Today we finally made the very big decision of hiring an Au Pair. She will come to us on August 14. Her name is Sabine. (Sa-bean-a). She is 21 from Germany. Her parents are married and she has 2 sisters and a brother. Her sisters are one and two years older than her and her brother is 10 years younger.
We have reviewed about 100 Au Pair applications, interviewed about 10 girls, we had one other come close, but Sabine was the definite fit for us. I feel relieved to have made this decision, but
still a little nervous about what it will be like. Her English is very good and we have no problem understanding her. We've interviewed her separately (Lawrence and I) as well as Skyped a few times with the girls. Addie calls her "Bean-bean" and Lily loves loves loves her!
We are excited for the girls to learn some German as well as with all the help she is going to give us. This will be like adding a member to our family who also cares for our children. Exchange student meets live in Nanny. She will be required to take 6 hrs of classes while she is here in the first year. We will have one year with her and at the end we will have the option to extend another 3,6,9, or 12 months with her. We are very very excited. The pictures are of her and her family (top), she is the second from the left, and of her and her favorite little buddy that she babysits, Pierre. I'm sure you will here a lot more about her over the coming months, but that is the gist.
You can see the original post (which I just finished but started in February, sigh) on why and Au Pair here.