Cade’s First Christmas/9 months old

It’s been a while since we have posted so I think I will add a few pictures from Cade’s first Christmas. Cade a great time playing with his new toys. He also enjoyed his day with his grandparents (in person & via FaceTime)!
Cade also turned 9 months old yesterday, wow time flies! He is curious about everything and loves to crawl around the house. His latest achievement is his ability to clap which entertains us.

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Cade at 2 months

Quick checkin to update Cade’s stats at 2 months old. The doctor visit went smoothly even after he received 4 shots! His weight at 2 months was 11lbs 4 ounces. His height is now up to 22.5 inches. He seems to be a pretty good baby. For the most part he sleeps well and we are working on him sleeping thru the night. We are not there yet but maybe it won’t take too long! Here’s a view recent iPhone shots:

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Cade Stone Pendergraft

Kat and I would like to introduce the latest member of the Pendergraft family!

Cade Stone Pendergraft was born on 3/25/13 at 4:53am, weighing 7lbs 1oz 20in. The delivery went as smoothly as you can expect with both mama and baby doing well. A few pictures of the big event are below. I’m sure there will be more to follow.

Cade shortly after entering the world

Cade shortly after entering the world

Cade getting a little shut eye

Cade getting a little shut eye

Cade being examined

Cade being examined

Cade enjoying the hospital

Cade enjoying the hospital

Cade

Cade

Brandon and Cade

Brandon and Cade

Kat, Cade, and Brandon

Kat, Cade, and Brandon

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Italia 2012

We are back from our 10 day vacation to Italy!  I have to go through all our pictures and try to provide an account of our activities. In the meantime, Gordon Owens created an excellent photo journal of our trip.

Here is the link:

https://www.icloud.com/journal/#1;CAEQARoQLKiEbsV26oD1f5o2PI-1_g;C80F4C8F-1DC4-4B70-94E3-DFACA7C186E3

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Istanbul – Day 8

Sunday March 11

Our final day in Istanbul and everyone from the MBA class has left for other cities in Spain or on their way back to the States. It was extremely cold with a slight bit of rain today in Istanbul. We thought we could get out of the weather by touring Dolmabahçe Palace unfortunately waiting in lines outside the buildings was painful. Touring the palace was also cold since the place is so big and I’m sure they don’t want to run the heat all the time (if they even have heating I’m not sure, probably did). There was some elaborate rooms and furnishings at the palaces. If I remember correctly, the last six sultans lived here and it is where President Ataturk died. We got to see the bedroom where he passed away which I’m sure is very important to the Turkish people. After a few hours touring the palace we rode the funicular back to Taksim square and wandered around Istiklal one last time til dark. We ate dinner and headed back to the hotel to get a few hours sleep before our flight back via Amsterdam at 5:45am.

Our experience in Turkey was fantastic. The sites, the food, the people were all great and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Thanks for reading and we will be back shortly with posts from Italy in May!

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

Fountain at Dolmabahçe Palace

Foutain at Dolmabahçe Palace

Goodbye from Dolmabahçe Palace

Goodbye from Dolmabahçe Palace

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Izmir/Ephesus – Day 7

Saturday March 10

We hired a tour guide to tour Ephesus for the day. This required us to fly from Istanbul to Izmir. This was a short hour flight on Pegasus Airlines. Our guide also flew from Istanbul so we were able to chat with him at the airport. Once we got to Izmir, he had hired a driver to take us the hour drive toward Ephesus. Our first stop was the House of Virgin Mary. This tourist attraction is way up in the hill/mountain near Ephesus. It makes you wonder exactly how they were able to construct a house in such terrain. The house was modest but fairly interesting. We took a few pictures of the outside area and Kat lit a candle as a prayer/tribute and we were off to see the ruins of Ephesus.

The next few hours we spent touring the ruins at Ephesus including the Terrace Houses, Library of Celsus, and amphitheatre. If you ever get a chance to see this place I feel it is well worth it. I wish we could have spent a little bit longer but we only had a few hours time to check it out. Walking down the street path toward the Library of Celsus is majestic. You feel you are literally stepping back into time.

Our guide took us to the Temple Of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. There is only a column remaining. A few pictures were taken and we were off to see how they make the Turkish rugs. We had lunch at a government funded place where they teach girls how to make the rugs. It was quite interesting to see how intricate the process is. The lunch was actually very good and only 10 Lira if I remember correctly. Our next stop was at a tile making shop where they demonstrated how to make the tiles. Finally, we stopped at the Ephesus mosque before we headed back to the airport for our flight back to Istanbul. Overall it was a great day trip and I highly recommend touring Ephesus. The ancient ruins were fantastic and the weather was warmer than what had been in Istanbul.

House of Virgin Mary

At the House of Virgin Mary

Ephesus

Ruins at Ephesus

Ephesus

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main street at Ephesus

Main Street at Ephesus

Floor decoration in Terrace House

Floor decoration in Terrace House

Library of Celsus

Library of Celsus

Tunnel at Theatre (Ephesus)

Tunnel at Theatre (Ephesus)

Theater at Ephesus (44,000)

Theater at Ephesus (44,000)

Temple Of Artemis

Temple Of Artemis
(Seven Wonders of the World)

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Istanbul – Day 6

Friday March 9

Today was the last official day of the MBA International Study in Istanbul. The group visited Coca-Cola in the morning and had free time in the afternoon. Once Kat got back to the hotel, a big group of us decided to visit the Grand Bazaar again. Some of the group hadn’t been and Alp’s dad was going to show us the best shopping places for rugs, jewelry, etc… So a group of about 20 of us took the metro to the Çemberlitaş stop and got out. The first thing you see once getting of the metro is the Burnt Column or Column of Constantine. After a brief look at the column, the group was on the move toward the Grand Bazaar. Once in the bazaar, Alp’s dad led us to a jewelry store that would be our “base” to meet up later if everybody went there separate ways. The whole group shopped at a scarf store once inside and it appeared to be a hit as most of the group purchased something from there. Kat was interested in some silver jewelry so they pointed us to a store down the hall. Unfortunately, Kat was unable to find the price she wanted on a bracelet. Next up was the biggest event of the day which was our trip to the Anatolian carpet shop. Alp’s dad took us to the shop because he knew the owners and “negotiated” our prices!!! The shop owners earlier had brought out at least 30-50 rugs while serving us apple tea which is customary in Istanbul. The “negotiation” appeared to be Alp’s dad taking over the shop and telling them what we were going to pay for each item! After a few minutes of back and forth, a price would come up and we would agree. Kat later would say she got caught up in the moment and we ended up buying 3 rugs in total. I believe one is called a kilim that now sits in our downstairs bathroom! We gave one to my mom who had requested one before we left on the trip. The other rug is now in our hallway at the front door so all in all it was a good experience. We think we got a good deal on the carpets! We will always have a fond memory of the trip and the rugs are a good reminder since they are now part of our house!

After the carpet/rug/kilim shopping experience, we all began walking toward the Spice Bazaar. The 10-15 minute walk was downhill which was good. I did however have to carry the bag full of rugs around for the next hour or two. We spent a few minutes in the Spice Bazaar wandering around until it was time for the closing dinner at the Hamdi Restaurant near the bazaar. It was a great closing dinner with the professor and some of the MBA students giving speeches to wrap up the trip. A great ending to the International study for Kat and her classmates. Once back at the hotel, a good bit of the group went out for one last hurrah but we had to get up really early to fly to Izmir so I persuaded Kat to call it a night.

Burnt Column

Column of Constantine (Burnt Column)

Anatolian Carpet Store (Grand Bazaar)

Anatolian Carpet Store (Grand Bazaar)

Hamdi Restaurant

Hamdi Restaurant

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