Wow! I have already been in Australia for almost a month, and let me tell you, it has been a whirlwind of emotions!
I arrived on September 20th, and was extremely jet lagged, cranky, groggy, etc. I literally cried for my first 2 weeks here, was super depressed, and wanted to go home more than anything, mostly because I missed my friends, Outback, and my Mom.
My first week here, I went to Rye Beach with the family (they have a Beach House there), which was really nice. We went to the beach everyday (although it was far too cold to get in!). Also, I came to AU expecting the weather to be super hot…WRONG! It has been nothing but rainy/windy/and freezing (probably because they are just coming out of their Winter).
Week two of being here was a bit tough, because I first got into really working and hanging out with the kids. It was/still is somewhat hard because they don’t know me super well, and the three year old still wants “Mommy” ALL of the time. But we are making progress:) Riley (6) is awesome! We draw, paint, and play Monopoly together ALL of the time. Emma (3) is ALL about the fun! She constantly wants to play, draw/paint (ha, for only like 3 minutes at a time), ride her scooter, etc. I also had to do the VERY difficult thing of learning how to drive on the opposite side of the road! It was tough, and still is but I am making tremendous progress and can now drive to and from Riley’s school, to the Mall, etc. I also went to a “Playgroup” with Emma this past Friday which was fun! I was able to hangout with some of the Moms, and it gave the kids all a chance to play and hangout with people their age, as well as the Moms (and Nanny..ME) to hangout as well!
I finally was able to meet some other Au Pairs (all from Canada, Scotland, and France) and go out to a local Bar/Club with them! It was a lot of fun, but one thing is for sure drinks are VERY expensive here. Try the lowest level of Vodka being about $30, and for a 6 Pack of Beer, about $15-20!
This past weekend, I went to the Melbourne Zoo for the day with both kids! We spent about 6 hours there and had an AMAZING time:) I loved it! I was also able to fly a Plane! The kids Step-Grandfather is a Pilot and took me out flying/sight seeing yesterday (Sunday) around Melbourne, and it was AMAZING!
I am now finally almost adjusted! It has taken forever (in my eyes) to finally be somewhat okay with being away from home and what I am familiar and comfortable with. However, I am extremely thankful that I have this chance and opportunity of a lifetime! I know there will be times when I am sad and upset because I am homesick, or think that my friends and family have “forgotten” about me, etc. But deep down I know that I am definitely an unforgettable person, and that I have so much support from back home! Things will get hard, but at the end of the day all I have to do is stop and think “Wow! I am in Australia!”.