Friday, October 10, 2008

Week One

Ok, so we get in the house about 6:30 at night. It is dark outside already here at 5:30 so we didn't get to see much driving in. The house was a pleasant surprise, but I will say more about that later. The guy Ryan is replacing picked us up and brought us here and went over a bunch of stuff with us right away. The kids were just happy to be able to run free for the first time in about 24 hours. I concentrated on getting beds made and finding bath stuff for the kids. Then at about 7:30pm we here this buzzer sound and we don't even know what it is. It turns out that it is like our doorbell and someone is outside our gate ringing. We have no idea how to open the gate or anything so we just open the garage door and there stands Stewart who we have been emailing with in preparation to come here. Him and his wife and daughter have lived here about 4 years. Anyways, he has 2 baskets full of stuff for us! Food and plastic plates and cups and utensils all the things we need to make it a couple days even some cheese and muffins! Even a cell phone with some minutes on it and their numbers programed in so if we needed anything we could reach them. WOW! What a welcome on our first hour here! The kids got a cold bath that night, cause I couldn't figure out how to get the hot water on! Turns out there is a light switch thing outside of every bathroom that has to be turned on to have hot water! Poor Babies!

The next day was Friday and we spent most of the day on base getting all our passes that we need. We also hit the PX for some more food, there is NO commissary here so we have very limited choices for food.

Saturday we were hanging out at home and it was almost lunch time when we here our little buzzer go again. This time, thankfully, we know how to open the gate! And when we open it we have 4 of the neighboors hired help (all in uniforms) holding an entire hot meal! Complete with Salad, Roasted chicken, casserole, and Chocolate Cake for dessert! Also a little note welcoming us as new neighboors and the names of the family that lives there. Again, we are just feeling so welcomed here already!

Monday we take the cleaned dishes back over to the neighboor with a thank you note and a little box of chocolates. On Tuesday they are at our gate again with about 2 dozen Cupcakes and some nut and chocolate covered marshmallows! Crazy!!! So bottom line is we have some very nice neighboors!

Also on Monday night we went to dinner at Stewart and Anita's house. The kids had a blast and spent the entire time up on their 3rd level playroom with the "nanny". I am not kidding, the nanny even took the kids dinner up to them and we got to sit down to an adult dinner in the dinning room! And they only have one child, a 5 yr old girl, so let me tell you that Alayna was in Heaven in that playroom! Nothing but girl stuff and princesses everywhere!

And by the end of the week we had 2 working cell phones, a rental car for me till the Honda arrives, the internet and our household goods delivery set up. YEAH! Our stuff gets here on Tuesday!!!

Ok, you are not going to believe this.......The neighboors just brought over more food! Another entire meal for tonight! I don't think we will be going hungry anytime soon!


Brad, Brooke, Abigayle, Rebekah and Indy said...

Glad you're getting such a warm welcome! We're excited you have a blog we can follow...can't wait to see pictures of everything!

Eric and Mona Wozniak said...

Wow, what an adventure!!!!! At least the worst part of the flight was before you even got in the air. How wonderful that your neighbors are so friendly.

Sounds like living in Turkey. Looking forward to reading more about your experiences.

Thinking of you all, Mona, Eric, Janos, and Micah

spacy1kc said...

Oh my gosh! We are so glad you are in safe, sound & happy. We miss you already & can't wait to read about your up coming adventures. Remember, one day at a time. You are amazing, Dawn!
Love you All! KC & Adam