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Haha, well seeing as it’s coming up for a year since I left for America and that meaning it has been 9 months since I left America - there isn’t much to update on. Unfortunately I can’t post it again because I’ve deleted it off my files. I definitely posted it on here though, you’ll have to go right back to the early the pages of the blog :)
Oh, thank you :) I’m very glad.
Haha, it definitely doesn’t feel natural, but you just have to do it… I had to record over and over. Definitely get friends and family to watch it before uploading it.
Yes, you’ll miss your family but hopefully you will be having such a great time that you will be able to get through it.
Hmmmm, it’s important to ask questions about the kids. If the kids are there as well try to ask them questions, like ‘What do you like to do on the weekend?’. The parents will appreciate you trying to get to know the children as they are their biggest concern. It was such a long time ago that I had my interviews so I’m struggling to remember what questions I asked. But my biggest advice is to have plenty of questions! They won’t think you’re annoying, they’ll note that you’re serious about this adventure you’re about to go on and you want to get to know them just as much as they want to get to know you.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions :)
Hi Beth, well generally we dined out for dinner most of the time. It was very rare that I would need to cook dinner for the 8 year old. As for breakfasts and lunches, limited cooking was involved.
I think it’s hard to give advice on this because your family may have different expectations to mine. They might expect you to cook dinner for the whole family two nights a week, or not cook at all - it just depends on your family :)
Thank you very much.
Well I went through the Au Pair in America agency and was matched with families through that. Unfortunately I have no other experience with any other agencies, I’m sorry.
Oh lovely :)
Well I bought the generic, corny touristy gifts like Australia tea towels, drink coasters, etc for the parents. I don’t have any cool ideas for the parents. But for the kids I made them a book with photoshopped photos of me and the kids into it in Australian settings.
Sorry that isn’t much help!
Sure thing. Good luck!
See her website demi-aupair.weebly
I was about 2 hours from Miami, and 2 hours from Orlando. So I was inbetween :)
Just some weightloss progress. Obviously I’m definitely not my heaviest in the Nov 2013 photo.
16kg down in total now!
There isn’t much you can do. Just know that what it is meant to be, is meant to be. If they do happen to choose another girl it will be for the best. Continue to be yourself when Skyping/contacting them. And of course respect their decision :)
Well I obviously had the two month old, but I also had an eight year old. There were advantages and disadvantages to caring for an infant. Obviously caring for an infant limits your choices in terms of leaving the house and there is a lot of organisation that goes into leaving the house when taking the infant. It also meant that my days were quite lonely, as it was just the baby and I when the eight year old was at school. But then there were wonderful advantages to caring for an infant - like being able to get other tasks done while the infant is sleeping, not needing to ‘prepare’ food as such, being able to have quiet time and of course the amazing feeling that you get when you’re with a baby.