So, after some research and soul-searching, we decided on an au pair. With a recommendation from a family friend, we decided on Cultural Care Au Pair agency and started the extensive application and interview process. Thank goodness for technology...I don't know how people did this before Skype! After reading applications, we narrowed down our choices and interviewed a few girls before deciding on a very sweet girl from Columbia. We chose to go with a South American au pair primarily because of language (since The Husband speaks Spanish and I, well, learned Spanish in high school and college). I also have heard that South American and Latin American au pairs tend to be more flexible and more "family-oriented" than European au pairs. Since schedules are, ahem, not my thing, I need my au pair to be forgiving of my if I am off schedule a bit. And, we are a very affectionate family and put a lot of stock in love and affection, so felt this would be a good choice. Her arrival date is set for September 21st...
As we prepare for The Au Pair's arrival, we are doing some minor remodeling to make her space more comfortable. The room she will have is the extra bedroom in the basement. Its a nice sized room with its own bathroom, but, the space is...let's just say shabby. The bathroom is lovingly referred to as the "gas station bathroom" and the walls are crappy faux wood paneling.
|The awesome faux wood paneling|
|The "gas-station" bathroom|
|The only good part of this room, right now: a great size closet!|
In other news, The Marshmallow is pulling herself to standing. She prefers rolling to crawling, but I fear walking is not far off…