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I realized that I never really introduced the two amazing children I am taking care of. (I am, of course, posting pictures and including their names etc. after permission from my host mom).

Dasch is 5 years old and full of energy. He loves everything active like playing tag, obstacle courses and tickle monster. He is very sweet and funny.

Tess is 7 years old and super kind. She loves playing with her best friend and crafts. She also, just like Dasch have a lot of energy. She is very fun and thoughtful.

I am super lucky to have the opportunity taking care of two so great children. Like with every child there are of course days filled with more challenges than others, but you quickly learn that it is just temporary. And the more you and the children get to know each other the easier it becomes. Your understanding for each other deepens and routines gets settled. I have learnt that it is all about being consistent and gaining the children's trust. There will always be ups and downs and like I mentioned; some days will be harder than others. Everyday is a new challenge and I am so happy to be a part of it.

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Just realized that I never posted these pictures of my first weekend in the city so I thought it might be more than time to do it now!!

The first weekend was really fun and Friday was spent with Malin after work. I went to her house and had dinner with her and host family. After dinner me and Malin went to the movie Miss. Peregrine's home for peculiar children which was very good but also very confusing. Apparently my host children have seen that movie but I don't understand how because me and Malin found it very scary and sat there squeezing each other's hands, haha!

The movie theater was very cool with bean bag chairs and IMAX screens. There were no others people in the salon except for a couple in the back so me and Malin felt like we were in heaven in using two bean bag chairs each! So cozy. After the movie we ended up talking with the couple discussing the movie and it's plot for a long time. I really like how nice and social most people are here in America. They gave us a lot of advice on New York and what to do and it was great.

I slept over at Malin's and then we went to the city early in the morning. Malin left to meet up one of her friends and I met up Sandra.

Iconic Grand central Station.

Sandra and I went for breakfast at Shake shack which meant hamburgers. Maybe not the best or most healthy breakfast but it was so yummy and so worth it! Melina from Germany met us up and we went and explored some parts of the city.

Amazing Shake Shake and amazing Sandra!

French fries from heaven.

We were then supposed to meet up Luca but we got lost and his phone died so it took forever and we felt very bad that he was left in the city all by himself. We finally found him and did some shopping at Fifth avenue.

We stopped at a Swedish Cafe and bought some delicacies for Melina and Luca to try. It was okay but real Swedish fika is still so much better. Melina and Luca did though like it which was what mattered!

We walked in Central Park and sat down to enjoy the beautiful weather while Luca and Melina was eating lunch.

You are probably wondering what we are doing. Well, we are discussing double chins and apparently checking out my future one, hahaha!

Rockefeller ice rink.

Times Square by night.

We met up Julia in the evening and went to dinner together before we also met up Malin who had spent the day with a friend before we all took our separate trains back home after a amazing day in the city.

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Like usual life has been very busy and crazy therefore, it has been awhile since I last updated the blog and have missed covering some fun things from the past weeks,like Halloween, so I am thinking I will summarize in the following entries.

Halloween started already the week before with decorations and pumpkin carving. The kids were super excited and very proud of their costumes. Dasch was dressed out as Deadpool and Tess as Taylor Swift with her best friend. The kids had different Halloween events the entire week and Dasch got to wear his costume to Karate and you could tell how proud he was.

Friday the entire family went to my host moms office for a Halloween party where the kids got to go a Halloween parade and do crafts. It was very fun to socialize and be all together. Isn't the picture with the entire family so cute?!

We had amazing weather with 23 degrees Celsius (75 Fahrenheit) so we spent a lot of time outside feeling very lucky while it was getting colder in Sweden.

Dasch was feeling so hot so he even had to take his shirt of at dinner...! How cute is he?

We carved pumpkins which was super fun and cozy! The kids found it super gross to take the guts (?) out of the pumpkins, haha!

Dasch in his deadpool costume at Karate, so proud!

Then the cute little kid feel asleep in the car back after a long and eventful day.

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A couple of days before Halloween I had my first Au pair meeting with our group and a couple of other Au pair group at something called blaze. I had no idea what to expect or what it was before hand but it turned out to be amazing. It was a light show with thousands and thousands of carved pumpkins built into different constellations. It was so beautiful and pretty and we walked around for almost an hour just looking. We got to know that they have been working with it since June and that over 10000 volunteers has been helping carving which is crazy and you could really tell by the result.

The pictures just shows a fraction of how it actually looked like and as I said I didn't have any expectations so I was so happily surprised!

The only thing I was a bit disappointed with was that I didn't get a chance to get to know any new Au pairs since we all were walking around in the dark not knowing who's Au pair and not or knowing where the other Au pairs where. However, i got to spend an amazing evening with Laura, Ines and Jonna and I think the next meeting will be a chance to get introduced to others and I am really looking forward to that. Overall it was a great evening.

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I got the honor to chaperon on Tess field trip to Hanover farm, it was super fun to spend a day with the kids and I actually learnt a lot about the different animals too. They explained a lot of stuff that I never even thought of asking which was fun.

... like about the cow and the function of it's four stomachs!

And about bees!

We also got to pick beans to contribute to the farm's market.

In the evening we cuddled a bit with our crazy dog. Overall a great day!

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Since I got here I have gotten lost so many times, with GPS, without GPS, and with a map, nothing seems to help and it's extremely hard to find your way when all roads are very winding. I lose track of where I am and like I said I even got lost with a GPS. It was Thursday when I was to pick up Dasch from school and bring him to karate practice and I was sure I knew the way to school put I still had the GPS on as a back up but I lost service and suddenly I was out somewhere in the forest without any idea of where to go... I got super late to pick him up and got to rush to Karate only to find out that it didn't start at 15:45 but at 16:00 so we ended being the first ones there which was pretty great!

The kids get karate homework to work on personality and behavior and I really liked the message of Dasch's homework of the week. It is something to really reflect over.

After karate we went to the barber to fix Dasch's hair after the little "accident." I had brought a picture with me of how my host dad wanted it to look like and I thought it turned out great. However, when I woke up the next morning my host dad had taken the shaver and changed the haircut which I thought was funny, but I had to agree that it turned out even better (picture of that will come later)!

Happy guy after getting his haircut.

Tess was at dance and got a ride home with One of her friends which meant that me and Dasch had a cozy evening together with homework and some drawing. Very cozy.

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Wednesday was the second day without school in the same week which meant that I was taking care of the children the entire day. Tess' best friend Natalie was over which was super fun. Although, we had a lot of fun it was a much more challenging day than the days before. Dasch had a couple of meltdowns and it was hard knowing how to handle in the best way possible and still balancing that with keeping track of the girls. I talked a lot with my host mom about it and we both agreed on that it is a part of his age and him adapting to a new Au pair. It was still tricky and I at first felt like I did something wrong but then realized that it has nothing to do with me personally.

We played outside for a couple of hours and then we played hair stylist. In the afternoon we went to target to buy crafts to make Halloween decorations. Very fun day even if it was a bit more challenging.

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Last Tuesday Was the first day I had full responsibility of the children which meant that I woke them up for school and prepared everything for school. Everything went smooth. We ate breakfast and walked to the school bus. Dasch and I have started a new habit of picking out clothes for him in the evening before since he is very picky of what he is wearing which has meant a lot of stress in the morning but with this method it has been super smooth to get ready! The only thing I forgot was tooth brushing so that was a pretty good first morning.

After dropping the children at school I went for a long walk/ run trying to getting to know the neighborhood.

Malin, a Swedish Au pair that I meet at training school, came over and we decided to go out for lunch. However, because we don't know the areas so well we drove around but didn't find anywhere to go and then we got lost from each other since we drove separately so we spent a lot of time just trying to find each other again! We laughed so much when we finally found each other and we both felt like it was typical us since we from the first time we meet each other has been pretty confused in each other's company being the two just going with the flow!

I picked up the children from the school bus and then we went home to do some reading, snacking and playing. The kids also practiced piano before their piano teacher came over for a piano lesson.

So cute!

Dasch dreams of becoming an astronaut and going to space and he has this very cool and awesome spaceship in his room which I believe is every child's dream.

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Monday last week was Columbus Day which meant that the children had no school so the entire day was spent playing and hanging out. My host mom was working partly which meant I took care of the children for parts of the day myself which was a bit nervous but very exciting. We played outside in the beautiful weather and then after lunch we took them to a play date at one of the children's friends. A lot of children from Tess' class was there and Dasch also had a friend to play with. It was great for them to play while I hung out with the moms talking and gossiping. In the evening we (the family) watched a movie together which was not very good but it was still very cozy being all together.

​Tess did my hair and said that it is how I should wear it when I go on dates! My host mom and dad laughed and complimented me for my new hair style. So cute of Tess though! 

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On the last day of training school we had CPR and first aid training in the morning to learn how to act in acute situations. It was an interesting day and so important things to know in life and when taking care of the children. In the afternoon most of us went on the NYC trip which was amazing. It felt so good to be back in the big city and even better knowing that I am going to live here for a year with the possibility to visit every weekend! We went for a guided tour with a super fun old woman and she played all typical New York songs making it feel even more surreal.

We stopped in Battery park to see the Statue of Liberty and take pictures of the skyline, as you can see she was very far away in the distance but I decided that I definitely will take the ferry to the island sometime this year.

After a couple of hours we got dropped off at Rockefeller center and while most people went up to see the view a couple of us went to explore a little and then head for dinner at a typical American diner. We ate burgers and drank milkshakes and had a lovely time. A little bit later Erica and lovisa also joined and we all hung out for awhile before heading towards the busses. However, we walked in the wrong direction and didn't realize until we had walked 8 blocks, which meant that we had to run from the 56th street till the 34th where the busses were going to pick us up super worried that they would leave. Luckily they had waited and we were not even the last people to get on but it was still super stressful! In total a great day and a really amazing time at the training school.

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