Settling in

Trip Start Jan 31, 2014
Trip End Ongoing

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A zoo, lakes, valleys, Kangaroos and more

Flag of Australia  , Australian Capital Territory,
Monday, February 3, 2014

So the day after I arrive I start work (Monday). Which I think was the best thing for me, as it helped me to get to know the place really well and learn the routines etc. I went along with Michael to the kids schools in the morning. It was their first day back after 6 weeks holiday. Leo had his first day as his new school, so we went along to take photos. It was lovely to meet him, although I think it was quite overwhelming for him with everything that was going on. It's a really nice all boys school. All the children looked really smart and the teachers are really friendly and seem to love their job. I then drove Michael and I to the other school which Melanie and Xavier attend. Again a really nice school. I got to very briefly meet the children. After we went back home and Michael went to work. I had the day to myself to settle in, get to know the house and start unpacking. It was all very exciting!

Later Michael came home and drove with me to the kids schools to pick them up. We went to a local shopping centre afterwards, so I could set up a new bank account for myself and also so Michael could put me on his credit cards. (He trusts me with this more than my own Papa!! But then again he doesn't know all about my love for shopping....yet.) We also got some yummy doughnuts.

I cooked us spag-bowl and my special home made garlic bread which went down really well!! The kids loved the bread which made me happy. Later on we chilled and got to know each other, which was really nice. 

Throughout the week I had time to get to know the children better. By Tuesday I had learned the route to both schools and so I felt really comfortable taking the kids to and from school on my own. The roads here are a little strange though so It does take some getting used too. 
 I got to see a 'heap' (they use this word a lot here) of kangaroos just chilling around the local area, which was funny and a little strange. They are nuts though and can be known to be a little dumb, so you have to be careful. They are known to often bounce right out into the road and straight into moving cars. I guess a little bit like badgers and rabbits for us, apart from a lot bigger, so they do far worse damage!
The kids do a lot of after school activities such as Gymnastics, Karate, Scouts and Joeys. I usually will drive the kids to their clubs, drop them off and pick them up later. But on Thursday at 'Joeys', which Xavier attends, they had a welcome back evening where we could take a picnic and sit by the lake whilst the kids paddled around in canoes and kayaks. This was really nice, until Leo decided to tease a black swan and lead it to where we was sitting. It then started to eat our food; So two nice men had the task of trying to shoe (literally, 'shoe', they had to clap their flip flops together in order for it to move away) the bird away. It was very angry. I was in hysterics the whole time though. After we came back home and watched a film together. 

Friday evening I went along to a multicultural festival in the centre, It's a little bit like Nottinghill Carnival, but, different. They had lots of varied food stalls and stages with all sorts of musical acts and more. It was fun, but very busy.

Saturday we went to a science place, there is so much to do there. Loads of cool experiments for the kids and a play centre where you can try all sorts of really cool sciencey stuff out! I went on this standing swing where you have to use your own power to make it do a 360 loop. It was great fun! And I managed to do the full three loops! 
Later we went back to the festival, Michael's girlfriend, Matilda, was dancing and part of the carnival procession. She is a Samba dancer. It was great! 

Once home I cooked some tasty chicken for everyone and then others, bar myself and Xavier went back to the festival. It was quite busy and manic there, so I said I would stay home with Xavier (who is a teeny tiny 7 year old) and watch a film. We watched the chipmunks. Felt slightly uncomfortable with the movie choice, as I have a weird dislike to talking animals (Which anyone that is close with me will know all about, really makes me feel weird) but I stuck it out and it wasn't too bad. It was nice to chill with him and get to know him better.

Sunday morning, Melanie and I went for a jog. It was so hot, but it felt good to get some fitness activities in there. I have eaten so much all week! Feel it's time to get fit! We jogged up and down some hills and she took me along to where there are some wild horses. That was nice. 
At 10:30 Xavier had his birthday party at the Zoo. He had lots of friends there and I got to meet a few of the parents. It was great, the kids got to feed the lions, a giraffe and some bears. We had a look around the zoo too before we did the presents, food and birthday cake. He had Minion cupcakes which my friend, Scotty, back home would of loved. 
Once all of his friends left, we went around the zoo again having a proper look at all of the animals. It's a really nice zoo and not many of the animals are in cages, so it seems quite free.You can get up and personal with a lot of them. 

Later we went home and got changed into our swim wear. I drove us to a lovely lake that Michael and Melanie had previously in the week told me about. It was lovely, picturesque. We got to swim in the warm water and had 'heaps' of fun! I mastered the dirty dancing lift which was such a laugh! After our first swim Michael and I shared a nice bottle of white and after we all enjoyed our posh cheese, chutney and crackers; Which Michael and I had bought last Sunday. Delicious!! We all then swam again and had a play around in the water. We left there around 8pm and went home to cook sausages on the BBQ.

What a great first week! The kids and I get on really well and they have warmed to me really quickly. I feel as though I have known them for ages! They are really cool kids and all 3 of them have their own funny personalities, it has been really fun getting to know them all. 

So it's Monday now. I dropped the kids to school this morning and now they will stay at their mums all week. So I will see them again next Monday! Which means I have the week off. I have spoken to another Au pair who doesn't live far from me, she has only been here a couple of weeks; We are going to meet tomorrow at the shopping centre and check out the local Nandos! And of course do a bit of shopping. It will be nice having some English friends that I can compare and share this experience with. Oh and my bank card came through this morning, Bonus!

Not sure what to do with myself now, may as well go and sunbath I guess, maybe go for a run later. Michael has also invited me rock climbing tonight so I may go and check that out later.

Hope you have enjoyed the read. Lot's of love from Sunny Aus! XxXx

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Nana x x x on

that all sounds wonderful Zoe you really are seeing a different way of life , wish we had some of you lovely weather , keep up your story its so interesting . take care lots of love Nana x x x x

Sharon Adams on

Zoe, good for you, what a great time and life you are having and going to have. Cannot wait for next blog x

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