First I have a couple pictures from thanksgiving! And some before thanksgiving... I'm back!! I have been back from Miami for almost 2 weeks now. But I have just had sooo many things to do. So my 1st week of vacation I spend with my Boyfriend and hi…

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Right now I’m in a cabin in Pennsylvania. We are gonna celebrate thanksgiving here with friends and family. A great view and awesome beautiful weather! Tomorrow very early morning when everyone is still asleep from thanksgiving, we are gonna go to …

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Sidste weekend var jeg med en dansk veninde til jule bazaar i Maryland. Vi planlagde det aftenen før, og det var mega fedt at kommer derud. Der var proppet, og der var mange flere mennsker end forventet. Vi kunne næsten ikke finde en parkeringsplad…

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Så har det også været halloween herovre i USA. Og det bliver der gået meget op i. Udsmykningen i butikker og huse, vil jeg sammenligne med jul i Danmark. Græskar overalt og så går de rigtigt meget op i udsmykningen på huset. Hvilket jo også giver g…

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So, now I can cross of one more state. Because this weekend I went to Texas. I have some family in Texas so to me it was very obviously to go there as one of my first places. I've never meet them so that's why I thought I wanted to go there soon to…

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Som Au Pair rejser du (i mit tilfælde) til USA på et J1-visum. Det betyder at jeg lovligt kan rejse ind i landet. Jeg er rejst ind på et J1 visum. Det betyder at før jeg rejser hjem igen skal jeg tage undervisning herover. Jeg skal have 6 credits, …

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Wuhuuu næste rejse er nu bestilt! Mit mål er at være i/se en ny by eller stat hver måned. So far, har jeg været i byerne: Pittsburgh, New York, Philadelphia, Bowie, Washington DC, Richmond og Alexandria samt staterne: Pennsylvania, New York, Virgin…

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Så den 14. oktober var det altså Ellie's fødselsdag. Hun blev hele 10 år. Og det blev fejret på rigtige amerikanske manerer. Der blev ikke vækket med morgensang og gaver og morgenmad på sengen. Man stod op når man ville, men der var selvfølgelig pl…

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Som jeg fortalte om for et par indlæg siden, så har jeg jo været omgang med mit kørekort. Jeg bestod den skriftlige og fik en aftale til prøven bag rettet den 25. Oktober. Det man så også har mulighed for ar gøre herovre, er at tage en såkaldt “Wal…

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De sidste 2,5 måneder har jeg haft noget hængende over hovedet. Jeg har nemlig skulle have lavet SSN (Social Security Number) og kørekort. I starten var det svært da børnene havde sommerferie. Det betød at jeg havde dem hele dagen og skulle køre dem til og fra camps og venner. Derfor tog jeg første skoledag afsted til SSN office for at ansøge om et SSN. Jeg fik af vide at jeg ville få det indenfor to uger. Da jeg ankom skulle jeg stå i kø, og der mødte jeg en anden Au Pair som jeg kun lige havde mødt dagen forinden. Så vi kunne snakke lidt sammen derinde og hjælpe hinanden. Efter en uges tid snakkede vi sammen igen, og hun fortalte at hun allerede havde fået sit SSN. Så jeg forventede også at få min snarest. Efter 3 uger hvor den stadig ikke var kommet ringede jeg derind. Det var nemlig sådan at min bank derhjemme skulle bruge det og jeg skulle snart have mit kørekort hvilket jeg også skulle bruge den til. Jeg fik af vide at hun umuligt kunne have fået den indenfor 5 dage, derfor skulle jeg ikke forvente at den kom til mig indenfor 6-8 uger. Selv posttiden var 5 dage så det kunne altså ikke ske. Så for at få status på kortet var jeg nød til at tage tilbage på kontoret. Så jeg tog tilbage og fik af vide at jeg skulle genansøge. Jeg snakkede med en flink mand som hurtigt fandt fejlen fra sidste gang, og fik rettet op på det så jeg kunne modtage brevet denne gang. Så 5 dage senere lå mit kort i postkassen. Så damen jeg snakkede med havde åbenbart ikke helt styr på det.

Da jeg nu havde fået mit SSN, kunne jeg tage ind på DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) for at bestå den skriftlige del af prøven, derefter kan jeg tage op til prøven bag rettet. Det er nemlig sådan at hvis du ikke er fra enten Tyskland eller Frankrig så skal man tage begge prøver, og hvis man er fra Tyskland eller Frankrig skal man bare vise dem sit kørekort, og derefter kan de få et kørekort fra Virginia. Hvilket jeg ikke helt kan forstå da jeg synes at trafikken i DK og Tyskland er forholdsvis ens. Men jeg tog i dag den skriftlige prøve efter at have øvet hele weekenden. OG JEG BESTOD!!! Jubii, så er det kun køreprøven jeg mangler.Jeg har bestilt en tid den 25. oktober, men jeg har muligvis mulighed for at få den taget før tid hvis der er aflyste tider. Så kryds fingre for mig!

Når man lige har bestået skriftlige prøve på engelsk med 40 spørgsmål og kun 5 forkerte som maks!!

Love, Simone❤

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This weekend I was in Richmond. A very beautiful city in Virginia. Also one of the biggest cities in Virginia. I went there with 3 other Au Pairs who I meet through a WhatsApp group and was also free Friday and Saturday. One of them had a car, so that's how we got there. We drove there late Friday night and arrieved around 10PM. We found our penthouse, and decided to find a small shop for some chips and soft drinks. Then we just sat down together talking, having fun and get to know each other. We also talked about what to do for breakfast the next day. We decided to eat somewhere so we researhed places to eat nearby. So we went to bed at 2:30, and woke up again at 8! We had a lot to do and a lot to see. So we packed our stuff, and left to find the cafe. We ordered a breakfast. And it was a really good place. It's the 821 café in Richmond. Super nice, and the food was really good. Especially the nutella stuffed french toast!!! The only thing was that they where very busy. A lot of costumers is a lot of noise and a lot of waiting for the food. I guees that means they are pretty good!! But on a weekday I bet it'll be a great place to go. And it was even though it was very busy. After that we saw:

  • Carytown: Carytown is a long street with a lot of small cool shops. They was a shop for every taste.
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Is a museum with a lot of arts from Asia, Egypt and much more. You can see all of them here.
  • Virginia Historical Socierty: They had a traveling exhibition with "Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s" that we thought could be so fun to see, but we had to pay for it and then some of us didn't want to anyways.
  • The Grand Kugel: The Grand Kugel is outside of the Science Museum of Virginia, the 29-ton granite ball spins around at the slightest touch thanks to a scientific phenomenon.
  • Science Museum of Virginia: I really wanted to see this, but it costed money too, and some of us didn't want to pay to see it, so I guess I'll have to go there once again!
  • Belle Isle/James River: This isle and river is sooooo beautiful. They have those beautiful stones that is just slippery and round and not square and sharp.


When I was there I also completede another one of the challenges from home: Go to a dollorstore!! In there I founf Danish cookies!!!! 😱

Love, Simone❤

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Først vil jeg lige sige at min sidste 9 ugers ugenlige opdatering bliver skiftet ud med små indlæg omkring lidt større ting i stedet for, da det tit blev sent om aftenen før jeg havde tid til at skrive om dagen og at det efterhånden bliver stå op, gøre dem klar, tage i fitness, tage hjem, frokost osv. Derfor skifter jeg det ud med indlæg omkring lidt større og mere spændende ting. Det håber jeg ikke gør det helt store! 😉

Jeg har de sidste par dage gået med tanken om at tage et sted hen i denne weekend. Jeg havde hele lørdag fri og fredag aften. Hvilket giver rig mulighed for at se noget nyt. Jeg efterspurgte derfor nogle travelbuddies som kunne tænke sig at udforske et nyt sted. 2 kvindelige Au Pairs og en mandlig bed på og vi er 4 der tager afsted sammen. Vi blev enige om at tage til Charlottesville. Så vi fik skrevet frem og tilbage om hvornår vi havde fri, om vi skulle tage bus eller lave en roadtrip, eller om vi skulle noget helt tredje. Vi havde heldigvis mulighed for at tage en bil. Og blev enige om hvornår vi skulle mødes og hvor. Så her sidder jeg og skal til at finde en liste over småting jeg kan se og udforske. Og så finder jeg skisme ud af at jeg gerne vil se Richmond før jeg ser Charlottesville. Men så er det jo heldigt at de andre er så medgørelige og bare takker ja. Ingen af dem havde jo nogle planer om noget bestemt. Så jeg føler mig godt nok heldig at have fundet dem som mine travelbuddies. Lige nu sidder jeg og udforsker AIRBNB's for overnatning, og så booker jeg det i morgen tidlig. I morgen aften tager vi så afsted og kommer hjem igen lørdag aften! Det bliver kanon godt.

Jeg opdatere løbende på Instagram både når vores korte roadtrip begynder, men også i morgen tidlig hvor jeg tager til Alexandria Old Town med 2 danske veninde. Det bliver en knald god weekend altså! Kan slet ikke vente.😍

Simone ❤

So first I'd like to say that the weekly update is now being replaced by smaller posts about either trips or more exiting things than waking up, going to the gym and so on😉

So since I had Saturday of and late Friday night, I had been thingking about going to explore something new. I requested some travel buddies who'd be willing to travel with me, and 2 young women and a man wanted to go with me. We decided to go to Charlottesville. And then when I started to find things I wanted to see I saw that I was wrong since I wanted to see Richmond. So I asked if they'd be okay if we changed destination. And it was soo okay!! I could not be more happy with the choice of travel buddies I made. So tomorrow I will book the AIRBNB and then we will leave tomorrow night. And get back Saturday night.

I'll be updating my Instagram when I leave but also before. Tomorrow morning I am going to Old Town Alexandria with two Danish friends. I don't think this weekend can be any better than that!!!😍

Simone ❤

Love, Simone❤

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Monday September 4th 2017 kl. 10:48 PM

English: Today was an american holiday. Labourday. We just have an extra day of for everyone who works hard, to be with the family. I was working from 9:30AM-2PM and then I went with the family to a private poolparty at some friends house. After that I wanted to go to the gym, but what I didn't know was that they closed at 5 because of Labourday. I arrived at 5:15 :( Well, I did some groceries on the way back home, and then I just relaxed the rest of the night.

Danish: I dag var en amerikansk fridag, hvor de fejre alle arbejde som arbejder hårdt. Så de kan få en fridag med familien. Jeg arbejde fra 9:30-14 og derefter tog jeg med familien til en privat poolfest hos nogle af deres venner. Da vi kom hjem ville jeg tage i fitness. Men hvad jeg ikke vidste var at de lukkede tidligt pga. labourday. Så da jeg ankom måtte jeg vende snuden hjemad igen. Jeg købte lidt ind til familien på vej hjem og da jeg kom hjem slappede jeg af med film resten af aftenen.

Tuesday September 5th 2017 kl. 10:18PM

English: After Laborday the kids went back to school. For the first time I had them alone in the morning. Made them breakfast, lunchboxes and made sure teeths where brushed and hair too. I walked them to the busstop with the dog. I got back home, got some breakfast and headed to the gym. Today I didn't run, because I was talking with a friends at the same time, so I just walked for a little more than an hour in a high pace, and then I did some og those mashines for the body with weights. Then I showered, because I didn't felt like swimming lanes today. I drove home, and I had a lunch, and did some of my Laundry. After that I started with the kids walk in closet and drawers, and organized it from the very bottom, and to the top. I didn't know what was pants, socks and T-shirts before, so I had to organize it so I knew where to put everything, when I folded the laundry. It took a couple hours. Then I went to the kiss and ride to pick up the kids, drove back home. Took Ellie to soccer practise, went home, Picked up Spencer from Piano, went home got Spencer ready for baseball, had to leave early because of a carcrash and heavy traffic, went by lainey to frop off a waterbottle, then pick up Ellie 15 minutes to late. Then going to Spencers baseball. which was cancelled because of storm. At the same time Laineys was cancelled. She got a ride home with a friend. I walked the dog. The kids and I went to Chipotle to pick up some dinner, then we watched a movie together, had dessert and bedtime snacks, and then it was bedtime. I cuddled with them, read a nightstory and then I could tidy up after the day. And now I'm just waiting for the parents to come home! (They came the second I wrote this!!!) And then I'll be going to bed too!

Danish: Efter den amerikanske Labourday skulle børnene tilbage til skole. For første gang havde jeg dem alene om morgenen. Lavede morgenmad, madpakker og sørgede for, at tænderne var børste og håret sat. Vi gik sammen til bussen med hunden. Jeg kom hjem, fik morgenmad og tog i fitness. Derefter tog jeg hjem og fik frokost og ordnede vasketøj. Derefter begyndte jeg at sortere Ellie's og Spencer's skabe og skuffer, fra ende til anden. Jeg vidste ikke, hvad der var bukser, strømper og t-shirts før, så jeg var nødt til at organisere det, så jeg vidste hvor jeg skulle lægge alt, efter jeg folder det. Det tog et par timer. Så tog jeg til Kiss and Ride på skolen for at hente Ellie og Spencer. Derefter kørte jeg Ellie til fodboldtræning, tog hjem, hentede Spencer fra klaver, tog hjem, fik Spencer klar til baseball, måtte tage afsted tidligt på grund af et biluheld og rushhour, kørte forbi Lainey for at aflevere en vandflaske og derefter hente Ellie 15 minutter for sent. Så videre til Spencers baseball. som blev aflyst på grund af storm. Samtidig blev Laineys afsluttet tidligt af samme grund. Hun blev kørt hjem af en ven. Jeg gik med hunden. Børnene og jeg tog til Chipotle for at hente lidt middag, så så vi en film sammen, fik dessert og så var det sengetid. Jeg læste en nathistorie og så kunne jeg rydde op efter dagen. Og nu venter jeg bare på, at forældrene kommer hjem! Og så går jeg også i seng!

Wednsday September 6th 2017 kl. 10:54PM

English: Today I slept in. Then Lainey came down to ask me if I could braid her hair. I braided it and went back in my bed to relax. I then got dressed, got something to eat and did another page in my scrapbook. After that I heard that some of my friends where doing a little meet up at the Starbucks next door, so I walked there to get social. We talked for almost 2 hours and then Jenna and I did some grocery shopping together. Then I went back home and got a lunch, then I started tidying up a little before I walked to the bus stop with the dog to pick up the kids. The only thing I had to do today was to pick up Lainey. Besides that I did some organizing with some of Ellie's clothes and her room. Then we had dinner, and I braided Lainey's hair again. This time, something a little more complicated. But it turned out pretty well. Then I just took a shower and went to cuddle in my bed.

Danish: I dag sov jeg længe. Lainey kom ned for at spørge mig om jeg kunne flette hendes hår. Jeg flettede det og gik tilbage i min seng for at slappe af. Jeg klædte om, fik noget at spise og lavede en side i min scrapbog. Derefter hørte jeg, at nogle af mine venner, tog på Starbucks så der tog jeg hen for at være lidt social. Vi snakkede næsten i 2 timer og derefter handlede Jenna og jeg sammen ind. Derefter fik jeg lavet frokost, så begyndte jeg at rydde lidt op, før jeg gik til busstoppestedet med hunden for at afhente børnene. Det eneste jeg skulle i dag var at hente Lainey. Derudover ryddede jeg op på Ellie's værelse. Så spiste vi middag, og jeg flettede Lainey's hår igen. Denne gang noget lidt mere kompliceret. Men det viste sig at blive ganske godt. Så tog jeg et bad og gik så en film.

Thursday September 7th 2017 kl. 11:43PM

English: Today I was back up at 7 .I made breakfast and lunch for the kids.then I made sure everybody had their backpacks packed, and that they all was changed. Then I walked the kids and the dog to the bus stop, today we took the lower bus stop where all the other kids are. Then I went back home, watch some Netflix waiting for the car to get home so I could go to the gym. Then I went back home, watch some Netflix waiting for the car to get home so I could go to the gym.when the car came home I left for the gym for a couple of hours. When the car came home I left for the gym for a couple of hours. On my way home I did some grocery this.and when I got home I made some lunch for myself. Then I just did some scrapbook watched a movie and just relaxed. When I was working I started tidying up a little, then I headed to the kiss and ride to pick up Ellie dad I drove her to piano lesson, and then I headed back home, did some snacks and smoothies for Lainey and Spencer. When they get off the bus stop I went to pick up Ellie again. When I got home we did some homework and then we just played and read a book. After that Ellie had to go to soccer practice with a friend I picked a friend up and followed the GPS to the destination. But something went wrong while finding the destination so when I thought I was there I was 35 minutes away.that means that I was 25 minutes late for the practice for them and I felt so bad. I don't know what happened but when I push the address and said open Waze for some reason, something went wrong and that screwed up the whole afternoon. The kids thought it was funny but I didn't think so... I felt so bad because of what happened and from now on I will always check my destination twice if not three times before leaving somewhere.

Dansk: I dag var jeg oppe klokken 7. Jeg lavede morgenmad og frokost til børnene. Så sørgede jeg for, at alle havde deres rygsække pakket. Så gik jeg med børnene og hunden til busstoppestedet, i dag tog vi det busstoppested længst væk, hvor alle de andre børn er. Så gik jeg hjem, så Netflix ventede på at bilen kom hjem, så jeg kunne tage i fitness. På vej hjem handlede jeg lidt og da jeg kom hjem lavede jeg frokost til mig selv. Da jeg arbejdede, begyndte jeg at rydde lidt op, så kørte jeg kiss and ride for at hente Ellie, kørte hende til klaver, og så tog jeg hjem igen, lavede nogle snacks og smoothies til Lainey og Spencer. Da de kom med bussen tog jeg afsted for at hente Ellie. Da jeg kom hjem lavede vi nogle lektier og så spillede vi bare og læste en bog. Derefter skulle Ellie til fodbold med en ven. Jeg fulgte GPS'en men noget gik galt, så jeg endte op det helt forkerte sted. Det resulterede i at de kom 30 min for sent til træning. Det er sådan noget der bare kan gøre en trist.. Man vil helst gerne være det foruden, men nu tjekker jeg altid destinationen 3 gange før jeg tager afsted.

Friday September 8th 2017 kl. 9:59PM

English: Today I had the kids by my self so I got them changed and made them lunch and breakfast. Then I walked the dog while following them to the bus. After that I quickly went home to eat and change and then I meet Jenna. We drove to the nearby DSW shoe warehouse! It's a cheap designer wear house with shoes. I needed to find new sneakers. They weren't open yet so we went to the other shop next door TJ MAXX, which is the same but for everything! I found some beautiful heels and then DSW, was open. We went in there and they didn't have what I was looking for, so I found something else that I really love too!!!😍 Adidas NEO! Soo good shoes, and they are so comfortable. They have a foam bottom so it's like walking on a bed for your feets! After that we picked up her child and drove him to a camp and then we went to my place to watch a movie together! After that I had to work. I greater the kids from school and then after an hour they didn't need me anymore so I went to the gym. When I got home I hang out with the family, and then I went to bed.

Dansk: I dag havde jeg også børnene alene. Vi blev klar til skole og jeg fik dem afleveret dem ved bussen. Derefter skiftede jeg og mødtes med Jenna for at kører til DSW for at købe nye sko til mig!! Da vi ankom havde de ikke åbnet endnu, så vi tog i TJ MAXX som ligge lige ved siden af. Jeg fandt nogle rigtige fine sko derinde. Så tog vi i DSW og her fandt jeg nogle nye sneakers som erstatning for dem jeg mistede sidste weekend. Jeg købte hvide Adidas NEO, og de er så behagelige at have på. De har en skumbund så det føles som om jeg går på gulvtæppe hele tiden!! Derefter hentede vi hendes dreng, kørte ham til camp, og så tog vi hjem til mig for at se en film. Derefter skulle jeg arbejde, men de behøvede mig ikke mere end en time, så jeg tog i fitness derefter. Da jeg kom hjem hang jeg ud med familien og så gik jeg i seng.

Saturday September 9th 2017 kl. 10:38PM

English: Today I slept in. When I got up I hang out with the family and then I got some breakfast. After that I meet with a friend that just came home from her travelmonth. She has 4 days left here and wanted to go shopping. So we went to tysons, had a lunch, did a little shopping and then we went to TJ MAXX. We drove to my house, I showed her my room and my scrapbook, and she could relate to all of it! Then I drove to a school to watch Spencer play soccer. And OMG I LOVED HIS COACH!!!!! She did an amazing job. She cheered them and made them feel like they where professional soccer players. And it was just one team who played against each other! I couldn't help my self but go tell her when they where done. People like that is what this world need to make other people fell special. And she needed to know that she was too! I can't say how much I love her personality even thought this was the first time I saw her!! Then I was reminded that my HD took the car keys with him when they left so we had to wait 45 min for them to come back with them so we could go home. After that the kids had a play date, and I went home to make dinner. So it was ready whenever their play date was over. Then I picked them up again, and Lainey got home from her soccer game and we had dinner, after that we played some wii and watched a movie. Then it was bedtime, and a read for all of them.

Dansk: I dag havde jeg planer om at mødes med min veninde Christine. Vi tog til Tysons for at shoppe lidt og spise frokost, og derefter tog vi ud til DSW og TJ MAXX igen. Derefter tog jeg ud til en skole for at se Spencer spille fodbold. Hans træner var helt fantastisk. Og jeg var nød til at gå hen og rose hende. Aftenen før i Fitnesscenteret var der en kvinde som gav mine sko et kompliment, og når andre kan. SÅ KAN JEG OGSÅ!!! Så jeg gik hen til hende og sagde at jeg elskede hendes træningmåde og at hun endelig skulle blive ved som hun gjorde. Hun fik de her 40-50 7 årige drenge til at føle sig som nogle der spillede i superligaen. Det var så fedt at se!! Når hun får andre til at føle sig speciel på den måde, skal hun også føle det! Da vi skulle hjem havde min VF glemt at give mig nøglerne så vi måtte vente 45 min på at han kom tilbage så vi kunne tage afsted. Ellie og Spencer skulle lege med nogle venner og i mellemtiden lavede jeg koldskål til aftensmad. De kom hjem og vi fik spist, spillet WII og set film. Derefter var det sengetid, og jeg læste for dem alle.

Sunday September 10th 2017 kl. 6:52PM

Engelsk: Today I woke up and got dressed. Christine and I was supposed to meet up so we could go to Georgetown together. She wanted to show me around before she left. Since it's her favorite place. And, now, also mine. I walked to her house. And she was still asleep, so her HM woke her up, and we left for the metro when she was ready. We only had 3 hours in Georgetown, but that was actually enough since it's not that big. We saw the waterfront which is beautiful, and Georgetown University which is huuuuge!!!!! and then we ate at Chipotle, and we should have had a Georgetown cupcake, but we where too full. Then we went to Key Bridge which is also very beautiful. After that we took the Metro back home, and then we walked home. After that I had some work. I was going to a poolparty for Ellie's soccer team. It was so nice. And the kids where in the pool, and there was appetizers, snacks, fruit and pizza. Then after a couple hours we went home and I just cuttlede in from the start since I was very cold and tired.

Dansk: I dag havde jeg aftalt med Christine at hun skulle vise mig rundt i Georgetown. Det er hendes yndlignssted her i DC. Så selvfølgelig skulle hun derud en sidste hang inden hun tog hjem. Vi gik til metroen, og hun sove over sig, så det tog os lidt længere tid end forventet. hahaha, men det hele gik alligevel. Da vi ankom viste hun mig Waterfront hvor man kan se ud over Potomac river. Super smukt. Derefter så vi Gerogetown University, som minder om noget fra Harry Potter. Helt vildt stort og mega flot. Til frokost fik vi Chipotle. Og så gik vi tilbage til metrostationen henover Key Bridge og forbi Washington DC skiltet. Lige efter vi ankom så jeg en dansk butik som jeg selvfølgelig skulle have et billede af! Da jeg kom hjem tog jeg til poolparty med Ellie og der var jeg resten af dagen. Og det var mine 4 timers "arbejde" i dag.

Love, Simone❤

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Hi everybody!

Many of you have been asking where I have bought my scrapmaps. Both the one for the US and the one for the whole world. I bought both of them on amazon. I bought them when I got here, because one of them couldn't be delivered to where I live in Denmark. I had been planning on buying frames for them too to make them even more beautiful. But the things is that I'd have to bring them back home too, and that's not simple. They take up a lot of space. Both of them. So for now I'd be fine with tape. But when I get back home I'd definetly buy frames for them.

It's a beautiful world watercolor map- Find it here

US watercolor map - Find it here

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Love, Simone❤

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Monday August 28th 2017 kl. 10:48 PM

English: Today was the first day of school. Lainey started in 6th grade, Spencer started in 2nd grade and Ellie started in 4th grade. In the morning we got up, ate breakfast and braided hair. Then we left for the bus stop. At the bus stop there was a lot of kids and their parents. Everybody was excited about the first day of school and so was I. Some of the kids had their first day in kindergarten and some of them we are about to go into 6th grade. When the bus came everybody was excited. The kids went on the bus and some of the parents stayed and talked together. When we are going to the bus stop we walk the dog at the same time. When I got home I was off until 3 o'clock. First I made a breakfast for myself, after that I went to the Social Security office to apply for a Social Security number. When I got there, there was 1.5-2 hours waiting in line. At 11:30 AM I was out and I was done now I only have to wait two weeks for my number to arrive. When I got back home I made a sandwich for myself and then I took the bike to my friends house.we decided to watch a movie and ended up watching sausage party. I did not expect the movie to be that fun but it was crazy. While watching the movie we laughed so hard that our tummies were about to cramp we the movie was so funny. At 3 o'clock I left back home and started doing the laundry. I was folding it and putting it away. After that I made some snacks for the kids so it was easy for me to pick them up, give them snacks and then driving them to soccer. After that I organized some toys and played with the kids my host dad made soup for dinner and it was delicious.

Danish: I dag var det første skoledag for børnene. Det betyder to ting: 1. Jeg har mere frihed i hverdagen mens de er i skole til at gøre hvad jeg vil. 2. Jeg har en mere fast rutine, hvilket er super dejligt. Lainey startede i 6. klasse, Ellie i 4. og Spencer i 2. klasse. Om morgenen stod vi op og fik sat hår, skiftet tøj og lavet madpakker. Derefter gik vi samlet til busstoppestedet, så jeg vidste hvor det var og så jeg kunne være der med dem på første dag. Der var mange børn og forældre. Nogle startede i kindergarten, hvilket jeg umiddelbart tror er 0. klasse, og andre i 6. klasse. Da bussen kom, var alle begejstrede. Børnene gik på bussen og nogle af forældrene blev sammen og snakkede. Når vi går til busstoppestedet bliver hunden luftet på samme tid. Da jeg kom hjem havde jeg fri til klokken 3. Først lavede jeg morgenmad til mig selv, derefter tog jeg til Social Security kontoret for at ansøge om et socialsikringsnummer. Da jeg kom der, var der 1,5-2 timer foran mig i kø. Klokken 11:30 var jeg ude og jeg var færdig nu skal jeg kun vente to uger før jeg har et nummer. Da jeg kom hjem, lavede jeg en sandwich til mig selv, og så tog jeg cyklen til min venindes hus. Vi besluttede os for at se en film og endte med at se Sausage Party. Jeg forventede ikke at filmen var så sjov, men den var smadder god. Mens vi så filmen, grinede vi helt vildt. Klokken 3 tog jeg hjem og begyndte at ordne vasketøj. Jeg foldede det og puttede det væk. Derefter lavede jeg nogle snacks til børnene, så det var nemt for mig at hente dem, give dem snacks og derefter køre dem til fodbold. Derefter ordnede jeg noget legetøj, legede med børnene. Min værtsfar lavede supper til aftensmad. Det smagte super godt.

Tuesday August 29th 2017 kl. 12:07AM

English: Today was my second day of working with the kids in school. I didn't have anything in the morning, but I came up braided Lainey's hair, and walk them to the bus. After that I took a small breakfast and then I went to the gym. I got home about noon and then I made myself a sandwich then I watched some Netflix, did some laundry and talked with friends and family at home. At 3 o'clock I have to work again, from that point on it was a busy day. I picked Ellie and Spencer up in the kiss and ride section on the school, I drove Ellie to piano and went back home with Spencer. Then I picked up Lainey at the bus stop, dropped her off at home made her do her homework and eat snacks. Then I took Spencer with me to the piano class dropped him off and picked up Ellie. Then I had packed a snack box for Ellie and her soccer uniform so that she could change while is was driving her to soccer. I drove her straight to soccer after piano. When I dropped Ellie off I went back to the piano class and picked up Spencer. We drove back home I dropped off Spencer made him do his homework and I brought Lainey with me for her soccer practice. When I dropped off Laney I went straight to Ellies soccer practice and waited there for her to be done. I picked her up and drove her back home. In the meanwhile my host dad had cooked dinner for all of us and we ate that when we get home. Then I was off and I got ready for the Starbucks night to begin. I picked up two friends on my way there and we met a lot of new people, and we had fun together.

Danish: I dag var min anden arbejdsdag med børnene i skolen. Jeg havde ikke noget om morgenen, men jeg kom op for at flette Laineys hår og gik med dem til bussen. Derefter tog jeg en lille morgenmad og så gtog jeg i fitness. Jeg kom hjem ved middagstid og så lavede jeg en sandwich, så jeg så noget Netflix, ordnede noget vasketøj og talte med venner og familie derhjemme. Klokken 3 skulle jeg arbejde igen, fra det tidspunkt var det en travl dag. Jeg hentede Ellie og Spencer i Kiss and Ride på skolen, jeg kørte Ellie til klaver og tog hjem med Spencer. Så hentede jeg Lainey ved busstoppestedet, satte hende af derhjemme, fik hende til at lave sine lektier og spise snacks. Så tog jeg Spencer med mig til klaver klassen satte ham af og samlede Ellie op. Så havde jeg en snackboks til Ellie og hendes fodbolduniform, så hun kunne skifte, mens jeg kørte hende til fodbold. Jeg kørte hende lige til fodbold efter klaver. Da jeg satte Ellie af, kørte jeg tilbage for at hente Spencer til klaver. Vi kørte hjem, jeg satte Spencer af, fik ham til at lave sine lektier, og jeg tog Lainey til hendes fodboldtræning. Da jeg satte Lainey af, kørte jeg direkte ud for at hente Ellie. I mellemtiden havde min værtsfar lavede middag til os alle sammen, og vi spiste det, da vi kom hjem. Da jeg havde fri blev jeg klar til Starbucks aften. Jeg hentede to venner på vejen, og vi mødte mange nye mennesker, og vi havde det sjovt sammen.

Wednsday August 30th 2017 kl. 11:51PM

English: Today I had a few hours in the morning too. I didn't clean the house but i made sure that paperwork and stuff like that was where it belonged. Wednsday is the day where we have our cleaning lady comming over for some hours. She cleans the whole house from sheets to ovens. Even my room she cleans. Which is super nice. After that I went to the ZOO with a friend who was working. I didn't have anything to do really so to me it seemed clearly that I wanted to spend some hours with them. After the ZOO I did some grocerie shopping, got lunch and made snacks for the kids. I like to prepare them so it's all ready and lined up when they come home. It makes everything a little easier. I dropped Ellie of for soccer, and then Lainey. We had Pizza for dinner, and when I was off I went to Sports night at a High School with some friends. We played soccer and basketball. And I meet a lot of new people from my area. I love that everyone is so open and nice, and it seems like one big family. Some have been there for 6 days, and some for 2 years, and have just said hi to their families new Au Pair. I love that. And I love all the nationalities. We where talking with some friends both today and yesterday, and we where 5 people from 5 different countries. That's what I love.

Danish: I dag havde jeg også et par timer om morgenen. Jeg ryddede lidt op i huset, så vores rengøringsdame kunne komme til. Hun gør hele huset rent, selv mit værelse. Hvilket er super dejligt. Derefter tog jeg i ZOO med en ven, der arbejdede. Jeg havde ikke noget at lave så det var da tydeligt at jeg skulle bruge nogle timer med dem. Efter ZOO købte jeg det nødvendige ind, lavede frokkost til mig og derefter snacks til børnene. Jeg kan godt lide at forberede det, så det er helt klart når de kommer hjem. Det gør det hele lidt lettere. Jeg tog Ellie til fodbold og derefter Lainey. Vi fik Pizza til middag, og da jeg havde fri Sportsaften på et gymnasium med nogle venner. Vi spillede fodbold og basketball. Og jeg mødte mange nye mennesker fra mit område. Jeg elsker at alle er så åbne og hyggelige, og det virker som en stor familie. Nogle har været der i 6 dage, og nogle i 2 år, og lige har sagt hej til deres families nye Au Pair. Jeg elsker det. Og jeg elsker alle nationaliteterne. Vi talte med nogle venner både i dag og i går, og vi hvor 5 personer fra 5 forskellige lande. Det er det jeg elsker.

Thursday August 31st 2017 kl. 11:37PM

English: So today I didn't have any hours in the morning, so when I woke up I got some breakfast and then I went to the gym. After the gym I went to a craft store called Michaels. I wanted to buy stickers and stuff for my scrapbook. Their paying machine was out, so i couldnt pay, and had to let them make a hold for me over the weekend to make sure I had time to pick it up. I went home and had a great lunch and then I did some tidying and made snacks ready for the kids. They didn't have anything scheduled for today so we could just have fun and play games together. When I was off I quickly had some tacos and then I picked up a friend and went to a LCC meeting. There was so many new au pairs, and it was so fun to meet so many new people again.

Dansk: Så i dag havde jeg ikke nogen timer om morgenen, så da jeg vågnede, fik jeg lidt morgenmad og så tog jeg i fitness. Efter fitness tog jeg til en gør-det-selv butik kaldet Michaels. Jeg ville købe klistermærker og ting til min scrapbog. Deres betalingssystem var nede, så jeg kunne ikke betale, og måtte lade dem holde det over weekenden for at sikre, at jeg havde tid til at hente det. Jeg tog hjem og lavede en god frokost og så lavede jeg snacks klar til børnene. De havde ikke noget planlagt i dag, så vi kunne bare have det sjovt og spille spil sammen. Da jeg fik fri, fik jeg hurtigt nogle tacos, og så hentede jeg en ven og tog til et LCC-møde. Der var så mange nye au pairs, og det var så sjovt at møde så mange nye mennesker.

Friday September 1st 2017 kl. 9:56PM

English: This morning i had a few hours, did lunchboxes, snacks and breakfast. Walked them to the bus. When I go to home I did some laundry since Friday is laundry day. Then I was of until 3pm. I went to Micheals to pick up and pay for my stuff, then I did some groceries and then I printed a lot of pictures for my scrapbook. I came home for some lunch and then I started to do my scrapbook. I'm at so excited to make it and it's gonna be great.

Dansk: Denne morgen havde jeg nogle enkelte timer om morgenen. Jeg lavede madpakker, snacks og morgenmad til dem. Da de var i skole ordnede jeg noget vasketøj. Derefter tog jeg til Michaels for at hente de ting jeg ville købe. Efterfølgende handlede jeg lidt ind og printede en masse billeder til min scrapbog. Jeg tog hjem, fik noget frokost, og så brugte jeg ellers resten af dagen på at lave min scrapbog. Det bliver så godt, og jeg kan næsten ikke vente.

Saturday September 2nd 2017 kl. 11:10PM

English: So today I had 3 hours in the morning. The family (except Spencer) went to a soccer game. I was with Spencer all morning and we just relaxed, played games and watched YouTube videos! When they got back home I headed to the bus stop for the first time to go to tysons corner. I was supposed to meet there with Jenna, and then just see if there was sales or something because of Labor Day. There was but I didn't spend money on anything, because I'd rather use them tomorrow when I'm going to Philadelphia!!!! I'm going with a German friend I meet before leaving. It was very impulse but we will have so much fun! When I got home I made some more scrapbook and it is getting really good. I walked the dog and then I started making dinner. We had spaghetti and meatsauce. After that Nele came over for a sleepover, so we could leave early tomorrow together. We bought our tickets and watched a movie. Then we headed to bed early because we have to wake up at 5!😱

Dansk: Så i dag havde jeg 3 timer om morgenen. Familien (undtagen Spencer) tog til en fodboldkamp. Jeg var sammen med Spencer hele formiddagen og vi slappede bare af, spillede spil og så YouTube-videoer! Da de kom hjem, gik jeg til busstoppestedet for første gang for at gå til tysons. Jeg skulle mødes der med Jenna. Jeg brugte ingen penge da jeg hellere ville bruge dem i morgen når jeg skal til Philadelphia!!!! Jeg tager afsted med en tysk ven, jeg mødte, inden jeg tog afsted. Det var meget impuls, men det bliver mega godt. Da jeg kom hjem, lavede jeg lidt mere scrapbog, og det bliver rigtig godt. Jeg gik med hunden og så begyndte jeg at lave middag. Vi fik spaghetti og kødsauce. Derefter kom Nele over for at købe vores billetter og så se en film. Derefter gik vi tidligt seng, fordi vi skal tidligt op!

Sunday September 3rd 2017 kl. 6:52PM

Engelsk: The alarm was ringing at 5, we woke up and got dressed. Then we packed the rest in our backpacks and went upstairs to eat some breakfast and pack a few snacks. Then we ordered an Uber and walked to Starbucks where we where picked up. After 20 minutes we arrived at the bus stop. We found the line for Philadelphia travelers and then we "boarded". And at 6:35 the bus started driving, and to be honest I don't remember a lot at all, i slept and hour woke up and kept on going like that. At 9:xx we arrived in Philadelphia and started exploring. Actually we planned on planning what to do at the bus, but since we both slept that didn't happen. So we found a place to sit down and then we talked about what we wanted to see and do, so we opened the gps on the phones and started walking downtown. The first thing we saw was a xoxo sign. Then we saw the Liberty Bell 🔔 which Nelson Mandala said was "a very significant symbol for the entire democratic world". Then we kept on walking to see if we could find more stuff to see. Then we saw the constitution center, but we had to pay to see the museum inside so we just read what could be read and walked to Franklin square. It's a small park inside Philadelphia. After that we decided to go to south street because that should be a great tourist area. We had been told before that we should eat a cheese steak on south street. So that's a thing we had to try. We found a diner that sold them and ordered it. We also wanted to have milkshakes, because that's a very diner-ish-thing, but they didn't have it, so we had water instead. After that we decided to go back on south street to find a souvenir and then we found out that in Philadelphia they had a love park. So we decided to go there on our way back. We found the park but we could only see the amor sign and we expected the love one to be there too. So we kept on moving, to find it, and suddenly we where at a concert called "made in America". By then we gave up, we couldn't find the love sign so we wanted to go to the museum of art. But we couldn't get in there because of the concert. Then we decided to go back to the bus, and on our way back we found some amazing views. And so we also found the beautiful skyline of Philadelphia instead of paying to get to the top in some buildings. Then we found the bustop, and when we where waiting for the bus I saw that I had lost a shoe, and then you'd probably wonder how I can lose a shoe. But I had a extra pair with me if it stared raining or if I felt uncomfortable in those I was wearing so I could change and I had them on the outside of my backpack so I could have other stuff in my backpack. It's okay, I have had been planning on buying new shoes when I got to the USA but those where good for dirty places and hiking even though they where very broke since I have used them almost everyday for 1 3/4 years. But that happens sometimes so I just have to buy new ones or don't use sneakers at all!

Dansk: Alarmen ringede kl. 5, vi vågnede og klædte om. Så pakkede vi vores tasker og gik ovenpå for at spise morgenmad og pakke et par snacks. Derefter bestilte vi en uber og gik til Starbucks hvor vi blev samlet op. Efter 20 minutter ankom vi til busstoppestedet. Vi fandt køen til Philadelphia rejsende og så tog vi afsted. Klokken 6:35 begyndte bussen at køre, og for at være ærlig husker jeg slet ikke meget, jeg sov stort set hele vejen. Klokken 9:30 ca. ankom vi i Philadelphia. Vi planlagde faktisk at planlægge, hvad vi skulle gøre i bussen, men da vi begge sov, skete det ikke. Så vi fandt et sted at sidde ned og så talte vi om, hvad vi ønskede at se og gøre, så vi åbnede gps'en på telefonerne og begyndte at gå til centrum. Det første vi så, var et xoxo tegn. Så så vi Liberty Bell 🔔, som Nelson Mandala sagde var "et meget vigtigt symbol for hele den demokratiske verden". Så fortsatte vi med at gå og se, om vi kunne finde flere ting at se. Så så vi forfatningscentret, men vi måtte betale for at se museet, så vi læste hvad der kunne læses og gik til Franklin Square. Det er en lille park i Philadelphia. Derefter besluttede vi os for at gå til South Street, fordi det er et godt turistområde. Vi havde fået at vide, før vi tog afsted at vi skulle spise en cheese steak på South Street. Så det var en ting, vi måtte gøre. Vi fandt en diner, der solgte dem. Vi ville også have milkshakes, fordi det er en meget diner agtig ting, men de havde det ikke, så vi fik vand i stedet. Derefter besluttede vi at gå tilbage på South Street for at finde en souvenir og så fandt vi ud af, at Philadelphia havde en kærlighedspark. Så vi besluttede os for at gå dertil på vej tilbage. Vi fandt parken, men vi kunne kun se amor statuen, og vi forventede også at se Love statuen. Så vi fortsatte med at lede for at finde det, og pludselig stod vi i midten af en koncert kaldet "Made in America". Derefter gav vi op, vi kunne ikke finde kærlighedsskiltet, så vi ville gå til kunstmuseet. Men vi kunne ikke komme ind, på grund af koncerten. Så besluttede vi at gå tilbage til bussen, og på vej tilbage fandt vi nogle fantastiske udsigter. Og så fandt vi også den smukke skyline over Philadelphia i stedet for at betale for at komme til toppen i nogle bygninger. Så fandt vi bustoppet, og da vi ventede på bussen, så jeg, at jeg havde mistet en sko, og så vil du sikkert undre dig over, hvordan jeg kan miste en sko. Men jeg havde et ekstra par med mig, hvis jeg havde behov for at skifte i løbet af dagen og jeg havde dem på ydersiden af min rygsæk, så jeg kunne have andre ting i min rygsæk. Det er okay, jeg havde på forhånd planlagt at købe nye sko, da jeg kom til USA, men de hvor gode til beskidte steder og vandreture, selv om de var meget ødelagte siden jeg har brugt dem næsten hver dag i 1 3/4 år. Men det er hvad der kan ske.

Love, Simone❤

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Monday August 21st 2017 kl. 10:39 PM

English: Today was a speciel day. I could open a new letter and this time my mom, wanted to skype with me while doing it. From aspeciel girl back home in Denmark, which taught me a lot. Muy little Vita and her family. Such a sweet little girl with such an amazing personality. I love to open those letters every week!!! I had the kids for half a day because of the solar eclipse. So my HP came home early so we could all watch it together as a family. It was amazing just walking back and forth between the tv and outside. To see the total eclipse other places in the USA, and then see the progression from where we were. The total eclipse we had in DC, was 80% coverage from the moon, but even that was amazing, and I couldn't even imagine how a total eclipse would have been. Before the eclipse we had 35C and after the eclipse we had a thunderstorm. All in less than 2 hours. That's crazy. After that I was talking with some friends back at home, and after that I went to the gym. Today I forgot fresh and clean clothe for me to wear after the shower so I had to put back on my sweaty clothes :( We had dinner, and watched a movie, and then I talked with a great friends from the trainingschool who lives in the state Washington which is 4 timezones away from me... Sadly. But it 's so nice to talk to her again and I feel we have known each other for a looong time already.

Dansk: I dag var en speciel dag. Jeg kunne igen åbne et nyt brev hjemmefra. Samtidig ville mutter være med på skærmen hjemmefra. Det var fra en helt bestemt lille person hjemme i DK og hendes familie. SÅ dejligt at få hilsner fra dejlige mennesker derhjemme. Jeg havde kun børnene en halv dag i dag, da mine værtsforældre tog hjem efter en halv dag for at se solformørkelsen med os som en familie. Det var så vildt at gå frem og tilbage mellem tv'et og tereassen for at se progressionen fra hvad vi kunne se også selve formørkelsen fra andre steder i landet. Vi havde kun 80% tildækket sol, men selv det var vildt, og jeg kunne slet ikke forestille mig en hel rigtigt solformørkelse. Før formørkelsen var der høj solskin og 35C og efter var der thunderstorm. På bare 2 timer. Det er lidt vildt hvordan vejr og vejrfænomener kommer på den måde indenfor 2 timer. Derefter snakkede jeg med nogle venner hjemmefra, og tog senere hen i Fitness igen. Vi fik aftensmad og så en sjov film sammen med hele familien. Inden sengetid snakkede jeg med en god veninde fra træningsskolen som desværre bot i staten Washington, hvilket er 4 tidszoner fra hvor jeg bor... :( Det var så skønt at tale med hende igen, og jeg føler jeg har kendt hende længe allerede.

Tuesday August 22nd 2017 kl. 10:42 PM

English: Today i had a lazy morning with two of the kids. We played games and school where I taught them danish letters and how to pronounce them. When it was around lunch time we had some sandwiches with my HM and then we all left to her pool. There was slides and we had a lot of fun. Since it's Tuesday we got taco for dinner and after that I left with a friend for Starbucks night. My first time going to it so I was excited to see how it was. It wasn't as i expected but I meet some new people and are planning on going to the sports night tomorrow to make my network even bigger.

Dansk: I dag havde jeg en doven morgen med lidt spil og legede skole hvor jeg lærte dem danske bogstaver og ord og hvordan man siger dem. Ved frokost tid fik vi sandwich og derefter tog vi ud til min værtsmors pool. Vi var der i nogle timer og tog hjem, hente bringe lidt mere til fodbold og så fik vi tacos, fordi: Taco Tirsdag. Da jeg havde fri tog jeg til Starbucks Night for første gang. Jeg var lidt spændt på at se hvad det var og møde nye mennesker. Det var ikke helt som forventet men jeg mødte nye mennesker og havde det sjovt. Selvom det ikke var som forventet er jeg ikke bleg for at tage afsted igen!

Wednesday August 23rd 2017 kl. 10:06 AM

English: So today while one of my kids were at soccer practice we went to a park to have some fun. When we were done and had to go pick her up, we went by the grocerie store to buy stuff we needed and to make ice cream. We agreed on making an mango ice cream. So we went home, made the ice cream and got sandwiches for lunch. After that we played games and played outside. After that we made smoothies. When I was off I went to Starbucks with one of my friends just to talk about stuff and have fun.

Dansk: I dag mens en af mine børn var til fodbold, tog vi andre til en park for at udnytte tiden. Da vi skulle hente hende igen tog vi ind for at handle. Det vi lige stod og manglede og blandt andet ingredienser til is. Vi bestemte os for at lave en mango is. Da vi kom hjem lavede vi isen, og derefter fik vi sandwich til frokost. I løbet af eftermiddagen lavede vi smoothies og spillede spil og legede både ude og inde. Da jeg fik fri tog jeg på Starbucks med en veninde for at snakke og have det sjovt og for at hygge mig. 

Thursday August 24th 2017 kl. 11:59 PM

English: Today we played school again but this time opposite. He was the teacher and I was the student. After that I picked my girl up from soccer and drove her to a friend. They had a play date, and she has been there all day. My youngest kid wanted to be in front of the computer so instead of playing games I found a danish math site where he could stimulate his brain instead of just doing nothing. And it worked out pretty well. Sometimes I had to translate some word and so on, but it was so fun to see him recognize some words we use in Denmark. Then my two other kids had play dates too, so I have had two boys home for a couple hours. When I was off I headed to the gym again after a couple days of break. It feels so good when your in bed after a day like this and with the gym in the end so you can feel that you are alive!!💪🏼

Dansk: Idag legede vi skole igen. Denne gang modsat, Spencer var lærer og jeg var elev. Han lærte mig nogle ting som jeg ikke var klar over man gjorde i USA. Blandet rækker man ikke en finger op, men hele hånden. Man starter altid dagen med at rejse sig op og erklære tro til landet og befolkningen. Jeg synes det er vildt interessant alle de kulturforskelle der er. Spencer ville gerne være foran computeren men istedet for ar se videoer lod jeg ham lave dansk matematik. Det fungerede super godt og jeg oversatte kun enkelte ting for ham. Derudover havde Lainey og Ellie en play date med nogle venner og det havde Spencer også. Da jeg fik fri, tog jeg i fitness. Det er skønt at gå i senge efter en dag som denne og føle sogn i live.

Friday August 25th 2017 kl. 11:11 PM

English: Today I started early again. I picked up one of my kids. On our way home, we drove by a park to be a little active. When we got home we had lunch. After lunch one of them had a play date. I drove her there and went back home. I taught a song on the piano to my host kid and braided my other host kids hair. She loves it. And I love to do it on her. After that we went to open school. They have a meet the teacher hour where they can see which teacher they will get and which classmates they will be with for the next year. I saw all three classrooms and I went with my youngest one all the time, meet his teacher and some of his friends. After this hour you could have ice cream at the playground, and then I stayed at the school with him until 4:30pm when he wanted to go home. When I got home I was off. Since I have started going a lot to the gym I decided that I needed more than just one set of sportswear so Jenna my friend and I went to Tysons corner and I got some more. After that we meet another au pair we didn't know, for dinner. We had fun together and decided to go to target to do some night shopping. I don't need to drink to have fun a Friday night👌🏼

Dansk: I dag startede jeg tidligt igen. Jeg hentede Lainey til fodbold, og på vej hjem tog vi forbi en park. Vi tog hjem og fik frokost. Derefter havde Ellie en play date, og jeg kørte hende derhen. Efterfølgende lærte jeg Spencer en sang på klaveret som jeg havde lært mig selv dagen forinden. Jeg flettede Lainey's hår og så smuttede vi ud af døren til åben skole. Her har de mulighed for at møde lærerne som de får og de nye elever i deres klasse. Efter den time er der en time hvor man kan få is i skolegården, og derefter blev Spencer og jeg på skolen til han ikke gad mere. Da vejret havde været dårligt fra morgenen af havde jeg ikke taget solcreme på, og jeg havde heller ikke forventet at være ude hele eftermiddagen. Derfor blev jeg for første gang solbrændt. Men det er jeg selv ret godt tilfreds med. Da jeg havde fri tog jeg til Tysons med min veninde Jenna, da jeg manglede sportstøj. Siden jeg er begyndt at gå så meget i fitness er et sæt bare ikke nok. Vi kom i kontakt med en anden Au Pair som manglede noget underholdning til aftensmad, så hun blev inviteret med i Tysons, vi mødtes og spiste sammen. Derefter tog vi i Target for at få tiden til at gå og for at få købt de fornødenheder vi nu måtte have.

Saturday August 26th 2017 kl. 10:36 PM

English: I sleept until I woke up today. I toke the bike to bike to the Metro. I was supposed to meet some Danish girls downtown. So I left early to make sure I wouldn't start sweating. When I had been biking for 2 minutes. Two cars crashed together just next to me. If one of them, or both of them had been driving a little faster. I might have been hit. Luckely i wasn't and if I was I wore a helmet. I was choked, and I didn't know if I had a responcibility to stay and talk with the police or not. I talked with a man living nearby and asked him because I was so choked and didn't know what to do. He said I was good to go. I took my bike and moved on. When I got to the metro I called my HM, to tell her what happend, just to make sure I took the right choice, and to let her know that it happend and I was okay, but choked. I was earlier at the metro than expectet. I was expecting 1.5 hours from home to DC downtown, but I only used 16 minutes from home to the metro with the car crash (it was downhill). And the metro is 18 minutes. But today something was wrong with the metro, so I changed 3 times, and the last time I had to go with a shuttle bus. I arrived as the first one. Everybody else was also late because of the metro. When everybody was arrived we went to China town to eat lunch together at a Chinese restaurant. After lunch we walked to the Holocaust Museum, which is breathtaking and amazing. An incredeble way to tell a story. And a way that no one will never forget. After that we walked to the Washington Monument. We layed down on the Monument and a very sweet and lovely woman laughed at us and asked if she could take a picture of us. Thank you so much!! Then we walked to the White House. We took the Metro to target and then back home. In the evening I had 3 hours with the kids. We watched a movie together and ate popcorn. Spenver had a sleepover, and it was just a chilly night.

Dansk: Da jeg vågnede klædte jeg om og så tog jeg cyklen til metroen. Planen var at jeg skulle mødes med nogle danske piger i Washington de sige. Jeg var kun lige kommet op på cyklen og havde kørt et par 100 m og pludselig Power to biler sammen lige ved siden af mig. Havde en af dem eller begge biler er kørt hurtigere havde de nok ramt mig. Heldigvis har jeg både cykelhjelm på men de kører ikke så stærkt. Jeg var meget chokeret og vidste ikke rigtig om jeg havde noget ansvar eller ej. Når man selv kørt galt her men et ansvar for at udveksle informationer om hinanden og så videre. Men det er bare et vidne var ikke klar over om det var nødvendigt. Både det at selve situationen gjorde meget rystet og kunne næsten ikke stå på min egen ben. En mand kom løbende ned fra en af husene tæt på vejen og spurgte om jeg var okay. Jeg fortalte ham hvordan jeg føler og han sagde at jeg burde være good too go. Jeg tog min cykel og cyklede videre. Det er ankommet i metroen ringede jeg til min HM og fortalt hende at der var sket. Efter turen hjemmefra om ti metroen sle jeg tog min cykel og cyklede videre. Da jeg ankom til metroen ringede jeg til min HM og fortalt hende at der var sket. Hele turen hjemmefra med uheldet tog ca. 16 minutter. Jeg havde sat halvanden time af og havde ikke forventet at det gik så hurtigt. I sidste ende gjorde det ikke så meget da der var noget galt med metroen. Jeg selv var en halv time forsinket og jeg kom som den første. Da alle var kommet tog vi til China-Town for at spise frokost på en kinesisk restaurant. Det var super lækkert og min doggybag var en af de små søde kinesiske takeaway bokses som man ser i amerikanske film. Da vi var færdig med at spise frokost gik vi til Holocaust Museummet. Meget rørende historie og en meget speciel måde at gøre det på. Man følger en bestemt Person og kommer ind i hans dagbog. Og da vi havde brugt på timer der gik vi videre til washington monumentet. Efterfølgende gik vi til det hvide hus og til sidst tog vi en metro hjem. Da jeg kom hjem havde jeg 3 timer med børnene. Spencer havde overnattende gæst, vi så sammen film og spiste popcorn.

Sunday August 27th 2017 kl. 9:09 PM

English: Today was a day of too. In the morning the movie tickets are less expensive, so at 10:40 I was in the movie theater with to of my Danish friends, to watch a horror movie: Annabelle. It wasn't as expectet, but it was pretty good. After the movie we had a frozen yoghurt, and then I went home. I get to the groceri store to grab some stuff, and after that I went to Starbucks to meet up with Jenna. We walked a little and then we went to my house to make Pølsehorn for the poolparty my HP hostet later. When they were done we left for the party. It was so American. Everybody brought some kind of snack. After a couple hours most people went home because tomorrow is the first day of school. I went home a little earlier so I could do some stuff for myself. I organized and chose which pictures I wantet to have printet for my Scrapbook. At the evening when the kids was in bed we watched the GOT final episode together.

Dansk: I dag havde jeg også fri. Om morgenen var jeg i biografen for at se gyserfilmen "Annabelle". Det er næsten halvpris hvis man gør det om morgenen, derfor vil det blive gjort en del fremover. Det er en kanon måde at spare penge på, og salene er næsten tomme. Efterfølgende fik vi sammen FroYo, og jeg tog hjem. Jeg hjalp min værtsfar med at bage pølsehorn "pigs in a blanket" til den poolparty de hostede samme aften, for at fejre sidste aften inden skolestart. Da de var færdige tog Jenna og jeg afsted og vi hyggede os ved poolen. Da næsten alle var taget hjem gik jeg hjem da jeg ville organisere mine billeder til min Scrapbog. Så er det lettere og hurtigere at printe når jeg engang kommer afsted. Da børnene var kommet hjem og i seng, så jeg Games of Thrones med min værtsforældre.

Love, Simone❤

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Monday August 14th 2017 kl. 10:39 PM

English: So today I opened another letter, and I can't even find the words for how happy I am for my family to make those letters for me! Even though I am not sad or feeling homesickness, they cheer me up, and make my day!! But today the real work startet again, and I was working from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. A long day, but as long as the kids behave and are having fun, times flies by, and it feels like a couple of hours only. I was picking up one of my HK from a camp, and then we had lunch. We played a little outside watched som TV, made LOOMS and played a little more outside. When I was off, I made plans with one of my friends about meeting at the grocery store and find something to cook for dinner, and just have a great time together. She leaves for Florida tommorow morning, so we only had the weekend to do something fun before we had to be apart again. We watched a movie together and talked, and had fun.

Dansk: Idag åbnede jeg endnu et brev, og jeg kan ikke beskrive med ord hvor glad og taknemmelig jeg er for at min familie og venner har lagt sådan en umage i at lave de her breve. Det har muligvis ikke taget meget tid og besvær, men det gør mig 1000% min dag fantastisk lige fra morgenstunden selvom jeg ikke er trist eller har hjemve. Det giver bare en fantastisk start på dagen og ugen, og det giver mig noget at se frem til. Men i dag startede det rigtige arbejde altså igen, fra 8:30-16:30. En lang dag, men så længe børnene hygger sig og opfører sig ordentligt er det en leg, og tiden går. Jeg hentede en af dem fra en camp og vi tog hjem og lavede frokost. Derefter legede vi, så TV, var udenfor, lavede LOOMS og så var vi lidt mere udenfor. Da jeg havde fri lavede jeg planer med en af mine venner. Vi aftalte at mødes ved supermarkedet, handle ind til aftensmad og hygge os sammen. Det gjorde vi så, og mens vi spiste og snakkede så vi også en god film sammen. Hun taget til Florida i en uge i morgen, så vi havde kun lige weekenden at tilbringe sammen før vi igen skilles ad.

Tuesday August 15th 2017 kl. 10:36 PM

English: So today was both a great day and a not so great day. It was a normal working day, dropping kids of and on. On my first ride dropping of, I missed something, when I was watching to make sure i could go. I don't know how it happend. The car was white and soo easy to see, but I didn't see it until I heard the sound of the two of us bumping together. Before your panicking I will tell you that everybody is okay, and that the only thing that was damaged was the two cars. When I'm thinking it through I get disappointed and surprised that I could miss that because it was so easy to see everything from where I was. It has been on my mind all day, and I hope that everything will be just fine with the paperwork and the cars. Well the day had to continue. I called my HM as the first thing and after that it continued with phone calls from the woman I crashed into and HM, family at home and so on. I tried to make the kids feeling less bad about it so they would not be afraid to drive with me again since I had two of them in the car. (I am hoping that it helped) so we got lunch, played both inside and outside. When I was off I had ordered tickets with one of my friends to a Washington Nationals game in their stadium. So we meet and walked to the metro station together, walked and talked about everything. The game was soooo cool. I could never watch it for 4 hours on tv but it was two different worlds watching on tv and in real life, actually being there. It was so amazing and the spheres was crazy. I felt like this sport brought people together and we both had a great time. It was crazy to try this. Thanks for making me go with you Christine!!❤️

Dansk: Så i dag var både en dejlig dag og en ikke så dejlig dag. Det var en hel normal arbejdsdag, jeg satte børn af og hentede dem. På mit første drop off, misser jeg en bil i min vigepligt og brager ind i siden på den. Jeg ser den ikke før jeg hører lyden af de to biler og mærker sammenstødet. Jeg ved ikke hvordan det skete, jeg orienterede mig som man normalt gør og overser en hvid bil. Når jeg tænker det igennem efterfølgende bliver jeg skuffet over at man kan overse en hvid bil, og ked af det fordi at jeg havde to af mine værtsbørn med mig i bilen. Så alle var okay, og det eneste der havde skade var begge biler. Heldigvis!!! Jeg fik udvekslet informationer med hende og tog hjem for at ringe til min værtsmor. Dagen måtte jo under alle omstændigheder fortsætte, hente og bringe. Jeg havde efterfølgende en masse telefonopkald med kvinden osv. Jeg har haft svært ved at tænke på andet hele dagen og på det papirarbejde det kommer til at give mine værtsforældre. Da jeg var på arbejde da det skete kan og må jeg ikke betale for skaderne. Jeg snakkede med børnene om det for at sikre mugne at selvom de ikke fik skade at de så ikke var bange for at kører med mig igen. Vi legede både indendøre og udenfor og da jeg fik fri gjorde jeg mig klar til at gå hen til min veninde og videre til metroen. Vi tog til DC downtown for at se Washington nationals spille baseball. Selvom det på tv ikke interessere mig så var det en helt vild oplevelse. Stemningen og omgivelserne gjorde det til en helt fantastisk oplevelse. Vi vandt selvfølgelig hvilket gjorde det en fed oplevelse.

Wednesday August 16th 2017 kl. 10:06 AM

English: Today I had the whole day too. While one of my kids where playing soccer I brought the other too to Scoots park, with the dog. I needed to get out and do something and it can be hard to make them do something besides electronic at home. I loved it and it's great exercise at the same time. For dinner we walked to the closets restaurant (5min!!!!!!) and ate there. It was very good, and i got one of those fortune cookies 🍪 I'm planning on going to the gym tomorrow morning so I want to go to bed early!😱

Dansk: I dag arbejde jeg også hele dagen og mens en af mine værtsbørn spillede fodbold tog vi til scoots park for at gå en turboer hunden og se vandfaldet. Det var super hyggeligt. Da vi skulle have aftensmad gik vi 3-4 min til nærmeste kinesiske restaurant for at spise. Som på rigtige kinesiske restauranter fik vi en fortune cookie.

Thursday August 17th 2017 kl. 12:15 PM

English: Today I had the kids home too. Picked up after soccer and got lunch. We went on a long walk with the dog. My oldest kid fell while running with the dog so we put on bandages and ate strawberries 🍓 we played some games and my little boy is teaching me to play piano, and I practice a lot! He tries to teach me a new part everyday!!!😱 I love that they can teach me things too and I'm not the only one to teach them something, but that it is returned! When I was of I went to the gym first time after the vacation and I didn't think I would say that but I love to go there and exercise and push myself and my limits. When I got home we walked through the au pair household book.

Dansk: I dag ligner lidt alle de andre dage. Jeg havde børnene hjemme og en enkelt camp. Vi var ude og gå med hunden og da den er meget stærk kan det let resultere i styrt når han bliver nysgerrig. Det skete mens en af børnen holdet ham. Hun slog hul på både hænder knæ og fødder, men vi labbede det sammen med plaster og spiste jordbær. Vi er store fans af at spille spil, så det gjorde vi, derefter lærte min store dreng mig at spille klaver!! For tiden er jeg ved at lærer at spille river flows in you, som er egn smukt stykke musik, og jeg een kommet ret langt hvis jeg selv skal sige det. Jeg er helt vild med at det ikke kun er mig der skal lære dem ting, men at det går begge veje. Da jeg fik fri tog jeg i fitness for første gang siden før ferien til Minnesota. Jeg havde ikke forventet at sige det, men jeg elsker det der og at jeg kan presse mig selv fuldt ud.

Friday August 18th 2017 kl. 11:48 PM

English: I lost my friday text, but we made dinner together and I went to a friends house to celebrate that her year is almost over. She is leaving sunday.

Dansk: Jeg har mistet min fredags tekst, men jeg lavede aftensmad med min ældste pige og derefter tog jeg over til en veninde for at fejre at hendes år nu er ovre, og at hun tager på sin rejsemåned på søndag.

Saturday August 19th 2017 kl. 10:36 PM

English: I was off this whole day, I slept with my friend and we made a great breakfast together. I walked home, and decided to go to the pool to swim some laps. I walked there because I can and because it's not that far away. When I got home I braided my girls hair for her soccer game and we left for the turnment. When we got home we cooked hamburgers for dinner. I relaxed the rest of the night and watched movies.

Dansk: Jeg havde fri hele dagen og sov hos min veninde. Vi havde aftalt at lave en lækker morgenmad sammen. Derefter gik jeg hjem og bestemte mig for at tage til poolen for at svømme nogle baner og bare nyde stilheden. Jeg gik dertil siden det ikke ligger længere væk end at man sagtens kan gå. Hvis man gider. og hvis man ikke har tre dovne børn på slæb. Da jeg kom hjem flettede jeg min ældste piges hår inden hun skulle spille en fodboldkamp. Da vi kom hjem lavede vi hamburgere til aftensmad. Resten af aftenen slappede jeg af og så film.

Sunday August 20th 2017 kl. 9:09 PM

English: Today I had another day off. I sleept in until I couldn't sleep anymore, got some breakfast and went to the gym. On my way to the gym I realized that I had forgotten my swimsuit, so I decided not to swim today. Then when I arrived and as soon as I went inside I realized that I had forgotten my indoor shoes and socks. So I headed back home to get all the stuff and then i went back to the gym. I usually start running to warm up my body, and then I run all between 2-5 miles depends how I feel. After that I do some stair exercise for my thighs and but, and then I head to the machines where I exercise shoulders, stomach, but and legs. Then I go to the outdoor swimming pool and swim some labs, and then I go to the jacuzzi. I go take a shower there and go back home. I ate some lunch, and then I had some hours alone. I talked with my my friend for 1.5 hour, then my mom for an hour and then another friend for almost an hour too. It's

Dansk: I dag havde jeg også hele dagen fri. Jeg sov til jeg vågnede uden alarm, og tog noget morgenmad. Derefter tog jeg i fitness. På vej dertil kom jeg i tanke om at jeg havde glemt min badedragt, men så måtte jeg jo bare lade vær med at svømme. Men da jeg ankom og skulle til at gå ind slår det mig at jeg har glemt mine indendørs sko og strømper😒 Jeg kørte hjem igen hentede det og tog afsted. Så kunne jeg gøre det hele. Jeg starternormalt med at løbe for at varme min krop op, derefter cykler jeg eller bruger sådan nogle trapper eller noget andet kondisionstræning i den stil. Derefter går jeg over til muskelmaskinerne. Ikke vægtløft, men dem hvor man kan træne mave, lår, skulder numse osv. Og til sidst svømmer jeg nogle baner og går i Jacuzzi. Med kørsel frem og tilbage og med brusebad i fitness centeret kan det tage op til 3 timer. Men det er absolut 3 timer som jeg elsker. Jeg spiste nogle rester til frokost, og snakkede med venner og familie derhjemme hele eftermiddagen. Det var virkelig tiltrængt da jeg ofte først har tid om aftenen hvor de alle sover.

Love, Simone❤

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Monday August 7th 2017 kl. 10:13 PM

English: I am such a lucky person having so many caring people around me. My family have gives me a new letter I can open each week, and this morning I got a challenge. So in the following week I will try to complete them and you'd might see some of them here this week. Today we went to the boat (AGAIN!!!!))). And I am not the one to complain, because we are having so much fun out there. The kids grandparents have a tube, that we have been using everytime we went there, and they also have water skies which we are planning on trying the next time we will go there. It's so funny, and everytime we have been there I have been waking up the next morning and my upper arms have been soooo sore. But it's okay, because we had so much fun together, and that's the important thing. Besides going to the boat we have been relaxing, playing card games and just before I went to bed, my hostmum was teaching me how to shuffle cards the cool way 😎

Dansk: Jeg er den heldigstes person i hele verden. Jeg har en fantastisk familie, venner og omgangskreds hjemme i Danmark. Min familie sendte en bunke breve med mig herover. Så jeg havde et nyt brev at åbne hver uge. Da jeg åbnede mit brev Idag gemte der sig nogle udfordringer fra nogle af vores venner. Og jeg vil i løbet af ugen prøve at udføre dem så vidt som muligt. Derudover tog vi igen Idag til båden, hvilket jeg på ingen måde er ked af. Det er skønt derude. Børnenes bedsteforældre har en tube, som vi har brugt godtnok og grundigt hver gang vi har været derude. Det er så sjovt at køre hurtigt og vildt og fange alle bølgerne på den, og dagen efter har jeg altid været helt øm i mine arme og skuldre. Men det gør ikke noget for vi havde det sjovt fon det er det vigtigste. Udover båden har vi slappet af, spillet spil og lige inden vi gik i enge forsøgte min værtsmor at lære mig blande kort på en seje måde.

Tuesday August 8th 2017 kl. 10:32 PM

English: So today we went back to the pool. We meet my HM cousin and her two kids. And we where there for 3-4 hours. We had fun and the weather was just great for the pool. When we got back home we just did a lot of nothing. Played games, enjoyed the weather, went grocery shopping etc. Enjoying that we had no plans.

Dansk: I dag tog vi tilbage til poolen, vi mødtes med en af min værtsmors kusiner og hendes to børn. Vi var der i 3-4 timer før vi vendte snuden hjemad. Vejret var super lækkert og vi havde det sjovt. Da vi kom hjem igen lavede vi ingenting resten af dagen. Nød vejret, handlede ind og nød at vi ikke havde nogle planer.

Wednesday August 9th 2017 kl. 12:49 AM

English: So today we did a lot. We woke up and made some plans with some of my HM family. One of my HK (hostkids) wanted to go to his uncles grave. So we wanted to do that before we went off back home. For lunch we went to Red Rabit which is a little like Bones but just with a 100 hamburgers. The concept is almost the same. Bottomless drinks, and sides. So you could eat a lot. It was great. I got a guacamole, bacon, cheddar cheese hamburger. With fries. And it was soo tastefully. They had a sign which would describe the meal perfectly. After lunch we went to a bowling arcade to bowl together, and it was soo American like in movies. The kids wanted to go to the arcade after a while to win some tickets so we did that. And back home we went. For dinner we had leftover food for the last couples of days and leftover day is one of my favorites because there is something that everybody likes. And sometimes there is a lot. After dinner we played Gin Rommy, watched some of my HMs wedding tapes and got a dessert. When the kids and the grandparents was asleep, we played some pool in the basement, and suddenly we heard somebody noise. So we went upstairs to see what it was. It as a thunderstorm, so we grabbed something to drink and sat in the garage to watch it. Just as a movie.

Dansk: I dag havde vi en masse planer. En af mine HK ville besøge hans onkels gravplads. Det gjorde vi så, og bagefter tog vi ud at spise med deres kusiner på Red Rabbit. Det er en restaurant med vildt mange forskellige hamburgere, og hvor stort set alt tilbehør er refill, samt de fleste sodavand. Super lækkert koncept! Selv, fik jeg en guacamole, bacon burger med pomfritter. Og det smagte skønt!!! De havde et skilt derinde som var vildt godt placeret og som beskriver frokosten perfekt. Derefter tog vi ud for at bowle, i en rigtig amerikansk bowlingcenter. Ligesom på film. Efter et stykke tid ville børnene ind i arkaden og spille, så det gjorde vi. Derefter tog vi hjem igen. Til aftensmad havde vi reste dag. Det er dejligt for det er let og der er noget alle kan lide. Efter aftensmad spillede vi Gin Rommy, og så nogle videoer fra mine værtsforældres bryllup. Da børn og bedsteforældre var gået i seng spillede vi pool i kælderen og pludselig kunne vi hører at det tordnede så vi skyndte os at finde en sodavand og gå ud i garagen for at se den smukke thunderstorm, som var det en film 🎥

Thursday August 10 2017 kl. 10:43 PM

English: August 10. is a special day, cause today I have been in the USA for a whole month. 1 month! Isn't that insane. I dont feel like being away from my whole family, friends and everyday life. Soooo much has happend. I have been in 5/50 states so far. New York on the training school, Washington DC. to explore, Virginia - Where I live obviously, Pennsylvania to see my HK soccer game and Minnesota to visit grandparents. And also Within the first 20 days. I love it so far, and can't wait to see what the next 12 month can surprise me with. Today I have not been with the kids so much. We woke up, got breakfast and made some plans. I have not yet bought a souvenir, so that was my goal for the day. The kids and my HM went to visit a friends and watched a movie, and I went to the Mall of America to find that. When I was done, I was picked up by my HK grandpa. He wanted to give me a tour in the area where they live and Downtown Minneapolis. We saw the Minnehaha Falls, and it was beautiful. When the tour was done, we headed home, and I had some time for myself, without the kids. I was skyping with my boyfriend, and watching some Netflix. The kids cousin came over for dinner, where we got ribs and corns, and after dinner we played some games together before they headed back home. Tomorrow is a new day, and we will head back home to Virginia.

Dansk: Den 10. August er en speciel dag for jeg har nemlig været her i en måned. Det er helt vildt som tiden er fløjet og 1 måned er allerede gået og der er sket så mange ting. Allerede på de første 3 uger har jeg været i 5/50 forskellige stater. New York på træningsskolen, Washington DC. Se byen. Virginia - Som er hvor jeg bor obviously, Pennsylvania for at se mit HK spille fodbold og Minnesota for at besøge bedsteforældre. Jeg elsker allerede det hele og kan ikke vente med at se hvad de næste 12 måneder vil bringe mig. Idag var jeg mest for mig selv, jeg havde ikke købt en souvenir derfra endnu, så det var målet forbdagen. Jeg blev sat af ved The Mall of America, og samlet op igen 1,5 time senere. Jeg fandt den fineste nøglering. Det var bedstefar Mr. Nord der samlede mig op og han ville gerne vise mig rundt i området, så han tog mig på en Tour for et par timer og viste mig rundt og viste mig nogle af hans yndlingsteder og det var simpelthen så hyggeligt! Da vi kom hjem havde vi et par timer alene uden børnene, så jeg slappede lidt af, så en film og skulede med min kæreste. Børnenes kusiner kom over til aftensmad hvor vi fik Go'e ben og majskolber. Vi spillede lidt spil inden de tog hjem igen.

Friday August 11th 2017 kl. 11:49 PM

English: Today we had alarms to get up early. We had to pack and wash some clothe before we took out on the boat. Because we knew when we got back we did not have a lot of time. At around 10AM we meet with the kids cousins and drove to the boat. We renter a rolling mat to have fun on, and we used the tube too. For lunch we went back on the same restaurant we were on a couple of days ago. The one with the cool parking spots for boats. I tried buffalo shrimps with blue cheese dressing. Which is a combination I thought I'd never like. But as the corns - it was great. I will definitely have it again some day. When we were done at the boat we went back home quickly so we could pack up and shower. We had an hour from arriving until we had to leave to make our plane. But we made it with a team spirit. So we did not miss the flight. When we landed in DC there where thunderstorms, and it was pouring outside. We were back home at 10:30 I packed out my stuff and went to bed.

Dansk: I dag havde vi alarmer så vi kunne komme tidligt op. Vi skulle nemlig nå at pakke lidt inden vi tog ud på båden en sidste gang. Vi ville nemlig ikke kunne nå det når vi kom hjem igen. Vi mødtes med kusinerne der ude klokken 10, og hyggede os igen på tuben, og vi havde også lejet en måtte der kan flyde på vandet, vi havde det super sjovt på den så det bliver et kommende køb til båden! Den kunne ikke undværes. Til frokost tog vi igen ind på den restaurant med den fede parkeringsplads til både. Super hyggeligt sted. Jeg fik til appetizers Buffalo rejer med blå skimmelost dressing. Hvilket jeg ikke troede jeg brød mig om, men som med kolberne smagte det altså super godt. Da vi var færdige skyndte vi os hjem så vi kunne pakke det sidste, skifte tøj og vaske os. Da vi landes i DC havde de thundestorms og derby væltede ned udenfor. Vi var hjemme 10:30 PM og jeg pakkede min kufferten ud.

Saturday August 12th 2017 kl. 11:12 PM

English: Today I had a whole day off. I made some plans with two of my friends from the training school. We went to tysons in the morning, ate lunch there and had a great time. When we where done at 3pm one of them and I decided to go for a walk and ended up walking in Scoots Park. And I will never get tired of that place. So beautiful and a grate place for a run or walk or just for a relaxing time. My family was at a barbecue so I made myself comfortable in my room watching some movies and continued making my film from the training school.

Dansk: I dag havde jeg fri hele dagen. Jeg lavede nogle planer med nogle venner og vi tog til Tysons Cormer for at bruge nogle penge og hygge os. Vi fik frokost der og tog hjem. Derefter lavede den ene af os og jeg en aftale om at gå en tur. Det blev pludselig en tur i Scoots Park, som er et fantastisk sted. Min familie havde en grillfest hos nogle venner og siden det begyndte at regne følte jeg mere lyst til at kravle ned under en dyne og se nogle film end at tage i fitness som egenligt var planen fra begyndelsen.

Sunday August 13th 2017 kl. 9:09 PM

English: Today I had almost the whole day of. I went to Washington DC Downtown with the metro to meet some other Danish au pairs on my area. I didn't know them but meet them through other people which I think is great! It's like such a huge network of people who know each other which makes it sooo easy to make even more friends. We went to see the Washington monument, walked to the mall. Then we wanted to see the White House, and after that we decided to go grab somebody lunch. We ate at chipotle which is a good and very healthier fast food restaurant. It was really good. I had to go home a little earlier take care of the kids for a couple of hours. I cooked the Danish dessert koldskål. We topped it with strawberries and a cracker the is a little like the Danish kammerjunker. The best thing that's almost the same. After dinner there was no more electronics so I braided my oldest kids hair and then my boy played with the dog.

Dansk: I dag havde jeg også næsten hele dagen fri. Jeg havde for et par uger siden aftalt at mødes med nogle andre danske Au Pairs i DC downtown. Vi så Washington monumentet, det hvide hus og gik til the Mall. Efter det fandt vi et sted at spise frokost, og jeg var derefter nød til at forlade gruppen da jeg lige skulle have et par timer med børnene. Jeg lavede koldskål til aftensmaden og kunne desværre ikke finde kammerjunker nogle steder, men fandt en rigtigt god erstatning. Vi spiste det med jordbær til. Efter aftensmad var der ikke mere elektronik, sø jeg satte hår på min ældste pige mens min dreng legede med hunden.

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"

Love, Simone❤

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Monday July 31th 2017 kl. 10:13 PM

English: Today we had a realxing day. After a stressful weekend we all needed to relax, even though some of us wouldn't!😂 We played games, were outside and went to the library. On our way home we decided that I'm gonna make dinner, so we went out grocery shopping after we dropped of the kids. I was going to make lasagne, so that's what we was shopping for. When we got home we read, played and cooked. The lasagne was great! Probably the best I've made, so I was happy and so was the rest of us. After dinner we decided to go to the pool and close it down. We took the car to the pool and we had a lot of fun. And we used my annox action camera and they had so much fun with it.

Dansk: I dag havde vi en slap af dag. Efter en lang weekend, havde vi alle brug for at slappe af, selv om nogen af os ikke havde!😂 Vi spillede spil, tog på biblioteket. På vej hjem bestemte vi os for at jeg skulle lave aftensmad, så da vi havde sat børnene af derhjemme drog vi ud for at handle ind. Da vi kom hjem læste vi i de bøger vi havde lånt, vi spillede spil og jeg lavede aftensmad. Lasagnen blev over al forventning. Super lækker. Da vi havde spist aftensmad, bestemte vi os for at tage til poolen til den lukkede. Vi tog mit annox action kamera med og begge børn havde det så sjovt med at filme diverse steder!😂

Tuesday August 1st 2017 kl. 11:52 PM

English: Today we went to the Mall of America. They'd told me about it, said there was Rolle coasters inside it, and many stores. And when we got in, and i saw the roller coasters i was mind blown!! It was hugeee! In like enormous. It was crazy! There was more than 15 rides for any ages and hights. We used almost 2 hours in that part, and we didn't try it all. After that we had some errands to run, we shopped a little, got an appetizer, and went back home. We walked down one hallway on two floors. The mall has 5 floors of shopping and more than 520 shops, 50 restaurants (which is a very important part) and it has an American girl store which has a hairdresser inside it (for the dolls of course) and a hospital if they should break. To me that's insane. It's like nothing in DK at all. I love all the opportunities USA has for everyone, and that everything is so close! We played some games and I picked up my oldest child for a soccer game and we ordered pizza for dinner. Everything is just great over here.

Dansk: I dag tog vi til The Mall of America. USA største shopping center. De havde på forhånd fortalt mig om det, at der var rutchebaner osv indvendigt, men da jeg kom derind blev jeg helt overvældet. Det var en forlystelsespark indeni et shoppingcenter. Det var enormt. Der var mere end 15 forlystelser for alle aldre og størrelser, og vi brugte mere end to timer i bare den del af centret, og vi fik ikke engang prøvet det hele. Efterfølgende havde vi nogle erindre at løbe, så vi gik ned ad en af gangen i centret, en etage op og derefter tilbage af gangen. Og bare der var der mange butikker. I centret er der 5 etager, og mere end 520 butikker og 50 restauranter (hvilket er meget vigtigt!😂), og så havde den en American Girl butik, som er en meget populær og dyr amerikansk dukke. Inden i den butik havde de både frisør og hospitaler. Til dukkerne!!!😱 Hvor vildt er det lige!? Jeg hentede en af pigerne fra en fodbold og derefter bestilte vi pizza til aftensmad. Jeg elsker at alting er så tæt på hinanden og at der er så mange muligheder herovre. Det er skønt herovre.

Wednesday July 2nd 2017 kl. 10:27 PM

English: Today we went back to the boat in lake Minnetonka and had fun. We went to a boat restaurant to eat lunch. It was so unusual to DK. We park on parking lots for cars, but we sailed in and they had a parking lot for boats!!! How cool is that!!??😱 For dinner we had doggybags from lunch and leftovers from the lasagna I made a couple a days ago. My HD had to take a flight back to DC to work, so he took of just before dinner.

Dansk: Idag tog vi tilbage til båden på Minnetonka. Til frokost tog vi på en restaurant. Det var meget anderledes fra Danmark hvor vi jo parkere i biler. Her havde de en parkeringsplads for alle de mennesker som kom fra søen og spiste på restauranten, og de havde en kæmpe udendørs afdeling hvor man kunne sidde og holde øje med sin båd, og kaste pomfritter ud til fiskene. Da min værtsfar skulle tilbage på arbejde, blev han kørt til lufthavnen, og sendt tilbage til DC. Vi fik lasagne rester til aftensmad samt doggybags fra frokost.

Thursday July 3rd 2017 kl. 9:24 PM

English: Yesterday we checked the weather to see what we should do today, and it would be cold, and rainy, so we decided to do something inside. The kids has for days wanted to go to Dave and Busters, so that was the destination for today. It's an inside arcade area, where you can play games and gain points or tickets, and in the end you can buy things for the tickets you won. We were there for a couple of hours, and went back home. We played monopoly which is our new favorite game (after war) and then we had dinner. Hotdogs and hamburgers. Soo yummi!

Dansk: I går checkede vi vejret så vi kunne snakke om nogle planer for idag. Det ville blive koldt og det ville regne. Så vi bestemme os for at tage til Dave and Busters hvilket er en stor arkade, hvor du kan spille spil, og vinde tickets. OG for dem kan du så vælge nogle premier i en butik og købe dem med dine vundne tickets. Vi var der i et par timer, og alle tre børn fik spillet løs og brugt deres point. Da vi kom hjem spillede vi Monopoly (hvilket efterhånden er blevet vores yndlingsspil at spille (efter krig)). Til aftensmad fik vi hotdogs og hamburgers. Deres hotdogs og hamburgeres er langt fra så interessante som hjemme hos familien Brusberg. Her spiser de burgerbolle, bøf og måske lidt dressing hvis vi ville det, og i hotdoggen en pølse, ketchup og sennep. Men det er kun fedt at se forskellen fra DK og hertil.

Friday July 4th 2017 kl. 10:17 PM

English: Today we had a lazy morning, watching cartoons, eating breakfast making a lunch and then we headed to Washington county fair 40 minutes away. In Denmark it would be like Ulfborg marked, which most of you probably know. Rides, animals, small stalls where you could buy funnel sticks, corns, ice etc. We where riding rides for 3 hours, before we headed home with a girl not feeling very well after an ice and then a lot of rides before the wristband expired. We had taco shells for dinner and then we just relaxed and watched even more cartoons.

Dansk: I dag havde vi bare en doven morgen, hvor vi så tegnefilm, spiste morgenmad, lavede og spiste frokost. Herefter tog vi til Washington County Fair, som minder utroligt meget om Ulfborg marked. De havde dyr og små stande, som vi dog ikke så pga. de forlystelser som de også havde, og som børnene fortrak at være på. Vi fik Funnel sticks, som er en dej, stegt i friture serveret med flormelis. Minder meget om spanske vafler, med softice, bortset fra at jeg bedre kan lide spanske vafler med softice. Da armbåndende udløb tog vi hjem med en pige som, efter en is og en masse forlystelser, ikke længere havde det særligt godt. Til aftensmad fik vi tacos, og bagefter så vi endnu mere tegnefilm.

Saturday July 4th 2017 kl. 11:19 PM

English: So today we were invited to one of my HM friends pool. It was only 10 minutes away, and it was very luxurious. They had towels for you, they always went by to see if we needed anything, water, soda etc. and they didn't accept cash, so you have to make an account in the snack bar, which is pretty cool because then you don't have to bring money which could be stolen. We had delicious steak for dinner with corns!! And they were amazing! I have never tasted a corn like that! Sweet, juicy, and salty at the same time! Couldn't be any better.

Dansk: I dag besøgte vi en af min VM veninder fra High school ved hendes private pool. De var meget privilegerede, man fik serveret vand ved poolen, og man behøvede ikke at medbringe håndklæder, for det havde de allerede. De havde også en snack bar hvor man normalt bruge mønter i, men her havde man en bruger og fik det bare "skrevet på kontoen". Til aftensmad fik vi steak og majskolber og holy moly hvor var de bar elsker med salt og smør på. Saftig og masser af sødme, så lækkert!🤗

Saturday July 4th 2017 kl. 11:19 PM

English: So today we were invited to one of my HM friends pool. It was only 10 minutes away, and it was very luxurious. They had towels for you, they always went by to see if we needed anything, water, soda etc. and they didn't accept cash, so you have to make an account in the snack bar, which is pretty cool because then you don't have to bring money which could be stolen. We had delicious steak for dinner with corns!! And they were amazing! I have never tasted a corn like that! Sweet, juicy, and salty at the same time! Couldn't be any better.

Dansk: I dag besøgte vi en af min VM veninder fra High school ved hendes private pool. De var meget privilegerede, man fik serveret vand ved poolen, og man behøvede ikke at medbringe håndklæder, for det havde de allerede. De havde også en snack bar hvor man normalt bruge mønter i, men her havde man en bruger og fik det bare "skrevet på kontoen". Til aftensmad fik vi steak og majskolber og holy moly hvor var de bar elsker med salt og smør på. Saftig og masser af sødme, så lækkert!🤗

Love, Simone❤

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