|Billy and Jimi waiting for me to arrive.|
I arrived to a great welcome from an excited Billy which made me so happy. Jimi was a little wary at first but not for long. He latched on to me for the entire trip and we enjoyed some lovely cuddles.
|Jimi climbing on everything in sight|
He is so different to Billy in every way, who is a sensitive and intelligent little boy. Much more cautious than his younger brother.
|Off to nursery school in the rain|
And Billy started nursery school last week. His anxious mum spent the first day there with him and worried about whether he would settle and want to go back the next day. But he loves it.
My daughter and I managed a day of shopping in Reading on the 21st for birthday presents, together with lunch at our favourite restaurant.
On the 23rd we celebrated Billy's 3rd birthday with a trip to his favourite Pizza Hut. During the week my daughter managed to decorate her bedroom, whilst I sorted out her kitchen cupboards and fridge. Something she hates doing, and is now delighted that everything is in order. I also blitzed the garden in readiness for the planned joint party for the boys.
We had the party on the 28th and the house was filled with family, friends and children. The rain continued but it didn't deter everyone from having a good time. We erected two large gazebos in the garden so that the children could play in the sandpit, ballpond and playhouse.
Sunday 29th was Jimi's 1st birthday and the present from his mum and dad was a slide. He soon got the hang of getting to the top, albeit by climbing up the slope. He then put his hands and feet in the air and literally threw himself down. We had spread a large duvet on the sitting room floor as it was too wet and windy to put the slide outside. Just as well as this cushioned his landing as he hurtled to the bottom.
In the afternoon, my son-in-law looked after the boys to give my daughter and I a last chance to do a bit of shopping and have lunch together, before I set off for my brother's house for my last night. I was leaving at around 4.15am on Monday morning so was reluctant to wake the boys up so early to say goodbye and disturb their much needed sleep.
And then back to Turkey.
I arrived home last night and busied myself with loading up the washing machine while Mr A went to the shops for food to keep me going for a while.
He had collected Beki and Poppy from Gwen in Selçuk before picking me up at the airport. They both had ticks. Mr A had paid a visit to Gwen on Friday to deal with them, as she found it difficult, but they had picked up more. Beki has also just come into season. I had the task of removing the ticks, showering them, and putting more flea and tick treatment on them. Poor girls were a bit traumatised but at least they're clean.
Mr A will be staying with the carpet job in Kusadasi after all. The Torba hamam job is commission only which is always unpredictable, but the Kusadasi job will pay a monthly salary. They have also agreed to pay for Mr A's hotel accommodation which will help. I've hardly seen him recently, but he will be able to get home a couple of times a week. We had considered renting accommodation in Kusadasi for us and the dogs, but the extra expense isn't worth it. I'm just thankful he has regular employment to see him through until winter.
I'm exhausted. It's been a hectic couple of weeks, but very enjoyable. Now for some much needed sleep!