Izmir, Hanson Style

So we are safe and sound here in Izmir and the chaos continues.  We have secured our stay at the hotel through Monday, our goods should arrive in customs Monday, Delaney's luggage arrived today and we visited Ikea to purchase window coverings for the new house. 

It was quite a day.  The Things slept in until almost noon today and then we went full force until well after dinner tonight.  Life continues to bring us surprises, and ongoing lessons in humility.  Business as usual is just not the same as in the states.  Delivery trucks with appliances just don't show up as planned, light bulbs don't function, and cars are not delivered until August.  Wow. If we are being tested we shall rise to the challenge. 

The Things are coping better than expected and Husband Jared and I have much to be grateful for.  The photo in the previous post is from a local restaurant here in Izmir on the pier.  We celebrated and toasted our first official night in Izmir and our new country.  Serefe!  That is the Turkish expression we all learned this evening. 

And on another note, I must share what Thing 4 noticed upon our arrival at the hotel in Istanbul.  The bode' in the bathroom Thing 4 said, "Look at that baby bath tub".  I love it.  In fact, Thing 4 it is a "tuvalet" to wash your bum.  Those are the moments I don't want to forget.  I am sure that there will be plenty more stories to come.

So for now, İyi geceler ve tatlı rüyalar.  Which is Turkish for "good night and sweet dreams". 

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