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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 de…

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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 t…

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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, …

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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 po…

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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 wher…

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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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Hi everybody! 😊

I have now made a video of my trip to the USA. It took some time, and there will be som more coming up, from what we have done in the past 4 weeks (That's almost a month!!!😱).

Hej allesammen! 😊

Jeg har nu endelig fået lavet en video fra turen herover, og der vil komme flere om ikke så længe der viser, alt hvad vi/jeg har lavet de sidste 4 uger (4 uger! Det er næsten en måned!!!😱).

Simone Brusberg

Love, Simone❤

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Monday July 24th 2017 kl. 10:36 PM

Today I have been doing a lot. Startet working, doing laundry, driving the kids around, picking them up again, go home, play, get snacks, get dinner, play, walk the dog. I enjoy it. It’s just so much me, I feel som comfortable doing what I’m doing. At 10, I was off, and a friend of the current Au Pair and I planned a small trip with one of my friend from the training school. We went to Scott's Run Nature Preserve. Which is a very beautiful place. We had to walk a little, and then we had the most beautiful view with a waterfall and a huge lake. We climbed a little to get an even better view, and it was beyond breathtaking. And the sound of the waterfall was so relaxing. We have already planned on going there once again with another camera (My GoPro) and a bikini, so we can go under the waterfall!!! :O I went back home just in time to get a Starbucks and then the kids from the camps at school. I love to pick them up, it feels so american, because we go through a kiss and hug driveway. So they just jump in or out of the car and teachers will great them. It's so cool. I was driving one of the kids to a French horn lessons, waited for the lesson to be done, and drove straight to the pool, where they had a competition. It was a little delayed because of the weather. Thats also a thing that is cool. Cause they shot down the pool whenever the can see or hear thunder or lightning. And that’s the reason it was a little delayed, which was good because we was a little late. When we only had one lane left, they had to shot down again because of thunder. We couldn’t wait for an hour because of the time. So they had to cancel the rest of the competition and shot down for the day. So we went home and went to bed.

Tuesday July 25th 2017 kl. 11:43 PM
Today I had to work in the morning too, I drove one of my kid to a camp, and then I had a little more laundry to do. I was off for 3 hours, having some breakfast, talking with my boyfriend and meeting a friend at Starbucks. She helped me find some toiletries in a travelsize. I needed them because I am going to Minneapolis on Friday, for 2 weeks, and we are traveling with a carry on only, so there was a few thing that I needed for my suitcase. At 12pm I had to pick up my kids, and before going I had packed a swim bag for all three of us, and some snacks if they got hungry. I thought that if they wanted too we could go straight to the pool after camp. They had piano lessons 4 hours after camp and if they wanted to go home, eat, change to swimsuit, practice the piano and repack we might as well be practical so we had time for what we wanted to❤️ so I got both of them to the piano lesson and back home, one of them wanted to watch her sister playing a soccer game, and the other wanted to stay at home, so we made a delicious broccoli cheese soup on the vitamix. It took 1 hour from deciding to grocery shop what we needed and until we were eating the soup. Quick and perfect. We watched a movie and then everybody got home and I headed to the gym for the first time!!! It was amazing and I pushed myself to my limits. It was hard as xxxx but I did it and I'm so ready to sleep now 😴

Thursday July 27th kl. 11:44 PM

Today has been a normal day, driving the kids to camp, some time off, picking them up again and decide whether we wanna stay at home playing games and having fun or going to the pool. Today we decided to go to the pool. It was a little colder today so we didn't stay that long. We went back home and started to pack. We are leaving for Minnesota tomorrow!!!😱 When my HD (hostdad) came home I took my oldest kid to a basketball game. They won a first place!!👏🏼So cool to see! We went back home and got some dinner watched some tv and I headed to the gym. I run, walked on some kind of stairs😂 and another fun thing for the legs and butt. After that I was swimming and then I took a shower. Got back home and went almost straight to bed after talking about today and the plan for tomorrow with my HM!🇺🇸❤️

Friday July 28th 2017 kl. 11:15 PM
Today we went up early. I had to open a bank account before we went to Minnesota so it would be ready when we got back home. Everything went as expected so now I'll soon have a card and no cash. When I had opened my bank account we went almost straight to Ronald Reagan airport so we could get on a 2 hour flight to my HM parents in Minnesota. We got some lunch in the airport and got on the flight. When we arrived in the airport in Minnesota, we picked up our luggage and then we were picked up by granddad. We went home, got some snacks went to the park/playground, made a very Minnesota-ish-turkey-cheese-dish which was delicious. They usually eat it in the winter, but grandma wanted it so we made it for her. Some family came over to join the dinner, we had some dessert and rplayed. After a pool game we went out to see the international space station 🚀 flying above us. We had and app that told us where and when it was, and how visible it will be. We had a 3/3 star view. The amazing thing is that you can only see it in the night when the sun, the earth and the space station is in a specific position. Cause the space station doesn't have any lights, but what we see is a reflection of the sun on the ship. Pretty incredible😱 the kids was toggled in and we went out to see it once again 90 minutes later. The space station uses only 90 minutes to circle the earth. That's amazing💪🏼

Saturday July 29th 2017 kl. 11:09 PM
Today we went to the pool, just me and the kids. Everyone at home had some adult time to get ready for the 80th birthday party tonight. So I had the kids in a water park from 10am to around 3pm. We had a lot of fun, and it's definitely not the last time we will go there on this vacation!😊We headed home after a lot of fun in the water park. Everybody took a shower and changed so they were ready for the 80th birthday. We had a lot of fun at the party, with appetizers, sweet and open people and the weather was great. Everyone had a great time and this was my first American birthday 🎉 🍾🇺🇸

Sunday July 30th 2017 kl. 11:57 PM
Today we went to church. Usually you don't go to church praying with another religion than you are. But to me religion isn't a way of living life, so I'm not afraid to explore other religions. And that's why I went to church with all of them instead of staying at home. There was a few things that I didn't like, or that I felt like was weird, but at the same time they did so many things that I thought made sense. And the church was beautiful. If you have time after church there is some coffee and cake. And you talk to the priest and the other people you meet. When we got back home we had to hurry, and get changed, because we had to meet someone at the boat. So we got to Lake Minnetonka, went on the boat aund had a lot of fun on a tube, in flatebel chairs and in the lake. I forgot to put on sunscreen in my face, so I have a beautiful sunburn now.... and I will never again forget to put in sunscreen 😂

Love, Simone❤

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Monday July 17th 2017 kl. 11:18 PM

To day was the first day working. I had the kids with the Au Pair that I am replacing. We played boardgames, had fun and just being silly together. One of them had a camp and the two other a doctors apointment, so The other Au Pair and I went out to do some erinds. Went back and then getting some lunch. When we were off, we went to the city to Tycons for an hour and bought some stuff. We had a lot of fun and went back home, got something to eat, and then I meet one of my friends from the training school for a Starbucks, and we just agreed on going to Target. And that shop, I like a lot. It's like the Danish store Bilka, where they got everything from clothes, to groceries, to PC, phones and movies.

Tuesday July 18th 2017 kl. 10:44 PM

Today I had my second workday. I drove around with the kids, went to the pool, had a playdate with one of our friends. We had a great time and I fell so comfortable in this family! They are great, and they make me fell comfortable.

Wednesday July 19th 2017 kl. 8:23 PM

Today was a special and a sad day. I had to work in the morning to wake up the kids and drive them to swimming in the morning. We made some breakfast for the kids, and drove back and furth so they could go swimming. I think that it's great. They go swim every morning (If we can make them) from 8:15 to 10, and that's a great way to start the day. We had another Playdate at a friends house, and after that we went to the pool for the last time before the other Au Pair had to cat

Thursday July 20th 2017 kl. 10:24pm

So today was my first day working all by myself. I was working from noon and until now. The first couple of hours was a little boring because I really wanted to do something all the time, but when I had to get them ready for soccer, French horn, diving meet and stuff, I really fell like them and I are having a good time! Driving back and fort. I am starting to get used to driving an automatic gear, and it's soooo comfortable. They have so many hills that if they didn't have automatic I'd probably couldn't have been driving around as I do right now. We went to the diving meet and it's awesome! It's so American and I really enjoy it being there with the kids!❤️ I suggested to cook tonight because I had the kids so I made a creamy cauliflower soup with cheese and crispy bacon! I liked it, but and only one of the kids liked it, but I'm only happy. Because now I have my lunch for tomorrow 👏🏼

Friday July 21th 2017 kl. 9:57pm

Today we were at the pool party because the summer swim ends. It was soo funny to see and it felt so American. I met another au pair, and she was so sweet we talked and hang out the rest of the night watching he kids have fun. We had pasta for dinner so everybody brought some kind of pasta and then there was like a 1000 different kind (well not that much, but there was a lot). And we went home, got some bedtime snacks and went to bed. I did some laundry, tidying the house and stuff.

Saturday July 22th 2017 kl. 10:13pm

Today was my day of. I was meeting a friend from the training school in Tyson's Corner Center. We had fun and used our money for a couple of hours, got some smoothie and some cinnamon bons. THEY ARE DELICIUOS!! When I got home, a storm passed by. It was raining and there was thunder. But my HM told us about a child memorie she had from her childhood. Sitting in the garage eating popcorn, watching the rain and the wind. So we did that. That is what we would call hyggeligt in DK. Another friend asked me if I wanted to join her to another shopping mall later that day, and I couldn't say no to that, so she picked me up, and we went. When I came home again there was no power, so they were all using candles, flashlights and electrician candles. We had a great dinner from the grill, because the stove didn’t work, and then we played some boardgames and twister. In Tyson's I bought a pair of new indoor sport shoes for when I will start going to the gym, and a purse, because I didn't bring one and I REALLY needed one. When I went to the other store I bought a reusable Starbucks cup, cause I have a felling this will be a bad habit, so I can just from the beginning do something for the environment.

Sunday July 23th 2017 kl. 11:23pm

Today I was cooking dinner. I went grocerie shopping in the morning, so I had everything I needed for the dinner. We all went to the pool for a couple of hours before we had to go home. We meet with some of my HP friends and they were supposed to eat dinner with us. So we went back home because I had at meeting with my LCC (local childcare consultant). Another person in the area who host meetings every month for the Au Pair in that area. So we can get to meet each other and get friends. But also, so that CCAP can make sure that everyone is okay during their stay in USA, by communicating through the LCC. When the meet was over I started cooking: Kartofler, brun sovs, bøf med bløde løg. A very traditionel and danish dinner. I went okay, some of them liked it and some of them didn't. But the best is when mommy cooks it. There is something about the amount of love, in the dish, that I cannot controle yet!

Love, Simone❤

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Hi everybody!

So I have thought about making a diary so that you guys can follow my year in the USA. This post is in Danish, but from now on I will try to make them i English so that all my friends from Europe and USA, can read it too. I canøt wait to share this experience with all of you! 😍

Tirsdag den 11. Juli 2017 kl. 10:47 PM

Lige nu er det cirka 48 timer siden jeg stod op og min rejse begyndte. Mor, far , Cecilia og Sarah tog med til lufthavnen for at aflevere mig. De forlod ikke min side før jeg havde fundet de to andre piger jeg skulle rejse med, checket min bagage ind og op ad rulletrappen drog. Vi fik puttet væske i poser og kom igennem security og ind i taxfree area. Vi fandt et sted og sidde ned, begyndte at snakke sammen og lærer hinanden at kende mens jeg fik en lækker portobello omelet. Flyet begyndte at boarde og fløj lige til tiden. Vi kom til Island og her blev den lidt forsinket, men vi fik noget frokost og nogle snacks, så vi kunne klare den lange flytur på 6 timer. Vi landede endelig i JFK lufthavn og fandt vores kufferter og fandt herefter udgangen. Da vi kom ud fandt vi en ældre herre som holdte CC skilt. Han sørgede for at alle var der og for at der kom transport og hentede os. Der var lange køer og meget trafik så turen tog mellem 1.5-2 timer og så var vi ved træningsskolen mellem 16-17 hvor vi afleverede den store bagage og fandt roommates og værelse. Jeg var så heldig at ende på samme værelse som den svenske pige jeg rejste med. Resten af dagen kunne vi gøre som det passede os og bare nyde solen, selskabet og omgivelserne. Vi fik pizza til aftensmad og gik tidligt i seng den aften.

Idag startede alt undervisningen og fordi at det er sommer og der er så mange Au Pairs som kommer til det store USA er vi placeret på 2 forskellige skoler, og samtidig er der to forskellige hold, hvoraf det ene spiser tidligt morgenmad og det andet hold kommer så lige efter. Og sådan fortsætter det så hele dagen med måltider og undervisning. Vi fik tildelt en Au Pair bog som vi skal igennem på de 2 dage vi har. Om aftenen havde vi Candy picnic. Det er en tradition at alle tager slik med fra deres hjemland og så kan man gå rundt og smage på dem alle sammen og møder på den måde en masse forskellige kulturer. Det var super spændende, anderledes og ofte meget overraskende selv at prøve nye ting fra DK.

Onsdag den 12. Juli 2017 kl. 9:06 PM

Dagen i dag har lignet dagen i går meget. Undervisning til aftensmad, og i dag havde vi så en ekstra lektion efterfølgende om vores egen sikkerhed her i USA. Foredragsholderen var fantastisk og vidste lige hvordan han skulle få os til at VILLE lære, lytte og være interreseret. Jeg under folk der har sådanne færdigheder, for de er uden lige guld værd. Vi har fået nye klasser til torsdag hvor vi skal undervises i CPR og first aid. Når den undervisning er veloverstået drager vi til New York downtown på guidet tour og til Rockefeller center. PÅ TOPPEN! Jeg kan ikke vente med at se det. Vi har også fået tidspunkter på hvornår vi skal med bus, tog, fly osv ud til vores HF (Host Family). Jeg kan ikke vente med at møde dem! Derudover har jeg idag også købt souvenirs til mig selv fra træningsskolen. En taske, en hoodie og en vandflaske. Hoodien er FANTASTISK!!! 😱

Torsdag den 13. Juli 2017 kl. 10:52 PM

I dag var den store dag. I dag havde vi alle det sidste undervisning, hvilket betød at vi nu er "uddannet" til at blive Au Pair. Den sidste klasse vi skulle have var CPR and AED! Jeg glemmer aldrig de to ord og deres forskellige betydninger og instrukser. Det sørgede underviseren for at ingen af os gjorde, men det er en helt anden historie 😂 Da undervisningen var ovre fik vi uddelt vores billetter til Rockefeller center top tour, og så kunne vi gå til frokost. I dag var det Boxlunch da der ike var tid til at have alle inde i kantinen inden busserne kørte mod NYC. Vi fik tildelt en lille kasse hvori der var en super lækker Turkey sandwich, en flaske vand, oreo småkager, noget dressing og en pære. Vi spiste det på værelset mens vi fik ordnet vores tasker, pakket og ladet diverse mobiler og kameraer op. Vi kom ned til busserne, og satte os ind. Vi havde en super sjov chauffør som bare gjorde turen SÅ meget bedre. Det var smadder hyggeligt. Da vi kom ind til midtbyen samlede vi en tour guide op som også var helt fantastisk, og derfra tog vi blandt andet ud for at se The Statue of Liberty, 9/11 memorial, Times Sqaure osv. Undervejs var der generelt meget kaos i trafikken (Især ved myldretiden kl. 5 PM), men især et sted var der mere kaos end andre. Der var brandbiler overalt og vi kunne på længere afstand se sort røg komme op. Da vi kommer tættere på kunne vi se at det kom fra jorden. Da tourguiden efter et stykke tid sagde noget igen, fortalte han hvorfor vi holdte stille og fortalte at røgen som kom op muligvis stammede fra metroen som befandt sig lige under. Aldrig har mit hjerte hamret som der og mine nakkehår rejst sig. Der løber mange (Læs. RIGTIGT MANGE) tanker gennem hovedet. Er det et uheld hvor omfangsrigt er det, kan det gå ud over os osv. Det var en meget ubehagelig oplevelse, også fordi man bare kørte derfra, og aldrig rigtigt helt fik svar på hvordan det endte. Efterfølgende blev vi sat af ved Rockefeller center, drog op på toppen af den og nød udsigten i en times tid. Kl. 9 PM skulle vi være tilbage ved bussen som ventede på os ved Empire State Buildning, Derfra kunne vi selv vælge hvilken rute vi tog, hvor langt vi gik og hvad vi ville se. Vi fik lige pludselig meget travlt men nåede dog det vi gerne ville, udover aftensmaden, men vi overlevede og fik istedet tid til at opleve en masse fede ting og stemninger. Vi fandt bussen og drog hjemad. Turen var lang, men den hyggelige musik, som folk sang med på i bussen, gjorde den meget kortere.

Fredag den 14. Juli 2017 kl. 17:35 PM

I dag var sidste dag på træningsskolen. Vi skulle have morgenmad tidligt, da vi skulle have et møde inden de forskellige busser kørte mod lufthavne, byer stationer osv. Jeg skulle med bussen mod Washington DC. Kl 9 AM. Vi fandt vores store kufferter i containeren hvor de har været låst inde siden ankomst. Vi fik afleveret nøgler, pakket i busser og sagt farvel til dem som vi ikke skulle rejse med og som ikke skulle bo i samme område som os. Det regnede i NY da vi stod op, og det var meget køligt, næsten ligesom hjemme i DK. Så da vi kom tilbage fra morgenmad skiftede jeg tøj så jeg ikke ville komme til at fryse. Vi fik sat os til rette på bussen og 20 min. Forsinket kørte vi fra skolen. Da vi 3 timer senere kunne se NY skyline blev jeg lidt frustreret. I går tog det lige knap 1-1.5 time at komme til NY, men vejret var selvfølgelig også bedre. Derfra gik det fremad, men kun meget langsomt. Vi skulle være ved busstationen hvor min familie venter kl. 3:45 PM og lige nu sidder vi og venter på de sidste da vi har været inde og hente noget mad på McDonalds, da vi ikke havde fået mad siden vi forlod morgenmaden på skolen kl. 8:15 AM. 30-20 min inden vi skulle sætte den første person af, begyndte det at vælte ned, og flere i bussen fik advarelse på deres telefon om en “flash flood” i området og at vi ikke skulle nærme os. Det var næsten stoppet da hun skulle sættes af, men lige i det chaufføren åbnede døren væltede det ned. Det væltede ned af alle vinduer som blev der hældt spandevis af vande derpå. Jeg har aldrig oplevet noget lignende. Pludselig begyndte det at lyne helt vildt og kort efter buldrede det også. Undervejs har det så skiftet mellem voldsom regn og torden og solskin. Lidt vildt at opleve på den måde. Så status er altså lige nu at vi kl. 6:24 PM forlade Baltimore og så er der lige knap 1 time og 45 min til DC. + det løse som der har været undervejs. Så jeg skulle gerne være i DC kl. 8:20 PM.

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Lige pludselig var der bare gang i den. Der var kun 20 minutter til vi skulle af, og både buschaufføren og os var glade og spændte. Vi kom ind på en parkeringsplads, og der inde var der en masse glade mennesker, børn og skilte. Og vi var godt klar over at det var der vi skulle af, og jeg må være ærlig at sige at mit hjerte nok sprang et par slag eller 10 over. Og den Hoodie jeg havde på fra træningskolen var lige et par grader eller 30 varmere da vi kunne se dem. Jeg fandt min HM (Host mom) og deres tidligere Au Pair, som jeg har snakket med lige siden vi har matchet. Det har bare været det bedste og hun har virkelig gjort et godt job, og fået mig til at føle mig som en del af familien fra starten. Jeg fik fundet min kufferter og kom hurtigt derfra. De fortalte at strømmen var gået fordi de lige havde haft storm, og at de derfor ikke kunne lave mad selv, og derfor tog vi ud og spise på en taco resturant. Vi tog hjem, og jeg fik pakket lidt ud og så gik vi i seng.

Lørdag den 15. Juli 2017 kl. 10:48 PM

I dag har været lidt stille og roligt, køren frem og tilbage. Vaske og rengøre biler og så har jeg fået tourguide i kvarteret så jeg ved hvor jeg skal droppe børnene af osv. Vi var også ude i et center i omegnen da jeg manglede nogle ting. Derud over har jeg også kørt i USA med Automatgear for første gang. Faktisk er det ikke så slemt eller svært som jeg havde forestillet mig, faktisk var det utroligt let, og når man først lige vænner sig til det er det faktisk ganske behageligt. Vi fik nogle rester fra vores Doggybag i går til frokost, var nede og dase ved den lokale pool,og så fik vi aftensmad. Under maden, havde vi besøg af min HM gode veninde som har en 7 uger gammel søn. SÅ dejlig et lille væsen han er. Da klokken blev 8 kørte jeg sammen med min families Au Pair til DC for at samle en veninde op og kører hende hjem. Da vi kom hjem ventede vi på at min HM kom hjem fra lifthavnen med resten af familien. OG HVOR ER DE ALTSÅ SKØNNE DE 3 BØRN!! De har krudt i røven, de råber og skriger, fjoller og danser og hygger sig med hinanden, og jeg er helt vildt med det. Jeg har allerede en god fornemmelse for de næste 12 måneder her i DC, USA.

Søndag den 16. Juli 2017 kl. 11:45 PM

Så i dag var min første dag som Au Pair. Sådan rigtigt. Jeg var ikke på arbejde men jeg nød dagen med min HM, deres tidligere Au Pair, og min ældste pige. Hun havde en fodbold kamp i Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fra DC er det 4 timer og 20 min i bil, hver vej. Så vi var oppe og afsted kl. 6:45. Vejret i Pittsburgh var super dejligt, og det er generelt bare så lækkert herovre. Vi nød solen men var også nød til at gå i skygge eller sidde med paraplyer under kampen. Det var det smukkeste sted at se en fodbold kamp. Bag fodbold banen var der en flod hvor skibe og både kom sejlende forbi, og bag floden var Pittsburgh skyline. Jeg kan ikke forstille mig hvor smukt det må være om aftenen. Da kampen var færdig tog vi ned i Pittsburgh downtown og fik en super lækker frokost. Det var bare så hyggeligt, og det område som restauranten lå i var så dejligt. Jeg fik en bacon og cheese sandwich, og det jeg så på restauranten var at der var pomfritter i alle sandwichene, også i min, og det var bare smadder lækkert. Retterne i USA er generelt meget større end i DK så begge gange vi har været ude at spise har jeg fået doggybags med hjem, så jeg kan glæde mig til en super lækker frokost i morgen 😱

Love, Simone❤

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Hej alle sammen :)

De sidste 2 uger har budt på mange eventyr, oplevelser og indtryk. Den 20. Juni afsluttede jeg mine 3 år på HTX med et 12-tal og en fin navy blå hue! Det er så fedt at vide at jeg er færdig og samtidig så surrealistisk at forstå at jeg ikke skal i skole igen efter sommerferien, som bliver til et sabbatår. I dag er der 8 dage til afgang, og det er lige så surrealistisk som at aflsutte skolen.

For en uge siden holdte jeg studentergilde for venner, familie og naboer. En fejring for de tre år jeg lige har afsluttet og den hue jeg har fået på hovedet. Samtidig blev det også en farvel-og-vi-ses-fest. Det var så hyggeligt og dejligt at se dem alle sammen og få sagt ordentligt farvel til de som jeg ikke kommer til at se før engang efter jeg lander i DK igen. Vi inviterede til eftermiddagskaffe og startede derfor med et lækkert kagebord, boller og drikkevarer. Efter et par timers hygge snak og gaveåbning blev der serveret nakkefilet, kartoffel- og pastasalat med frikadeller og tomatsalat til. Jeg elsker mors kartoffelsalat, så den skulle jo selvfølgelig serveres når vi lige har ramt midsommer. Jeg havde en rigtigt dejlig dag og fik sagt farvel og vi ses til dem alle sammen. Jeg fik overvældende mange og meget flotte gaver, som jeg ikke kan lade hver med at stoppe op og kigge på når jeg går forbi. Jeg simpelthen så glad for alle de ting jeg har fået.

Jeg havde ude i teltet pyntet op så der ligesom var "to fester", den ene side var der pyntet op med blå og hvid og studenterhuer, og i den anden side var USA's farver og dets flag, jeg synes det var en rigtigt god kombi til en 2-i-1 fest.

Alt i alt havde jeg en vildt dejlig dag som jeg aldrig vil glemme, med masser af dejlige mennesker, lækkert mad og flotte gaver. Tusind tak til alle som ville komme forbi og fejre mig og som gjorde det til en rigtig dejlig dag.

Simone

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Hej alle sammen

Nu er ventetiden ved at være knap. Der er blot 4 dage til at jeg bliver student og til at jeg får huen på!😱 Jeg har længe haft en navy blå kjole liggende som jeg egentligt ville have på, men her forleden havde jeg bare meget mere lyst til en hvid kjole, så jeg gik ind i en butik og fandt med det samme lige den kjole jeg havde drømt om😍 Den er bare så fin og så matcher blomsterne på kjolen til min fine blå hue!👏🏼 Jeg er bare så glad for mit husvale og kjolen sætter bare prikken over i'et! Nu kan den sidste eksamen bare komme an, for lige om lidt når jeg har lavet den sidste power point så er jeg mere klar end nogensinde!😍👏🏼👏🏼

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