We made it and met up with my side of the family and just spent an exhausting day checking out some of Istanbul's highlights. Michael has posted them to his facebook page. I'm not sure if it will work, but you can try seeing them here.
Below are a couple of highlights
This is the one of the views from our hotel window. Michael took this at dawn - which we were awake to see because of a certain small member of our traveling party. When she heard the call to prayer from the mosque Tovina started singing 'Old McDonald had a farm.' Why? apparently the prayer song reminded her of eee-i-eee-i-ooh.
Here is our group in front of the blue mosque somewhat later in the day.
And here is T wearing some styling sunglasses that aunt Mari picked up for her. Ready to go!