Hiii, maybe I should write this post in English, since it's been a while hehe. Anywayyy, I hope you've had a great summer so far (it's already July WHAAAT, insane), because I'm having a great summer break so far! I don't know why everyone was warning me about summer break; it's really nice to spend all this time with the kids, going to the pool, eating popsicles before lunch just because we can! After soon 5 months here, I really feel like their older sister, all the laughs, all the nagging haha, all the caring, all about being a part of a family, and I love it! Of course, fear not, I still miss everyone at home in Sweden; talked to my girlfriends, and oh how I miss them, I hope they can make it to my travel month, whenever that is (hint hint, let's plan). It was fun to Skype with them today, be part of the daily gossip, and to me introducing the two crazy kids who are a big part of my life to the crazy friends I love the most.
I feel like, after somewhat five months here, a different Annie has been introduced to me, a more social, carefree, confident and even more (if possible) responsible Annie. An Annie who talks about themselves in third person lol, a person who transforms the ”if” to a ”when”, the ”then” to a ”now”, someone who believes in doing what makes yourself happy; priorities. To put it in other words; I've grown so much as a person here already, and am really excited about what to come.
If you didn’t realize it yet, this blog is more than just updates, it’s kind of my diary, so bear with me, follow my journey, follow my adventures, follow my life.
Right now, the kids and I have been away from Virginia for a week, and it’s one more week left before us returning home and they starting camps. The first few days started off in Michigan, visiting my host dad’s old home and his family. The days were packed with plans, and I thought it was a really fun time, seeing a part of Michigan, which a bit to my surprise reminded me a lot of Bergkvara and the southern parts in Sweden. We celebrated 4th of July earlier, on the Sunday to be more specific, due to the fact that the holiday this year occurred on a Tuesday which makes it a bit difficult celebrating with a workday the morning after. So, we celebrated it by going to a campground with my host dad’s brother and his family, watching the fireworks, meanwhile G1 and G2 enjoying their glow sticks they somehow got haha. Oh right, we went to the world largest Christmas store !!! I'm in heaven, because I love Christmas haha, but with a low budget I only bought a Washington DC ornament (to of course, remind me in the future of my life here). My host dad bought cool stuff to hang in the Christmas tree; he bought a Swedish flag and German flag, for my and Jasmin's placement in this family ✨
As of this moment, we are in Ohio, visiting the grandparents on the mum’s side. They are really nice, as well as the other grandparents of course, I really feel and felt at home anywhere I turn in this family. The grandmother has a sign in the kitchen, saying something like ”You’re at Mimi’s house. Let the spoiling begin!” and it couldn’t get any more accurate haha. G1 and G2 are starting to get into the phase of jokes, more precisely, knock knock jokes, and omg, some are just too ridiculous and some I can’t stop laughing at.
I just want to thank my host family and their family for making me be such a big part in this family, it makes this whole Au Pair thing a lot easier when days aren’t as easy!
BY THE WAY, my friend Julia from Austria, has just arrived (okay like a week ago) to USA, living about 1 hour away from me yay! If you want to follow her life, here’s her blog LINK
In two weeks, I'm off to New Orleans !!! If you don't know it by now, I love traveling :)) I have been to twelve states, and more to come!
Aaaand of course, as always, here’s some pictures to keep you updated xx