buddy Milo ready for somc trick or treating!


Mike was a giant jack o lantern and I was a fly!

The ONLY kid at the whole party that was not terrified of Mike :)

All the kids getting the low down on the pinata rules.


Lucy dressed as Hermione having a go!


Mike giving the Pinata once last 'whap' to release all the candy. CHAOS!!

All the kiddos

Scary Big Jack O' Lantern man standing well away

Elijah the "Necormancer" from the Hobbit. Impressive costume!


Getting ready to head out trick or treating!

Milo and Oscar enjoying some loot!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Gaga and Nana Barb Visit Istanbul!

My Mom (aka Gaga) and our good family friend Barb (aka Nana Barb) came to visit us in Istanbul and to help watch the kiddos while we headed to Ireland. I didn't get that many photos of them. . . not sure why?? But they sure had a great time. . .
They managed to juggle a whole week of the 3 kids schedules, 2 birthday parties and all! They got around in taxi's, and the bus and all survived! Nice work ladies!

Thanks so much for coming ladies and watching the kids while we hiked around in Ireland. We really appreciated it! Miss you too much already .  . .
If it wasn't for you ladies we couldn't have done this!


Trying out Turkish Breakfast in Ortaköy. Yum yum!

Barb getting some cash while a dog snoozes at her feet.

Heading home :(

We are sure going to miss you guys!!
Out for lunch at one of my favourite spots. Mangerie!

Gaga and Nana Barb enjoying the nice view and weather in Istanbul!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Best Birthday Present Ever?

I got this birthday present on Saturday from Swedish friends.  I can't remember being more excited receiving a birthday present. . . .maybe ever?  Borje Salming signed jersey.  My name.  Wow.