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Europe » Spain September 29th 2013

Oh the day that seemed so long! Today seemed to d-r-a-g by VERY slowly. Which was strange. I woke up late, about ten in a bit of a haze having slept so little. I then got out of bed and had some breakfast and washed my face before diving back under the covers for another hour’s worth of sleep. After I got up (again) I made the kids brunch type food and got them dressed; their parents then took them to mass while I—the protestant of the household—relaxed at home. I then went for a walk and a search for a better internet connection as the internet at home is SO slow. I found a little café and hunkered down to watch….HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER SEASON 9 EPISODE 1!!!!!!And yes, that was the highlight of ... read more

Europe September 28th 2013

My first weekend with the family! After a (little) night out I got up later considering there are kids in the house—they were so quiet! I made Elena some breakfast—which was a new word she learned today J! After that we hung around the apartment doing crafts in our PJs. We finally got it together to go out about 1:30PM when I took Jorge and Lucia on a walk around town. Went did a bit of shopping and then went to MacDonalds—their favorite place—to play and eat CHICKEN NUGGETS (with tons of ketchup)! We then trudged back to the apartment in time for lunch (at 4pm) which was this delicious pasta-crème-sauce-seafood dish. I then crashed! I was so tired that the parents let me take some time to go take a nap and go for a ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Vigo September 27th 2013

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY! Oh how the wind howled, how the rain poured and how the kids fought with umbrellas against it all! Needles to say, this weekend will been a rainy one. The dash to school was quite the adventure this morning before anther wet adventure to the gym! I then headed out to face the storm one more time for coffee and shopping with Jen. There is something I have recently discovered…that I ADORE leather…so of course when I found a leather belt…you can imagine how things went down hill (or up hill depending on your perspective!). After some nice grown-up time, I went to get the kids and eat Paella at home before we hung around inside because of the rain. I then battled the rain with my comrades: Marta and Lucia to ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Vigo September 26th 2013

I have found the secret to being a good au pair: TAKE A NAP! I realized that I have been having no energy for the kids, so today I took a nap…well I went back to sleep after taking them to school! And I felt so much more on top of it and awake with energy that I came up with ideas of what to play with them, was funny and charismatic and had fun with them on the play gym and at the park. It was a great feeling to be settling into my job here, getting used to the hours, kids, work, people, language etc.; it’s all an adjustment! And adjusting I am! Sometimes I have moments of sadness or panic, but one should always have those if one is doing something worth wild! ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Vigo September 25th 2013

Ah kids, watching them makes me wonder if I’ll ever have any of my own, and if I did how I would raise them. I thought these were kind of strange thoughts to be having but when I went out with two other au pairs today they said exactly the same thing…to the “T”! That it really makes you think about all of that “further down the line” stuff; what we all really realized was that the most important factor in all of that is WHO you marry and have kids with, WHO your partner is. We all also realized that we were going to have kids a long way down the road! Haha! Apart from that lovely revelation I had a pretty good day, it began with a fast workout at the gym after I ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Vigo September 24th 2013

Well I had my first big show down with one of the kids today…George, Crowkay, as they call him decided to really test the limits tonight, my first extended period of time without their parents. He and I had just had our first alone time together and it went really well, we took a long walk and went to some shops around Vigo. But as soon as the other siblings got home he really acted up, hitting the others, yelling and stuff and then he wouldn’t listen to me, he kept saying “you can’t do anything to me” so I grounded him for tomorrow and his parents have backed me up, so I guess that’s one win for the au pair! The rest of the day was much better! I got up and got the kids ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Vigo September 23rd 2013

I have realized the secret to being a good au pair---NEVER FEEL AWKWARD ABOUT ANYTHING. Really, it’s true. When I’m not sure what to do, I stand there in the corner of the room, being, some would say, awkward. When a teacher at school speaks to you in Spanish and you nod in all the wrong places; when the mother is going on about how her daughter is entering puberty…the usually daily events that you must take with a grain of sand and try not to laugh or cry. Today was my second really normal day, it began with taking the munchkins to school, then coming home and cleaning up, oh and having a super strange conversation with the mum about how to have…”the talk” with her ten year old. It was weird to be on ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Vigo September 22nd 2013

“BEACHING IT UP!” Was today’s theme. I woke up earlish and got going, Jen and I met at the bus stop and caught the C3 to Samil, the popular beach around here. We then spent five and a half hours lounging in the sun until I turned very brown and we were desperate for ice cream (Helado!). I then went home on the bus (which is great because you get to really see different parts of Vigo) and cleaned up at home and did some house keeping before my family returned. I’m excited to see them, which is a VERY good sign! I then spent the latter part of the evening playing games, making supper and laughing with the kids before tucking them in to bed. It’s funny how looking after someone else’s kids makes you ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Vigo September 22nd 2013

Money matters…both in the sense that it counts and that it’s a subject AND that I’m running out of it…already. England and the start up here has been expensive—MUY—and I’m now penny pinching for a while. It’s funny, I’ve started to observe certain things about the Spanish; for example the way the mothers wear high heels to pick up their kids from school, the late meals, the blaze mannerisms, the time they take to talk to you and help you, the way they always tell you that you have lovely Spanish (even though we all know that’s not true), their beauty in everything and their vivacious and passionate ways—especially with the children. Noticing all these things I moved throughout my day with a happier outlook than before, trying to immerse myself in the culture. The first ... read more

Europe » Spain » Galicia » Vigo September 21st 2013

Ah, so little sleep, but I know that tomorrow morning I’ll wake up with even less! (oh Spanish nights!) I immediately called Jen and we headed out to the beach! After a nice long time at the beach where we soaked up the sun we headed back home…well honestly we tried to head back home with the exception of getting very, very, lost…we ended up walking around for about an hour and a half and then finally got home! But of course we got back too late and missed the au pair coffee…which was a pity. So instead I made a big pasta lunch and took a nap before going on an amazing run by the port. I walked back home after that and went to the supermarcado for Champaign to celebrate my first week in ... read more

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