posted on: Thursday, January 5, 2017

It seems that every New Year's Eve there's snow in the forecast for us and we gladly accepted the chance to play in it. Thankfully, New Year's Eve fell on a Saturday this year, so we got to enjoy it with the girls for a bit. They were eager to make a snowman this year and after a couple of minutes and frozen hands later, they did it!

And in New year tradition we are fighting a fever and a few sniffly noses. I guess this is why my new years resolutions always end up having to do with health! Still, silly little colds aside, my wishes for the new year will forever be health and happiness for my family and the courage to embrace new journeys! I'm excited to see what this year has for us as a family!

Happy New Year to you!


posted on: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

While my parents were here I had to take them to my favorite touristy attraction here in Bursa, the teleferik. This time there was tons of snow! It was so beautiful to see but we quickly realized that we are NOT snow people. :) Snow is great for maybe five minutes and then you realize you are freezing! Anyway, the views were still great and I will forever have an excuse to take that cable car anywhere. Also, we had a delicious cup of sahlep which is basically Turkey's eggnog or cider or whatever warm drink you have in the winter. So we did our Christmas duty and enjoyed a seasonal drink! 


Happy New Year! 

I'm sharing the photos of our Christmas this year! My parents decided last minute to visit us and they arrived late on Christmas day. Sammy also had a game on the road, so we waited until the 26th to open presents. The girls did open one gift on Christmas day to keep them entertained until everyone arrived. There was also some luggage drama, but what's Christmas without someone losing a suitcase? :) 

I absolutely love Christmas but there's so much anticipation for it and then it just flies right by! Poof! Gone. Anyway, this Christmas was lovely since my parents were able to spend time with the girls. 

Some photos...
Those smiles are the best! 

I hope the first few days of the new year have been great for you. I feel like our days and months here in Turkey are sadly always dampened with sad news. I have been feeling silly posting photos of my great days when there is such suffering happening in the world, especially in the country I'm currently living in! I also know you can't live like that either, so we just continue praying for those affected by this senseless violence. 
Let's hope for a better year!


posted on: Thursday, December 22, 2016

 It's looking pretty festive here in Turkey! They might not celebrate Christmas but they do love a good tree. We got to see a couple in our trip to Istanbul a few weeks ago. It's also been snowing on and off! Sienna equates snow to Christmas, so every time it snows here, she yells, "It's Christmas!" Then she asks to open presents. :) I have to remind her that it's just winter weather! 

The girls have "A Charlie Brown's Christmas" on repeat and I'm trying to decide what dessert to make! Decisions, decisions. My parents decided last minute to come visit us for the holiday and we couldn't be more excited to have more family in town! We are ready for a weekend of eating and more eating! This is truly my favorite time of the year, not just because family comes together, but we get to celebrate the birth of our Savior! With all that is happening in the world, I am glad that our faith is unwavering. 

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New year! 


posted on: Friday, December 2, 2016

When we came back from Istanbul we took the day off and relaxed a little bit, but before my sister left we had to take them up to Uludag! We snuck away whilst Sienna was in school and took the teleferik up to the mountain. We went to Uludag last year around this time. The views are still surreal and amazing! You can read that post here! The girls were so tiny and Penny in her little bonnet! Heart eyes!

Last year we had to take a car up the mountain when we reached the half way point, but this year they finished the rest stop and we took the ride all the way up! Some photos!
The mountain air even has me taking selfies! :) What is this sorcery?! 

Has anyone finished the "Gilmore Girls" revival yet? I have so many thoughts and feelings and I'm completely flabbergasted about that ending! 

Just so you know. :)


posted on: Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's December! 
How are we here already? It seems like just yesterday I wasn't getting any sleep because of a little one named Penelope. Now that little stinker is about to turn 2! I can't believe it.

 Let me stop before I get sappy. Anyway, while my sister was in town last week we took the trek to Istanbul by car. I'm not one to take a drive anywhere, but for the sake of having company we went and played tourists. We visited the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. We also walked the pier in Bebek. Probably my favorite place in Istanbul because it's so calm there. At least calmer than the rest of Istanbul. :) Some photos... 
Penny and her silly smile these days. 
Probably my favorite picture that I've taken with the girls! I love them so much. 

Thanks for visiting Beca and Isaiah! 

I'm already getting the post holiday blues and the holidays aren't even over yet! Is it just me who feels super melancholic during this time of year? I haven't even watched "You've got Mail!" I'm usually onto "When Harry Met Sally" by now. I need to get on it! I know those aren't technically holiday movies, but they put me in the holiday mood. :) 

Do you have any favorite holiday movies? Please share!