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Friday December 1st
20 months in Seattle!!!
My host family came home late the night before and my host mom was off work. K went to school but I stayed home with D. It was a very relaxing day.

Saturday December 2nd
In the morning me, Nick and a friend went shopping for Ugly Christmas Sweater for a party we are invited to :) We found our sweaters and had lunch at Panera Bread, my new favorite place cause they have a really good soup! After dropping off Nick's friend we went back home to just relaxing for a while before we went out to happy hour with Nick's parents, we had a really delicious dinner and then we went to a casino and Nick won money again :D It was a fun night!

Sunday December 3rd
We woke up kinda early and got ready to go pick out Christmas tree :) It was but if a drive to the place but once we got there we found the tree in just a few minutes! We packed it up on top of the car and went to have lunch at IHOP, my first time and it was yummy πŸ˜‹ Back home to shower and get ready for Nick's parents wedding anniversary party :)

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My free week since my host family went to Hawaii before Thanksgiving! I spent this week with my friend Emelie, she was one of my firsts friends when I arrived and have now been home in Sweden for a year and was back in Seattle to visit her host family :D It was so nice to meet her again and it felt like she had never left. We spent the week shopping at different malls and since she is now 21 I took her out to a movie theater with a bar, we saw A Bad Moms Christmas :) We also went out to a bar in the University District to play pool. It was a great week! :D

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Friday November 24th
Arter a nice and fun Thanksgiving (November 23rd) with Nick's family :) Nick and I had a weekend getaway to Leavenworth! It's about a two hour drive there and we arrived around lunch time and met up with one of Nick's friends for pizza, yummy πŸ˜‹ After lunch we went to a beer garden for some drinks until it was time to say goodbye to the friend and for us to go to our hotel. The hotel was super cozy and quiet. Our room had a king size bed and a fireplace 😍 We got ready for the night and went out into town, the Christmas lights were in and it was so beautiful and we walked around the shops. For dinner I had found a restaurant in an article about 30 places you have to eat at in Washington and one of the restaurant where here in Leavenworth so we decided we wanted to eat there. Unfortunately they didn't take reservations and the waiting list was over two hours :( A little sad we walked away but found another good place for some yummy German food and drinks! After dinner we walked back to our hotel for free desert and had hot cocoa in front of the fireplace while watching a movie :)

Saturday November 25th
After a good breakfast we got ready for the day and headed out to town and walked around and looked in the shops. In one of them I found my favorite chocolate box that I haven't eaten in two years so I got super happy! :D We had lunch at a local brewery, yummy turkey sandwiches. We walked around some more and went wine tasting :) Then we went back to our hotel and sat by the fire with some sparkling wine before I took a nice and warm bubble bath 😍After this we got ready for the night. We had booked a table at a nice Italian restaurant and it was so good πŸ˜‹ Back to the hotel for our dessert while we watched a college football game. When the game was over we changed into swimsuits and went out to the hot tub 😊 We ended the night with a movie in front of the fireplace in our room :)

Sunday November 26th
After breakfast we packed up our stuff and checked out from our room and went for a walk along a river and a park. Found a lunch place and had Bratwursts and hot cocoa while we waited for some of my Swedish friends to arrive for the day. When they came we showed them around :) After a while we ended up at the same local brewery as he other say to watch the Seahawks game. Nick and I did some beer tasting and enjoyed the game and company. We all had coffee at Starbucks until it got dark and we walked around to see the Christmas lights :) When it was time to leave Nick and I walked back to our hotel where our car was parked and we started driving. After maybe 20 minutes we got a warning sign on that one of the tires was low on air. We were in the middle of nowhere with no service and it was dark. Luckily we came to a gas station and pulled up to the air station but when Nick is about to put air in we hear that the tire is leaking. So there we were in the rain and dark with no service, we got the manual it and started reading but couldn't find anything about a spare tire. I kind of know how to change a tire cause my host dad has shown me but that is on my small car and not on a big car. After a while we decided to go back to Leavenworth, we went to Starbucks to get service and charge our phones. Nick called his dad and he called for AAA that after a while came and changed our tire. We started our journey home, slowly since we now had a spare tire and when we drove through the mountains the snow was pouring down! We eventually made it home safe.

We had a wonderful time! 😍

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Friday November 3rd
First of all November 1st was my 19 months in Seattle mark! Time flies way to fast, only 5 months to go.

After a week with working with a sick kid it felt so good when the weekend came! When I was off work Nick picked me up and we went to meet up with his family at a restaurant to celebrate his grandmas birthday. We had a four course dinner and it was so good :) After the dinner we all went to a Casino, this was the third time for me and the other times I haven't won anything. This night the luck was with me and Nick, we won some money so we could book a hotel room for the night! It was fun night :D

Saturday November 4th
We checked out from the hotel room and went back to the house to get ready for lunch with Nick's grandparents. It was a good lunch and a nice afternoon :) Back to the house and get ready for dinner, since we won money we had booked a table at a fancy restaurant. The restaurant was by the water so the view was great! The food was so delicious :D After dinner we went to a theater to watch Thor and this theater had recliners and it was nice! It was an amazing night πŸ€—

Sunday November 5th
In the morning I had my Au pair meeting so I went to that. We met at my LCC's house to decorate cookies, do some get know each other games and a quiz about fire safety. When the meeting was over I went back to Nick's house to watch the Seahawks. Me, Nick, his mom and friend went out for dinner :) While back home we watch Netflix until all of a sudden the power went out! The whole neighborhood was out and Nick and I went to the grocery to buy batteries for flashlights. After maybe an hour or so the power came back and I drove back to my house.

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Saturday October 28th
Nick and I went to Index the night before so we could get up early this day and go on a hike. Since we had a Halloween party later this day we decided to do a short and a new hike that was super close to the house, so close we could walk to the trailhead. The hike was short but uphill all the way but with some beautiful fall leaves and with a good view at the top! :D

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Saturday October 21st
This evening I carved my pumpkin with Nick's family! They had all kinds of tools and pictures to choose from. After picking the ones we liked we started carving and it took some time with some frustration and concentration but they all turned out really good! :D

Saturday October 28th
Halloween party! Nick and I got ready, me as the Black Swan and he as Batman and went over to Elin's house for some pre party. We played card games and beer pong before we all headed out some to a house party and me, Nick and Elin to a nightclub :D

Tuesday October 31st
Halloween! The girls had been waiting for this day in a long time to wear their costumes, K as a Kitty and D as a Rockstar :D They were super excited to go Trick or Treating and so was K. I decided last minute to skip my class so I could go Trick or Treating with them. After dinner I made a quick and simple costume - a spider girl πŸ•·πŸ•Έ We stared pretty early and was actually the first ones out and the girls ran from door to door around our block!

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Friday October 13th
This day the girls didn't had any school so I worked all day and we went to Maple leaf park before lunch :) I was off at 4 and had a 1,5 hour off before I started working again because my host parents had a date night. I was off around 8pm and I drove over to Nicks house. We spent the night playing video games and a Disney game.

Saturday October 14th
Nick had an appointment for a haircut in the morning I went with him. Afterwards we had lunch on the way to downtown Seattle where he dropped me off and he went to the university to study. I met up with a girl from my Hawaii trip I did in April. It was fun meeting her and a friend. I showed them around downtown and they followed me to the university so Nick and I showed them around the campus :) After the tour we said goodbye and they went back downtown and Nick and I went back to his house to get ready for the night. We pick up his friend, had dinner and drove to Amanda's house for a little party with the the new Swedish Au pairs. It was a fun night!

Sunday October 15th
At 11am I had my Au pair meeting for the month at the pumpkin patch! I was so excited cause I missed this last year. Nick and I arrived and said hi to my LCC before we bought tickets to the corn maze. It was a short little hayride to the begging of the maze and we got maps with questions, the maze was shaped as the Washington state and with questions about cities/towns in the state. It was a lot of fun and we made it through :D Now it was time to pick out our pumpkins! After a while we had our five perfect pumpkins πŸŽƒ We said bye to my lcc and left. Nick and I went to the nearest little town to stop for lunch. We found a Mexican restaurant and a got a table outside since it was a beautiful sunny day! After lunch we went for a walk by the river before we went back to the car and drove home. Back home we watched a little bit of football, Nick packed some of his stuff from moving back into his parents and then we went for a walk around in the neighborhood :)

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Saturday October 7th
Nick had work in the morning so we woke up early and he dropped me off at University Village and I walked to Starbucks cause the stores wasn't opened yet. I had a pumpkin spice latte and Skyped with grandma. When the store opened I walked around shopping and at noon I met up with Nick. At lunch time we met up with Rebecka, Amanda and Elin for one last meeting with Rebecka. It was a great and funny lunch but also sad to say goodbye. After this Nick and I walked to a bar and played pool for a while until it was time to go change into our Husky gear for the football game! The game started at 7:45 and it was a good game, we won :D

Sunday October 8th
I swung by D's birthday party that she had at a climbing wall :) After this I went home with my host family to see what she got for her birthday, she was supposed to open her gifts at home but she was to excited and opened them in car πŸ˜… Afterwards I drove back to Nicks house and we watched the Seahawks before we got ready for his sisters birthday party! We had pizza and cake πŸ˜‹ Then Nick played some ping pong with his friend, sister, grandpa and grandma. I'm not that good of a player so I watched until Nicks grandma walked over to me and said "Ronya come with me" so I followed her o the ping pong table and we played, it was fun :D

Even though it was Sunday I stayed the night cause my room was still occupied so I drove back home to work on Monday morning!

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Monday October 2nd
Both girls at school and I had my free time :) Pick up D at 1pm home for her movie time and then pick up K. After dinner I went to see Matilda one last time :( and after that I felt a bit sad so I drove over to Nicks house to hangout with him and his friend for a while.

Tuesday October 3rd
This day D had a field trip with her school to the pumpkin patch and my host mom went with her so I got some free time :) I went to a grocery and the Scandinavian store to buy some ingredients for cinnamon buns. Picked up K at school and got the girls ready for gymnastics and then I got ready for my class.

Wednesday October 4th
The Swedish cinnamon bun Day so on my free time I baked cinnamon buns :D This was my first time baking them all by myself and they turned out really good! I pick up D and we went to Maple leaf park before we picked up K from school and went back home. After work Nick picked me up and we went to grab dinner and ate at Golden gardens :)

Thursday October 5th
D's birthday! She is now a big five year old :D when I walked up they had already celebrated her earlier in the morning and after dropping off K at school D and I played at the house for a while. She played with all her new toys, the Princess Sofia karaoke bag was a hit cause she spent the whole morning singing! Then we went to Golden gardens for a while, home and had Mac and cheese and movie time before we picked up K. After work I had my class.

Friday October 6th
Just a normal day with both girls in school and I had my free time :) At lunch time my host moms parents came and after work I drove over to Nicks house to spend the weekend there cause I offered my room to the grandparents.

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Friday September 29th
After work Nick picked me up and we went home to his house for our wine and game night. Nick's mom joined us and we played a game called Life twists and turns and it was super fun! :D

Saturday September 30th
Nick and I had lunch at his grandparents and we brought the game with us so after lunch we all played Life and had pumpkin pie, yummy! Later we got back to his house and got ready for he night, one last night out with my friend Matilda! We went out to a bar in Ballard. The bar had a fun game, a ring on a string that you were gonna swing so the ring got stuck on a hook and we tried so many times until Matilda made it!! We had a fun night :D

Sunday October 1st
18 months in Seattle!
Nick and I had made plans to go hiking but we knew it was gonna rain but I'm the morning after some talking back and forth we decided to go hiking anyway! So we go ready and drove to the trailhead and started hiking. Yes it was a little rainy, muddy and cloudy but that didn't stop us, it was still a good hike to Snow Lake :)

September was a great month with a lot of fun but also a sad month because I had to say goodbye to five of my Swedish friends which was very tough and for the first time in my 18 months I experienced homesickness!

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