Saturday, July 30, 2011

Meat Sword

So we went to this place called the Meat sword for dinner tonight. It was kind of my first Turkish experience.  Its kind of like a family style dining I guess you can say. They bring out all of the food, there are no menus, and you share with everyone. When we first got there they had different stuff on the table for appetizers I guess. Bread, different types of humus, different kinds of salads…Not too bad..then they bring out this really long piece of bread on a board and put it in the center of the table. While you are finishing up the salads they bring out this meat on a sword, lay it on top of the bread and then you just pick off it and eat it. It was alright….on the bottom it had lamb, and then on top of that it was chicken, peppers, onion and tomatoes..Wasn’t a big fan of the lamb…when you finish the meat, they take your plate, give you a new one and then bring out fruits for your dessert. They had watermelon, peaches, grapes…then they brought out this thing that was like a fried cheese covered in a honey sauce..sounds weird and is a strange combination but was pretty good I thought. Then they brought out sliced bananas with walnuts and a honey sauce which was pretty good as well. I think that I was full before they even brought out the meat ha-ha from all of the bread that was on the table. So it was a good experience I guess and now I can say I ate at the Meat Sword in Turkey ha-ha!!!

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July 2011 012Bringing out the meat on the sword

July 2011 013It took like 5 of the waiters to take the sword out so that it wouldn’t all fall apart

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So that was my first experience!!! Hope you enjoyed!! We are headed to site see tomorrow..wish us luck!! I'm driving ha-ha!! So more to come on that when we get back!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Update on Dave

Ok here is a little update on Dave and his knee!! He is doing so much better from the time I got here!! He is probably moving around about 85% better than when I got here. He goes to the doctor tomorrow for a check-up and hoping to get this cast off and put a soft cast or even a brace so that he can start walking around on it! Since he is already walking on it with the cast on but with crutches. Doctor said at the last appointment that the crutches will probably be taken away at tomorrow’s appointment. Dave’s “hard cast” is not so hard anymore because its extremely hot and very very humid here he has sweat so much that the cast is kind of soft and you can push it in…so why not put a soft cast or a brace on haha!!! Dave has been missing the gym! So off we went on Monday to the gym and he just did arm stuff and I ran on the treadmill! He took yesterday off cause he didn’t want to do the same thing 2 days in a row so I headed to the gym by myself to run on the treadmill while he rested his leg!! I think he did too much the day before walking around…without crutches..ooops haha!! He said the crutches were rubbing him raw!!! I don’t blame him, but ya know!!! Anyhow, I will have a better update tomorrow after the doctor appointment!!! But here is a picture of how is knee looks now..almost looks like a knee since the swelling is starting to go down more!!!

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DSCN0150Its crazy how fast you lose your muscle…A week after surgery and he has absolutely 0 strength or muscle in his right leg Sad smile He will get it back quick im sure when he is able to start rehabing!!!

He is also going to ask the doctor when he will be able to travel because he is really wanting to see the girls! 4 months away is  a long time!! Right now we are looking at around the 24-29 of September to mid October..but we will see what he says and if there is leave available at his work!! Hope and pray there is!! The girls need their daddy!

Day Care

Since I needed to come to Turkey and take care of Dave after he had knee surgery, I had to start the girls in day care a bit earlier than they were suppose to start. They were originally suppose to start when school began August 22nd and were only going to go 2 days a week so that I could have some me time and maybe even substitute for Sealy ISD on the days they went to school. Well, I made a phone call and told the director of the day care what was going on and she said that they could start immediately!!! Wonderful!!! This was on Friday and they started on Monday!!! They dropped off at school really well the first day. They said that it seemed as if they had been in that environment for years!!! I was like that is wonderful news! She told me “mom no need to worry, we will take great care of them while you are gone, and help your mom out as much as we can!” The girls are loving it and so am I!!

Oh and I had the girls pretty much potty trained and in panties only before we started. They had a couple of accidents here and there when they started school but now are doing great!! Mom said they went the other day with 0 accidents!!! When we went to San Antonio a couple of weeks ago I let them ride in the car in panties for the 2 1/2 hour drive and would just stop every so often to let them go. They did awesome the whole weekend!! Made it 3 days in and out of cars for long periods of time with 1 accident!!! wahoo!!! Audrey pretty much stays dry the entire time!! Working on Addisyn to do the same!! Pretty much there though…but going to a restaurant is another story haha!!! They have to go to the bathroom like 50 million times….I don’t know if they just like to flush the toilet or what…but man, it gets tiring after the 2nd or 3rd time taking them haha!! Oh well at least they are going in the toilet!! Right???

So I know the girls are in good hands while I am in Turkey taking care of their dad!!! Its been a week so far, and I miss them like crazy!! I can only imagine how much Dave misses them being away 4-6 months or longer away from them! Dave just got his new computer in the mail on Monday since the other one pooped out! So we have been able to skype the girls every morning, afternoon for us, before they go to school and we really like that and think they do too!!!  so they eat breakfast with the computer in front of them so its like we are eating with them haha!! They look like they have grown already! I can’t wait to see them!! Thanks again mom and dad for watching them for me!! I really appreciate it more than you will know!!! So here are a couple of pictures of the girls getting them ready for their new school!!!!

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audreyAudrey on the way to their 2nd day of school! The day I left…She kept saying..”mommy go airplane for daddy’s knees.” Yep!! that’s where mommy went!!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hello From Turkey!

Hello from Turkey! I just wanted to give a little update on Dave!!! He is doing much better than he was when I first got here! Ok, here is the story on the broken knee!

Dave was playing basketball last Thursday the 14th. He went to go shoot a lay-up and his right knee gave out before he even left the ground. He said it felt like someone had ran into him causing him to fall. Then when he looked down he saw his knee and said he almost passed out. He said he tried to straighten his leg out and when he did it would just go back to the bent position. He had to ride an ambulance to the hospital off base to the Adana Hospital because he couldn't get off the ground. They put him on a stretcher, gave him some oxygen and off he went to get x-rays. They had told him that he had fractured the patella and that he would need to have surgery. So come to find out he had totally ruptured the patella tendons. He said his knee cap (patella) was up in his quad area....I know that sounds gross..and the dr told him that the tendons that hold the patella in place looked like spaghetti and was the worst irruption he had ever seen in his 40 years as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr said that it was a very difficult surgery to put back together. A week and a few days later it almost looks like a knee again! Still has some swelling but getting there. Dave has been on crutches with a hard cast that covers his entire leg. When I first got here he could barely get around. Today, he was walking without the crutches...not sure he is suppose to be doing that..haha...We went to the dr this past Friday and the dr said that it looks great and right on schedule with the healing process. Dave hates this cast...it opens so he can air out and do some exercises, but he asked if he could take it off and get a soft cast/brace and the dr kind of laughed at him and said no. He said at the next dr appointment which is this Thursday, that he would be taken completely off crutches and maybe get the soft cast/brace! So hopefully he will get that!!! He is completely off of his pain meds, and taking motrin only when needed!  I am glad that I got to come here to be able to take care of him and help him get around! I wish I was here for better circumstances but what can you do!!!

Im still very jet lagged haha and hope to be on somewhat of a schedule before I leave here lol.  I really miss the girls and this was the hardest thing I had to do. I have never been away from the girls for more than 2 days and im missing them like crazy!! But because I have such awesome parents to watch them for me, I got to come take care of my hubby!! I can never thank them enough for doing that for me!!! The girls are now in full time day care so that my mom and dad wouldn't have to miss their work and so the girls wouldn't get tossed around house, to house! They are loving it except for the bad cold they now have!! Mom is taking them to the dr today and try to get some meds before it turns into something bad!!  So thank you mom and dad for doing this for me!! I love yall so much and greatly appreciate it!!! I haven't gotten around to take any pictures here, but I plan too later in the week. We rented a car for the time that I am here so that Dave didn't have to ask for rides, get taxi's, or crutch around! So I am trying to be brave and drive these crazy, no rules, streets of Adana Turkey. These drivers are crazy haha..they have no lanes and make up their own rules lol..Pretty scary!!! Anyhow we are doing good and im glad to just get to sit around and spend some quality time with my hubby!! Its been a long 4 months!!! 11 more to go!!!

July 2011 004This is what his knee looked like before he went to the hospital for surgery…You can see his patella is not at all in the right place….

July 2011 005Going to his room at the hospital

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July 2011 016The view from his hospital room

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July 2011 028Probably talking to me haha!

July 2011 035They thought this was funny…its what they gave him to potty in haha!

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July 2011 042This was after the surgery..see how is cast is cut so he can air out and ice.

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Ill keep everyone updated on how its going!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

25th Birthday!

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Today is my little brother Matt’s birthday. He would be 25 this year. I am still in shock that its almost going to be 7 years since the accident. If you don’t know already, my little brother was killed in a car accident October 24, 2004 by a drunk driver. He was the best brother any sister could ask for, even with the little fights we had. But who doesn’t fight with their siblings sometimes. We loved each other and would do anything for each other! WE miss him so much and I think of him daily. He touched so many people in different ways. He was taken from us and we still don’t know why. No one will ever know except God. We just know that he is in a better place watching over all of us. He would have been the best Uncle Matt! I know he is still the best Uncle! The girls would love him!!!! They always look at his pictures and say “who that, Matt?” I want them to know who he was and what a great person he was!! He was a kind, caring, loving, friendly person who would do anything for anyone!!! Very energetic, popular, and loved by so many!!

So here is to you Matt!!! Happy 25th Birthday!!! We miss you dearly!!! Love you with all our hearts forever!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

4th of July Weekend

So for the 4th of July weekend the girls and I packed up and headed down to Corpus to spend sometime with the Midyett family! We had a great time just hanging around and playing! The girls really enjoy playing with Isabel and Lillie! They just got a new puppy, Chica! It’s a toy Chihuahua. Audrey and Addisyn were obsessed with it and would carry her around everywhere…We had to fight them to get the puppy away to take a nap, or eat, or go potty ha-ha! They love that puppy!!! I tried to ask Dave if they could have one and he told me no they have a dog ha-ha!

We also headed to Corpus Christi Lake on Sunday for the day!! The girls had a great time swimming, playing in the sprinkler, playing fetch with the dog, and eating of course!!! We also roasted marsh mellows for smores and watched some pretty fireworks!!! For the 4th we hung around, played outside, ate some yummy cupcakes, and had some yummy bbq fajitas!! It was a great weekend!!!!

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July 2011 114The next morning! Audrey’s turn!!! Had to look twice…she looks like Addisyn in this picture!!! They are starting to look more alike!

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A little nap before a day in the sun at the lake!

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Check out their Cheetos faces ha-ha!!

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The girls enjoyed watching the fireworks!!

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Happy 4th!!! Addisyn let me take her photo..Audrey not in such a great mood!!

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Poor puppy!!! Notice she is almost every photo with Audrey ha-ha!

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Hope everyone had a great 4th!!! Only 26 more days and Dave will be back with us for 2 weeks!!! Can’t wait!!