Four

November 15, 2009

Look who turned four while we were traveling in Turkey! It was actually quite a dramatic birthday. We arrived in Istanbul on the afternoon of her birthday and headed straight for the Grand Bazarre because we knew it would be closed the next day. The Bazarre is a very old, beautiful maze of a shopping area filled with tourists, pushy salesmen, piles of souvenir, and rug stores, lots of rug stores. We spent most of our time in the rug stores, drinking apple tea, and seriously debating if we were ready to make such a big purchase with such young monkeys in our house. We finally opted not to buy one, found a place for dinner, and wound our way out of the bazarre. It wasn't until later that night as we were putting the kids to bed that we realized a very important bunny, Baby Bunny, was missing. We quickly determined that Baby Bunny had been lost in the Grand Bazarre. Poor Camille was in hysterics. She's never spent a night apart from Baby Bunny and now he was somewhere in that huge maze of a place and it was closed until Monday (our departure day). Fortunately, we had the business card for one of the rug salesmen. He didn't have Baby Bunny but he was able to contact the other rug shop owners in the same little alley as his shop and luckily one of them had Baby Bunny. We were all relieved but still so sad that Camille spent the night of her fourth birthday without Baby Bunny. We spent the rest of the weekend speculating about all of the wild adventures he must be having in the Grand Bazarre. And as you can imagine their reunion on Monday morning was very sweet.
Heather said...

I didn't realize her birthday was so close to luc's. Glad the Bunny was found!

Emily said...

Happy Birthday, Camille! Looks like she had quite a day, and what an adventure for Baby Bunny!

I'm glad Camille's got such a good mama. After all, it isn't every day you have to track a snuggle friend all the way through a Turkish Bazarre. Impressive work!

boatbaby said...

You SO need to write that into a children's book! Fabulous little tale. Happy Birthday Camille!

Lost in Sicily said...

I didn't know....Happy Birthday!!!!! What a big girl, and SO sweet.
how wonderful you found baby bunny...what an event!

Betsey said...

That's a story for a childrens' book! Oh, someone else commented on that as well. It must be done!

A very Happy Birthday!

Tisra said...

I've loved your pictures of Turkey and think it must be a photographer's delight! You've captured such breath-taking images... I honestly gasped on a few of them! (so, yet again, my desire to visit everywhere on Earth is solidified) Happy Birthday, Camille!

Chinazhoumom said...

this is why "duck" stayed home when we went to China - and we told a "stand in" duck- that - imagine this - was left in Hing Kong and the nice people at the hotel sent him back to K - so now he is called Hong Kong Duck..

*Happy Bday C - you got sooo lucky you found him!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Happy Birthday, Camille! I'm so glad you found Baby Bunny!

Tara said...

I'll be the third to say that "Baby Bunny Goes to the Grand Bazarre" is begging to be written and illustrated by you and your daughter. Seriously!!! Really!! Camille has grown up so much in the last 6 months. I stared at the green door photo for a long time, noticing how much Noah is looking like you and how much older Camille looks.
Tara B.

Jeffy said...

Oh know, Knuffle Bunny repeat! Crazy. Sad for her, but she looks DARLING and 4! Wow. Happy b-day to her.

Heather said...

What a darling. And that's one lucky Baby Bunny. :)

Laurie said...

Way to track down that Bunny! And Happy Birthday, Camille...we miss you guys, and so wish we could celebrate with you!

likeschocolate said...

I am so glad you found baby bunny! She is adorable! Happy Birthday!

Dana said...

Buon Compleanno, Principessa!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Camille. You are growing up much too fast.

Oh the book Baby Bunny can write someday.

Jan

Jo said...

that is so great that mei-mei got baby bunny back! :)

Corinne said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (late :) What a wonderful Mommy you are to help her get her sweet bunny back - and what a great story for her to tell her children when THEY turn 4 :)

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