Showing posts with label life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life. Show all posts

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Spring Cleaning

Spring is just around the corner and it is that time of the year : Spring Cleaning.
As I have been working part time and doing my teaching practice at the same time, this year I don't have much time to spend on the housework. I therefore need to get organized and do this job in a couple of weeks.
I will make a plan to organize and clean one room on my day off each week.
I am hoping to sort out the cupboards and giveaway the stuff that I have already sorted out! I just can't seem to find a time to take all the unneeded stuff to the charity shop BUT I really must get on with it.
I am hoping to wash all the sofa covers, cushions and quilts. I hope the weather holds so I can dry them in the garden.
Another big job is washing all the quilts and bed covers. We have also realized that after 11 years of marriage, we need to change our mattress. It had served us well in all those years and I think it is time for a change. There are so many options in the market and it is a difficult decision but we have decided to check out the mattresses available  here.
Rotating the toys is another job that I do, observing my children's interests. During this time I will put away the ones  that are no longer played with and  the ones that will capture their interest will be back on the shelves. Sometimes even changing the place of the toys seem to spark their interest.
The curtains will also need a wash. I am really looking forward to a fresh beginning during these months. So I might also change the living room curtains. Let's see.
Looking forward to a sunny spring!

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Monday, 3 February 2014

Setting Goals Month by Month:February

I can't believe January is over and it's time to set goals for February already. We managed to achieve most of our goals in January. It was a busy month with both children's birthdays to celebrate. We had a great time celebrating with friends.
For February we plan to

  • Donate the unwanted/unneeded items that we sorted in January                                                                                   
  • I want to do some crafting myself : My project will be needle felting.
  • Family activities during half-term holiday
  • Continue to do more art and craft activities with the children

monthly goals linky at mama smiles

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Friday, 30 December 2011

Wishing you a happy New Year!

I hope you are having a lovely holiday. My husband is off work and won't be returning until next Tuesday so we are enjoying some family time without the rush of work and school. I am also enjoying a break from blogging. Next Tuesday is a certain somebody's birthday who will turn five years old. She is very excited about it! I hope to be back next Wednesday. Wishing you a happy new year!

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

and the school holiday starts

Defne officially graduated from her preschool last Friday. She will start the reception class in September so the last few days were a bit emotional.
I was really not looking forward to the holiday but it has started now.
We decided to stay here during the summer. We don't have any families around and most of our friends are away, too. I have been worrying about what to do with two kids the whole summer.
Now I must say, 4 year olds are wonderful, you can chat with them, play with them and they can entertain themselves for a good amount of time, playing on their own or drawing,painting or whatever they fancy. However 18 month olds are another world. My little boy's attention span is still quiet short. I can't yet engage them in the same game or activity. Even if I did, it will only last 5 minutes. My little boy still loves banging things, chewing them, exploring everything really.
And another problem is that he only naps on my lap, in my arms. This wasn't a problem during term time, as he used to sleep when his sister was at preschool. And I sit at the computer generally during this time, sipping my tea, blogging, chatting with friends or family. He sleeps a solid two hours.
If however he has fallen asleep in the buggy, he will only sleep 40 minutes or so, will not settle back to sleep and will be rather cranky until bedtime. At the moment our life revolves around his sleep. If he sleeps well, everything seems well and joyful. If not, then very difficult.
As I can't expect my 4 year old to sit still with me whilst his brother naps, I have been dreading the thought of the holiday.
Yesterday however was our first day. We went to the town to return our books to the library and then walked to a playground. I decided  to explore our litte town's playgrounds which I hope the kids will enjoy, too. By the time we arrived at the playground, little boy was fast asleep.
It was nice and sunny with the most beautiful skies all over us.
We enjoyed swinging, sliding and climbing. Then my son woke up, rather happy to find himself in the playground. We had our lunch on the grass, played, had a great time.
It filled me with joy and hope that it may not be that difficult at all.
How are you feeling about the holidays?

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Southbank with kids

We went to London last Saturday. It has been ages since we last went, Defne cannot even remember anything about it. We preferred to go by train. It's only a short journey but the kids love it.
We headed towards Southbank. After we enjoyed our lunch at the Real Food Market just behind the Royal Festival Hall, we went to have some water fun at the appearing rooms. Then we went to the  riverside where it is all sandy and great for little ones. I had read about this on Manana Mama last week and thought mine would love it. Well, with toddlers life is always full of surprises ;)

Defne enjoyed it but Derin didn't want to step on sand, even with shoes on. He normally LOVES playing with sand at the sand table. Anyway, we then had a stroll. Defne enjoyed a carousel ride with me.
my little ones with Charlie Chaplin

 We then headed back to the Royal Festival to eat and drink something. This place is great for toddlers to run around.

Oh, how they love the stairs there!
All in all, it was great and Defne asked the next day:"When are we going to London mummy?"

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Home is where the heart is

This post is written for the Friday Club Carnival which is hosted by Notes from Home. The topic is "why do you live where you do?"

My husband and I, we both have itchy feet. We were already living abroad when he got a job offer from England. We accepted the offer and arrived here in September 2006. Husband, me and the bump. Baby was due in January.
The company he would work for was in Guildford. A place we have never heard of before. We googled it and learnt that it was not far from London.
We arrived on a sunny Friday evening and the very next day we went to London for a touristic sight seeing. Then on Sunday, we went out for a walk in Guildford. It has a lovely cobbled High Street and beautiful parks. We remember very clearly how stunned we were and decided it is a nice place to live.
So we started living here. We let a flat, turned it into home. Three months later, we had our baby. We became a family here.
We love that it is a small city. The town center consists of two streets. When we have some errands to run, we can finish them in one go and then enjoy a walk at the riverside. It is famous for its High Street, so can be crowded during the weekends but it's a calm place on a weekday.
It has a huge park, with lovely playgrounds, a paddling pool, a rose garden where we spend a lot of time during summer.

Guildford is nice place to live for families. Schools are good. There is a big leisure center and the riverside is a great place to escape in the heart of the town centre.
If you want the big city life, just get on the train and in 40 minutes you are in London. Or if you fancy going to the seaside, it is close to Brighton and Isle of Wight.
It is close to both Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
We loved living here.
As it happens, in 2010, conditions changed and we decided to go back home, to Istanbul. It was not an easy move, as we had just had another baby. Packing your stuff is not great fun when you have a 4 month old baby and 3 year old toddler.
We went back to Istanbul at the end of April. We let a flat,unpacked all the stuff. We created a new life there.
Istanbul,the city of my youth was not the best city with two kids in tow. We didn't enjoy the traffic. We missed the luxury of walking everywhere as we used to do in Guildford. We didn't enjoy the shopping malls.
It was one of the hottest summers and we felt like trapped in the city. We missed the coolness, the rain and the sunny spells.
We missed "our" park.
We missed everything.
Yes we had friends in Istanbul, but it is not easy to meet up as it is such a big city. And the traffic jam on the weekends does not help either.
Our 4 year old was asking about Guildford every day.
Then we started to think about coming back. We had only been there for a few months, but we thought better sooner than later.
It would be crazy and tiring but when there was a job opportunity, we didn't look back. We came back last October.
We let a house with a garden this time around, made it our home and started again.
It cost us a lot of money and it was probably one of the most difficult decisions in our lives but we did what we felt would be better for our family.
My husband is commuting for work now, so we might end up moving somewhere closer to his job but at the moment, we are still here. And as we feel a bit tired of moving houses,we would rather enjoy it for a while before we make the next move.
Friday Club
Jules at I Need Curtains for the Window In My Head posts Why Do I Live Where I Do?

South of the River Mum writes about Bringing up children in London.

Scribbling Mum explains why she lives where she does.

Jacq from Mymumdom posts about why she lives in London.

Rachel at Midlife Singlemum tells us Why she lives in Israel.

Kelly at Domestic Goddesque tells us about Wonderful, wonderful Bromley, and why I live there.

Bibsey Mama gives us 7 reasons to live in Spain in Cool EspaƱa.

Helen at Cheeky Wipes tells us There's Always a Compromise.

Jenny at The Gingerbread House tells us about her home in Our house.

Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family tells us Home is Where The Heart Is.

Jax at Live Otherwise/Making it Up explains Why I live here. Right here. In this house.

Emma at MummyMummyMum tells us about where she lives.

Cara at Freckles Family posts Where I Call Home.

Merry at Patch of Puddles writes Why I Live Where I Live.

Pure Lanzarote tell us the reasons for their choice in Why live in Lanzarote?

Ella at Notes From Home explains her choices in Why we live where we do.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Something for the weekend

With the Royal Wedding and May Bank Holiday, it's another long weekend here in UK.

Here are a few things that caught my eye this week:
I am in love with the babywearing photos in this Flickr photo stream.
Beautiful nature table
Great series: Living with less
Pretty puffy pita pocket bread

Have a great Saturday!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Spring has sprung

Although it is still a bit chilly, spring is officially here now.
Flowers are blooming everywhere. In England, spring means daffodils. When daffodils start to blossom around the beginning of March and although it is still cold at that time, you know spring is just around the corner.

We are spending a lot of time out and about these days. Derin is very happy to walk around, exploring everything and Defne is very happy that soon it will be warmer and we will have loads of picnics at the park.
Here a few shots from our recent outings.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

I thought I would be on the mend by the weekend, but no, I am still struggling with cold. It is best to stay at home, rest and drink cups of herbal tea while listening to music. Kids enjoy this as well.
Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Music to your ears

Since Monday I have a nasty old and feel completely exhausted. It is not easy to rest when you have a chatty 4 year old and a toddler who loves to climb everywhere now, the TV desk being his favourite place :)
At the moment, my little girl is at preschool, my little boy is napping and I am enjoying the peace ;-) Sipping miso soup (good for cold) and listening to Adele whom I have discovered recently. I love her voice.

Friday, 25 February 2011

The Riverside

Yesterday was warm and sunny, we just had to spend the day outdoors.
So we went to the riverside. Derin was napping in the buggy. We fed the ducks with Defne, ran around, played with  sticks, chatted and had a good time.

Then he woke up, rubbed his eyes and was absolutely cheerful to be in nature.

I am so happy that spring is just around the corner now.
Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, 13 January 2011


Phew,it has been such a tiring week! The baby is waking up 89 times a night and I could do with some sleep.

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