A Letter of Apology

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Friday, January 31, 2014

Dear Kristen and Colton,

After having lived with another family for the last month, I have come to realize how overbearing older siblings can be. I am sorry. Just know that I never intended to completely stamp out your self-esteem from time-to-time, I only thought that I was helping and teaching you. I know now that maybe you needed to learn on your own, or you may have even already known how to do it. Older siblings have a been-there-done-that mentality, and we only offer (or insist) on you taking our advice because why should you have to figure it out when we could just tell you. We want to protect you, we want to guide you, and sometimes we just really want you to do it our way. But just because we're older (and sometimes wiser) doesn't mean that you have to take the road that we took. Maybe you did want to put that puzzle piece in the wrong spot, and that was okay. You didn't have to play the game by the rules explicitly written in the instructions if you had made up your own game that was just as fun for you. And maybe I shouldn't have blamed you for breaking Mom and Dad's blinds because it was believable anyway....

All that being said, I do love you both to the moon and back. I can see that Claire loves Axel and Raphaelle too. She loves to play teacher with them like I did with you two. She comforts them when they're crying and helps them write their names on their art. She may sometimes have a know-it-all attitude with them, but I can tell that deep down inside it comes from a good place. And maybe that's just my oldest sibling bias getting in the way, but I hope it's not!

Misses and Kisses,


In a quick synopsis of how my last week has been, here is a list:

-Went with a few other au pairs and a French friend to Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, and a few other places in Paris on Saturday. Both of the cathedrals were astonishingly beautiful, and the view of Paris from Monmart could quite possibly one of the most breath-taking views of a city that I have ever seen.
-Started attending both my private "beginner" lessons AND the normal French class at school this week. I was happily surprised to find that I understood most of what was going on in the regular course. I find myself understanding and being able to say more and more everyday. It's a good feeling!
-Sylvie and the kids took me to the castle in Versailles on Wednesday. We didn't stay very long, but it was an amazing experience to see where royalty once lived and walk throughout their rooms and halls. 
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I'm an oldest sibling and my brother never listened to me! Hahaha! Oh, well, he missed out. Brent and I went to Sacre Coeur on our honeymoon and it was one of our stand out memories. So beautiful! You are so cool living in France and learning the language, you'll have it down in no time. Thanks for the update, you are amazing as always :D

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