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Wow What a feeling. Pure happiness to be back home in beautiful umeå and Sweden. To see mom and dad, and friends and family.
The view when I flew in over Umeå! Gorgeous.
After just a couple of minutes it felt like I never left, with the exception that I felt the need to hug mom and dad every second I could! And since yesterday, when I landed, so much have happened!
We went straight from the airport to the post office where we sent in my visa papers to the embassy (wish me luck) and when we got home Klara and her family came over for dinner and, my favorite dish that I have missed for a year, palt was on the menu. Yummy.
I went to bed exhausted and went up early to write högskoleprovet, for 8h (?)... and the thought that kept reoccurring in my head the every time I looked at the watch was; right now it's 3 o'clock in the morning, right now it's 4 o'clock in the morning etc (in the USA) haha. Very, very tired with an extreme headache I finished. Proud and happy to have done it.Also so fun to see some people I know!
Dad picked me up and we went home and cooked dinner for my cousin, his gf, and my aunt and uncle came over for dinner! Very cozy!
Have been rushing around all morning to get stuff done, laundry, the kids rooms, clean up, packing, cleaning the car etc. I also wrote small notes that I put on each of their pillow for tonight!
Can you believe that I am flying home today though!? I can't!! Now I'm truly so excited!
Extra snuggles and hugs this morning with my kiddos and OF COURSE, we can't forget, Misty Potato!
( I was the one naming her potato, she looks like a big bake potato, don't you think? She was also, both, three times as big as the other Guinnea Pigs her age, and is a real lazy potato who loves food, so I don't think there could have been a more suitable name, haha)
Tess didn't want to let me go at the bus and Dasch, who had forgot completely that I am traveling home, ran to the bus quicker than I had time to yell good bye after him! Haha my cuties!
Had a little breakfast break where I watched the last episode EVER of "HIMYM" to you who have watched it, what did you think you the end? I am so split!!
Also, take a look at those yummy meatballs I made for dinner yesterday? Perfect for breakfast today!
I was going to pack light... think I have overweight in probably all of my bags!! Well well...
Now I'm on the train to the City where I'll take a shuttle to JFK. I'll have way to much time at airport, but it was the best solution! Tax free shopping here I come?
Today I has been a busy day. I have been running errands, grocery shopping, and getting stuff done in the house because I am flying home tomorrow!! So I want to make sure everything is in order before I leave to make the coming weeks as easy for Sarah and Marco as possible.
I'll be home in Umeå for 2,5 weeks and during that time the family will have a different baby sitters covering for me, grandma and grandpa will also help but mainly, Sarah will go earlier from work to pick up the kids. I feel bad to put the stress on their shoulders but at the same time it was my "condition" when I decided to extend. And they are super excited for me, the feeling is just in my own head!
When I drove around in Bedford doing errands I felt so much love, for the area but mainly for the people, and my American family. Crazy how I have grown so fond of this little village and it feels good knowing that I'll be back in a couple of weeks!
Waiting for the school bus.
Everything felt a bit extra special and emotional today, picking up the kids from the bus and going to swimming where I was hanging out with Marie and the kids like every Wednesday. I made and cooked meatballs with extra love. We baked, biked and played "the floor is lava." I love the kids so much and the entire day (week) I have been trying to squeeze as much love as possible into those little munchkins❤️. So many hugs and kisses, and today I have been spoiling them a little extra, read A LOT. How is it possible to love two little humans so much?
I'm still feeling my cold that I have had for the last two weeks, so Friday was a calm day. I read some, studied for högskoleprovet, and did a quick but tough ab workout before I picked up the kids from the bus.
In the evening I was invited over for dinner at Rafaela, who is a new au pair in Jonna's family. She and her friends were super sweet and had cooked an amazing Brazilian dinner!
When I came home I stayed up talking with my host dad for awhile before going to bed.
Saturday I took Tess to early Swim lesson. Was super tired after to little sleep but it was super cozy having a little girls time so we stayed afterwards and had a snack in the cafeteria!
We then spontaneously decided to go into the city, just Tess and I, to the Planetarium. Tess loves space and is dreaming of becoming a scientist!
After the planetarium we took a cab to midtown where we had dinner at Bills Bar and Burger. Tess got a huge Milkshake for dessert ( I got to gain some extra points, right? Haha)
We then took a stroll past Rockefeller Center and looked at the people skating down on the ice, and decided we have to come back and skate there soon, before we continued to Times Square!
Tess had never been at Times Square at night so she was more than excited. We basically skipped the entire way there, and played games while we walked such as "don't touch the line" and "slugbug." We had such a blast and on top of all it was past bedtime, which made it even more exciting for Tess, haha!
On Sunday I slept in and then I took the train to the city, I strolled around and looked in some stores while waiting for the first Lucia practice at the Swedish church. No one can be more excited for winter and Lucia then me. Since it was decided that I was going to be an au pair in New York I have wanted to be a part of the Lucia in New York City, but I was to late last winter so I am more than happy I get to be in it this year!
The practice was much more serious than I had expected, and I, who has very little experience with singing really has a challenge in front of me! ( Thank you Mr. Evens at Leland, for teaching me how to read notes, and so much other important knowledge, without you I would have even more lost then I was...) But even if I am saying it's hard, I am really feel excited about this! I also met two super nice girls at Lucia that I am excited to meet again.
( Side note; my cold made me sound like a pubertal boy going through his voice change, hahha. I guess it can only get better!!)
I got sushi from the food market at GCT, and took a train home to meet up with Manuela.
Manuela and I spent the evening catching up, drinking wine and eating ice cream. A perfect end of the weekend!
Fall is finally hitting New York and no one could enjoy it more than me. I love the crispy and fresh air. The leaves are starting to change color and I love being able to wear a sweater. The fall is so different here in NY compared to home in Sweden, when I say it's getting colder I mean that the temperatures are going down from about 34C to 19C which is perfect!
Dosen't this picture look kind of business professional? Me standing in front of the old town hall, love the building with the iron details!
Marie and I decided to meet up for a lunch at a super cute café in Stamford, CT called Lorca. Had coffee and warm soup while catching up on the weekend. I see Marie almost everyday, our girls have the same activities but it is still "needed" to also meet up without the kids.
We decided to have a little photoshoot!
How beautiful isn't she?
Something I can miss living here in America and with an other family is the ability to just go over to someone's house and just hang. Cook dinner or watch a movie. There is two reasons why I don't feel like I can do that here in the same way as home in Sweden.
First of all, everyone lives SO far away so it's hard to be spontaneous in the evening when you know you have a 20 minutes car ride ahead of you, and second off all, even if I live here I don't want to be any burden to the family by having people over. Because I would understand if they want some piece and quiet after a day of work. Even though, my host mom tells me, all the time, that I don't even have to ask, and that my friends are welcome over anytime. But I still feel bad bringing people over... am I being silly?
So since I moved here it has become extra special to meet up friends for dinner. A perfect time to catch up and a nice way to get out of the house.
So Delia and I met up at our favorite diner for a late dinner.
Very cozy and so nice! Haven't seen Delia in awhile and it was great seeing her. We both ordered a burger and the sweet potato fries because why not?
New week and back into the routines. Kind of nice, I like the structure that it means, but at the same time I miss summer, before school started, and fun adventures with the kids.
Did I tell you that we bought a gunniea pig? The kids are thrilled, and bring her everywhere they can.
Gosh, he is melting my au pair heart!
The kids had no schools neither Thursday nor Friday so we played a lot and had friends over for play dates. On Friday, I took the kids and Tess best friend Nathalie to the aquarium in Norwalk. We walked around all morning looking at and learning about different sea creatures. Super cozy.
In the afternoon we went over to Dasch's friend Naoise for a play date. All moms (and I) were hanging out drinking wine. Naoise's mom had prepared with cheese and crackers and after awhile my hm also showed up. It was super cozy sitting in the afternoon sun, drinking wine and hanging out. I am so happy they include me even if I am not one of the moms!
Sarah took the kids to swimming and I headed home for a shower. Manuela came over and we ate dinner and updated each other on life. Marie came over and we all got ready for an night out.
Started the evening with drinks at the rooftop terrace Sign of the whale in Stamford. Loved being just the girls mingling around, talking to people.
Later we headed downtown and ended up at Hudson. We danced for an hour or two. I had more fun than I have had for a while. These girls are just amazing!
Saturday was a calm day, I watched tv shows, enjoyed the weather, ran some errands and caught up with one of my best friends, Eva.
The weather yesterday was amazing (31 degrees Celsius) so Jonna and I met up at the park. We had brought snacks so we stayed for hours and hours, taming, talking and eating. Definitely the perfect Sunday. That I burnt my face badly and now look like a lobster is another story...
I went home and took a shower before Jonna and her families' new au pair came and picked me up. We drove around showing her around in Westchester, our favorite places and everything else she can possibly want to know or need to know. Super fun and cozy and the new girl seems super sweet, but knowing that her arrival means that Jonna's departure is coming closer devastates me. Can't believe that she is leaving in exactly one week.
We stopped and got ice cream at Ben&Jerry's Before we drove home again. And of course we had to take a picture with the cow... haha.
Min fina Jonna, som jag kommer sakna dig!
In the evening we got ready and headed to SoHo, where we had been lucky enough to get a reservation at the restaurant, La Esquina. I had heard so much about the restaurant and the food and was more than excited to go there.
La Esquina is kind of a secret restaurant, located in the basement of a Mexican kiosk called "the corner." To go in there you have to go in through a hidden entrance, and to get into the restaurant you have to walk through the restaurant's kitchen....
My beautiful mommy before we went inside.
The food and drinks were amazing and we, of course, ordered the corn on the cob that we had heard amazing things about.
It was a great evening, so tasty food and an amazing night with my wonderful mom.