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19 september 2017
Time flies when you're having fun!
Two of my host kids are in 1st and 3rd grade and that means that I start my days at 8AM, bringing them to school and I will pick them up from school around 3PM. My almost 4-year-old goes to pre-school 3 days in the week, but that is only till 11AM, so I spend a lot of time with her and the baby during the day. They both still take naps during the afternoon, so that gives me some free time during the day to relax a little bit. When we pick up the boys from school, the day is already almost over and we will do some homework, have dinner, take showers and go to bed. So that’s mostly my schedule for during the week. If I have to work in the weekend, we try to do some playdates with other au pairs or just play at home and watch some movies when the weather is bad. I really like to spend time with my host kids and they’re already used to me. Sometimes they ask me when I’m babysitting them again and that they already made some plans what they want to do with me, so sweet!
During my first two months in Colorado I have already seen quite a lot. There is a lot of wildlife here in the area and there is also a lot of wildlife in our yard. Almost every day we see some deer or elks in our yard and it won’t take so long anymore to spot some bears! On my way from Denver to Steamboat I have already spotted a lot of deer next to the road and there was even a moose trying to cross the road in front of my car! You have to be very careful here if you’re driving during night time because the deer can cross the road every moment.
Wildlife isn’t the only thing I have seen here. I have already visited some national parks that are ‘close’ to my house. I have done a one day trip to Rocky Mountains National Park and I have done a weekend road trip to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park with another au pair. The road trip to Utah was beautiful and we also made a stop in Dead Horse Point State Park to watch the sunset, the most beautiful one I have seen here so far!
In Steamboat Springs are a lot of hiking trails. I have already done some hiking trails with my host family, for example to Gilpin Lake and we hiked Hahn’s Peak. The hike to Hahn’s Peak was a special one, as it was on the day of the eclips. We watched the eclipse at the top of the mountain and that was a special experience, the eclipse was 95%! I also did some hiking with another au pair and we hiked to a waterfall, which was cold but beautiful!
One of the requirements of the J1-Visa is to get 6 credits during your stay in the US. I wanted to follow lessons at the local college, but that’s impossible with my schedule as I don’t have a day that I’m always off. But… I have found a website named aupairclasses.org and they give you the chance to go to a big city somewhere in the States and to get 3 or 6 credits in one weekend. This sounded as the perfect solution for me and it’s also a nice way to meet some new au pairs! So I will go to Salt Lake City from Friday till Monday in October and then I will receive all of my 6 credits in one long weekend. I will follow lessons about culture differences, the history of the United States and about myself and what my goals are during my year as an au pair.
The next month(s)…
October will be a busy month for me! In the first weekend of October I will go to Salt Lake City for the weekend classes and two weeks later I will go on my first trip to Washington DC! I will visit a Dutch au pair who I met at the trainings school in NYC and we will participate in the Black Light Run! October 31st is Halloween and as Americans celebrate it big, I will have to search for a scary costume and carve some pumpkins with my host kids! My mom and Ronald will come over to celebrate Thanksgiving together and that is also the start of the ski season, so we will definitely go skiing together! I’m looking forward to my upcoming trips and to show my mom around in my new town!
20 september 2017 10:19 | Door: fokko meijer
Ik zou het heel graag in het Nederlands ontvangen
20 september 2017 21:02 | Door: Femke Cuijpers
Fijn dat je het zo goed naar je zin hebt.
Die classes in Salt Lake City lijken me superleuk! Heel veel plezier!
20 september 2017 22:11 | Door: fokko meijer
Bedankt voor je blog.
Mijn Engels is wat minder dan mijn Drents maar het gaat in grote lijnen .
Voor Oma is het wat lastiger.Samen lukt het wel te begrijpen wat je schrijft.
We zijn alle dagen druk bezig met het opruimen, weg brengen van overtollig spul want we hebben straks wel veel minder ruimte.
Ik heb al veel verhuisdozen.
Op 2 oktober krijgen we de sleutel van het appartement
Tot 13 oktober hebben we de tijd om het wat op te knappen, sauzen en wat nieuws op vloeren van de beide slaapkamers. Dan vrijdag 13 oktober verhuizen. Maandag 16 okt hopen we dat ons huis wordt overgedragen. Afhankelijk van Financiering
kopers voor overbruggingskrediet. Maar.....ze hebben hun woning al verkocht , maar dat is weer per 1 november.Ingewikkeld allemaal.
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