Tuesday I woke up at 7 to see Ellia wake up and see me in the bed next to her. She was so happy to see me, I got one of the biggest hugs. I said hi to Celeste and Manon and then helped get the girls ready for school. Then Manon and I took Quinn to school and after that we went to the post office, Manon wanted to send something to her brother and friend in France. After that we went home, I started some laundry and worked some on the present I was giving to Celeste and Jon. At 11:30 we left for lunch. We met Louisa, Jorge, Amanda and Andy, Amanda's new Au pair at Hop Jacks's. I got some fish tacos that were delicious. We sat talking for a long time until it was time for us to go get the girls. Amanda and I got a cute and funny card from Jorge, a letter from Louisa and a key chain from both of them. We then picked up the girls, went home and had some snacks while playing a game. After I helped Ellia with her homework while Manon took Quinn to Martial arts, and then I went to pick her up after. We played a little before it was time for Ellia to go to martial arts. Then Celeste came home and we made dinner together. Manon and I went to pick Ellia up from martial arts, while I'd been on the east coast she'd gotten a new stripe, the one before black belt. So proud of her, to only think that she was a brown belt when I got here. Quinn had also gotten the yellow stripe on her belt which means she's almost ready to get a yellow belt, she was so happy. After dinner I gave them some gifts I bought at Disney World. Ellia got a cute Minnie Mouse cup, Quinn a Minnie Mouse stuffy, Manon some chocolate you can eat when you're Grumpy, Dopey or Happy and Celeste and Jon some chocolate covered pretzels. When it was time for the girls to go to bed I went to target to get some make up to bring back home. Then I sat up finishing the present, before going to bed exhausted.
Wednesday I took Quinn to school, so I could go run some errands afterwards. First stop was to get my nails done with Amanda, Andy, Karin and Dinah. After that I went to Marshals to return my carry on since the handle stopped working. Then I went to the bank to close down my account, and then lastly home for a quick lunch before getting the girls with Manon. We had some snacks, played for a while, I did some packing (Quinn tried to help) while Manon and Ellia did homework and then I went to TjMaxx to buy a new carry on. When I got back we had just enough time to make some Swedish chocolate balls before going to gymnastics. We could only stay at gymnastics for 45 minutes though because then we had to meet up the family, Dan, Cindy, Bill and Chris at the Cheesecake Factory for a final dinner. Before eating some cheesecake for desert I gave them my presents. Ellia and Quinn got a puzzle with a picture of the three of us with the text I LOVE YOU on it and Jon and Celeste (+the girls) got a scrapbook I've been working at since January. It was a 100 pages and had pictures from every months I've been here and special (uppslag) for special events like Halloween, pumpkin patch, Hawaii or Christmas. In the end there were a bunch of recipes for things I've made during my time her, for example the midsummer cake Celeste loves. And then it ends with a good bye letter I got tears writing. It was an awesome goodbye, couldn't have wished for a better family and extended family than this one! When we got home I stayed up packing a while and got my suitcases pretty much done just had to put in the toiletries and some of the cloths I was wearing the next day.
Thursday I woke up for the last time in this house for a while. Didn't sleep that well but since it was my last day here I went up to make Swedish pancakes for the girls for breakfast. Quinn was up really early so we were all done half an hour before we needed to leave, so we sat and cuddled for a while. After dropping her off we went back the house, I took a shower while Manon skyped with her friend, we then had some breakfast before heading to Bellevue square. I bought some last minute gifts and then we went to Victoria Secret. After that we were starving for lunch so we walked to MOD pizza. From there we went to target and then up to the Newcastle Golf Club to look at the view one last time. We had a little time at home so I packed down the gifts. Then it was time to get the girls one last time. Ellia played at the park a while before we got Quinn and went home for snack. During snack we payed the puzzle they got from me and then Ellia and I did some homework. When she gave it to me to correct she'd written "I love you Frida" on it 😍 such a sweetie. Jon took Ellia to kumon while Manon, Quinn and I went outside to play. When Ellia and Jon came back it was time to leave for the airport. Ellia hugged me all the way there. We parked and they helped me with my bags to the check in and then we went to security where it was time to say good bye. There was a lot of hugs and tears, definitely one of the hardest things I’ve done in my entire life. I got my last chai latte at Starbucks for this time and then went to my gate. When I was settle down to wait for boarding, Ellia called me on Skype. We cried a more and said another good bye. The flight went pretty quick. I actually got to fly business class from Seattle to London. It was so nice, the chairs were big and comfy, you had leg rests and we got really good food. I managed to sleep a few hours on the flight with tears in my eyes. When we got to London I only had an hour to get through secuity and to next gate. After security I started walking fast to get to the gate ad realised after a few minutes that I forgot my carry on at security so I ran back and luckily it was still laying in the same spot I left it. Then it was time to get on the flight to Stockholm, that flight went fast, I slept almost the entire time. Next thing I knew I landed in Stockholm, first time in Sweden in 19 months. I got my bags and went out the doors where I was met by my family and grandparents. They had flowers and a big pink heart ballon that said “Välkommen hem Frida” (Welcome home Frida). There was a lot of hugs and even more tears before we started the drive home. We had dinner and sat up talking and then Anna came over as a surprise, I thought she was down in Skåne, but she had come up for the weekend. We stayed up late and then Ellia called on skype again, she had just gotten out of school I also got to speak with Quinn when she got out of school. How am I gonna survive everyday with out them!
The next day we were gonna have a lunch with the family and my grandparents, but when we were gonna go to the car they took me to the house next to ours and there were a lot of friends of mine, family and family friends! It was so much fun to see everyone again! We had lots of yummy food and desserts and talked a lot. It was a great surprise party, it was so nice to catch up with everybody.
So now this adventure is over. I’m back home where I started 19 months before, but I’m definitely not the same person anymore. I’ve grown a lot, gotten to see a lot, met a lot of new people and finally learned a lot of new things. If anyone ever wondering if they should be an au pair or not, there’s no question about that it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget!