So I am working as an Au Pair in Hilversum, The Netherlands. It is going fabulously. I love every second of it. So basically what happens is that I do light housework during the day, bike to the shops and pick up some things, pick up the kiddies from school and then take them to their activities. We also play games together which I love. I like all the kids a lot, even though sometimes I want to stick my head in the sand like an ostrich. But really, it is a great experience. The parents in the family are super cool and sometimes I sit with them and have a glass of wine, which is really nice. The craziest change for me about this living environment is that their is a million pounds of food right behind my bed, (my room is adjacent to the kitchen) and I have just not been used to having this much food. I think I am going to become a balloon. Granted, I am usually eating fruit and healthy things but MAN I EAT ALOT. I nom on ALOT of bread too. So keep posted to see me expand at a rapid pace.
So lets talk about my day today. Its has been crazy. It started with last night.
Last night I quickly decided to go into Amsterdam. It is like 20 mins by train and is not a big deal at all. I had a friend who was leaving the country the next morning for a little, so I thought it would be nice to stop by. I knew that the youngest kiddie in my family, Matthew, had a birthday the next day. I also knew that they did Birthday things in the morning, and so I wanted to be home to see him open presents, and I knew that would be around 7am because there was school that day. Matthew was also getting this AWESOME treehouse which we magically were able to keep him from seeing for a week. I KNEW he would freak out. I HAD to see it. So I decided to take the last train home from Amsterdam, around 12:30am.
I left my friend’s house in time for the train and everything was going great. I was sitting on my train, ready to go home. I looked through my purse to find my ticket, BUT THEN, surprise! Earlier, my friend and I had gone grocery shopping and he had left his wallet in my purse. The train I was sitting on was the last train to Hilversum, AND he was leaving the country the next day. It was terrible. I ran off the train, called him and he cycled like the wind to come rescue me and his wallet from the scary AMSTERDAM CENTRAL STATION at 1am. I was so upset at the situation because I knew I needed to be home early and did not want to chill overnight in Amsterdam and have to get up at rooster o’clock. But it is what it is. I hopped on the back of his bike, went back to his house, fell asleep and then rose like 2 1/2 minutes later to grab the train and cycle home from the station. It was great.
BUT it was really great that I woke up that early because Matthew is the cutest. When I got home, I quick locked my bike in the shed and then made it to the bottom of the stairs, where the whole family was gathered to sing to Matthew as he walked down. It was adorable and I WISH I knew the Dutch song they were singing. Then he RAN to the table to open cards and presents. Matthew is really into princesses, so when I was in a candy store and saw a PRINCESS shaped LOLLY I knew I had to buy it. I bought him some other candy too, but put the attention grabber on the outside of the wrapped gift, just like my mother would do. IT WORKED. He wanted it for breakfast. The best gift by FAR was the treehouse. It was SO CUTE. He did not see it coming at all.
After that, he and the rest of the kiddies went to school while me, the parents and the grandparents set up for the party. It was a lot of fun, but I was so worn out from lack of sleep. I saw a quick opening for a nap, and I took it. No one was supposed to be home, so I set an alarm to wake me up about a 1/2 hour before the party so I could set up last minute things. Unexpectedly my host mom came home, and I guess I got up to see what the sound was. I woke up, ALREADY talking to my host mom, ALREADY standing in the kitchen, ALREADY eating a leftover doughnut that Matthew took to school for his classmates that had his face on it. I was literally asleep until midway through us talking. I hope she didn’t notice. Embarrassed, I ran into my room. Actually, I grabbed a strawberry from the fridge then got even more embarrassed and ran back into the room. I couldn’t remember what I had talked to Sarah about, and it didn’t seem real. I knew the doughnut happened because I could taste it in my mouth. I didn’t know if she was home, or if I had dreamed talking to her or what. I am still not 100% sure what went on.
ANYWAYS, here are some pictures from the party. It was really fun, but I tell you it is impossible to get 15 5 year olds to do anything.
I feel bad because I was supposed to hang out with some other Au Pairs tonight but I am going to fall over in about two seconds. Today was so nice but tiring!
THATS ALL FOR NOW. I will post some more pictures of Hilversum soon. UNTIL we meet again- XOXO.