Friday, November 16, 2007

Veteran's Day Outings

Well, we ventured off base again. (I always have been a little off base) This time we were able to get to some Roman ruins. The castles we saw were built in 200 B.C. I have included some pictures of our adventure. We went with a family from our branch. Some of you may know the strange story of how we met the Wilsons. When I was in Cedar City this summer I got a phone call from a woman who asked if I was moving to Turkey. When I said yes, she said "me too!" Come to find out they were moving at about the same time. Our parents live in the same neighborhood and she and her family were visiting before moving out of the country. Small world, eh? This is the friend "Angie" that I have mentioned in a few of my stories. By the way - we are going shopping together tomorrow in a city called Gaziantep. Hopefully it will be uneventful!

Anyway - back to the castles...! The weather was beautiful and we all had a great time. The kids collected pieces of pottery and roman coins (we have no National Parks Service here). Then we all had a picnic lunch. Maryn had a snake fall from the ceiling on to her head. She just said "Cool!" and then called her dad over to tell her what kind it was. The other little girls that were with us were pretty freaked out and avoided that room of the castle for the rest of the visit. Even I was a little nervous. I like snakes, but I still didn't want them dropping on me!

Halloween was also fun here. It was very military-ish. Trick or treating was to be executed in designated areas between the hours of 1700 and 2000. This is all very new to me. Maryn was a princess again and Dallen was a ninja. Bennett was going to be the Blue Power Ranger until -

a) he saw that Dallen was a ninja
b)he realized he'd have to wear a mask.
c)he realized that Power Rangers don't carry weapons

So, we had two ninjas this year. One of them didn't cover his face, much to the irritation of the other one. "Bennett! Ninja's are supposed to wear this up over their faces! You have to be disguised!" "Dallen, Ninja's don't like masks" And so the evening went. Dallen tried unsuccessfully to yank up Bennett's mask as they walked to each house.

Hayden was a duck. And a very cute, chubby one at that. I will also try to post video of him walking (sort of)

Until next time!


Tess said...

Can you please tell Hayden to stop growing immediately! Thank you. I miss you all terribly.

Carie said...

I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! We miss you and hope you get to have turkey and all the trimmings, or at least a chicken with some rice maybe. See yoy when I see you. I am working on a blog of my own to keep everyone up to date but so far all I have is the website. They made me Relief Society president last June and it is all I have time for anymore it seems. One day I'll get it going again! Love you, The Valentine's -Alan, Carie et all

Rindi said...

Linda, I am so glad I asked Jennifer for your blog address (I had lost it!). This was extremely interesting to read. What an adventure you guys are having!! You are so funny! Anyway, I hope you have a merry Christmas! Good luck with your next adventure...