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Thursday June 29th
Finally this day arrived and I had been waiting for it! I was going to Los Angeles to meet family, my uncle, aunt and cousins :D Last time I saw them was at Christmas. My flight was in the afternoon and I arrived at the hotel with a big smile and met my family. We went out for dinner, Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, it was so good!

Friday June 30th
We woke up early to be at Universal Studios when they opened 9am :D We had front of line tickets and we started with the Harry Potter world, we had no idea what was waiting us so after the first ride we were blown away - it was amazing! Our front of the line tickets worked one time at each ride and it ended at 6:30 pm and we managed to do all the rides! After 6:30 we decided for three rides that we wanted to do again since we now had to stand in line but we discovered we could go in the single ride line and go as singles and that saved a lot of time so we actually had time to do all the rides one more time! I think we walked out of the park around 9pm and we went back to our hotel and had dinner at Panda Express that was close by :)

Saturday July 1st
We spent the whole day shopping in Hollywood! We all found some really good stuff :D

Sunday July 2nd
This day was spent in Santa Monica and Venice. We walked around on the Pier and then started walking on the beach walk towards Venice. We found a good spot to lay down and just relax on the beach. I bought a boggie board and I showed my cousins how to use and we had a lot of fun catching the waves :D We ended the beach day with a really good dinner in the sunset at a restaurant in Santa Monica.

Monday July 3rd
After four days of fun together it was time to pack and say goodbye :( Saying goodbye is always bittersweet, it's sad cause you know you won't see them for a long time again but at the same time you are happy for the time you spent together. Next time I will see them will be in April 2018, so not for a long time! It was really nice to meet them and it gave me some good energy to keep on going :)

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Friday June 23rd
After work I got ready and Nick picked me up and we went to the Swedish Club for a midsummer dinner and celebration. At the club we met up with Amanda, Hanna and Magda. The food was sooo good and I had been craving some Swedish food. After a delicious dinner Nick and I met up with Matilda and her cousin that was visiting. We all went to a rooftop bar downtown and it was a really cool bar and a lot of people since it was the Pride week.

Saturday June 24th
This day Amanda hosted a Midsummer party so around 3 we all met at Amanda's house and started prepping the food. Everyone brought a dish so we had a big potluck with Swedish food :D We had a really good dinner and afterwards Rebecka had divided us into two teams cause it was time for some typical Swedish midsummer games! We had a lot fun and the night ended with Kubb, another Swedish game :)

Sunday June 25th
Time for midsummer celebration number three - Skandia Midsummer fest! I was at this event last year and I loved it so of course I went this year as well. Nick and I met up with Rebecka, Hanna, Magda and her boyfriend Lucas and we had a little picnic. We watched them raise the maypole and danced around it as little frogs cause that is what we crazy Swedes do :P I'm from a part in Sweden were Midsummer is really big so I have always celebrated it and danced around the maypole. I just love midsummer and being away from home this time of the year is a little tough but I have to say that I had three really great days celebrating this holiday with my Swedish girls :D

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This week started with D being sick so she and I had a calm and cozy Monday while K was at school. Tuesday she was fever free but still coughing a bit but she wanted to go to gymnastic so we did and as usual she was so excited! Wednesday D went to school and so did K, so I had my free time in the morning before picking D up, home for snacks and movie and picking K up and back home for nap. After work Nick picked me up and we went out to a bar in the University district. Thursday K woke up sick so we all stayed home this day and just had a calm and cozy day. Friday - last day of school for both of them! K's fever was gone and D was better as well so after dropping D off I had my free time. After lunch I picked D up and she was so excited cause she was no longer a Bluebird and now a Fuzzy bunny and after summer break she will have a new teacher and go upstairs :D Home for snacks and movie, pick K up and back home for nap.

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Friday June 16th
After work Nick came and picked me up and we went over to his parents house to borrow their bigger car for out trip to Index, WA.
Nick and I packed the car and went out for dinner and grocery shopping. Index is a small town around an hour from Seattle and Nick's grandma grew up there and they still have the house so we were staying there. When we arrived it was dark out and we unpacked the car, fixed some popcorn and watched a movie.

Saturday June 17th
We woke up early and had breakfast, packed lunch, snacks and got ready for the hike. We drove to the hiking spot, we were gonna hike to Wallace falls. The hike was really nice with some really good views, especially the waterfall. I find waterfalls so peaceful and of course beautiful :D After the hike we went to Zeke's drive in and had shared a delicious burger with fries! When we got back to the house we showered and then went out for a walk and sat down by the river. Back at the house again we played some video games before we fixed dinner, which I had cooked before since the stove was broken. I had cooked spaghetti with Swedish meat sauce and a salad, it tasted really good! After dinner we continued to play video games and we had a lot of fun :D

Sunday June 18th
We woke up early, had breakfast and started to pack all of our things and made sure the house looked good. After this we drove to another hike the Iron Goat Trail. On this trail you get to see old railroads and a long the way there's signs about them so it was pretty cool. The first part (lower part) was a pretty easy hike. When we got to the end of the lower trail we decided to go up to Windy Point Lookout and that trail was just uphill and at some parts kinda steep but we made it and the view was awesome even though it was a bit cloudy. We sat down and had our lunch before starting our way back and we decided to take the upper part of the trail instead of taking the same way back. The upper part trail was a bit overgrown so it felt like walking in a jungle with all the bushes and waterfalls everywhere. In the end it felt like we had been walking and walking and that there's was no end cause it all looked the same but we finally made it back to the car and in time. We started our way back and we realized we had forgotten something at the house so we were just gonna swing by and get it and we also had a cup of coffee. After this we left the house and started to drive back to Seattle and we thought that we would make it back for the Father's day dinner with Nick's family but the traffic was really bad in the beginning. We both started to get stressed and we realized that we had to go straight to the restaurant in our sweaty hiking clothes! After a yummy dinner at the Tokyo Steakhouse we went to Nick's parents house and watched a movie :)

It was an amazing weekend :D

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Saturday June 10th
This day was a big day, not for me but for Nick. It was his Graduation from University of Washington after four years of studying! I was super excited because this is such a big thing here in America and also very different from back home in Sweden. Nick and I got ready for the ceremony, he in his cap and gown and me in a dress, we got lucky with the weather - sunshine :D. We walked through campus and there was students everywhere. We arrived at the Stadium and we met up with his family, took some pictures before we went separate ways. I sat with Nick's family and we found some good seats. All the students walked out on the field and we were lucky that Nick walked in on our side so we could see him and also when he sat down. The ceremony started and there was a bunch of speeches and they called out all the names for the doctorates and they were probably around 100 students, it took some time. After a while it was finally time for the bachelor students, Nick's time, to walk up to the stage and get their diploma. They didn't called out the names cause that would haven taken way to long! When we saw him walking to the stage we cheered and applauded.

When the ceremony was over we waited for Nick outside and then we decided to go out for dinner, we went to a Chinese restaurant and it was really good! After dinner we did a little stop at Nick's parents house before his mom drove us back to Nick's place and after a quick run to the grocery store we drove to Golden gardens to watch the sunset while eating strawberries and drinking some sparkling wine :D

Sunday June 11th
This day it was the Graduation party for Nick and his cousin, who had graduated High School. Nick and I went over this parents house around 11 am. Guest started to drop in around noon and Nick and I walked around and he introduced me to everyone in his family.
They served drinks and some really yummy snacks! A lot of people came so it was a great but busy party. After a while it was time for the cake and it was so good :D When the party was over me, Nick, his sister and three friends went out for dinner at Red Robin. After dinner Nick. me and two friends went to a bar and played pool. It was a great day!

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Sunday May 28th
This day Nick had a birthday surprise for me, my birthday was May 22nd. The only thing I knew was that I had to dress up and that it was gonna be at noon. I got ready and Nick picked me up and I was so excited! I had no idea what the surprise was gonna be until we parked the car by the Space Needle. For you who don't live in Seattle, Space Needle is an observation tower, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest and a tourist attraction in Seattle. To go up in the Space Needle has been on my bucket list before I moved here but I have never thought I would have the guts to do it, cause 1. I'm scared of heights, 2. I don't like elevators and that's how you get up there.

Nervously I stepped in the elevator with Nick, grabbed on to the handle and after a while I dared to look out. The elevator was super quick and we stepped out and we were at the observation deck. We walked out on the deck for a little bit while waiting for our table, cause there is a restaurant up there as well. We got a really good table facing the window = view, we were so lucky with the weather this day - blue sky and sunny! We had a three course brunch and it was delicious :D The restaurant slowly spins around so you get a full view of Seattle. After the brunch we walked up to the observation deck again and walked around! I'm so happy and proud of myself that I made it :D

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Weekend
After a few days of being sick with fever it was finally weekend. Friday I went out to a bar with Tamara. Saturday Nick and I went to a street market in the U district and we tried some new food :) After a while we walked over to the campus and just relaxed in the sun and tried different benches. We had dinner and after that we drove to Gas Work Park and watched the sunset and the sky change from day to night, so beautiful! :D Sunday Nick and I went to Danish bakery and had Swedish Princess cake to celebrate my upcoming birthday. We found a great spot in the sun by the water :) After this we went to Kerry Park and we had a great view over Mt. Rainier, it's so beautiful! In the evening we had dinner with Nick's parents :)

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Saturday May 13th
Eurovision Song Contest Final!! My host family was away over the weekend so my Swedish friends Matilda, Linnéa, Rebecka and Hanna came over to watch the ESC final. Everyone brought some snacks so we had a lot of yummy food to eat during the show and of course some party hats! Sweden came in fifth place and the winner was Portugal.

When the show was over Nick came and picked me up and we went over to the University to go and check out the UW Night Market, a food market :) We walked around and the rain was pouring down but that didn't stop us! We tried some new and good food and after a while when we were soaking went we decided to go back to his apartment and we were still hungry so we drove to Red Robin and had dinner. After this we went home to my place and I got ready for a night out with Nick, Rebecka, Matilda and Louisa :D

Sunday May 14th
In the morning I had my Au Pair meeting - a dance class, it was a lot of fun! :D After the class I went home to shower before I met up with Victoria. We met up at Gas work Park and just sat down on the grass in the sun and talked :) After a while we went to a cafe and had coffee. In the evening I went out for pizza with Matilda, Rebecka and Louisa and we went to my favorite pizza place :D

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Monday May 8th
I dropped off D at school at went home for a little while before I went to Tamara. We walked to a Starbucks and had coffee and walked back to her house and just talked :) I picked up D at 12:45 pm and home for snacks & movie. Pick K up at 2:15 pm and home for nap. When I was off I went to Matilda and we drove to Green Lake for a walk and talk! It was a beautiful evening :)

Tuesday May 9th
Gymnastic day! D has her gymnastic in the morning and K in the afternoon. Before gymnastic D and U usually do some puzzles and she loves doing "faces" on my phone, which is doing all these snapchat filters. Then we get ready, packing snacks, gymnastic outfit on and hair up in braids or ponytails. When we were about to walk out the door my host dad texted med and said that he had forgot to change the girls car seats from his van to mine so I couldn't take D to gymnastic. She got a little bummed out but we decided to go to Dunn Gardens and have a picnic :D After a while playing hide and go seek and some crab we decided to go home. D had her scooter and on the way back she fell and got hurt, so I had to carry her, the backpack and the scooter all the way home! When we got home D snuggled up on the couch while I made lunch. After lunch we played a little bit before it was movie time, some snacks and then time to pick K up and we had to walk since I couldn't use the car, luckily it's not that long of a walked and it was sunny. Back home for nap. When I was off I went to my class.

Wednesday May 10th
Just a normal day with both girls in school and I had my free time :) This day K had early dismissal so I picked her up at 12:15 pm and the straight to pick D up at 12:45 pm. Back home to play a little bit, movie time and nap time. I had dinner with my family and after that i got ready for the night - College party! Bucketlist - check :D

This week it was Greek Week which meant that it was gonna be a lot of parties at the Greek houses (Fraternities & Sorority). I went first home to Matilda and met up with Elin, Hanna and Rebecka. When everyone was ready we went over to N's place. The house next to N is a Fraternity and they had a party so we all walked over and when we got to entrance they said only girls could come in, boys could but too but you had to know someone in the frat. N and his friend didn't so they had to go back home. We girls walked in and had a lot of fun on the dance floor with confetti :D When the party ended we walked back to get N and his friend and we decided we wanted to try another house. So we all walked around and finally found a big fancy house with a rooftop. Matilda and Hanna walked up to the door and we could go in cause we were Swedish and our first frat party, we even got a private tour of the house and some free drinks. After this party N, his friend J and me went to bar at the U district and it was fun :D The whole night was really great! :D

Thursday May 11th
K in school and D had her free day. We spent some time at home before I packed snacks and we went to Golden Gardens to play at the playground :) We came back home and had lunch, played some more before movie time and picked K up from school and then nap time. When I was off I went to my class. Came home showered, had dinner and got ready for another party night. This night I was the driver and I picked Jessi up and Hanna. We drove to N's place and after a while found a parking spot. We waited for Elin and when she came we said bye to N and walked out to try to find a party, we just followed the music. It was a it dead, probably cause everyone had parties the day before. After a while we found a house and got in, the house had sand in front so it was like a beach party :) We stayed until it started to rain, Jessi and I went home while Elin and Hanna went to another party.

Friday May 12th
Normal day with both girls in school and I had my free time :) Picked D up at 12:45 pm, back home for movie and snacks. Went and picked K up at 2:15 pm and back home for nap. I got off a little earlier and could get ready and take an uber to Tamara. Her family had invited me to go watch the University baseball team :) It was fun even though we didn't stayed the whole game because of the kids. Back home to Tamaras house and got ready to go out. We went to a bar, the one we always got to haha! After that we went to our favorite little dance club Havana, we had great night :D

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Monday May 1st
13 months in USA!!
Just a regular day, I dropped D off at her school 8:45 am back home and had my free time :) Ate lunch and went to pick D up at 12:45 pm. Home for snacks and movie before we go to pick K up at her school 2:15 pm. Back home and time for Nap. After nap is my host dad home so the girls wanna play with him so it's pretty chill. When I was off N came to pick me up and we drove to his grandparents to have dinner, it was really nice :D

Tuesday May 2nd
Gymnastic day! D has gymnastic in the morning and K in the afternoon. So I go with D to her gymnastic class and it's always fun watching her! Back home for lunch, playing and then movie time before we go and pick K up from school and then nap time. When I was off I quickly changed into workout clothes and headed off to my class Strength & Conditioning at North Seattle College.

Wednesday May 3rd
Another normal day with both girls in school and me having free time :) Pick D up from school, snacks and movie. Pick K up and then nap time for the girls and coffee time for me! When I was off N picked me up and we went to a see one of his friends in a talent show! After that we went out to a bar in the University District. It was Wells Wednesday which meant that we got cheaper drinks :) The bar also had a little dance floor which was fun :D

Thursday May 4th
Finally a sunny day! I took D to Golden Gardens and we enjoyed the sun and played around on the beach :D Home and had Mac & Cheese for lunch, played a bit, movie time and then pick K up. Back home for nap. When I was off I went to my class again :)

Friday May 5th
When I walked to start working my host mom told me that D was sick so my schedule would change for the day. I stayed home with D all day and we had chill day just playing inside the house. Went to pick up K and back for nap. After work I got ready to go out with my Friend Tamara that was invited to a dinner. It was also Cinco de Mayo so after dinner we went to a bar where N joined us :D We stayed at this country bar for a little bit before we left and went to another one where there had been a Cinco de Mayo street party. We had fun dancing all night!

Saturday May 6th
N and I went to have lunch with his sister, it was fun to finally meet her :) After this we went to his parents house and we walked around in his childhood neighborhood. It was a really nice day and in the evening his parents invited us to join them for dinner and to a show. The show was a band that played 80's disco music. It was a lot of fun, N and I rocked the dance floor with our disco moves :D

Sunday May 7th
In the morning N picked me up and we went to the Swedish Club to go to the Swedish Pancake breakfast :) After a yummy breakfast we went to his apartment to meet up two of his friends and then go to a baseball game, Seattle Mariners. It was a sunny day and when we got our tickets we walked in to have some food and drinks :) We had really good seats, in the sun! I don't want to complain about the sun but it was a bit hot and we got a little burnt :P We were lucky cause The Mariners won, it was a great game :D

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